October 7, 2008

Schultz: Details vs. A Pep Talk

Posted: 04:41 PM ET

Barack Obama proved once again tonight that he has the vision and the vital knowledge of the issues to be the next President. Obama continually laid out his plan for the country. From finance to health care to our position in the world, Obama cornered an old crafty worn out Washington insider who almost took pride in old Bush speak.
McCain was up to his old antics about Obama not understanding, yet it was McCain who lacked the crucial details for the future of America on issues and often misstated his opponent's position.

McCain's weakest moment was his absence of a plan and lack of concern for the uninsured in America. Meanwhile, Obama gave a strong explanation and specific examples of what his plan is to correct the course after eight years of neglect.

Obama clearly rose above a man who has never advocated for an alternative energy policy and stated the record which McCain had no answer for. Obama wins hands down.

McCain's closing statement was his strongest moment but it reminded me of a Senate script
handed out years ago in the cloak room, when in doubt of what to say, just tell ‘em you love America, they can't argue with that.

Sound off! Let Ed & Larry know what you think!

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oriyenta   October 7th, 2008 4:44 pm ET

Election: Being that I had a mortgage broker license. In Florida since 2001 I can tell you that appraisers and brokers came from Brooklyn and Harlem, hustled and told people I will make 50 to 100k let me appraise your house. Obama should be saying he can find the brokers who got these people in homes, made incredible commissions, and make them pay restitution or put them in JAIL. They knew what they were doing. I meet someone on Sunday that said I should be in a Multi-Million dollar place if I am mortgage free. They KNEW AND KNOW AND HAVE NO REMORSE OF WHAT HAPPENED TO WALL STREET
When I said my place doubled I moved and down sized and bought cash only. He was talking up a storm how he can get me in a Multi Million Dollar place if I have a few hundred thousand in equity why are you living in West Palm you need to be on the Island “
THEY ARE A NEW BREED OF THIVES! Obama should be going after the cause not the effect. If they don’t have that Jimmy Cricket voice they have no conscience either. Send these people back where they came from they took down Wall Street! Why don’t we blame the all teacher s for bad grades? How can you not attack the ignorance and ask questions that American can get healed. Giving them sympathy is feeding a junkie dope. Why can’t they get second and third jobs and be fearful that there name is ruined if they get foreclosed? It is shameful to have banks close ruin the economy and then blame George. I would like to see how many Orientals lost their home? They save up and put a huge down payment.
We cannot continue giving rats cheese they are blaming others for their greed and irresponsibility. If I did that everyone would say she needs a shrink how do you buy something you can’t take care of? How dare you be so irresponsible would be the voice in my head. 400,000 people caused this. They can see the brokers name’s on the sales contracts start putting them in Jail if they don’t start paying back.
. We are innocent. Do you like paying for others mistakes? Would you go buy a mansion in Kennebunk Port and fix and mix and match paper?
You would be afraid to lose. Losers are not afraid to lose because they started with nothing and they are making the World lose now

michael smith   October 7th, 2008 5:14 pm ET

I hope John McCain has learned a vital lesson from the deregulation that he has supported his entire political career. Lessons from the current Wall Street bailout that he supported so arduosly that he actually stopped campaining to fly his straightalk express straight to DC to save the day or so he wished he would of. Why did he do a complete turnaround from his previous stance and let business take care of business without government interference. He has flip flopped his position for some unknown reason and that in itself is deceitful and dishonest. Why at this juncture did he decide to support government intervention after spending his career preaching to keep big government out of private business. This bailout was a waste of tax payers money at the tune of 1 + trillion bucks. This is a global economy now and therefore a global problem. They should of let AIG go bankrupt since they would of been bought out by another insurance giant such as Lloyds of London, or Geico, or whomever had the pennies on the dollar to aquire the bankrupt giant. The proof of the puddin as I see it is as plain as day. Look at the CEO,s testimony in the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers. He amassed about half a billion dollars in stock options and salary between 2000 and 2006. More money than most people could ever earn in a hundred lifetimes. He will of course go scottfree since white collar ceo crimes are hardly ever sent to prison for life which is where they need to be after looting thousands of people of their livelihoods, careers, retirements, annuities, and who knows what else they stole. This system stinks of greed and corruption, and where my I ask is Justice now. Time for Change Mr. Deregulation John McCain and not more of the same crap sandwiches you have been serving hot every day of your career.

michael smith   October 7th, 2008 5:29 pm ET

Do what you say, say what you mean, and do what you alone gave your word on. Attacking Obama on on a less than casual relationship with Ayers? You said that that should be off limits since even you realized that there was no substance to the matter concerning a relationship between Obama and Ayers. Control your running mate if you claimed that this was off limits. You know that you live in a glass house due to the Keating 5 savings and loan scandal that you were involved in or ok so you showed poor judgement in. Do you really want to start throwing rocks at Obama since you do live in that glass. I hope you lose big time since you are already breaking your word/promises even before a potential victory. I used to respect you but now I see that you are a imposter to the man you claimed to be.

michael smith   October 7th, 2008 6:16 pm ET

I can't believe some people on this blog....especially immigrants from foreign nations that can't even write good english commenting on giving people credit that are good middle class or even lower class americans that pay their respective taxes. The american dream applies to all, and not just the upper class whom have been entitled all of their lives. People like me and by the way also Mr. Larry King whom are from Brooklyn, NY have migrated to Florida, California, and numerous other cities around the united states since american citizenship allows us city slickers to move to the other 49 states if we wish. The new brand of thieves are real estate brokers and if it wasn't for sales increases which was stimulated by fannie mae and freddie mac. The real problem that exists is with sub prime predatory lenders especially those whom lent money on mortgaged with ARM ( adjusted rate mortgages) Instead of lending money fairly at a constant percentage rate that is fixed and of course fair and not predatory. Even Palin recognizes that as being the problem so don't blame the rape on the victim. The blame should be on the offender that is legally allowed to rape people because they don't have perfect credit. We go around saving the friggin' world but we are not supposed to help our own citizens with basic necessary items like a roof over their head. I say the hell with all these foreigners that are appalled with our government helping their own tax paying citizens. It is the right thing to do for our own people.

michael smith   October 7th, 2008 6:27 pm ET

These bigots especially oriental foreigners whom got paid to come over here and recieive monies from the american tax payers before they came over here and got compensated $10,000 per person from the U. S . GOVERNMENT Got some nerve telling anybody about anything. We came from Brooklyn and Harlem and not vietnam,china, or where ever you caught that shrimp boat

Vinny Reed   October 7th, 2008 7:01 pm ET

Who set up these debates. I wish the League of women Voters will take back these debates! These debates are centered around the anchors not the candidates. Where are the follow up questions?
This is my post debates comments, Just in case I get to drunk whenever McCain says "My Friends" or "I'm a reformer"

win   October 7th, 2008 7:03 pm ET

One thing bothers me...why dont the Democrats refer to Barack Obama as bi-racial?

there are so many people who are still do not like or trust a black man! They are still living 50 years ago.

Bring his white grandmother over or show the white side of his
family more.

Call him Bi-Racial~~!!

Paul in KS   October 7th, 2008 7:04 pm ET

Go for it, big Eddie. Don't let Johnny Mac get by with anything!

Vernon Owens   October 7th, 2008 7:08 pm ET

The Republicans are trying to create distractions to divert our attention away from their illogic absurdity of picking McCain as their party leader and candidate for President.

The Republican’s are suggesting I should vote for the person they themselves rejected eight years ago when he was 64 and still feasible (not feeble).

They not only rejected him but rejected him in order to select the worse presidential candidate in history.

If Mr. McCain is such a great candidate why wasn’t he selected by the Republicans in 2000 when he was an “energetic 64 year old”?

How do Republican’s reply when asked the question “Is Bush more qualified to be President than McCain?

Stephen   October 7th, 2008 7:12 pm ET


All of the talk today regarding Barack Obama's relationship with an old Weatherman and "guilt by association" is little more than McCarthyism repeating itself. In the 1950's Sen. Joseph McCarthy proclaimed that anyone who associated with someone thought to be a communist was a communist. In the future we may be taught about McCainism in the same lesson as McCarthyism. In elementary school we were taught that we should learn by our mistakes; what is happening to the American electorate?

West Columbia, SC

Ben Wuloo Ikari   October 7th, 2008 7:35 pm ET

Hi Larry King,

I've watched your programs with interest, therefore thanking you for consistency-Good job!

With due respect, I can understand the possible need for Michelle Obama to appear on your show after the second presidential debate tonight. That is tomorrow to discuss the debate. What I don't understand and see to be absolutely irrelevant is her discussing Sarah Palin.

