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First debate between McCain and Obama: No clear winners

The first debate between the 2 contenders ended in mostly a draw. Different media are reporting different winners, so you can guess as to how balanced the discussion was. Well, actually, both these contenders are seen to be great speakers, they know their points by now and so do their audiences. In such a close fight, it is almost impossible for either of them to say anything new or radically different from what they have spoken before, so even though the debate was interesting, it was abundantly clear that the debate would not have any clear winners. So, for example, if you take this CNN Report, it mentions that Obama was slightly higher in terms of a perceived debate winner, but not by too much, and the poll had more Democrats than Republicans.

Men were nearly evenly split between the two candidates, with 46 percent giving the win to McCain and 43 percent to Obama. But women voters tended to give Obama higher marks, with 59 percent calling him the night’s winner, while just 31 percent said McCain won. “It can be reasonably concluded, especially after accounting for the slight Democratic bias in the survey, that we witnessed a tie in Mississippi tonight,” CNN Senior Political Researcher Alan Silverleib said. “But given the direction of the campaign over the last couple of weeks, a tie translates to a win for Obama.”

More than two-thirds of debate watchers agreed that both McCain and Obama would be able to handle the job of president if elected. National security has been an issue where McCain has held an advantage, but his edge over Obama — 49 percent to 45 percent — on the question of which candidate would best handle terrorism is within the poll’s 4.5 percent margin of error.

Their positions are now almost set in stone; McCain is now firmly in the camp of the conservative wing of the Republican Party, although the initial excitement over the selection of a young, impressive lady conservative such as Sarah Palin is now starting to wear off. The relentless press has been pushing and finding the kinks in her armor, and attacking all the weak spots that it can find. At the same time, the ‘change’ and ‘values’ candidate Obama is seemingly running against a section of voters who will not vote for him (racist?), and has started running more attacking and negative ads that attack the McCain camp.
It is not only the campaigns that have positions set in stone because of their support bases; even huge sections of the voters have decided which of the parties they traditionally vote for, it is just the undecided voters who will decide who becomes the next President of the United States.

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