53% of the uncommitted voters surveyed identified Barack Obama as the winner of the debate. 22% said John McCain won. 25% saw the debate as a draw. Before the debate, 54% thought Obama shared their values. After the debate, that the number rose to 64%. --52% thought McCain shared their values before the debate, and 55% voters thought so afterwards.
CNN gave the debate to Obama by 58% to 31%.
I watched the debate live and I was impressed by Sen. Obama's performance, knowledge and overall style. Sen. McCain spent so much time attacking his opponent, he neglected to show how his administration would differ from Bush. Among other things, McCain's constant invocation of "Joe the plumber" was irritating. If you don't know what I am talking about, you can read the debate transcript and watch the video here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/interactives/campaign08/debates/?hpid=topnews
Two things were hilarious. Watch the photo and video below:
John McCain almost takes the wrong exit after the final presidential debate. Photograph: Reuters
ZERO??? Blink...blink...blink :-o
McCain asks the amount of the fine that Barack Obama would impose on small business owners for not providing health care. Barack Obama answers “Zero.” McCain is taken aback by this apparently unexpected answer. So much so that he looks like a “deer in the headlights”. I cannot help laughing every time I watch this video (just listen to Obama and watch McCain's reaction...hilarious).