Video: Clips from the final Presidential Debate 10/15/08

The final Presidential Debate between Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain from Hofstra University is coming to an end. The video clips are rolling in and we have a large selection for you below.

Watch the entire, unedited debate video here: Video: Final Presidential Debate from Hofstra University

Joe the Plumber was very popular tonight.

Clips from MSNBC:










Watch the entire, unedited debate video here: Video: Final Presidential Debate from Hofstra University

  • As a small business owner myself, I found Barack Obama’s positions on health care and taxes far more convincing than John McCain’s. Sebator Obama also has a far more sober and commanding presence, while Senator McCain seems to get confused and fall back on attacks, even when they don’t seem to have much to do with the topic.

    Senator McCain did better than in his last debate, but I’d still vote Senator Obama the winner of this debate.

  • EricF

    well i think McCain made it very clear. if you think government knows better about whats best for you then vote Obama. if you think you know whats best for you then vote McCain.

  • kc

    I think Obama’s perspective on healthcare and education make more sense to me and me being a student having to pay for college on my own. I seriosly do not want to go through four years of mccain please everyone who is of age VOTE!!!! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE

  • OBAMA_SUCKS

    I still do not trust Obama, at all.

  • Luis Angel Vega

    Yea Obama is actually calm and he indeed seems very convinced that he is right, Mccain is busy launching atacks at Obama all the time -.-, and I almost graduate, I do seriously want Obama to win this

  • kh

    Well, I’m very pleased to see that our college students in this country are capable of creating run-on sentences, and mispelling words at a 5th grade reading level. Being of age to vote, does not mean that you should. I’m a small business owner as well Ben. How is it that increasing taxes on your business once you generate $250k+ in revenue, which isn’t incredibly high, make more sense?

  • Al C

    Lower taxes and smaller government policies will keep us profitable and competitive in a global economy. I believe that McCain understands this, and is a true Patriot, with the experience to lead this Proud Nation. He will reach across the aisle to bring this fractured Government together.

  • James B

    Mccain is a clear winner. If you truly want change in the american goverment then let us clear it of democratic control. Yes Bush is a republician, but most of the congress and senate has been democratic during his term. So the problems we face now is because of democratic control. Wake up america–Obama is too unqualified to be president he has far less exprience then Sarah palin has.

  • Bluesun

    I totally agree with Obama’s campaign which are about increasing more jobs, everyone could go to college, more health care benefit for everyone either has health insurance or not, etc. McCain’s campaign, generally, is ok, but it not for the long term; whereas, Obama’s campaign is for a long run and more realistic. Obama is right. He wants all of young American have a change to go to college, in which, they can master their knowledge. Moreover, he wants everyone who is elderly has reliable health care. Vote for Obama if you care about your health and you or your children education. I bet that you won’t be disappointed.

  • howard

    Obama did great on this debate…take a look at this clip.
    http://www.youtube.com/wa…..yvqhdllXgU

  • shebrelia davis

    I feel as though Obama’s plan for the Middle Class etc., Education, Health and the Economy is much better than Mccain. Mccain does not have a plan for the Middle Class He JUST DON’T GET IT! IT’S TIME FOR A CHANGE VOTE FOR OBAMA NOT BECAUSE HE IS AN AFRICAN AMERICAN BUT BECAUSE WE NEED TO TAKE POSSESSION OF THIS RECESSION!
    VOTE OBAMA

  • Steve

    It is confusing to me how McCain can use Sarah Palin’s disabled child as a string to play on the hearts of people with Autistic children, I have an autistic Son and I saw right through his political BS. I saw him do this several times throughout the debate. I am in the Sales industry and I am very good at reading a body language and you can tell he is using the tactics of body language to show that he is concerned. If you look closely you can tell he puts on a show and is not Genuine I felt that Obama had that genuine concern and it was not a show. Dont take my word look for you self.

  • Jared

    I thought McCain did well but I don’t think it was enough.

    Obama did a good job of turning the Ayers issue on its head. Ending every turn on this topic by bringing up the fact that the subject should be devoted to talking about real issues was real slick. Overall, I don’t think McCain helped himself when he kept dragging it on and keeping the discussion alive. The “I resorted to dirty attacks cause you wouldn’t debate me” argument is weak. This was the only moment in the debate that I thought stood out from the other debates, everything else was regular talking points.

