Video: Presidential Town Hall Debate from Belmont University (10/7/08)

Here is the entire, unedited debate video of the Presidential Town Hall style debate from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. The debate was 90 minutes and moderated by NBC News anchor, Tom Brokaw. It featured questions derived from the chosen audience and from a selection submitted on the internet.

The entire debate video from MSNBC:

Here is the entire video split in 10 parts from YouTube:

I thought it was rather tame for the most part. McCain went out a little in attacking Obama and they both point fingers a bit. Obama was on his message and McCain dropped the bombshell of his new economic plan for the government to buyout troubled mortgages. I don’t think the ball advanced much down the field in either direction truthfully.

Sound off below..

  • Zanthor

    Maybe this is silly but if McCain says ‘my friends’ one more time I’ll scream. He’s is not my friend. McCain did an excellent job in this debate. My wife was undecided before this debate. She is now voting for Obama. Thank you Sir! You all may wonder why? She likes hearing about issues and what they’ll do to solve problems… Instead McCain took every opportunity he could to sling mud. In know… I know… Obama did some slinging also. McCain did a lot more attacking…

    Did I hear McCain say that Obama would raise taxes but he wouldn’t? Then he followed up with explaining that his health plan would be financed with a new tax on those of us that have Health care from our employers? Sounds like increasing tax? Silly silly man. McCain is costing himself the election. I don’t have a problem with that.

  • Darius

    OBAMA 08. Everyone get on board now because he will be our next president. so grin and bear it. There is no way McCain will win.

  • Mike

    hey thanks henry (post #2) for the direct link.

  • David

    I think it is quite funny how Obama dances around every question. McCain isn’t much better. I say Palin for president and let it be.

  • Ironman

    As I’ve said before, “I’m suprised the republicans have faired as well as they have.
    Their battle has been entirely uphill trying to dig out from under Bush,..”they can do no right in the eyes of middle and left America”. And if they lose, it will be middle America that cast the vote. I’m a middle of the road sort, I’ve voted in 2 democratic presidents.

    Party affiliation has nothing to with my decision in this election.

    What I find interesting are statements like Obama answers the questions. Did he really? He only said he was going to do something about issues,.. or that they needed to be addressed,.. or what the “key” was. He and McCain said almost the same thing just worded differently.

    As far as mud slinging,..give me a break! People will see what they want to.
    Obamas opening statements were sharp attacks on McCain intended to make him another Bush. and it certainley didnt end there.

    Should Obama be our next President,.. I will never be “on board” and I will never support him.

    His concepts of change will enslave America and put it on its knees.

    If that is where you wish to live, so beit.
    I for one choose to walk as a free man.

    Darius,

    Its not over til somebody sings. ;)

  • PVT.

    McCain has the best experince and backbone to run this country, Obama has hardly any experience all he does is talk crap and people would rather listen to how we are going to fi the problems and he keeps blaming blaming and blaming he needs to grow up and get more experience, VOTE MCCAIN!!!

  • Zanthor

    It’s interesting how people hear what they want to hear… Saying that ‘all he does is talk crap’ about Obama tells me you weren’t watching the same dabate I was. I wanted both of them to talk about issues not attack each other. Did Obama attack? Yes. McCain however took it to new levels. For most questions McCain just used it as another chance to say something bad about Obama rather then focusing on the issue.

    My wife was truly undecided before these 3 debates… 2 Presidential and 1 Vice… She called me after the last one and told me when I got home I should watch the last one. I asked her why? She said McCain must be really scared, that’s all he did was attack. I watched it and agreed with her assesment. She watched the debates with an open mind. Not leaning one way or the other. McCain helped her make up her mind.

    McCain will gain some votes by wagging a dirty campaign these but he will lose more. Ultimately, I feel, it will cost him the election.

  • Babs

    And do you think ACORN might now cost Obama the election? If you TRULY have an open mind, open it now. McCain was not attacking in the debate nearly as much as he should have. And if you listened to the last question, and the answer that both gave, you wouldn’t have chosen Obama.

  • Ironman

    Being open minded is easy to say,.. but its one of the hardest things to do.

    I can honestly say I like some of the things Obama has said, I disagree with probably about an equal amount.

    I dont agree with all of what McCain has to say.

    But Obama is not the kind of person I’d want to be in power.
    for several reasons.

    I’d rather see someone whos dumb as a post (popular view of Palin) than the likes of him.

