Presidential Debate #1
The Hiller Instinct: Presidential Debate #1
Even with the bail-out included--where both candidates were weak--much of the debate was filled with phrases and positions from their stump speeches. But, tonight, Obama's answers sounded sharper, more sweeping, and better thought out.
Obama was also the aggressor in the debate, and McCain often looked down or away when he was under attack--which made him appear uncomfortable. McCain also seemed less energetic.
All that makes Obama the winner tonight. He was more confident and in command than he's been in the past. In a word, he was more presidential.
While there are still two more debates to go, history says the first is the most influential.
My guess is that--as always--both candidates will claim victory, and both will have some evidence to offer...but I think Obama will have much more.
I'm Andy Hiller and that's my instinct.
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