Thursday, October 02, 2008

DEBATE 1

What questions were being asked of the candidates?

What is something you learned from this debate about each candidate?

Will the debates change your opinion of the candidates?

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22 comments:

JRay Vicencio said...

Well a debate to me should show me the policies of a future president, and how well they interact with questions that concern our government. I think that issues that should be put are issues such as things that conflict our life, that will impact the middle class not just the rich crowd. Issues such as poverty, instead of talking about BILLIION dollar of tax cuts, should talk about what to do to improve lower and middle class people.

a. pervaiz said...

After seeing the Debate between Obama and McCain, I thought that
McCain had seemed alittle stronger than Obama. I agree with what Matt B. had said that "Obama kept bringing back a comparison between McCain and Bush". Obama had explained what he would do to change the country using positive
thoughts, but not explain anything about the negative side.


a.pervaiz

U. Cheema said...

I learned nothing new except that both candidates have no alernative plan to the bailout. They both oppose the bailout, but are still cautiously supproting by voting for it last night in the Senate. So when Jim Lehrer said "How do you all stand on the recovery plan? And talk to each other about it. We've got five minutes. We can negotiate a deal right here." They answered what I already heard before with no real economic policy of their own. I wonder how Senator Hillary Clinton would respond to those questions if she was the nominee instead of Senator Obama since she said he wasn't ready to lead in a crisis. Remember the 3 AM phone call ad?


I knew what their answers on the economy, Iraq, Afghanistan and Iran would be. Only on those issues they did not play politics at all. When came to the economy both of them didn't know anything by just playing politics and going into another subject on purpose.

Hemant S. said...

During the debate, i really liked how each candidate keep changing the topic to what they want to say. It was fun to see how even soon-to-be-presidents want to play by their own rules. I feel that Obama was picking on McCain on this debate. Obama always addresses McCain as John and a few times was directly talking to McCain while Senator McCain kept looking straight and called his opposing candidate Senator Obama.

Alex D. said...

After watching the debate between Obama and McCain for the second time .I notice that i got the same thing I got the first time a headache. I noticed that both McCain and Obama don’t really have a effect way or idea how to fix our financial problems but i wasn't surprised in anyway because The two candidates can't answer one question with saying tax cut or going off subject which is really getting annoying .
thank you

A.Deonarine

A.Potter said...

One of These candidates will be our next president so i believe that either Obama or McCain do have a plan for the tax cuts and the major crisis. Even though the debate didnt go the way it should have, one of these candidates will have a plan.

A.Potter

Anonymous said...

Some of the questions that were being asked were where each presidential candidates stand on the financial recovery plan, what we should have learned from Iraq, should more troops be sent to Afghanistan, what the candidates think of Russia, and if the candidates believe that there can be another terrorist attack in America.

I learned more about each candidate including their views on certain world issues and I saw how they would react to a crisis. The debates will most likely change my opinions on the candidates. It was really interesting to see questions being molded to suit each candidates points. In these debates, I listen for what I want to hear my president say. To be frank, I feel that Senator Obama was stronger than Senator McCain in this debate.

- N. Budhu

n. demetrius said...

So far I don't know where I stand after seeing this debate. I need to see other debates before I decide, I also thought it was funny how it was mentioned in class that when asked a question, both candidates would tie it with something else and change the subject. Right now I want to keep hearing about policies for the economy, and focus on that subject

abdul rahman said...

I thought the debate was a very interesting debate. McCain had the upperhand against Obama in this debate. Both canidates seemed to divert their answers from adressing the questions and issue asked, to issues and points they wanted to present. However, McCain seemed to adress some of the issues he was questioned about directly. McCain also, exploited Obama's plan of spending more money to help the people out, but would further the economic crisis and the nations debt.

a vora said...

From this whole debate we could say that clearly the candidates weren't answering the questions being asked of. They kept saying or turning every question into what they want the answer to be. Every time a question they either didn't know the answer of, or were just I don't I guess playing off the Senators would just say whatever they thought was right. Something I learned for these two candidates is that I think they are really both ready for the job and even if they aren't it's going to be one of them. Personally, this debate really didn't help me into favoring one senator over the other. Eh they were both okay.


A Vora

M. Frank said...

If elected President, both canditates would have many plans and ideas to implement into our country's government. From this debate, we learned that both of them have trouble completing the simple task of answering the question for which they're suppose to be addressing. This surprisingly, is very common in politics where the politicians are less concerned with the actual question than with their own plans and points they try to get across. The same goes for voters where the question dissapears from their mind and they are almost hyponotized by the words of the speaker.
From this debate, we can learn that Mr. McCain finds it applicable to answer ANY question on ANY topic with a reference to his strong anti-earmarking values and his "Maverick"-like ability to fight corruption. You would be hardpressed to find bills past on Capitol Hill that are not earmarked.
From this debate we can learn that Senator Obama has many bright ideas for reshaping the infrastructure of our economy and providing tax breaks to working class America. He makes this very clear by focusing greatly on McCain's tax plan and compares it often to his own.
My biggest concern with McCain is that he spends so much time worrying and prosecuting those who earmark bills in Congress, that he lets the Middle East rage out of control, the economy spiraling to a collapse, and the education systems of our country not properly preparing students for our world. The wealthiest Americans will receive unnecessary tax breaks, while those who really need them will continue to struggle to get by.

a. hughey said...