    Obama can not shake this nagging past, or his associations with radicals and racist. Why?,.. because thats who he is!

    I support anything that would stop him from becoming president, up to and including a birth certificate.

    If you think Bush economics was bad,…

    Read between the lines people,..are you so set on the words “change”, and “21st century” that you are blind to what is being sold to you.

    Take one,.. just one issue that Obama has openly stated.

    He said you will have a choice when it comes to health care.
    You can keep what you have, or you can get on the healthcare/welfare program.
    If you are a struggling family that cant afford “Insurance” (remember that word) you will be puinished by having to pay money you allready dont have. What will your option be at that point? You will be forced to go on “healthfare”.

    Some might say “whats the problem”?

    1. Instead of reforming the health care system thats gotten as greedy as wallstreet,.. we are going to feed the Insurance industry.

    2. Big Brother Obama is going to “force” middle and lower class families and small buisness into welfare,..

    3. No matter what words come out of his mouth consider the above. Where is the money going to come from?
    Its going to come from you. He IS NOT going to cut spending nearly enough to support this plan.
    What will happen when health care becomes co called “free”.

    The medical proffesion will make astronomical proffits, and the Insurance companies that back this whole mess will become the next Fannie Mae. Unless of course Big Brother comes and explains to the American people the reason your taxes are rising even though he said they wouldnt, is to prevent another colapse.

    People,.. we may well never agree completely on any thing,.. but economics and everything else on the face of the planet is goverened by the laws of nature.

    If I keep taking water out of the pond, it will go dry if nothings put back,.. it will take longer if we put back less than what we take.

    We’ve been drawing from the pond for a long time now.
    And we are begining to see the results

  • Zanthor

    One must consider the past of both. I agree with that. I remember a time in our history where people were blacklisted and called communists. Because they joined the communist party? Nope. They were at a meeting in college with someone who was in that party or had a friend who had a friend who sat next to someone who knew another guy who might or might not have said something wrong… blah blah…

    When you are eight years old and met someone… I don’t think that means that you agree with everything that person did or said. You meet him later in life and maybe are on the same board together. Still doesn’t mean you agree totally with that person.

    I remember all the things brought up in the last election… A president with an alcohol problem ‘in his past’… A draft dodger ‘in his past’. Etc. Yet he was elected. Repulicans said… that was all ‘in the past’ and he learned form his mistakes and is a better person for it. Now flash forward 4-8 years. Guess when you are losing an election it’s ok to smear the other person.

    If you want to take apart Obama’s plans and ask how is he going to pay for it. That is a very good question. One of many that should be asked. I whole heartedly agree that both of their plans should be fully explained. Sadly we won’t get taht from either. Both of them have baggage. No doubt. To ignore McCain’s and focus only on Obama is dangerous. Some of the points might prove to be true but I am sure most won’t. Smoke and mirrors.

    Maybe one of McCain’s supporters on this forum can explain a little bit what the ‘Keating 5′ is. I would love to see a postive spin on something that was actually proven. Something that shows McCain’s character and his decision making abilities on financial matters that affected a lot of people. They both asked us to look at their records to prove what kind of people they are. What kind of leaders they’ll be. I can hear some replies already… ‘That back in the 1980′s-90′s’ ‘That is ‘in the past’ and not important to right now…’

    Things like this take time to prove or disprove. All the accusation from McCain are just that accusations. Nothing proven. I’ll stick with what is proven over time. I never said Obama was a saint. I just think he is better then McCain. You can’t pick an choose what to remember and what ot ignore just because it will make your candidate look bad or incompatent.

  • Angela

    Honestly they both pointed figures at each other, and sometimes that’s ok, but to me I think they should have focused more on the questions and what we all want to know about everything going on today. I think it was somewhat pointless for them to go back and forth putting down each other. Thats something that they could have saved for another time, or just let the people look up their records to know what all they did in the past and now. I personally don’t like either of them but I’m still going to vote for the one I think would be better then the other. Well that’s really all I have to say.

  • Ironman

    “I remember all the things brought up in the last election… A president with an alcohol problem ‘in his past’… A draft dodger ‘in his past’. Etc. Yet he was elected. Repulicans said… that was all ‘in the past’ and he learned form his mistakes and is a better person for it. Now flash forward 4-8 years. Guess when you are losing an election it’s ok to smear the other person.”

    Who is smearing anyone?
    I stated straight forward why I wont support Obama.

