McCain looks more awake---Obama looks more tired than last time.
Strong opening from McCain. Could have used more detail.
Strong opening from Obama.
Taxes: McCain wins this round. "Why raise taxes at all" and "spread the wealth" attacks were very effective.
Deficit: McCain has more specifics than Obama. Obama focusing on branding McCain Bush III. McCain slams him with "I'm not President Bush, if you wanted to run against President Bush, you should have run four years ago." This is going to be a memorable line. Still, I think this round is a draw in the end. Obama came back strong and McCain went on the defensive.
Tone of campaign: McCain is delivering a VERY aggressive attack. Calls Obama's integrity into question. Obama says "100% of your ads have been negative."
McCain is responding strongly to Obama's rebuttal. Calling Obama out on supposed inaccuracies in his ads. They are going at each other pretty strong. Obama trying to diffuse by basically putting the "tone of campaign" issue aside. McCain looks
far more passionate and engaged which may give him this round.
***Edit---Obama addressing Ayers issue. I think this may be a mistake. Gives a decent explanation, though. Now distancing himself from ACORN...another plausible explanation. Not sure if this is a good idea or not. We'll see.
Running Mates: This is basically fluff on both sides. Draw.
Energy/Trade: Obama is in talking point land, and I think struggling a bit. McCain's proposals were not new, but better communicated. McCain wins the smaller argument about NAFTA from my point of view. McCain slams Obama on never being south of the border...I think he got too aggressive on the Columbia issue. Obama's response didn't really add up though.
...off to just watch for a bit.