Well, I have just finished watching the first 2008 Presidential Debate between Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL). (I don't have cable in my house yet, so I had to watch the debates online.)
I have to say that I was disappointed with Sen. Obama. He did not seem to be very aggressive or straight forward. He was weak in his defense of Sen. McCain's points and rarely had a strong counterpoint. After scanning a few of my favorite news sources, and a few general sources, I was surprised by the lack of support for Sen. Obama's performance. It seems the media, who has been a cheerleader for Sen. Obama in the past, was also disappointed.
Sen. McCain seemed to be only opponent in attendance who was interested in direct clash. Sen. McCain also seemed to have a better handle on foreign affairs, aside from his 'punish by ignoring' policy. Although, Sen. McCain enjoyed getting on tangents which included sob stories of families who lost children in war, his attendance at ceremonies of solders signing up for another tour in Iraq, and his bracelet honoring a dead solider. But wait, Sen. Obama has a bracelet too!
Every year I am frustrated by the lack of direct clash, inability to directly answer the lead questions, and general nature of the debates. I thought the purpose of these debates to allow for direct interactions between candidates. However, it seems to be an extension of previous speeches.
I am excited to see the Vice Presidential Debates. Palin has not been very successful in her public interviews and speeches, with the exception of her initial appearance at the Republican Convention. This may be the Democrats change to make the Republican look weak.
I have not yet made up my mind as to whom I will be supporting coming the November elections. I am not excited about either candidate and both candidates have qualities which cause me to be nervous. Given the current economic, foreign affairs, and domestic status, I believe this will an incredibly important election. ...oh and don't even get me started on the bail out proposal.
Anyone else, just as disappointed as I am? Anyone else eager for the Vice Presidential debates? I would love to hear your thoughts.