UPDATE: Kissinger: McCain is right; corrects Obama on talking to Iran.
UPDATE: Bill Kristol said on Fox after the debate, that it was clearly McCain's night as he won 8/9 question segments but there was no clear KO. I beg to differ.
John McCain stood out last night with Barack Obama before the American people clearly defining his positions on the economy, energy, health care, and foreign relations. He came across as a strong, extremely experienced leader.
From the get go, McCain put the stuttering, sputtering Obama on the defense.
At least half dozen times, McCain used the phrase Senator Obama doesn't seem yet to understand..... to KO his opponent. Obama came across as weak. No wonder our enemies are want to see O elected.
McCain was clearly in command of the foreign policy part of this debate. On Iraq. On Iran. On Afghanistan. On Pakistan. On North Korea. On Russia. On the Russian invasion of Georgia.
McCain made Obama look shifty, naive and tentative in this debate, at times in ways that made me embarrassed for the junior senator from Illinois. And Obama's Kissinger reference will surely come back to haunt him as Kissinger issued a correction after the debate.
McCain emphatically supports spending restraint, earmark elimination and low taxes. He reiterates that American businesses have the second highest tax rate---35%---in the world which don't need to be raised. Obama opined about too many loopholes in these taxes.
McCain explained his part opposition to President Bush on spending, climate change, torture of prisoners to name a few. He recalled that he opposed President Reagan on sending troops into Lebanon.
McCain is his own man.
McCain said Obama doesn't know the difference between a tactic and a strategy in Iraq. He accused Obama of wanting to snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory in Iraq, the central theater of the War on Terror, and said the surge continues to be shown to be effective and successful.