Skip to comments.PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE #2 LIVE THREAD
Posted on 10/07/2008 2:01:24 PM PDT by TornadoAlley3
While the two presidential candidates, Senators John McCain and Barack Obama, prepare for their second debate on Oct. 7 at Belmont University in Nashville, Tom Brokaw gets to sift through questions submitted by you. In addition to queries from a group randomly selected by the Gallup organization, Brokaw will be fielding questions submitted online at mydebates.org, the site created by the Commission on Presidential Debates and Myspace. The focus of the town hall-style debate will be domestic and foreign policy, Brokaw's specialties.
The CPD was established in 1987 to ensure that the debates provide the best possible information to viewers and listeners. Its primary purpose is to sponsor and produce debates for the United States leading presidential and vice presidential candidates and to undertake research and educational activities relating to the debates. The nonprofit, nonpartisan organization sponsored all the general election debates in 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2004.
Civic organizations and state and local government officials have supported Belmont's bid for the presidential debate. Former Nashville mayor Bill Purcell, Tennessee governor Phil Bredesen and senators Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander, and congressman Jim Cooper all wrote letters in support of Belmont and bringing one of the debates to Tennessee. In his letter to the CPD, Governor Bredesen wrote, The Presidential Debates would find a compatible home at Belmont University where students with inquisitive minds take their roles as future citizens of our community, nation and world very seriously.
Hosting the debate at Belmont will engage our students in the political process through invaluable first-hand participation, Dan McAlexander, Provost at Belmont, said. Belmont takes seriously its mission to prepare its students for success in the real world, and serving as host site for the presidential debate will give our students invaluable tools in critical thinking and practical experience as they take an active role in what will surely be an historical election.
For additional information, visit the Web site for the Commission on Presidential Debates.
Bump for later (Hi TA3!)
9:00 Eastern, right?
There are basically three ways to get a ticket. First, the Gallup Organization will be selecting up to 150 Middle Tennesseans identified as undecided voters. Those attendees will be the participants in the town hall-style debate, and some will be chosen to ask a question of the candidates.
The bipartisan Commission on Presidential Debates, which hosts the debates, will split the remaining 300 tickets evenly between both campaigns, said Pamela Johnson, Belmont’s debate coordinator. Those tickets have not trickled down to the state party offices.
The fact that there are idiots that need this debate on 10/7 to make up their minds is . . .
Chris Wallace just spoke to a McCain debate prepper and he suggests that McCain won’t go after Obama too hard. Nothing like Ayers, Wrights, etc... WTF is he thinking?
Here’s hoping we don’t burn up another server. Jim, if that happens, I apologize ahead of time for my complicity in helping it happen.
They have a special mark on them or something?
Today at 9pm (ET) on C-SPAN
Second Presidential Debate at Belmont University in Nashville TN
Tonight McCain needs to be focused like a laser beam and hit Obama on his liberal ideology. Specifically, attack on key policy issues -— Obama’s promise to raise taxes that would hurt small businesses; Obama’s promises to add a trillion dollars in new spending, that would increase the size and scope of the federal bureaucracy; and expose Obama for being weak on military matters and national defense. This is what McCain has been dealing with for the last 20 years in the Senate and its what he knows best.
Comments 214, 476, 722, 1304, 1687, and 1907 will probably say it best. Comment 104 needs to be removed by a moderator.
(I’m going to miss the debate in lieu of my six-year-old’s Cub Scout meeting.)
Please, please, please John, give ‘em hell.
Viewable Video at Youtube:
I suggest McCain begin the debate with a right hook(Ayres) followed by a left upper cut to the glass jaw of 0bama(Freddie Mac/Fannie Mae) in the first round.
At least six million questions have been submitted via the Internet to be asked at the town-hall-style presidential debate Tuesday in Nashville between Senators Barack Obama and John McCain. Thats a lot of queries for 90 minutes, and obviously they wont all get asked there will be time for only 15 to 20.
The moderator, Tom Brokaw of NBC News, is sifting through those millions of questions to find six or seven that he might pose. The other dozen or so questions will come from among an audience of about 80 likely voters from the Nashville area who will be on stage with the candidates.
Mr. Brokaw will meet with audience members on Tuesday as he seeks a balance between foreign and domestic topics.
The live audience was selected over the last week by the Gallup Organization, which made thousands of calls to find people who are truly uncommitted that is, they may be leaning toward one candidate or the other but could still change their minds.
Only a small percentage of the population qualifies as uncommitted, said Frank Newport, editor in chief of the Gallup Poll.
The format allows about five minutes for each question: two minutes for each candidate and one minute for what the co-chairman of the Commission on Presidential Debates, Frank J. Fahrenkopf Jr., described as interplay to be managed by Mr. Brokaw.
FYI TO ALL:
Time: 9PM ET / 6PM PT
Channel: CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, PBS, C-SPAN
Web Stream: Fox News, or C-SPAN among others
Location: Belmont University, Nashville, TN
Length: 90 minutes
Format: Town Hall - Domestic/Foreign Policy
Moderator: Tom Brokaw from NBC
After-debate, “full, unedited video” available here: http://www.youdecide2008.com/2008/10/07/presidential-town-hall-debate-tonight-at-9pm-et/
Perhaps they’ve finally discovered it’s not good strategy to pre-announce their plans? (I can dream, can’t I?)