    Keating 5, what spin does there have to be? McCain was getting dirty with special interest, and tried to protect others in that affair.

    Does that null and void this?

    20 years a member of a church that preaches a doctrine of racism. was that a casual connection?
    Instructing members of the ACORN group,.. was that one of those “I was only 8 then wound up on the same board later” deals?,…
    Was Obamas relationship with William Ayers a casual aquaintence? :)

    Whats his connection to Reins again?
    And who has backed Obama financialy?

    Yeah,.. lets compare canidates and their indiscretions.
    Lets do just like suggested and compare records.

    Thats what I’ll advocate.

  • Ironman

    Almost forgot,

    “I didnt inhale” and he got elected too!

  • http://WWW.NYMIKE3STORE.COM MIKE BARBERA

    THE FUNDAMENTAL SUMMARY RESULTS OF THIS DEBATE IS
    OBAMA ADMITS WE CANNOT WITHDRAW FROM THE
    MIDDLE EAST AND HE ALSO CONFIRMED TO REMAIN IN AFGHANISTAN.
    THE TRUTH IS WE CANNOT LEAVE IRAQ, WE HAVE TO MUCH INVESTED IN MONEY AND BLOOD.
    AS FAR AS OSAMA BINLADIN HE IS WHERE HE HAS ALWAYS BEEN, IN SAUDI ARABIA WITH HIS FATHER
    AND FAMILY IN A PALACE WITH HIS KIDNEY DIALYSIS MACHINE.THE U.S.
    HAS INVESTED HEAVILY IN NATURAL GAS AND OIL PIPELINES IN THE UKRAINE,GEORGIA(tbilisi,city invaded)
    AND AFGHANISTAN AND HAS SOLD THE RIGHTS TO OIL COMPANIES TO EXTRACT THAT NATURAL RESOURCE
    .IRAN IS A STRATEGIC TARGET FOR THE U.S. TO MONOPOLIZE AN AREA TO CONNECT A CLEAR FLOW OF OIL.
    WE MUST AND WILL LIBERATE IRAN NOT ONLY FOR ECONOMIC ADVANTAGE BUT ALSO TO STABALIZE
    A REGION THAT IS A FUTURE THREAT TO THE U.S. THIS IS WHAT WAS SAID AND CONFIRMED.
    IN ADDITION OIL COMPANIES UNDER OBAMA WILL NOT RECEIVE BILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO DRILL
    AFTER THEY WIN/OUTBID OTHER COMPANIES FOR OIL CONTRACTS.
    OBAMA STATED IF YOU MAKE $250,000.00 PER YEAR DO NOT EXPECT ADDITIONAL TAX BREAKS.
    HOWEVER IF YOU MAKE LESS THAN $200,000.00 THAN EXPECT ADDITIONAL TAX BREAKS.
    WHAT I DO NOT AGREE WITH IS MANDATING HEALTH INSURANCE OR
    GIVING BUSINESS OWNERS TAX INCENTIVES TO HELP PAY FOR EMPLOYEE BENEFITS.
    WHY? BECAUSE BUSINESS OWNERS ARE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR WAYS
    TO INCREASE THEIR PERSONAL INCOME OR BUSINESS ASSETS WHICH MEANS
    AN INSUFFICIENT HEALTH PLAN WITH HIGHER DEDUCTIBLES AND LESS HOSPITALIZATION COVERAGE.
    THIS IS WHERE SENATOR HILLARY CLINTON WAS STRONG.
    A UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE PLAN FOR THE UNINSURED OR WORKING POOR.A ZERO DEDUCTABLE,
    100% COVERAGE PLUS HEAVY DEDUCTABLES ON PRESCRIPTION DRUGS.
    IT IS A MEDICARE,CHILD HEALTH PLUS POLICY THAT WOULD ALSO COVER PARENTS OR CHILDREN
    OVER 18 YEARS OF AGE 100%. A SMALL PREMIUM MONTHLY PAYMENT WOULD GO BY INCOME,
    EXAMPLE IF A FAMILY OF 5 HOUSEHOLD EARNS $40,000.00 THEY WOULD
    PAY APPROXIMATELY $79.00 PER MONTH FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY FOR 100% COVERAGE.
    WEALTHIER INDIVIDUALS WILL STILL BE ABLE TO PURCHASE THE
    INSURANCE OF THEIR CHOICE FROM THEIR COMPANY OR OTHER CORPORATE INSURANCE COMPANIES
    AND CHOOSE THE LEVEL OF HEALTH CARE AND COVERAGE.
    OBAMA FINALLY STATED AT LEAST WHAT “CHANGE” FINALLY MEANT WITH HIS PRESIDENCY.
    MCCAIN IS WHAT NEEDS TO BE RETIRED FROM WASHINGTON,
    FAT BUREAUCRATS WITH DEEP POCKETS TO ENHANCE THE INDIVIDUAL SENATORS WEALTH
    WHILE PASSING THE TAX INCENTIVES
    ON THE WORKING CLASS THROUGH HIGHER TAXES.
    WE WILL SEE NO DIFFERENCE WITH THE MCCAIN PRESIDENCY JUST TOUGHER ECONOMIC TIMES.
    I DO HOWEVER FELL MCCAIN WOULD PROVE TO BE A MORE NO NONSENSE “COMMANDER IN CHIEF”
    AND HAS A MORE CLEAR REALISTIC APPROACH TO THE SECURITY OF
    AMERICA DOMESTICALLY AND INTERNATIONALLY.I AM AMAZED HOW THE SLOGAN “CHANGE”
    CAN SWAY DEMOCRATS LIKE A BOGUS “50% OFF SALE”! FELLOW AMERICANS
    WE ARE NOT LEAVING IRAQ BECAUSE IRAN WILL INVADE WITH THE
    HELP OF ALQUIDA AND BUTCHER THOUSANDS OF IRAQI’S AND GAIN
    CONTROL OVER IRAQS OIL PRODUCTION.
    FOR THIRTY YEARS WE GIVE $200-300 MILLION DOLLARS TO
    ISREAL AND IRONICALLY WE GAVE YASSAR ARAFAT AND HIS PLO $80 MILLION PER YEAR.
    THIS IS OUR MONEY THAT WE PAY IN TAXES THAT IS GIVING AWAY EACH YEAR.
    SO I SUGGEST WE MAKE IRAQ A U.S. TERRITORY AND FINANCE OUR EFFORTS WITH THEIR OIL !
    IT WILL LOWER OUR COSTS AND WE CAN HAVE A FAST FOOD RESTAURANT CHAIN IN EVERY CITY
    WITHIN 5 YEARS AND HUNT DOWN OUR ENEMIES WITH PRECISION. NOW WHICHEVER
    CANDIDATE CHANGES THEIR TUNE AND AGREES WITH ME THAT IS WHO WILL GET MY VOTE!
    THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME IN READING MY OPINION.
    RESPECTFULLY,
    MIKE BARBERA