    Education – Obama
    Health Care – Obama
    Taxes – Obama/McCain
    Economy – McCain?!
    Abortion – pick your side

  • Tori

    I watched and listened to all three debates. The second debate was the worst for me. I thought the first debate was okay, the second horrible, this was the first real debate for me. I loved the way the questioner went right to the point. I THOUGHT McCains attacks were very forceful and he appeared to have a plan on most issues however his plans were weak and his attacks were not needed. And he continues to lie. I am sick of it!!! Obama did much better in this debate he stayed on point and responded to the lies and then managed to turn the discussion around to his point anyway. I thought it disrespectful of McCain to but in over and over again. Also, he should have said my campaign from this day forward will not be negative, at that I could at least respect the man. The Obama campaign has never ran a negative ad there are so many things the could say but choose not to do so. McCain lost major points by lying, what he failed to realize is people know Barack they have been watching him closely for 2 years.

  • Do Your Homework

    Forget the words…they mean nothing. Read between the lines.

    Bluesun said: “I totally agree with Obama’s campaign which are about increasing more jobs, everyone could go to college, more health care benefit for everyone either has health insurance or not, etc. McCain’s campaign, generally, is ok, but it not for the long term; whereas, Obama’s campaign is for a long run and more realistic. Obama is right. He wants all of young American have a change to go to college, in which, they can master their knowledge. Moreover, he wants everyone who is elderly has reliable health care. Vote for Obama if you care about your health and you or your children education. I bet that you won’t be disappointed.”

    Bluesun, you are sorely mistaken if you believe that Obama can change healthcare with the plan he is proposing. It just can’t work. He keeps saying he’s going to “work with insurance companies to change healthcare.” Please tell me how. What will he do? Demand that they lower their prices? Oh wait, it’s the doctors that set the prices-not the insurance companies. America is based on a free enterprise concept…if we start “telling” businesses how to operate, we become socialists. I for one have worked hard for what I have (it’s certainly not much…) I would prefer not to share it with someone who doesn’t work and just squeezes out babies and lives on welfare already.

    Wealth distribution=communism. Obama=Marx

    Also, young Americans can go to college. Ever heard of the Pell Grant? Available to anyone that asks. Complete a FAFSA online and spend time filling out forms …

    But, don’t take my word for it…check out how Obama voted in 2005 when presented with a bill to monitor Fannie and Freddie (ps. he voted “present” even though he said that the subprime lending practices were dangerous) I for one, want a president that’s not afraid to speak up and against his on party for the good of the nation.

  • Can’t afford McPain

    No, no, no, KH, Obama’s not proposing an increase in taxes on gross renues, only net INCOME, that is, the salary he withdraws from the business and pays taxes on. Pay attention, fella. There’s a big, big difference, as any small business owner knows, including me. And if Joe the Plumber has over $250,000 in net income but less than $300,000, his taxes will go up by a few hundred bucks; big deal. And how many people do you know who clear 250,000 clams every year? Nobody I “pal around” with does!

  • Babs

    Maybe you should try some Tylenol for that McPain, it’s cheap and you might be able to afford that.

  • Ryan

    Wealth distribution = right wing media myth
    Obama tax plan = Fair, the wealthy finally pay their share

  • PeoplePower

    James B – try checking your facts. The Republicans controlled the house from 2001-2007. The Democrats won more seats in 2006 and the new cast and crew came online in January 2007. The Senate has seen a dead-even split for two years, a bare Republican majority for 2 years, a bigger Republican majority for 2 years and a small Democratic majority since Jan. 2007. Blame? Mostly Republicans, but Democrats are not entirely w/o culpability.

    Want change in Washington? Bush, & his 8 years of bad policy, has our national bus driving rapidly towards the cliff’s edge, the change represented will steer us to safety:

    McCain/Palin – minor alterations in policy drive the bus headlong over the cliff.

    Obama/Biden – major changes in policy will stop the bus, soup it up and turn down a well-built super-highway.

    Talking change? There’s only one true change candidate…

  • PeoplePower

    One thing that pissed me off about the debate was McCain’s handling of the crazies who shouted horribly inappropriate things out at his & Palin’s rallies.

    He briefly glossed over their foulness and then spoke of how his supporters are ‘patriots’.

    So, it’s patriotic to advocate for the killing of a presidential candidate?

    He really needed to come out stronger against the crazies! I’m quite certain he doesn’t advocate such a vile action and I saw him wince when someone yelled out “terrorist” at one of his rallies, but he needs to be more forceful about his opposition.

    More importantly, he and Palin need to stop playing up Obama’s cursory association with Ayers as if their holding hands and plotting the destruction of this country. That’s a completely false accusation and they know it…but by fanning the flames, they are creating this situation.

  • To be honest PeoplePower, I thought McCain did his best to put out some of the fires about Obama at his recent rallies. Granted he stoked up a few of them, but Palin…wtf? she’s just a hate-monger.