Why must she do that; could you please tell me the rationale behind her belittling herself discussing Palin, who don't know the duties of the office she's seeking yet wish the constitution would have granted more powers to the vice president?

How could she be made to discuss a woman who claims heaven and earth on energy yet don't know how many percent of oil/energy produced in her state? She claimed it's 20 whereas record shows it's about 7 percent of oil produced in America.

You could continue to name her doctored/unsubstantive rants. I mean why should she discuss someone who claims she would protect a constitution she don't respect? considering that she has refused bluntly to obey a subpoena-constitutional provision, an Act of Congress that is upheld by the judiciary yet continue to run for VP.

How does she become an outlaw, even her husband Todd, who isn't an executive of the State of Alaska? Can the Obamas do that without be crucified?

I wait to hear whatever reason you could adduce to have necessitated the resolve that Mrs Obama discuss Palin who is said to have supported the sedition of Alaska from US, yet claiming patriotism than Obama. A false and blind patriotism I suppose. Although waiting for your reasons, I see such move as non sequito.

Mike/MASS   October 7th, 2008 7:38 pm ET

Hey Big Ed... Give'em Hell tonight! Gallup: 69% of America says "It's the Economy Stupid". And 11% think the war is important. Obama should win in a landslide like we've never seen.

Deborah Atwell   October 7th, 2008 7:45 pm ET

Today in Pensacola, Fl , Sarah the Terror comes to town to a sold out civic center. But what most of America may not know is that this area of FLorida is mostly Republican so she got a big hoo-rah from the Fly Boys and the several military bases and there famlies. I am a democrat so of course I did not attend. I come from a family of active and retired miltary, my father who happens to be 80 yrs old and spent 27 yrs in the Navy told me the other day he was voting for Obama because John is just to old to run the country, boy was I shocked, that from a 80 year old white man raised in the South, I said Dad I am very proud of you !! He said no honey I am thinking of my greatgrandkids and grandkids, and I hope they don’t have to live thru the terrible depression like I was raised in , you see my dad was born in 1928 and he well remembers how it was to grow up living on a prayer, and watched as his Dad got a job with the WPA under Rosevelts plan for bailing out AMerica, back then they bailed out America not Wall Street. But it was during this time of his growing up years that he learned to put the money in the mattress, thank god for smart DADS.

Mike/MASS   October 7th, 2008 7:57 pm ET

Deb... I'm a registered Republican, 65, white and a vet grunt drafted served '65 – '67 and I'm proud as heck to have that Obama '08 sign out on my lawn. Your dad is right... McCain is wrong for this country in so many ways, and being 72 and out of touch with people who really work for a living and are scraping a few bucks together to retire. He & his wife are worth $125 million, own 11 houses, 13 cars, and a private jet.

Consider Barack & Michelle own one (1) house, and only one (1) car... a FORD Escape Hybrid! Sure, they make good money, but who do you think is REALLY in touch with real people like us? It's Obama and Biden and nobody else.

Vinny Reed   October 7th, 2008 7:58 pm ET

Hey Big Ed...

You should try to get on your show Naomi Cline, she wrote the "Shock Doctrine" , what she wrote is happening now in America today. The destruction of the middle class, financial kaos as what Bush call " Shock and Awe" , which only the rich and the poor no middle class!
Ask Larry if she has been on his show if so where can I get the video?

sarah belletto   October 7th, 2008 8:00 pm ET

I heard this at about 3 p.m. today on Air America; McCain has decided NOT to talk about the garbage he and barracuda have been talking about since the weekend because he knows the audience won't like it.

I call this not just dishonorable but cowardly; he can't do it to his face but he can do it in front of supporters. The barracuda stood idly by when someone in her audience shouted "Kill him!". This is irresponsible and cowardly.

I hope Brokaw brings something up or someone in the audience does.


Ellen Hammond   October 7th, 2008 8:04 pm ET

Ask McCain why he did'nt support Veterans Benefits when it came up for a vote Also, why he is against Sos.Security when he collects $1900.00 a month even though he does'nt pay anything into it. thanks

Aaron Hansen   October 7th, 2008 8:20 pm ET

Big Ed,

The McCain campaign has decided to resort to nothing but vile and disheartening rhetoric in order to invoke fear in the minds of the independents and republicans alike. With the polls turning for the best and the world economy taking a nose dive. I expect to be discussing how Senator Obama took the high road and continued his message of change, responsibility, and a stronger middle class. Give em' hell ED...!!!


Mike/MASS   October 7th, 2008 8:26 pm ET

He's been just about called a coward by other POWs who NEVER caved in and signed any sort of confession. Some were there 8 years and never, ever caved in. This inciting radical right-wingers at their rallies is showing us how low they will go when they are desperate.

Barry   October 7th, 2008 8:33 pm ET

Hi Larry and Ed,

If John McCain is such a maverick why doesn't he tell his campaign strategists that bullying his fellow U.S. Senator is WRONG !!!!!!!! ??

If he puts the country first, why doesn't he want to talk about the country's perils ?

If he is a good leader why doesn't he tell Sarah Palin who is a mother of five to stop going after a fine U.S. Senator from the great state of Illinois and to stop faking her qualifications ?

John McCain is not a Maverick, does not care about the country, and is not a good leader .

Mike/MASS   October 7th, 2008 8:57 pm ET

If you read his BIO, you'll see it's JOHN * FIRST not COUNTRY * FIRST. It always has been. One of the best is the Rolling Stone "Maverick" story that just came out.

ESPERANZA   October 7th, 2008 9:25 pm ET

mccain is losing the uncommitted Ohio voters so far. Why is McCain walking around like a duck?

Angel M.   October 7th, 2008 9:27 pm ET

why is it ok that palins husband was part of an org. that wanted to give alaskas its independents and she is questioning obamas patriatism? how come her abuse of power case and what the first dude has done in the past are never plastered all over the news?What about the laying on of hands by her priest or what ever he is called isnt the top story of the day like every slanderous thing they can say about obama?Sure tina fey can make fun of her own words but no one else is questioning the things that people voting might find important to know.She is always crying about filtering her words how about a free pass.

Greg Andersen   October 7th, 2008 9:29 pm ET

If John McCain really believed in "Country First," he would have left one of his limbs, or even his life, in vietnam instead of squealing on the whereabout of US forces to the vietcong when he was a POW

Vinny Reed   October 7th, 2008 9:29 pm ET

I have to change my drinking game... I went thru a six pack already

Sallie Planty   October 7th, 2008 9:33 pm ET

In this format, where answers are limited to one minute, or less, neither candidate can afford to belabor points. We don't need to hear explanations as to why either has arrived at his decision. Just say it!

Sallie Planty   October 7th, 2008 9:35 pm ET

All of us are going to contribute; all of us have bear the burden. That's what we want to hear....

Greg Andersen   October 7th, 2008 9:37 pm ET

Did McCain really say at the beginning of the debate that he wanted the CEO of Ebay as his Treasury Secretary?

Keith   October 7th, 2008 9:37 pm ET

I love the undecided graph on CNN. McCain has that thing flat-lined compared to Obama!

Angel M.   October 7th, 2008 9:38 pm ET

When i hear politcal stratigist say that its all McCain has left it makes me sad that this wonderful country has come to this, dangerous rants so you can scare the public into voting for u. how pathetic

Angel M.   October 7th, 2008 9:42 pm ET

wouldnt doubt it greg, Hes such a "Maverick" lol

Sallie Planty   October 7th, 2008 9:48 pm ET

Let's not raise anybody's taxes? Would the SSI be in any problem if the cap on contribution level were to be erased? No!
I also don't see SSI and Medicare as entitlements. People currently receiving SS, paid into the fund all of their working lives – and in so doing, supported the people receiving SS at the time. In addition, Medicare is NOT FREE INSURANCE COVERAGE. People enrolled in Medicare pay about $140 a month for the insurance, and usually have to pay additional amounts to insurance companies outside of the SSI to help them with co-pays and prescriptions.
Crap and nonsense!!!!

Sarah of Arizona   October 7th, 2008 9:49 pm ET

Did I really hear Palin say today when elected they are going to freeze spending in Washington and review everything? Wasn't talking about messing with Medicare stupid enough?

Sarah of Arizona   October 7th, 2008 9:52 pm ET

If it wasn't going to destroy the country, I would love to see McCain get elected, just to get him out of Arizona.

Aaron Hansen   October 7th, 2008 9:52 pm ET

Wow..!!! He just pointed at Senator Obama and said "that one"...add "gosh darn" and its time for an old fashioned barn raising...

llf   October 7th, 2008 9:52 pm ET

McCain did say he wants the CEO of Ebay as his Treasury Secretary. He also said Obama's choice was Warren Buffett; Obama did not confirm, but said Warren Buffett is a good advisor.

