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On Friday, Sept. 26 all eyes turned to watch the most anticipated debate of the year taking place. Presidential candidates Sen. John McCain and Sen. Barack Obama faced off in a debate on the University of Mississippi campus in Oxford, Miss. The debate was centered on foreign policy and the economic crisis.
Yet the debate almost didn’t occur as McCain was pushing for a halt on all campaigning, including the debate. McCain stated that all attention needed to be turned to the $700 billion bailout deal in the works for Wall Street companies. The House of Representatives will vote on the deal Monday, Sept. 29.
Two full days after the presidential debate Obama has raised in the polls and many students can understand why he’s claimed the lead.
“I thought Barack did better than McCain,” Benjamin Carter said. “He also was much more respectful of McCain’s views than McCain was of his. At times, McCain was extremely rude.”
The senior broadcast journalism major from Pasadena, Calif. was not alone.
“I was looking forward to the debate because I felt it was a chance for Barack to sway the independents,” said Marcus Davis, a sophomore English major from College Park, Ga. “And I thought he did just that.”
While most agreed that they believed Obama had done well, they all had high expectations for the Illinois Senator.
“I was expecting Obama to chew out McCain, to better him in the sense of policy, everything,” Carter said.
Britney Littles, a senior business administration major at the University of Michigan, agreed.
“I thought Barack would be dominant and McCain would look weak,” Littles said.
Yet all agreed that the debate outcome faired even.
“I thought Barack did better but as far as addressing the issues, they were equal,” Littles said.
Though most haven’t declared a winner of the debate, many believe this debate alone won’t clinch the election for either.
“The race has always been close. I thought the debate was important but I didn’t think it was going to make or break anybody,” Davis said.
The race has been too close to truly call anyone a winner, but both presidential hopefuls plan to debate their ways to Nov. 4 to earn the title.
The next scheduled debate for Obama and McCain is Oct. 7 in a town hall style meeting at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn.