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Obama won't keep his promise to debate McCain "anywhere, anytime."

Original post made by Meg, Old Palo Alto, on Aug 18, 2008

From Investors Business Daily TodayWeb Link

It was only in May that Sen. Barack Obama cockily proclaimed he would debate Sen. John McCain "anywhere, anytime." But in June, Obama said no to McCain's challenge to have 10 one-on-one town hall meetings.

After what happened at Lake Forest, Calif.'s evangelical Saddleback megachurch Saturday evening, we may have found that debating is Obama's Achilles' heel. Whether or not you like the idea of such events being held in religious venues, the plain-and-simple method of questioning used by Saddleback pastor and best-selling author Rick Warren revealed fundamental differences between these two men.

"It's one of those situations where the devil is in the details," Obama said at one point. He could have been referring to his own oratorical shortcomings when a teleprompter is unavailable. We learned a lot more about the real Obama at Saddleback than we will next week as he delivers his acceptance speech in Denver before a massive stadium crowd.

Asked to name figures he would rely on for advice, Obama gave the stock answer of family members. McCain pointed to Gen. David Petraeus, Iraq's scourge of the surge; Democratic Rep. John Lewis, who "had his skull fractured" by white racists while protesting for civil rights in the 60s; plus Internet entrepreneur Meg Whitman, the innovative former CEO of eBay.

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Posted by Pam
a resident of College Terrace
on Aug 18, 2008 at 5:48 pm

The contrast between the respective candidates' performances at the Saddleback Forum was startling.
Not only did McCain beat Obama handily on substance, but the latter lost on style — his alleged strong point — as well. Obama may be able to raise his style points during this fall's debates, he may even be able to get up to speed on the issues — but Saturday night unequivocally showed Obama's supporters that one irremediable difference is, in fact, a serious problem: the chasm between his experience and McCain's.

Obama's going to need his presumed enormous advantage in funds as well as the continued assistance of the media.
Despite spending more money to this point than any candidate in history, Obama can't separate from McCain.

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