I’m calling it a draw… I though Sen. McCain did much better on the economy and health care than he did in the first debate. He slammed Sen. Obama on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and challenged the assumption that is was deregulation caused the financial crisis. He completely lost me with mortgage buy up program though.
Both candidates did very well on health care. McCain made a strong pitch for free market solutions, Obama pushing a big government solution. Ditto entitlement reform.
Foreign policy and national security are John McCain’s strong suits and his saviors tonight. I had it as a draw or slight lead for Sen. Obama up until the last 30 minutes or so, McCain simply outclassed Obama. Sen. Obama still couldn’t offer a coherent policy on Russia and equivocated on support for Israel.
As an aside I thought Tom Brokaw a far better and more even handed job as moderator than either Jim Lehrer or Gwen Ifill.