Every day’s a repost (my post from another forum):
I think that Senator McCain leaned too heavily on the word Veteran.
I’m a veteran, and I appreciate his sacrifice for this country. I appreciate his honest concern for me and my fellow veterans, and his experiences. I believe he is genuine when he speaks about veterans and their problems.
I do not appreciate him trying to constantly link himself to me. He does not represent me as this “spokesman” of all veterans. He was actually doing well, until the end, where all he could do is talk about his love for us. I don’t want his love. I don’t want his pity. I felt like he was trying to tell American that he’s THE veteran in this country. I find it appalling that he’s leaning so hard on that.
They both had valid and good points about foreign policy, although I think Obama came off looking better for it because McCain came off as Uncle Joe who only talks about his own 20 to 10 year ago experiences and expects that his slightly aged viewpoint in a world that has moved on to new challenges and dangers will alone suffice as enough to – as Obama put it – muddle through crisis after crisis. Obama put McCain on the defensive a lot, so McCain had to resort to, “UNDER OBAMA’S PROPOSED POLICIES,” to sidestep the subject.
In all honestly, I think the debate only polarized the decided voters and gave the undecided something to mull about for awhile. I think right now, McCain’s people better sit down and go over this debate and strengthen his talking points. They need to ween him off the “jump to accusation as a response to the big question” maneuver because when he does that, he opens it up to Obama to come back and blast him, which then makes him go into “20 year ago, I was …” stories.
They have got to get that man up to speed. If the debates ever go in-depth on the economy and technological questions, Obama’s got the decisive edge. John can’t keep lying about his unwillingness to support alternate energy policies and sticking to answers that may have worked twenty years ago.
Obama seemed quite prepared, so all I can say to him is that he should just stick to his points and not let McCain rile him up. Obama has to step up his precision and his ability to fend off the 20 minute story times of McCain. He’s articulate, he’s calm, and he can clear up the record. McCain could do well to pick up those qualities and not mispronounce the names of major world leaders and countries to the point of looking like he’s got Alzheimers.
I’m being critical of McCain because he should have the edge and look better than he did tonight. He has the ability to pull this through. He has the experience edge. I expected a lot more of him.
And maybe I should stop expecting so much out of McCain.
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