McCain looks like a tired old man - I am so tired of "my friends" – he's not my friend. I am waiting for "maverick". UGH!!!!

Angel M.   October 7th, 2008 9:53 pm ET

cant watch the debate, cant listen to McCain anymore, just nonsense, the change he is talking about in his stump speach is that you never know which issue he is going to change his mind on, I guess it depends on which way the wind blows or what ever he has to do to get a vote.

llf   October 7th, 2008 9:54 pm ET

I have friends living in Arizona and they say McCain is no "friend"

Tiffany   October 7th, 2008 9:55 pm ET

This debate is a joke... I'm getting nothing more than rehashed material that was spoken of in the last debate while the only difference is that the gloves are slowly coming off...

Where's Ralph Nader???

Sarah of Arizona   October 7th, 2008 9:55 pm ET

Your friend is absolutely correct and he is especially not the friend of the elderly, the vets or children.

populist pundit   October 7th, 2008 9:55 pm ET

It is interesting to hear McCain repeat over and over how the American people need to get used to less government support. There is little or no support from the U.S. Government for the American people today.

McCain has a nice Senator’s pension. He doesn’t have a 401k.

The 401k has been a joke around the world and is a bigger joke now. The joke is on the American worker who doesn’t have a pension and is at the mercy of the stock market which pays CEO’s millions of dollars to play the economy like a casino and gives them guaranteed pensions that make the average workers working wages look like peanuts

The United States is the only industrial country which has no comprehensive health care for its people. Our Senators have great health care and will have it for life. Why do our leaders have such great health care yet 1/5 of a nation has no health care and 67% have inadequate coverage.

It is easy to talk about cutting programs that basically don’t exist.

What about cutting Corporate Welfare?

What about having competitive bidding on contracts?

Haliburton should give back 50% of all money earned on the lives of our soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.

I would like to hear McCain talk about cutting all Senator’s pensions and have all of Congress pay for their own medical coverage.

Since the CEO’s of big companies have destroyed the economy, let’s reward them with a new salary structure for American Companies. CEO’s could be limited to a salary that is no more than 100 times the lowest paid worker in their company and since CEO’s are paid so well they should pay for their own medical coverage and be given a 401k.

No more fat pensions or fat compensation rewards for destroying the economy and not building the society.

I would like to hear about a Universal Campaign funding limits. England limits each candidate to 10,000 British pounds. Let’s limit American Campaigns to 100,000 dollars for each candidate.

Sallie Planty   October 7th, 2008 9:57 pm ET

Does anyone have the temerity to ask John McCain when he has ever paid for health insurance? He went straight from the US Navy to the US Congress. He has NEVER worked in the private sector. He has NEVER been middle-class.
When are we going to see this man for what he is? He doesn't have a clue about what people outside of government employ have to deal with.

Aaron Hansen   October 7th, 2008 9:57 pm ET

Yes, Senator McCain i can go across state lines and purchase goods. Should i do this i will be taxed by my state for stated goods upon return. How does this apply to your insurance tax credit? Isnt this policy similar prevelent throughout America?

asarahpalinfan   October 7th, 2008 9:59 pm ET

McCain does not appear to have a plan. He only seems to criticize his opponent.
Obama's healthcare plan apears to be good. mcCain's plan is more of the same. A lot of people now don't have healthcare even if they have jobs – the employer cannot afford to pay healthcare.

Robin   October 7th, 2008 10:00 pm ET

I, too, am sick and tired of hearing McCain say "my friends". His voice sounds whiny and weak. Obama sounds strong. I am tired of McCain telling lies about Obama's plans.

Greg Andersen   October 7th, 2008 10:03 pm ET

McCain seems really irritated, did you notice that he went over and spoke to Brokaw when Obama was speaking?

Sarah of Arizona   October 7th, 2008 10:03 pm ET

I have a little trouble relating to a man who's wife stood on the RNC stage wearing a $312,000 outfit. She looked like a blow-up Barbie doll. Michelle's outfit was more like $1,000.

Rick A   October 7th, 2008 10:03 pm ET

Under McCain's so called healthcare plan every insurance company will set up shop in Do-we-cheat-them-n-how states. It didn't work for banking and mortgage lending, and McCain wants us to believe it is going to work to our advantage for heathcare??? Honestly, this is a horrible plan.

Angel M.   October 7th, 2008 10:03 pm ET

I hope this debate puts obama over the top so we can get on with healing our country

Greg Andersen   October 7th, 2008 10:05 pm ET

Sallie made a great point of McCain never having to have paid for health insurance. Strangely, he still receives disability from his injuries during the war. I was under the assumption that if you received disability (full disability like McCain receives), that you shouldn't be working.

ESPERANZA   October 7th, 2008 10:05 pm ET

there is a black cylindrical object behind mccains ear I also saw him make a weird gesture like someone makes when there on a phone.

Angel M.   October 7th, 2008 10:05 pm ET

theres always ron paul tiffany. lol

Greg Andersen   October 7th, 2008 10:06 pm ET

Yeah, his face seems to be twitching.

Tiffany   October 7th, 2008 10:08 pm ET

In reply to 'asarahpalinfan':

It's NOT that employers "can't afford" to provide healthcare- it's that most are too cheap. Just like the CEO's we've been spending our tax dollars on (ex: saving their butts while they see little to no time in prison) people in the U.S. are most interested in their own greed and hoarding all they can so that they can have something for them and theirs.

It's simply greed that runs this country and if we continue to do nothing about it other than type blogs and such then nothing productive will ever come of this country...

Does anybody even pay attention to other countries and why most resent us? This country is no longer a superpower for the dollar is worth nothing. Other countries (ex: their government) fear their citizens while this country leads us to fear them when WE PAY THEIR SALARIES, WE ARE THE VERY REASONS THEY HAVE NICE PLACES TO REST THEIR HEADS, WE WORK 40+ HOURS A WEEK, WE EXHAUST OURSELVES JUST TO SUPPORT OURSELVES AND OUR FAMILES- and for what? To go home and watch t.v. and hope to go somewhere nice for our week's vacation.


It's not just our vote that counts. It takes more than that. We all aren't mute.

Angel M.   October 7th, 2008 10:08 pm ET

he cheats and lies about everything i wouldnt doubt if he was on the phone getting advice

Sallie Planty   October 7th, 2008 10:09 pm ET

To populist pundit: You have hit the nail on the head, here. A lifetime in the service of the government leaves one pretty well fixed in the retirement years.
Same goes for those who can drive a corporation into the ground and escape via that golden parachute of severment pay and a few hundred millions in stock.
BTW: Our group has decided to change the cue for our drinking game. We really didn't think that President Reagan would be so heavily called upon. I'm glad we didn't choose "My Friends."

Sarah of Arizona   October 7th, 2008 10:10 pm ET

Did John McCain really say it will require a cool hand at the tiller and he is thinks he's the man for the job? That's hilarious. That could describe Senator Obama, but John McCain?

Angel M.   October 7th, 2008 10:12 pm ET

Three weeks seems like a life time in this election, I heard someone say that they cant wait till january for the new administration to take action on this economy, scary stuff. god bless obama and bidon

Greg Andersen   October 7th, 2008 10:12 pm ET

In reply to Tiffany,
I have a small business and have only 1 employee. I would love to give him health insurance, but I cant afford it. As of this month, he brings home more in salary than I'll take out of the business for a salary. My margins are thin and sales are so low due to the economy, but I made a promise to my employee to keep him employed during our slow times. Me, my family and our business wil make it through this rough patch, but I would love to give my one and only employee health care.

Rich Sandstrom   October 7th, 2008 10:12 pm ET

Larry and Ed,

I do not want to hear "my friends" coming from the mouth of MaCain again! When he doesn't have a response that makes sense, that's how he delays an answer!

Rich – Aurora, CO

llf   October 7th, 2008 10:14 pm ET

McCain does not not have plans or ideas; all he can do is criticize. What does he think 5K will get you for medical? Not much!

Robin   October 7th, 2008 10:15 pm ET

McCain is starting to get angry.

Angel M.   October 7th, 2008 10:15 pm ET

the worse part of these debates is the talking heads in the news room, glad the people have some commen sense

ESPERANZA   October 7th, 2008 10:15 pm ET

Obamas kicking mccain in the pootie!

Tiffany   October 7th, 2008 10:16 pm ET

I hear you Greg, but I must note that I said "most" and in saying that I mean bigger corporations.

