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October 14, 2008

3rd Presidential Debate: Will McCain ‘Go After’ Obama?

   Is it about to ‘pop off’ at Hofstra University at the 3rd debate? John McCain seems to be talking loudly and carrying a small stick.

Taegan Goddard reports that John McCain confirmed this morning he would try to bring up William Ayers at Wednesday’s debate. McCain appeared to blame Obama for the move:

  In an interview on a St. Louis radio station, McCain said Obama’s comments that “I didn’t have the guts” to talk about William Ayers in the last presidential debate have “probably ensured” that the former 1960s radical will come up in Wednesday’s debate.

The Huffington Post’s Seth Colter Walls wrote Monday that Ayers was “expected” to come up at the debate.

When asked if McCain plans to “go after” Obama on these topics this Wednesday, Bounds added: “So much of a debate is determined by the moderator and the questions that are posed to the candidates. I expect it could come up and I expect John McCain will ask Barack Obama to speak truthfully about his relationship with friend and unrepentant terrorist Bill Ayers. I think that voters deserve to know, deserve to vet these candidates to the fullest extent… Certainly, Bill Ayers raises questions. Certainly, Tony Rezko raises questions.”

If it is McCain’s intention to raise the issue of Ayers — with or without moderator Bob Schieffer’s prompting — it would serve as something of an answered prayer to many of the Arizonan’s town hall attendees, one of whom even begged McCain to bring on the character attacks in the last presidential debate of the season.

Debate is scheduled for 9PM EST/8PM CST on networks, CNN, MSNBC





  1. is mccain ready for the backlash? liddy, todd palin and the AIP, other gop members who have worked with ayers, plus mccain’s keating’s culpability? mccain has steadfastly refused to introduce rev. wright into his own rhetoric and has cautioned his party against doing so (in spite of palin’s errant persistence) because he knows their religious associations can’t take similar scrutiny. were i mccain, i would also tread very lightly on the ayers issue. obama has proved to be more than ready to hit back when the need arises.

    Comment by angelic1 — October 14, 2008 @ 2:52 pm | Reply

  2. Angelic – Since McCain is feeling big and bad let him go ahead and knock himself out.

    All Obama has to do is to tell McCain to give him a high five instead of a handshake.

    Then Obama should raise his right hand and watch as McCain attempts time and time again to high five him.

    After about ten attempts McCain will be too tired to even debate.

    McCain’s arms are too short to box with Obama – on many levels.

    Comment by Paulette — October 14, 2008 @ 3:39 pm | Reply

  3. paulette, you are SO wrong! my co-workers had me laughing last week after the last debate as the demonstrated him walking around the townhall meeting stage. and now you invoke the image of mccain trying to slap the brotha five!!! but seriously, his arms are too short to box with obama, literally and figuratively.

    Comment by angelic1 — October 14, 2008 @ 5:19 pm | Reply

  4. 😆 McCain walking aimlessly around the stage for most of the debate last week made him seem like a crazy senile person.

    And let me be clear – I want Obama to raise his right hand over his (Obama’s) head while McCain tries to high-five him. I want McCain to jump as he attempts to give him a high-five.

    Did you hear that there is a possibility that Palin’s house was built for FREE by the contractors who built the monstrosity of a Sports Center Complex in Wasilla?


    Comment by Paulette — October 14, 2008 @ 6:53 pm | Reply

  5. she’s proving to be a real republican: a lying hypocrite who says one thing and does another.

    Comment by angelic1 — October 14, 2008 @ 9:21 pm | Reply

  6. No doubt McCain will bring up the character stuff, but when he does he’ll sound like a hypocrite. He’s tried to take the “high road” for the most part and let barracuda and the gang do all the dirty work. The only thing he’s done personally is distort Obama’s record and kept the good folks at factcheck.org busy. If the REpub base had had their way, they’d gone after the “culture” issues, as one pundit put it, from the get go. McCain wanted to keep it clean. Who knows, maybe he has something to hide.

    McCain lost the race when he threatened to bail from the 2nd debate. In dramatic fashion, he suspended his campaign and went down to Washington with his superman cape on to save the day, but by all accounts, his antics nearly derailed the bailout completely. And instead of watching the 3rd debate, we might all be in a breadline.

    At this point, even if 3/4 of the undecided voters are swayed by the character crap, it won’t matter. The race is just not that close – now if Obama supporters, especially the young among us, actually go out and vote, Obama will be our next President.

    Comment by ribbie — October 14, 2008 @ 10:28 pm | Reply

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