What are our drinking game key words?
“unprepared” = 1 sip
“William Ayers” = 1 drink
“Reverend Wright” = 1 drink
“Wall Street & Main Street” in one sentence = 1 drink
It’s all about psy-ops.
Yeah, hopefully a head fake. If McCain doesn’t go after Obama hard, I fear that momentum will keep going the wrong way.
In a related story, McCain/Palin are coming to Lehigh University (Stabler Arena) in Bethlehem, PA tomorrow for a rally. I heard on the radio that all tickets were gone within hours of being offered.
I bet McCain mentions Wright & Ayers at least twice. Look at the coverage Palin has been getting and look at how well it’s playing. In for a penny in for a pound.
Im watching Foxnews, Chris Wallace and Carl Cameron, and if you ask me, which you havent, I see no reason for a debate as the pundits are already saying what each is going to say. They’re saying McCain wont touch Ayers, Wright or Rezko. What a shame!
What d'ya mean keep going?
According to the most recent "real" polls McCain is on the march.
“McCain needs to be focused like a laser beam and hit Obama on his liberal ideology.”
Democrat-Demanded Vote-buying Financial policy that selected Dems got FILTHY RICH off of is about to bankrupt THE ENTIRE PLANET!
If McCain has the stones to actually say that, this election is OVER...
Sadly, I know he does not.
My guess is that Obama won’t be able to resist the victim card with the punches Palin has been landing and will call on McCain to stop them. I think then and only then tonite will John bring the big guns out.
I’d hammer the hell out of him on Fannie Mae, taxes and guns and keep the Ayers stuff in reserve.
Like I said there is no way BO’s personality will allow for these “accusations” to go unanswered and door is then wide open.
McCain needs to say that this racist traitor who has friends like Willliam Ayres and Bernadine Dohrnand and slanders our troops doesn’t deserve to run for president or to be a US Senator and walk out!
Any word on whether he’ll offer a heartfelt apology for his important, prominent role in the Keating 5 scandal? Or for bombing the children of Vietnam? /s
It’s like he’s opening the 3rd quarter with 3 straight draw plays in a game he’s down by 3 touchdowns.
This debate is the last joke.
Right after, both leave the stage.
“Chris Wallace just spoke to a McCain debate prepper and he suggests that McCain wont go after Obama too hard. Nothing like Ayers, Wrights, etc”
And now let’s turn to sports....Jim, i hear you spoke to an assistant coach about tonight’s big game. What did he tell you? Well Tom, he suggested they were going to go pretty conservative. Run run run. Not much passing. Which seems strange to me, because they’ve been airing out the ball a lot in this week’s practices. But that’s what he said.
In other words, what they say and what they do before the big event may be two different things. Remember McCain was in the military. They know a little something about head fakes.
I’m not going to be home tonight. I’ll have to TiVo it.
CNN,ABC,CBS,NBC,msnbc,and NPR have all announced that Barrack Obama is the winner of the debate.
Just wanted to get that stunning scoop out there.
Oh, and Olberfuhrer is upset.
The One spent the past two days preparing to defend against the aforementioned attack instead of prepping to go on offense.
Maybe he’s trying to leave the dirty work to her, maybe he’s got overconfident again with the slight shift in polls, maybe they just see the town hall format as tough to get tough in, but he’s got to come hard on his economic message AND Obama’s loony leftism—and not let Obama get away with his 95% tax cut BS!
Heh - the over/under on networks who will hint that at least one of McCain’s answers was “racist”: 2.
This is usually the CNN MS Player stream that has the response bars during the debate:
Besides, we all know that Obama is going to be declared the winner tonight. In fact, I don’t even know why McCain needs to show up.
How many words will he utter, before telling his first lie?
What else is 0bama lying about?
Can of Mixed Nuts: Open.
Let’s hope McCain’s days of just rolling over and taking the insults, lies and abuse heaped upon him and Palin- and apologizing for anyone who goes at Obama, are over.
They seem to have mounted a rather weak defense within the past few days- but is it too little, too late?
McCain should have been out there hitting Obama hard every day. There are just so many atrocious things about Obama that he could bring out.
Why is he not mentioning such things as Obama trying to turn Missouri into a police state? Obama trying to turn our children into Hitler youth- and dozens of other things?
Email Republican headquarters/McCain.
REMIND McCAIN THAT HE HAS AN OBLIGATION AS OUR CANDIDATE TO FIGHT BACK!
To h*ll with bipartisian BS!
To h*ll with PC!
To h*ll with conducting a respectful campaignas McCain has said, and vowed to do.
RESPECTFUL CAMPAIGNING WENT STRAIGHT OUT THE WINDOW WITH OBAMAS NASTY, BRUTAL COMMENTS SUCH AS;
lipstick on a pig and You can wrap AN OLD FISH in a piece of paper called change. Its still going to stink after eight years.
Take off the gloves, McCain!
Forget the d*mn economy. Obama is counting on keeping it going to avoid his sordid past from being outed.
Explain it was Obama/Dems/ACORN, your bill you proposed and LET IT GO. Nothing is as important as keeping the dangerous, dangerous man out of the White House. NOTHING!
Let America know what he is!
Hit the Marxist/Muslim hard with Ayers, Acorn, Violation of Logan Act, abortion, 2nd admendment, Campaigning for Odinga!!
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