First two things I need to disclose, I didn't watch the second presidential debate as intently as I watched the first presidential debate or the VP debate. I actually participated in a fantasy basketball draft at the start of the debate. Still, I want to make a some observations. Second, if you don't read my blog, I am an Obama supporter. I'm not overly happy with some of the things he's done, but he has my support.
- Obama seemed to come off as much more presidential. He was calm, thoughtful, while McCain seemed to rush into the answers he knew and stumbled through those he wasn't 100% sure of.
- McCain didn't seem nearly as comfortable in the town hall meeting as I expected. On the other hand, I think he may have gained from Obama's inability to stop talking. The Obama supports on twitter were even getting annoyed with it.
- McCain's new home plan sounds very similar to something Biden said in the VP debate that I very strongly disagree with. Here is part of the quote from McCain. Source
Alan, I would order the secretary of the treasury to immediately buy up the bad home loan mortgages in America and renegotiate at the new value of those homes -- at the diminished value of those homes and let people be able to make those -- be able to make those payments and stay in their homes.
- And here is Biden during the VP debate. Source
Number two, with regard to bankruptcy now, Gwen, what we should be doing now -- and Barack Obama and I support it -- we should be allowing bankruptcy courts to be able to re-adjust not just the interest rate you're paying on your mortgage to be able to stay in your home, but be able to adjust the principal that you owe, the principal that you owe.
- I am in agreement that we should allow renegotiation of interest rates. This would help everyone by allowing the banks to make some money on the loan instead of nothing when the home goes into foreclosure. I completely disagree with the idea of changing the principle owed on a loan. I would write more but this feels like a post itself.
- Anyone who pays attention to body language can tell that McCain has very little respect for Obama. Obama doesn't appear to greatly respect McCain either, but it doesn't seem as though Obama considers McCain unworthy of his respect.
- Did I mention that Obama really needs to learn to stop talking once in a while.
- Obama gave two answers I really liked. He stated that health care should be a right which I am in 100% agreement of. He also commented that Americans are going to have to make sacrifices to get through the current crisis. I was not alive during the Korean war or Vietnam and haven't spent much time reading about that time period, but I know during both World Wars Americans went without a lot of things. We are fighting two wars right now, maybe it's time us non-military families sacrificed something other than being able to drive 200 miles for $20.
- Tom Brokaw came across as a high school English teacher. Yes, the candidates agreed to the rules, but I would have rather seen both of them go at each other for the entire 90 minutes on one issue then hear Brokaw cry when they didn't listen to him.
I'm not going to spend hours tearing the debate apart, you can find that all over the web. These are just a few things that I either thought about or noticed last night. For a running tally of my thoughts, please visit my Twitter page. I didn't tweet a ton during the debate, but one tweet stood out to me. I said Brokaw impressed me, he did at the time, but as I thought about it more I changed my opinion.
Please remember everything you read here are my opinions. Please find out the facts before you make your decision on how to vote November 4th. This election is too important to be uninformed.