I have decided to comment on the part of the debate when there were discussing the same sex marriages. It was very weird that Palin couldnt answer the question directly the first time it was given to her. I loved Biden's respponse because he told us exactly how he and Obama felt about the situatin and where they stood in the situation. I do understand that talking about same sex marriages may be an uncomforatble topic, but who wants to have a vice president who cant answer a question directly concerning thhe people. I couldnt help but laugh as I watched her and the question thhe first time and again the second time. she couldnt even hold up her head to the audience and answer the question. it jus brings lots of concerns...

K Singh said...

After watching the presidental debate in class today, I learned that both canidates are very good at changing the subject. In the debate i noticed that both canidates didn't answer the specific question, but changed the question into what they could do. For example, when Obama and McCain had to talk about the bailout, both canidates would change the subject. This actually made me worry a little, that both canidates have no plan for the bailout.

t alexander said...

This debate to me is how senator obama and McCain have no affect on planning to solve our financial problems that we had. They keep going on with different topics. Senator obama and McCain didnt answer fully on issues that they were asked for. The way l feel about this debate was senator obama was picking McCain most time.

Sanaa Elissa Awan said...

Watching the Presidential debate and then the Vice Presidential debate I found that the Vice Presidential nominees were more staightforward with their answers compared to the Presidential debate. Palin used more common language and related herself more to "soccer moms." Palin and Biden seemed to get along.

Matthew B. said...

This debate only showed me how bad this country is and thta everyone wants power to do practicly mothing with it. Hearing the two candidates talk about what they plan to do makes me so mad because that doesn't mean anything. This country is full of die hard Republicans who will vote for McCain regardless just as they did for Bush. Also Eventhough Obama has clearly better ideas, plans, and things for the country McCain continues to make him seem like a lier. McCain to me is indeed another George Bush , but in an older smarter version. This country has voted for a republican president for 2 tersm straight and now the country is in a mess. It takes common sense not a debate for people to realise that we need a change in party and in ideas.
I feel Obama clearly won the debate due to better helpful ideas but due to McCain trying to slander Obama's ideas i give Obama a slight win. This debate was just ways for the candidates to speak out to the public what we already know. There are so many people who are blinded by mcCain being a republican and aren't looking at the real issue at hand. Who has thew best ideas to fix the country as a whole not social classes. Debates are pointless to me beacuase america is in trouble due to republicans so the logical thing to do is vote for democratics to see if they can fix the mess.

R. Kaur said...

There have been many questions that had been asked to both candidates. Questions regarding world issues regarding Iran, Russia, Afghanistan and etc. I learned that from this debate it shows how these candidates are trying to over power one another. They are trying to show how they can do anything to everything to help our country overcome this crisis when in reality they both could of done something all along. They have all these plans on how to save our economy from another depression, but they could of started it 3years ago when the first warning of our economy being in trouble came. Debates do change opinions of the candidates because it is like a first impression, and yes they are prepared for it but the topics and words are not exactly the same. As shown in today’s class video McCain did get nervous, he did not present himself as good as Obama had. And this had gotten me to like Obama more, because he was a great speaker.

E.Rosenberg said...

This debate kind of shocked me in many ways. Everytime they were asked a question, they would flip it somehow to not answer it in a appropriate fashion. Even though its there job that really annoyed me. This is the US where talking about!! Obama said he will have better tax cuts for the middle class people. I thought yea!! Awsome! Obama really had a thorough list of actions he would take to make the U.S a better place.Although none of the two candidates told their plan in detail. The debate was head on and both went at it with alot of power and energy.

k.weston said...

The debate that we watched today was very interesting. What it shows was the difference and smiliarites about the candidates running for presidents. Obama does not let anyone twist his words. he makes sure that he say what he says and then make sure he has a good explnation for it. Maccain on the other hand explains his answers to but he has a pose to it.
-k.weston

M.Browne said...

The debate did change my opinion about not one but both the candidates. Neither one of them have a plan for our money problems and both of them were going off what the other one said it was just like they were repeating everything the other side said.

C. Jones III said...

A debate should show how far someone would go to become our country's president. Our country is the worst time they have ever been, with the economy and the war. If I could I would vote for Obama but I think for him to win this presidential race, he would have to become as dirty as McCain and start throwing punches and stop waiting for an attack 2 through back.

Omar francis said...

I think the first debate was boring and dull.They really didnt answer any questions,however they managed to beat around the bush.they tried to talk to or reach to the lower class in which i think only obama made the connection.