Greg Andersen   October 7th, 2008 10:16 pm ET

5K is a half a day in the emergency room or 2 hours in ICU...thanks John

Angel M.   October 7th, 2008 10:17 pm ET

that does not include larry king 🙂

Bush League of Nations   October 7th, 2008 10:17 pm ET

I wish McCain would stop saying "my friends." I'm not his friend. He never invites me to a BBQ.

Rick A   October 7th, 2008 10:17 pm ET

Joking about bombing another country is not acceptable, especially when you are running for leader of the free world. McCain doesn't get it.

Sarah of Arizona   October 7th, 2008 10:18 pm ET

Amen Rich. The "my friends" is getting old. He's such a condescending putz.

Angel M.   October 7th, 2008 10:19 pm ET

I sooo wanted to hear that esperanza go obama

Sarah of Arizona   October 7th, 2008 10:19 pm ET

Obama's looking awfully presidential. It must be driving McCain crazy.

cathy qually   October 7th, 2008 10:21 pm ET

I am a Canadian who is addicted to US politics.
I watch TV,read and listen to talk radio all the time.
John Mcain is a wing nut---God help you all if that nut bar and his side kick run your wonderful country.

Greg Andersen   October 7th, 2008 10:22 pm ET

McCain looked into Putin's eyes and saw a K. a G. and a B. I look into McCain's eyes and I see OLD

Bush League of Nations   October 7th, 2008 10:22 pm ET

Where is Sarah when John needs her?

Keith   October 7th, 2008 10:22 pm ET

"we have to do this and we have to do that" Can Mccain ever give a direct answer and explain exactly how to do something!

ESPERANZA   October 7th, 2008 10:23 pm ET

the object is behind his left ear look it sticks out more and has more of a shadow III have to go through my TiVo to find the one time they showed him from behind, maybe they'll show it again

Mccain still has not looked at Obama and has not said once that he agreed with Obama once WOW he really says that he crosses party lines

Tiffany   October 7th, 2008 10:24 pm ET

Direct answers and McCain?!?! My bet is going on pigs flying before McCain answers a question truthfully.

llf   October 7th, 2008 10:24 pm ET

I agree, Sarah, Obama is very presidential. He has the poise and demeanor to be a great president and I, for one, will be very proud to call Barack Obama my President.

McCain is a "Grumpy Old Man".

Jim McGovern   October 7th, 2008 10:25 pm ET


I'm finding tonight's debate a little disappointing. Both candidates in my opinion are failing to answer the questions from their fellow Americans. They both seem to have a message they want to get across and they are not listening to the people. If they can't listen to the voters now how will they listen to them when one of them is President?

Sallie Planty   October 7th, 2008 10:25 pm ET

To Greg Anderson: The source of this 100% disability of $58,000 a year has been the bane of more than a few of us. McCain claims he is 100% fit; he can walk the Grand Canyon, but he still accepts $58K a year for his disabilities. He also collects $1900 a month in SSI.
You tell me! Many of us have some real questions about this 100% disability thing.....

Angel M.   October 7th, 2008 10:26 pm ET

Oh god spear us on the pit bull i heard enough from her for one week. I was so sorry to hear about bidons mother in law, but we could use him back on the campaign trail. thoughts are with you and your family joe

ESPERANZA   October 7th, 2008 10:27 pm ET

did you see it! If you have TiVo just watch as he turns!!!

Bhance70   October 7th, 2008 10:28 pm ET

Hey Ed, Hey Larry,

You guys are both Journalist, Was Tom Brokaw fair to both Senator Obama and Senator McCain.

Angel M.   October 7th, 2008 10:30 pm ET

we could use a calm and deliberate leader right now

ESPERANZA   October 7th, 2008 10:30 pm ET

I have it marked at 1:26 ok my TiVo but I started recording a lil late I was wrong it's his right ear he IS wired !

Greg Andersen   October 7th, 2008 10:31 pm ET

The sad thing Sallie is that he accepts the payments, despite the fact that he and his beer heiress wife made more than $100 million last year. As a good faith gesture to those who are disabled and fighting for even small payments, you think he would give it up.

Mikey   October 7th, 2008 10:34 pm ET

Actually both should be happy that the audience is not given the chance to answer the question "Did the candidate answer your question?" I don't think either candidate really answers the questions. They just pontificate.

llf   October 7th, 2008 10:34 pm ET

Is McCain lost? He surely looks like it walking around the stage – what steady hand at the tiller????????

Angel M.   October 7th, 2008 10:34 pm ET

what do you think that means esperanza, could that be legal

EV   October 7th, 2008 10:35 pm ET

No change – Obama is solid and McCain is the same: tired.

macbabe   October 7th, 2008 10:36 pm ET

Did not like this format AT ALL and did NOT like when Brokaw kept cutting O off and a few times let JM pass... with that stack against him I thought Obama did GREAT!

Keith   October 7th, 2008 10:37 pm ET

Cindy McCain must be concerned about her hand. Couldn't shake hands with any of the peasants!

ESPERANZA   October 7th, 2008 10:39 pm ET

Obamas last speech got a much better rating from the Ohio voters

YAY! GoBama!

macbabe   October 7th, 2008 10:39 pm ET

McCain wouldn't shake Obama's hand. THAT is totally unacceptable.... what a Bad Sport!!!!!

Ronald Peete   October 7th, 2008 10:39 pm ET

Simply stated I am sick to death of John McCain!!! This individual is the most ugly, lying, dishonorable, hateful, senile old man in government. There is no way in hell that I would vote for him!!!

Douglas J.Ellingson   October 7th, 2008 10:39 pm ET

McCain is too old. Obama came-out ahead.

Sue Cohen   October 7th, 2008 10:40 pm ET

Give 'em Hell big Eddie!

As far as McCain's disability it's fine for him to collect benefits–what is NOT fine is his consistent refusal to SUPPORT OTHER VETS! He hates the troops, he hates little kids and now he wants to reduce MEDICAID to support his horrible medical plan.

Boy McCain hates EVERYBODY!

Angel M.   October 7th, 2008 10:40 pm ET

how do you thing the neweez wil score this one.

KS Lady   October 7th, 2008 10:42 pm ET

Barack Obama was GREAT – He wore McCain down

macbabe   October 7th, 2008 10:42 pm ET

is Ed suppose to post his analysis of the debate?
... anxious to see what he has to say

EV   October 7th, 2008 10:42 pm ET

Wow!! David Brooks – NY Times conservative columnist – just called Obama presidential in demeanor and style!! No shock Barack, no drama Obama!

Angel M.   October 7th, 2008 10:42 pm ET

McCain wouldnt shake obamas hand, that is rediculous

Sarah of Arizona   October 7th, 2008 10:43 pm ET

Well if you go to Fox News, McCain won. Everyone else we will have to wait until they actually look at some polls.

macbabe   October 7th, 2008 10:44 pm ET

61/31 Obama on MSNBC

ESPERANZA   October 7th, 2008 10:45 pm ET

being wired is legal it's just kind of dishonest ESP. From the straight talk express

jessica   October 7th, 2008 10:45 pm ET

I believe they did shake hands, although a bit prematurely, off camera when Obama and McCain got in the way of Brokaw's scroll of text – – that is why their heads crossed in front of the camera.

Russ   October 7th, 2008 10:46 pm ET

My friends, my friends, just give me another chance my friends!

Angel M.   October 7th, 2008 10:47 pm ET

I love msnbc, except for pat bucanon lol

Ronald Peete   October 7th, 2008 10:47 pm ET

McCain"s debate was the same old tired crap. He has no constructive ideas! He only knows how to tear down, badmouth, and LIE!! He told the same old lies, time after time!!! In my view only a damn fool or a total idiot would vote for the McCain/Palin ticket of lies, distraction and changing the subject!!!

Keith   October 7th, 2008 10:47 pm ET

is ED going to be on here

Rick in Canada   October 7th, 2008 10:48 pm ET

Where was the call-out?
They apparently negotiated away the chance to say;
John, your VP candidate seems to have been told to say that I 'pall around with terrorists'. Tell me to my face, is that what you believe?

Would have been good to hear that question from the audience.. too bad it didn't get past Brokaw.

Too bad, could have been a debate.

macbabe   October 7th, 2008 10:48 pm ET

Who did the better job connecting with the crowd?
84.9% O
12.3% JM

fred   October 7th, 2008 10:48 pm ET

I noticed John kept saying – "I know how to do it." or "I know how to fix it." But would never say how.
If you look at C-Span right now, Obama is still in the room shaking hands and taking pictures. McCain is gone. Now who's the elitist?

bajan2   October 7th, 2008 10:48 pm ET

obama won

kyle   October 7th, 2008 10:49 pm ET

Obama is so far ahead of McCain in intellegence, and know how McCain looks stupid!

