Under the stark headline “Obama crushed McCain”, Jonathan Chait writes for The New Republic than in contrast to the first debate, yesterday’s presidential debate had a clear winner.

“First, Obama constantly invoked the lived experience of Americans and explained how his proposals would relate to them. McCain hardly ever did this–even when he got specific, like on pork barrel spending, he did not relate it to peoples’ lives. Second, McCain was just nasty–calling Obama “that one,” and delivering zingers like “Did we hear the size of the fine” with a smile so forced it looked like it would break his face.

“More substantively, Obama absolutely crushed McCain on tax cuts for the rich, budgetary priorities, and health care. He clearly explained why McCain’s health care deregulation will hurt people.”

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Peter Fray

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