Will the gloves come off?
When asked – John McCain said that tonight is the night when he will take the gloves off in the debate. But will that work – if you take into account that the audience will be made up of undecided voters.
They, more that partisan voters, are none too keen on negativity.
At a campaign event in Denver, Colorado, last week, a voter asked McCain when he was going to “let the gloves come off and go after” Obama.
McCain’s response: “How about Tuesday night?”
I am sure, as you are reading this, you are looking forward to the debate just as much as I am. I am, believe me, expecting explosions tonight. McCain is tanking and he only has himself to blame.
These are the Town Hall meeting that he wanted to take on Obama in – but couldn’t agree with the Obama camp how they should be moderated so he lost out. That was the first time we saw that McCain was a bit erratic. Add to that his recent behaviour and you are getting an over all picture of a McCain America.
It wasn’t clear if the first debate would even take place because McCain suspended his campaign, he said, to focus on the financial crisis. By the morning of the debate, he said he thought Congress had made enough progress on the bailout proposal for him to go ahead with the debate. Democrats blasted his move as a political stunt.
Political stunt indeed – McCain is now claiming credit for the “Bail-out” – if proof were needed that he would use his odd stance to promote his economic mantel – which most know that he doesn’t have.
The economy – as I have said so many time before – is what will win this election. Bush and Bush policies will just not cut it – and McCain is following Bush economic policy, with a bit more for added effect.
Look into John McCain’s healthcare plan – it will scare you to death. It is a fine plan – as long as you have a job – but with 159,000 jobs lost in the last month, that doesn’t bode well for that one.
The candidates on Tuesday will not only take questions from moderator Tom Brokaw of NBC News, but they’ll also answer questions from people in the audience and from Internet participants.
The audience will be made up of uncommitted voters.
“These debates, town hall debates, are often very telling, they often provide the most dramatic moments in a campaign,” said Bill Schneider, CNN’s senior political analyst.
“If either of the candidates tries to go negative when you’re with an audience of ordinary voters, they don’t like it. We’ve heard them sometimes get very upset when the candidates start attacking each other, so that’s going to be hard to do in a town hall format,” he said.
This is another of John McCain’s strong points, as was the foreign policy debate last week, even though much of that debate was the economy, which we can’t reiterate enough is what Americans think about – Town Hall debates is where McCain feel most comfortable so this is his real last big throw of the dice. The pressure is on McCain because of that – if he doesn’t blow Obama away tonight – you will see many more minutes aired slagging Obama off and no content whatsoever from the McCain campaign.
When the final debate comes up I think we will see which way this election is going to fall.
I still, as I always have, predict a landslide victory for Obama. I could be made to eat humble pie – but I just think this is going to be a big win for the Democrats.