Angel M.   October 7th, 2008 10:50 pm ET

gotcha esperanza, guess he had palin winken joe six pack on the other end

Sarah of Arizona   October 7th, 2008 10:50 pm ET

Well Fred, he is old and has to get his sleep.

bajan2   October 7th, 2008 10:51 pm ET

barack look presidential man this brother is unique one of a kind he has 2 be our next president no if an about it ......

DC in MT   October 7th, 2008 10:51 pm ET

We need Obama!

graceblue2008   October 7th, 2008 10:52 pm ET

Did anyone notice that McCain told a man who asked a question that he was sure that man had never heard of Fanny Mae and Freddy Mac. How studpid do you think we are?

Joe Jastremski   October 7th, 2008 10:52 pm ET

No Contest!! John McCain is a defeated angry old man & Barack Obama is the leader of the next generation. John McCain is lucky that Sen. Obama didn't agree to do10 town hall meetings!

Joe Jastremski
Poughkeepsie, NY

Angel M.   October 7th, 2008 10:53 pm ET

bring on the last debate and put McCain out for good

Sallie Planty   October 7th, 2008 10:54 pm ET

There was something contempuous in McCain's replies to Obama. More than a tinge of disdain.
My personal disdain for McCain derives from the his history. Nuclear power plants on the naval ships he served on? McCain looks old and defeated and grasping at straws.
Why? Why does he have to expose himself to continuous ridicule? What is the prize that he's willing to sell his soul for? Why the obvious hatred for Obama? Why is McCain superior to Obama?
I found McCain's performance sickening and nothing more than a rehashing of RNC talking points.
I also hated the format. Obama was not allowed to address a particularly venimous attack. Swallow hard and hope your protest will be sufficient?
Oh! How I long the for the days of the League of Women Voters' debates.....

Todd Johnson   October 7th, 2008 10:54 pm ET

Hey Ed. You should point out on your radio program how John McCain keeps saying "I know how to get it done" regarding the war, the economic mess, jobs etc. but why isn't he telling anyone who can do anything about it NOW? If he really has these solutions, wouldn't it be the Patriotic, American thing to do to lay out these master plans? Get it done Senator! We can't afford to wait for you to use it as a tool to help you get elected....unless you're just grandstanding.

Eric in FL   October 7th, 2008 10:54 pm ET

Still one debate left.. So far McCain isn't bringin' anything to the table for undecideds

EV   October 7th, 2008 10:54 pm ET

....and send sarah back to alaska!!!

Janet Martin   October 7th, 2008 10:55 pm ET

Maybe he didn't shake hands with Obama because he couldn't. Once again, I noticed they did not show the left side of McCain's face – briefly. Why aren't we asking for the medical information on McCain? Could this be the very reason we saw only the Obama's for any length after the debate shaking hands and taking photos? Maybe Cindy had to get him backstage before he got lost on stage again?

Eric in FL   October 7th, 2008 10:56 pm ET

lol.. Sarah "Say it ain't so" won't go back anytime soon even if they lose, She will be facing impeachment..

graceblue2008   October 7th, 2008 10:56 pm ET

Fox news just reported the Obama did a good job. They had a room full of people raise their hands on if they thought McCain won on the economy and a few raised their hands...then the reporter turned to the camera and said funny! Oh I hope I see that on youtube!!!! Ha Ha.

Sarah of Arizona   October 7th, 2008 10:56 pm ET

I find the fact that Obama doesn't seem to feel the need to get even with McCain, refreshing. He is so confident and calm and that makes McCain look like a sad old attack dog.

macbabe   October 7th, 2008 10:57 pm ET

the man has WAY TO MANY "free-passes" from the MSM

matt   October 7th, 2008 10:57 pm ET

mac is just out of touch , he has no new ideas, and he knows it.

Ronald Peete   October 7th, 2008 10:57 pm ET

McCain thinks everybody but him is stupid! We know that is a farce he did chose the most ignorant human with the biggest mouth to be his VP. As for Palin, John you have put lipstick on Palin and she is still a pig!!!!

Craig from Springfield, MO   October 7th, 2008 10:58 pm ET

i hate these focus groups on cnn. they are clueless, and really how can you be undecided still after this debate. obama won handily. mccain did better than the first but he needed to do very well and didn't. these undecided dialtesters said "we didn't get specifics". really? i heard plenty from both candidates. more from obama, but you clearly understand where mccain stands.

Eric in FL   October 7th, 2008 10:58 pm ET

McCain looked like the bus back to the home left without him, so he wanted to tell some battle stories

graceblue2008   October 7th, 2008 10:58 pm ET

The reason the McCain's ran off stage is because they are going to do an interview with Sean Hanity. It will air tomorrow or the next day.

Another interview with Fox News. They are sinking fast!

Whoo hoo.

Rick in Canada   October 7th, 2008 10:58 pm ET

Fair's fair,
McCain didn't bring up things that happened when his opponent was 8 years old and Obama didn't bring up the Spanish-American War.
(Is that why McCain won't talk to Spain?)

Fair and Boring (c)

graceblue2008   October 7th, 2008 11:00 pm ET


Joanna   October 7th, 2008 11:00 pm ET

I am waiting for you Big Eddie, I cant wait for your thoughts.

Douglas J.Ellingson   October 7th, 2008 11:01 pm ET

It would be a slamdunk if Barack would have picked Hillary.

Angel M.   October 7th, 2008 11:01 pm ET

I am relieved to hear that obama did well. They say these dirty attacks have a way of working and scaring people. I wouldnt have hated to see all the gains that obama has made honestly taken away by some dirty smear tactics

Eric in FL   October 7th, 2008 11:01 pm ET

Ed probably had to get some more chips and beer to sit down and get after it on here

Sarah of Arizona   October 7th, 2008 11:01 pm ET

Since Senator Obama did so well tonight, I guess we will have to be subjected to even more of Failin Palin tomorrow. More lies, more hate mongering rallies. She must make McCain so proud.

Craig from Springfield, MO   October 7th, 2008 11:02 pm ET

douglas have you seen the polls? Who needs hillary, obama is going to win in a landslide.

Harry   October 7th, 2008 11:03 pm ET

CAN WE VOTE NOW??????????????????????????????

Ronald Peete   October 7th, 2008 11:04 pm ET

Sarah of Arizona, You make a good point. Compared to Obama, McCain is old and tired. His temper and his total lack of ideas is truly sad. obama is calm, he does not get flustered or overly excited. That is very refreshing. Obama is the type of person I want to be the President of our country.

Sarah of Arizona   October 7th, 2008 11:04 pm ET

Ed might have been taking a swig every time McCain said "my friend" and now he's passed out under a table.

Eric in FL   October 7th, 2008 11:04 pm ET

in some states early votes have already started

matt   October 7th, 2008 11:04 pm ET

good night mac, sleep well, you can go to bed now its over.....for you.

macbabe   October 7th, 2008 11:06 pm ET

Sarah of Arizona... was wondering the same thing, looks like a no show.

graceblue2008   October 7th, 2008 11:07 pm ET

maybe we are in the wrong place?????

Matt   October 7th, 2008 11:07 pm ET

You think Palin was spouting off, wait what happens now. Attack mode is the last resort of a failing campaign and that surely defines the McCain camp.

Joanna   October 7th, 2008 11:08 pm ET

since i have to work tmw i decided my drinkiing game would be good ol ron reagan. I am still sober thank you

Russ   October 7th, 2008 11:08 pm ET

"Ed is busy crafting his analysis…stand-by. We’ll post it as soon as it’s hot off the press!"
This is posted at the top of the page

matt   October 7th, 2008 11:10 pm ET

did anyone think browkaw was annoying and pretty meuch useless?

ed schultz   October 7th, 2008 11:10 pm ET

O.K. FOLKS....Barack is the man...McCain was floored by the knowledge base he saw tonight. On taxes, Obama nailed him
and Johnny fly boy , the king crasher, had no return fire.

Eric in FL   October 7th, 2008 11:10 pm ET

should be here soon, talked about it all afternoon on his show

Joanna   October 7th, 2008 11:10 pm ET

I agree with sarah. I am in AZ too and I think Big Ed has long since passed out from one too many cool ones

Angel M.   October 7th, 2008 11:10 pm ET

I see that Mccain couldnt have a debate with out bringing up his military career once again. I thought others were supposed to praise what youve done, not constantly tell everyone how wonderful you are

Bill C. from MN   October 7th, 2008 11:11 pm ET

I was disappointed with the debate. The candidates basically repeated their campaign talking points, with no time for follow-ups we really didn’t get to hear details of how they will govern our nation to bring us back to posterity at home and abroad.

