The general consensus seems to be that McCain did very well and Obama did well. That is, McCain took a slight edge but Obama held his own. Video clips and analysis below with the entire, unedited debate video coming soon from YouDecide2008.com
Watch the entire 90 minute debate here.
Below are some short clips:
Report from MyWay:
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) – John McCain accused Barack Obama of compiling “the most liberal voting record in the United States Senate” Friday night as the two rivals clashed over taxes, spending, the war in Iraq and more in an intense first debate of the White House campaign. “Mostly that’s just me opposing George Bush’s wrong-headed policies,” shot back the Democrat.
Obama said his Republican rival has been a loyal supporter of the unpopular president, adding that the current economic crisis is “a final verdict on eight years of failed economic policies promoted by President Bush and supported by Sen. McCain.”
The two men were polite but pointed as they debated at close quarters for 90 minutes on the University of Mississippi campus.
McCain accused his younger rival of an “incredible thing of voting to cut off funds for troops in Iraq and Afghanistan,” a reference to legislation that cleared the Senate more than a year ago.
Obama disputed that, saying he had opposed funding in a bill that presented a “blank check” to the Pentagon while McCain had opposed money in legislation that included a timetable for troop withdrawal.
Obama opposed the invasion of Iraq in 2002, before he was a member of Congress, while McCain voted in the Senate to authorize the war.
“You were wrong” on Iraq, Obama repeated three times in succession. “John, you like to pretend the war began in 2007.”
McCain replied that Obama has refused to acknowledge the success of the troop buildup in Iraq that McCain recommended and Bush announced more than a year ago.
More analysis and video to come soon…
Here is the entire debate video:
Video: Obama/McCain debate from Mississippi 9/26