Ford Center for the Performing Arts
University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS
Friday, September 26, 2008
|“This was a clear victory for Barack Obama
on John McCain’s home turf.
Senator McCain offered nothing but more of the same failed Bush
policies, and Barack Obama made a forceful case for change in our
economy and our foreign policy. While Senator McCain wants to keep
giving huge tax cuts to corporations and said nothing about the
challenges Americans are facing in their daily lives, Barack Obama will
be a fierce advocate for tax cuts for the middle class, affordable
health care, and a new energy economy that creates millions of jobs.
While foreign policy was supposed to be John McCain’s top issue, Barack
Obama commanded that part of the debate with a clear call to
responsibly end a misguided war in Iraq so that we can finish the fight
against al Qaeda in Afghanistan. John McCain needed a game-changer
tonight, and by any measure he didn’t get it.”
Obama-Biden campaign manager David Plouffe
|"There was one man who was presidential
tonight, that man was John
McCain. There was another who was political, that was Barack Obama.
John McCain won this debate and controlled the dialogue throughout,
whether it was the economy, taxes, spending, Iraq or Iran. There was a
leadership gap, a judgment gap, and a boldness gap on display tonight,
a fact Barack Obama acknowledged when he said John McCain was right at
least five times. Tonight's debate showed John McCain in command of the
issues and presenting a clear agenda for America's future."
McCain-Palin 2008 communications director Jill Hazelbaker
|New York Times||"RIVALS
DISPLAY STARK CONTRAST IN CLASHES ON WAR AND ECONOMY: First Encounter:
Obama Assails Bush Policies ad McCain Cites Experience" by Adam
Nagourney and Jeff Zeleny.
...and "Beyond Ideology a Collision of Generations" (The TV Watch) by Alessandra Stanley.
close up of McCain and
Obama shaking hands before or after the debate (although the caption
Doug Mills, The New York Times.
||"In First Debate, Candidates Quarrel on Iraq, Express Optimism for Bailout" by Michael D. Shear and Shailagh Murray.||Wide
shot from behind the
shows the two standing at their podiums and between them moderator Jim
Lehrer seated at his desk.
Pool photo by Chip Somodevilla.
|Wall Street Journal
||"Obama, McCain Spar on War, Fiscal Crisis in First Debate" by Laura Meckler, Elizabeth Holmes and Amy Chozick.||Medium
wide shot of McCain and Obama at podiums.
The ONE Campaign
Partnership for a Secure America
Save Darfur Coalition
Veterans for America
National Public Radio
University of Dayton: Randy Sparks
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