Joe Jastremski   October 7th, 2008 11:11 pm ET

Ed, John McCain remindes me of Hank Hill's father on King of the Hill. They are both "lifers" , angry, old and short.

Russ   October 7th, 2008 11:11 pm ET

Welcome Ed!

ed schultz   October 7th, 2008 11:11 pm ET

I loved it when he called McCain out on his lack of support for energy.
I thought energy was the big issue for McCain. Drill baby drill !

Eric in FL   October 7th, 2008 11:11 pm ET

McCain tried throwing the kitchen sink over the past few days.. but nothing is left but a few pipes hanging out of the wall.. It's over

Sallie Planty   October 7th, 2008 11:11 pm ET

Maybe we've been misled. Maybe Ed Schultz and Larry King aren't going to contribute. I'm not sure it matters.
How do you think John McCain came off on a personal, emotional, psychological level?
These debates are job interviews. Just think about how you would judge a job applicant. This is what we really have to focus on. These guys are applying for a job and we are the employers.
Which one of these applicants would you employ?

Joanna   October 7th, 2008 11:11 pm ET

oh Big Ed! what do you think about the health care issue?

Sarah of Arizona   October 7th, 2008 11:12 pm ET

I am dreading the next slime McCain will have Palin out inflaming the crowds with tomorrow. He will be even more desperate after tonight. Isn't he a brave little ex-soldier hiding behind her? I have never felt an election was more important than this one. It's been so long, but I try to imagine what it will be like when we have a president again that we can be inspired by and proud of.

ed schultz   October 7th, 2008 11:12 pm ET

The format played well for McCain because you can change the subject after 1 comment....Brokaw, retire buddy !

Mary   October 7th, 2008 11:12 pm ET

He spanked the old man tonight. Barack was very Presidential, articulate, John was old, has been Bush-Reagan like. We are taking back this country.

Fred in DC   October 7th, 2008 11:13 pm ET

Is there not one McCain supporter here? I'd like to hear a different viewpoint.

Angel M.   October 7th, 2008 11:14 pm ET

since this was considered mccains strong point, "town hall meetings" does that mean obama won!

Eric in FL   October 7th, 2008 11:14 pm ET

McCain is trying to be Reagan but a failed one at that, pretty soon there will be a bowl of jelly beans on his podium

Joanna   October 7th, 2008 11:14 pm ET

if you want to hear a different view i think the fox website is open

ed schultz   October 7th, 2008 11:14 pm ET

Barack kicked ass on Health Care...He explained and drew the differences between his plan and whatever McCain is thinking...

carol-iowa   October 7th, 2008 11:15 pm ET

After watching the debate tonight, it is my sincere hope that Barack Obama wil be the next president of the United States of America. We need someone with stamina and the ability to understand the crisis we have now and solve the current problem no matter how difficult the solution may be. We also need someone who can look ahead to the future and do what is the best of all of us. We do not need Senator McCain as his administration will be more of what we now have. Mr McCain, please quit calling us all "your friends". You do not mean what you say, especially with the smile and tone of voice that you use. It is very condescending.

macbabe   October 7th, 2008 11:15 pm ET

VERY disappoint in Brokaw, I use to respect him a lot, he was too transparent tonight!

Craig from Springfield, MO   October 7th, 2008 11:15 pm ET

i agree the format sucked, but i thought brokaw was miles above gwen ifill, but maybe it's because the right wing would smear her if she even remotely asked palin a tough question. brokaw seemed to at least ask very relevant questions.

Aaron Hansen   October 7th, 2008 11:15 pm ET

Big Ed...Did you find it somewhat demeaning when Senator McCain pointed at Senator Obama and said "that one" as i did? He is a fellow Senator

Keith   October 7th, 2008 11:15 pm ET

Vote democrat across the board so Barack has the backing behind him!

Sarah of Arizona   October 7th, 2008 11:16 pm ET

To be Reagan you actually have to be likable.

Fred in DC   October 7th, 2008 11:16 pm ET

No thanks to Fox. While I like a differing opinion – I prefer an intelligent differing opinion.

Matt   October 7th, 2008 11:16 pm ET

Ed, I've gone from nervous a few weeks ago to a "it's over" mindset. Every time I hear Palin or McCain it cements my feelings. The country is past the B.S. character assasination and wants solutions. Sadly, McCain and "Dan Quayle in a skirt" are short on solutions and long on mudslinging.

Joanna   October 7th, 2008 11:16 pm ET

Thanks Ed. As a devoted Ed Head podcast subscriber I dont get to call you but I still love you. I wish we could do this more often.

Russ   October 7th, 2008 11:16 pm ET

McSame is toast in the CNN Financial polls,

Douglas J.Ellingson   October 7th, 2008 11:16 pm ET

Larry, How about an update on Ed.

Roland   October 7th, 2008 11:17 pm ET

CNN Poll

Who won the debate?

Obama: 54%
McCain: 30%

Joanna   October 7th, 2008 11:17 pm ET

touche Fred. Sorry

Odessa Ohio   October 7th, 2008 11:17 pm ET

obama talked about the issues that is affecting our economy..obama talks to you like a student; as well mccain ignored the questions and got meaner towards obama..obama hit the issues and explained it in
ideas..obama took control of the foreign policy debate..mccain got very testy towards obama all nite and he couldn't sit still during the debate..mccain didn't want to talk about the healthcare,jobs,education etc only obama did..good job obama!

Ronald Peete   October 7th, 2008 11:17 pm ET

With McCain and Palin NOT telling their followers that shouting "KILL HIM", TREASON, "TRAITOR" and the like; DOES THIS MEAN THAT MCCAIN AND PALIN AGREE THAT OBAMA IS GUILTY OF TREASON AND THAT HE SHOULD BE KILLED SO THEY CAN WIN???? This speaks volumes about the character of the McCain/Palin ticket. In my view any candidate that would tolerate this kind of thing from those that support them are not fit to be the head of the government!! After 8 years of Bush and Cheney, 6 years of an immoral, illegal war, illegal wiretaps, torture, the destruction of the Constitution, Bill of Rights and Rule of Law, we the American People have had ENOUGH!!! It is time for McCain and his gang of thugs to go and be replaced by real American patriots!!!

Jamie   October 7th, 2008 11:17 pm ET

I agree with most of what Big Eddy said. I liked the fact that Obama used examples with his plans and McCain didn't really have many. I was wondering about why the pork was such an issue considering they both voted for the bail out.


Keith   October 7th, 2008 11:18 pm ET

Its amazing that Palin and McCain even get double digit numbers when scoring the debates.

matt   October 7th, 2008 11:18 pm ET

ok fred why don't you tell us your opinion? how did mac do?

Monica, Califrornia   October 7th, 2008 11:18 pm ET

Ed you have summed it all up and I couldn't agree with you more. Obama won the debate hands down!! I can't wait to listen to you tomorrow.

lisa tx   October 7th, 2008 11:18 pm ET

Hey Ed did you notice mr mcgripy didn't even shake Obamas hand at the end of the debate,even after Obama offered his.what a big dumb jerk!!!.

Joanna   October 7th, 2008 11:18 pm ET

I think that mccain was more awake this debate, I am still not sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing after all is said and done

Monica   October 7th, 2008 11:19 pm ET

McCain took responsibility for saving the taxpayers $6.8 billion on a tanker contract that was corrupt. He brokered that contract and cut Boeing out of it in favor of Airbus, a foreign corporation. My senator, Maria Cantwell of Washington State was the senator responsible for jumping up and down and getting the contract back on the table so Boeing would have a fair chance.

My friends (puke), jobs aren't going to be created or coming back to the United States under McCain. Get used to being unemployed!!

ed schultz   October 7th, 2008 11:19 pm ET

Thanks Joanna....I'll be here when CNN asks me. Stay tuned.
McCain was frustrated tonight. He thought Obama would not be that
good in this format. When McCain smiles, he's really pissed.
My friends in the Senate have told me that. They laugh about it.

Eric in FL   October 7th, 2008 11:19 pm ET

McCain is done in Florida.. in Polk County (Lakeland – extremely conservative) Obama signs out number McCain's – they cannot even keep them stocked.. so people are making homemade ones.

macbabe   October 7th, 2008 11:20 pm ET

they aren't "telling their followers" that Ronald...BUT they sure are stirring up the "hate" and could really get ugly if they don't control that... we'll go back to the 60s.

Douglas J.Ellingson   October 7th, 2008 11:20 pm ET

Ed's commentary is absolutely right. Thanks for a job well done.