  • http://www.myspace.com/soccerfan4ever2116 Helena

    Obama is a very itelligent man. Color shouldn’t be an issue. Go Obama! WHOOO!

  • Ironman

    On campaign Smears,

    http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-na-campaign11-2008oct11,0,3655146.story?track=rss

    Please read it all including the captions

  • Jeremy Mackintosh

    Obama is the best

  • http://www.google.com Student

    obama sucks admit it
    mccain 08′ get that in mind because that is what is going to happen

  • crai

    Wasn’t there a rule in Presidential candidate debate 4 or 8 year ago that the candidates were not allowed to address each other? There was too much finger pointing in this. Both candidates lost their points.

  • http://www.myspace.com/soccerfan4ever2116 Helena

    Is it just me, or is McCain always whistling while he is talking? With the ‘chssss… chssss’ sound? =P

  • http://www.myspace.com/soccerfan4ever2116 Helena

    This is like the fourth time I have listened to this debate for this paper I have to write, but one thing that stood out besides the noises from McCain was how taxes will be lowered. I highly doubt it will, it really will depend on the area, how much money you make and etc. I wonder how they will if they do, it’ll be a miracle!!! We would all party if everything was lowered in money! haha! =S

  • Brie

    In my opinion Obama won hands down, no matter what he is going to be our next president no matter how many poeple want to say McCain is better, because he is not, and i can deffinetley tell that most of the united states is realizing that Obama will make a better president. (just look at the polls!) and just because senator McCain has more expeirience does not at all, in any way mean he will be a better president, and he has to stop using that he has more expierience to be the anwser to all of the questions he is being asked. i feel as if Obama took over the whole debate. Even if i was a McCain fan (which i’m not) I would just tell myself forget about it because Obama is going to win.

    GO BARACK OBAMA!!!!!!!!