De första kommentarerna om gårdagens debatt har börjat komma ut runtom på nätet. Här är några sammanfattande citat från olika håll.
Tom Bevan skriver för Real Clear Politics följande:
Call it a town hall about nothing. ...one of the most boring, least informative, most poorly moderated debates in recent memory. It turns out the most spirited thing that happened all night was the handshake.
...Both men repeatedly ran past their allotted time, caught up in spewing out a barrage of platitudes and talking points - a few of which actually pertained to the question at hand.
What all of this means, of course, is that Obama won. At this stage of the campaign, ninety minutes of nothing is a victory for Obama. And if there's one thing we can say with a great deal of certainty about tonight, it's that what just took place isn't going to have any impact whatsoever on the race.
Obama walks away from tonight in the same position he walked into it: well ahead in the polls nationally and in the states that matter.
Ari Melber skriver följande för The Nation:
John McCain did not have the debate he needed on Tuesday night. ...It's a major setback in a race that is trending towards Obama and running out of time.
I think Obama's best moment came when he reprised McCain's attack from the last debate. "Sen. McCain, in the last debate and today, again, suggested that I don't understand. It's true. There are some things I don't understand," he said firmly. "I don't understand how we ended up invading a country that had nothing to do with 9/11, while Osama Bin Laden and Al Qaeda are setting up base camps and safe havens to train terrorists to attack us...."
Before the debate had even ended, the Republican National Committee was already spinning a disappointing night for McCain.
Wall Street Journal skriver:
Heading into the debate, the heavier burden was on Sen. McCain, who has fallen behind in polls, and in most battleground states. Neither candidate could afford a big mistake -- and neither made one -- but Sen. McCain, more than Sen. Obama, needs to change the trajectory of the contest. Amid the immediate post-debate analysis, it didn't appear that the Republican candidate had accomplished that goal.
CBS News skriver i en artikel:
An electorate starving for answers to the nation’s economic crisis didn’t receive much nourishment from the two presidential candidates in their second nationally televised debate... Early indications are that neither were successful in moving voters during their second, highly anticipated, face-off. In an insta-poll conducted by CBS News and Knowledge Networks, Barack Obama had the edge among uncommitted voters who were asked who “won” the debate. But a full 72 percent of those surveyed said they remained uncommitted afterwards, while those who said they decided split about evenly between the two.
A draw of that kind is good news for Obama, who has seen the political landscape tilt strongly his way in recent weeks, both nationally and in the crucial battleground states. McCain needs a breakout moment, and he didn’t get one in Nashville Tuesday night.
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