Craig from Springfield, MO   October 7th, 2008 11:20 pm ET

amazing isn't it keith? but those 28 % dead enders that think bush is still doing a "heckuva job" would vote for anybody unconditionally with that R tag and against anyone unconditionaly with a d. they would vote against jesus if he was a democrat

Fred in DC   October 7th, 2008 11:20 pm ET

The only thing McCain was missing tonight was his pom poms. He seemed more like a cheerleader than a president. Every answer went back to Americans can do it, I know America and we're Americans and we can do it – I've reached across the aisle for America and Americans can reach across the aisle with me – and we'll get these problems solved as one big happy group of reaching across the aisle Americans in America. Did you catch the constant fist pumps.

LENA   October 7th, 2008 11:20 pm ET

The surprising thing that came out of the debate for me was all the smears that were geared toward obama this week was not mentioned. mccain is a coward. palin and mccain love to talk behind your back but not to your face. they are talking all that mess and has the audacity not to bring it up. the debate was a little boring same answers from last debate.

Angel M.   October 7th, 2008 11:20 pm ET

I never want to hear what fox news thinks, do they think? pondering that question.



McCain was in more distress than the financial crisis that we are facing right now..

Joe Jastremski   October 7th, 2008 11:21 pm ET

I didn't realize what a hard life McCain had as a child. His father was off fighting wars and his mother was shopping at the PX. I wonder if she was using food stamps to feed "Little Johnny!"

Barry   October 7th, 2008 11:21 pm ET

The real straight talk:

Obama said: " If Bin Laden is in sight and the Pakistani government is unwilling or unable to get him, we will do the job" .

Right on Barack ! That's the way it should be and that is straight talk with presidential determination. Thank you !

And Mr. McCain, please do not misintrepert or misrepresent what president Obama said. Thank you ! ( you too Sarah plain – oops! sorry Palin)

ed schultz   October 7th, 2008 11:21 pm ET

Hi Monica...Thanks...this was great tonight...I wish I was doing the
show right now. I'm cranked...PROGRESSIVES, WE ARE SO CLOSE...

Rich Sandstrom   October 7th, 2008 11:22 pm ET

Look back at the CNN poll...big time Obama!!! Nana Nana, Nana Nana, Hey Hey...Goodby !

McCain sold out to the religious right and is being handled by the Rove group!

Sarah of Arizona   October 7th, 2008 11:22 pm ET

I think we have not seen the worst of McCain yet. He wants to be president at any cost.

Joanna   October 7th, 2008 11:22 pm ET

I think that if he could have, mccain would have thrown himself on the floor and had a tantrum. did you see him when obama said bomb iran? we fell off the couch laughing!

Patwx   October 7th, 2008 11:22 pm ET

This was no game changer. Not a whole lot new was said. Honestly, I can't see how anyone is undecided at this point.

McCain has too much ground he can't defend. He simply can't defend his tax cuts for the rich for one example. His position on Pakistan is another. Seriously, when we landed on Normany beach, did anyone thing we were "invading" France? No, we were helping them get rid of Nazi vermin. The same goes for The Taliban and Al Queda in Wazeristan.


JStewart   October 7th, 2008 11:23 pm ET

I think it is a great thing for McCain that Obama did not do the 10 townhalls Obama would be leading by 30 points. McCain was actually pitiable. Watching him made me uncomfortable.

Jamie   October 7th, 2008 11:23 pm ET

I am curious what McCain was talking about buying all the mortages. I'm not really bright but most of the time if the government is going to buy your loan and give you a better rate. Isn't that the same as refinancing. If there is any opinions I would like to hear them.

macbabe   October 7th, 2008 11:23 pm ET

Love your show Ed, you bring SO MUCH to the table. I wish you were live on the air right now too, because I hate typing!! LOL

ed schultz   October 7th, 2008 11:25 pm ET

McCain focused on the pork tonight because he just voted for it
in the bail out bill,. He was attacking where he is weak.
It was funny when he talked about a steady hand on issues.
Jesus...he's a wacko with his temper....what steady hand ?

Craig from Springfield, MO   October 7th, 2008 11:25 pm ET

the one thing i am very surprised about is how mccain attacks barack on this "attack pakistan" idea. americans voted for bush and against kerry in 04 because bush projected strength and kerry looked weak because he wasn't forceful enough on the issues.

right or wrong on this, i think this is a huge loser argument for mccain and winner for obama. people want bin laden caught at all costs and obama makes it clear he will do it and mccain doesn't get that.

Rick in Canada   October 7th, 2008 11:25 pm ET

How many people couldn't understand Obama's explanation / clarification of the fact that his plan holds or cuts taxes for 95% of people.. vs McCain's lame 'how much is the fine'..

In the words of Jed Clampett; Pii-Ti-Full..


Liar, Liar, Depends on fire.


LENA   October 7th, 2008 11:25 pm ET


ed schultz   October 7th, 2008 11:26 pm ET

macbabe....I hate typing too...

Wendy R.   October 7th, 2008 11:26 pm ET

Just wow, literally wow. The best part of the debate was the health care question, it shows you how out of touch McCain is... And how right on Obama is. Health is a human right, and people shouldn't have to worry on their death bed about the bills...

matt   October 7th, 2008 11:26 pm ET

Hey Ed, let 1260am in DC know that their radio signal sucks and i can't hear half your show when i'm driving around in DC.

Dougie Dogg   October 7th, 2008 11:27 pm ET

Ed is right on! McCain looked and sounded old and tired. The reference to "that one" (pointing to Obama) succeeded in being both condescending and racist simultaneously. Obama is, and has always been, poised, calm and intelligent. The more people see the two of them side-by-side, the bigger Obama's advantage will grow.

Fred in DC   October 7th, 2008 11:27 pm ET

Favorite part of the debate was when John hit the replay button and said my opponent just doesn't understand, and Barack said you're right JOhn, there is one thing I don't understand, I don't understand why we went to war with a country that had nothing to do with the 9/11 attack. That was classic.

Roland   October 7th, 2008 11:27 pm ET

FOX News focus group for Obama
CNN focus group for Obama

CNN National Poll: Who do you believe won the debate?
Obama: 54
McCain: 30

CBS News Poll: Undecided voters
Obama: 39
McCain: 27

ed schultz   October 7th, 2008 11:27 pm ET

Lena...we actually fight over the music in a fun way.
I like the jive, fast moving stuff...I hate slow starting music...
Kelly does a great job with it...

Joanna   October 7th, 2008 11:27 pm ET

One more thing Ed, my mom loves you too. She thinks that people are not being hard enough on slanthead. slanthead gave stephanapolis that question about william ayers. slanthead wanted that to be aired.

Angel M.   October 7th, 2008 11:27 pm ET

Obama just gets stronger and stronger, McCain wouldnt look at him again, what kind of presidential candidate acts like that

Bhance70   October 7th, 2008 11:28 pm ET

Obama won hands down. Didn't McPain look tired? Didn't he look out of touch? And I can't help but think that Tom Brokaw was showing favoritism for McPain.

Fred in DC   October 7th, 2008 11:28 pm ET

matt, you need to get XM man. It seems like 1260 only works on a few select streets.

Sarah of Arizona   October 7th, 2008 11:28 pm ET

Obama 100% class/ McCain 0%

Eric in FL   October 7th, 2008 11:29 pm ET

is anyone concerned about McCain's medications?.. We know he's on Ambien which would make someone push a button at 3am just to get back to bed.. and who knows what else he's on..

gary   October 7th, 2008 11:29 pm ET

obama 8 points up in the polls........winner of both debates......maybe mccain should think of replacing palin with tina fey so at least there is someone on their ticket that we regular americans can relate to 😉

ed schultz   October 7th, 2008 11:29 pm ET

Matt....I know it sucks,.,,.but it's all we have in D.C. Thanks for listening
when you can...

Matt   October 7th, 2008 11:30 pm ET

Ed, I used to have a lot of respect for McCain until this election. He has really sold his soul for the brass ring. The Palin choice will prove to be his undoing. Pretty sad.

macbabe   October 7th, 2008 11:31 pm ET

Eric in Fl.. I am more worried about these "hate" rally's!!

ed schultz   October 7th, 2008 11:31 pm ET

Aaron...that was very demeaning...what a jerk...I thought McCAIN
showed his true colors there....

Dougie Dogg   October 7th, 2008 11:31 pm ET

If McCain believed in "Country First" he NEVER would have picked Sarah Palin...she is proof that it is "POLITICS First". Enjoy your retirement, John...and please note "I AM NOT YOUR FRIEND!!!! AND YOU ARE NOT MY FRIEND!!!"

Fred in DC   October 7th, 2008 11:32 pm ET

Buying up the failed mortgages is a good idea, but I don't believe McCain would follow through with it. Sounds like an empty promise. Randi Rhodes has been saying that since Day one.

Marilyn Brown   October 7th, 2008 11:32 pm ET

Ed...what did you think about McCain actually pointing to Obama and calling him "this one'???? I was disgusted...I feel that was McCain's little temper-tantrum, and he was a mean little creep. Obama won...hands down. And, since I watched on CNN, I saw the lines. Obama won.

ed schultz   October 7th, 2008 11:32 pm ET

Dougie...You are spot on....Palin was a country first pick....

Karen   October 7th, 2008 11:32 pm ET

Go Barack Obama- imagine having someone we could look up and aspire to, someone who isn't trying to loot us, can you believe Mc Cain lying about Obama's tax plan right in front of him, us and God–

That Mc Cain reminds me more and more of Tim Conway on that historic Carol Burnette show.

What don't you know? and how will you find out? ZEN BROKAW

Jamie   October 7th, 2008 11:32 pm ET

I'll be looking forward to you listening to you in the morning. Keep up the good work. I think the best part of the debate was when Obama was saying how McCain will say how inexperienced he was. McCain agreed with a smile and then Obama let him have it was McCain was shocked by the expression on his face or at least I thought so. Then the excuse comes out that I was talking to an old Vet. I'm a vet and I don't think I would make comments like that.

Angel M.   October 7th, 2008 11:33 pm ET

so whats the desperate express stratigy for the next 3 weeks. I shudder to think.

Craig from Springfield, MO   October 7th, 2008 11:33 pm ET

also mccain said we will have to cut benefits on a lot of entitlements like social security. that was a huge mistake and very revealing and shocking that he will backtrack, you can bet on that.

Joe Jastremski   October 7th, 2008 11:34 pm ET

Ed, looking forward to your town hall meeting in NYC.

Karen   October 7th, 2008 11:34 pm ET

Did you get the peace question? Mc Cain equated peace with the military- oxymoron, emphasis on moron-

Work is freedom\
Peace is War

I think this came from the book 1984!

LENA   October 7th, 2008 11:34 pm ET

i was so nervous for obama because of all the drama this week, now i can miss the next debate because mccain can't hold a candle to obama.

Mary Murphy   October 7th, 2008 11:34 pm ET

Ed I listen to you every day or try while I am at work. You are the best. Now that I have sucked up, please keep up your same agenda. American needs your voice.

Fred in DC   October 7th, 2008 11:35 pm ET

Tim Conway. That's funny Karen.

Sarah of Arizona   October 7th, 2008 11:35 pm ET


CNN's Anderson Cooper said there was more to the Obama/Ayers relationship than Senator Obama was admitting to. Apparently Obama said that he did not plan the "party" at Ayer's house, that it was arranged by Alice Palmer, but she told them it was Obama who arranged it. Thus making him look like he was lying. Didn't she have a bone to pick with him, because he took her seat in the state senate?

matt   October 7th, 2008 11:36 pm ET

Anytime barack talks about his mother and her insurance troubles, half of america sympathizes. if people are still undecided at this point they need to get their heads checked..

ed schultz   October 7th, 2008 11:36 pm ET

Joe....bring a friend...the facility there is expensive ...hahahahaha
different from Fargo prices...I'm really looknig forward to it...
Do NYers like Obama or is the jewish vote an issue ?

Angel M.   October 7th, 2008 11:37 pm ET

i guess there is great debate over McCain calling obama "that one" is there anyway to spin that? I think its called disrespect

Karen   October 7th, 2008 11:37 pm ET

Who designed the format of this board. Ed, no wonder no one can have dialog, we are not allowed to reply to specific posts. Like what Micheal said about Orientya- he insulted her, but I should be able to respond to him directly and now way down here. Can't CNN afford a better web site- geeze, they need to solve this issue lest it only be a hit and run board.

Wendy R.   October 7th, 2008 11:38 pm ET

Angel M. I'm scared to find out :/

I'd thought surely the terrorist crap they've been talking about would be the lowest they could go... But somehow I doubt my assumption there, I know they'll hit a new low... Somehow o.O I don't know what they could say that would be lower other than what the Republicans had running here in TN a couple of years ago about Harold Ford 🙁 I hope they won't go there but they're desperate :/

graceblue2008   October 7th, 2008 11:38 pm ET

October makes me sick to think of it.

ed schultz   October 7th, 2008 11:38 pm ET are very kind, thanks...I'm just a workin dude...trying to
get after the truth....

Cari   October 7th, 2008 11:38 pm ET

I was not impressed with any of the questions tonight. Same questions phrased a different way!
No new ground was covered tonight. And Brokaw is lame. He's been making me pull my hair out when I watch Meet the Press on Sunday's.

lisa tx   October 7th, 2008 11:39 pm ET

Hey people donate !!! donate!!! donate!!! Obama/biden 08

Keith   October 7th, 2008 11:39 pm ET

OMG! The focus group would lean towards McCain!

Carey   October 7th, 2008 11:40 pm ET

Barack has shown as he said today to be pro-active instead of re-active. He was right on the economy. As he stated he wrote Paulson two years ago about the economy. He was right about Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

McCain should be ashamed of himself talking about he stood with veterans on their issues and I wish Obama would have called him on it. That's a lie. Yet, he played that card again. I also wished Obama would have called him out on what is victory.

All of a sudden he's the mortagage bailout king? Hmmmmm......that's a new one.

I am sorry, he and Palin scare me. He's confused and erratic and she's too much like Cheney.

Eric in FL   October 7th, 2008 11:40 pm ET

McCain still didn't mention the middle class – not once..

Lori, Leesburg, VA   October 7th, 2008 11:40 pm ET

McCain could not hide his absolute disdain for Barack Obama. He referred to Barack Obama as 'that one'. Unbelievable!! He & Cindy immediately left (leaving a vapor trail) once the debate was over ... that says it all! I can't wait for Election Day!!

Sallie Planty   October 7th, 2008 11:41 pm ET

I obviously don't know how to employ this blog. I don't know how to read comments between my comments. Therefore, I don't have access to the input of others and am just left to reply to my own contribution.
What am I doing wrong?
I've blogged before and it wasn't quite like this....

ed schultz   October 7th, 2008 11:41 pm ET are correct...the questions sucked..and Brokaw cut off
Obama numerous times after McCain told a bunch of lies expecially
about taxes...That;s why this format was so good for Johnny, and he still lost.....

Chris   October 7th, 2008 11:42 pm ET

Wow, really classy, McSame. The utter contempt this sitting United States senator displays to his colleague is absolutely disgusting.

Dan in ON-Canada   October 7th, 2008 11:42 pm ET

Although I can not vote I wish all my American cousins every success with this great opportunity that is close at hand. Please do not lose this momentum. Do all you can to help get the people out to vote.

Senator Obama is simply the better man to lead.

Big Ed!! I have listened to you for a few years now on XM. I think you are owed a debt of gratitude for going against the grain and making the format work on the radio. Great job of getting the message out and creating that enjoyable place "where America comes to talk".

graceblue2008   October 7th, 2008 11:42 pm ET

I'm watching Fox News right now and they are really showing they are scared. Even Hanity. It's friggin fantastic. case you missed what I posted earlier. McCain/Palin doing their first joint interview w/ Hanity right after the debate on their plane.

Hahahaha. So silly. They are scared to do anything except fox. The more they talk the better it is for Obama.

Matt in IL   October 7th, 2008 11:43 pm ET

Like you said today Ed, sure would be nice if Russert were around.

Rick in Canada   October 7th, 2008 11:43 pm ET

The debate was a disappointment from the drinking perspective; what was the count on the word 'Maverick'?

Heard Ms. Maverick of Texas today (Potus 08 on XM) and she was delightful. She gave the history of the term maverick, her family history and is really pissed that McCain is abusing the word.

You really should get her on the show.
(2 more mavericks)

Craig from Springfield, MO   October 7th, 2008 11:44 pm ET

i don't think barack calling mccain a liar on the veterans things will convince many people. i think most people think a veteran in congress will automatically support stuff like that so i just think that would be pretty hard to tear that notion upside down as mccain has.

Fred in DC   October 7th, 2008 11:44 pm ET

Sallie, it's a "hit and run" board. You just get in where you fit in.

Joanna   October 7th, 2008 11:44 pm ET

Well, I think that if the repulicans steal it again this election, that we will not have a country left to have an election in 4 years. If its broke now, can you imagine what it will be like under mccain?

Wendy R.   October 7th, 2008 11:44 pm ET

Sallie Planty

I'm just hitting F5 and scrolling up to read all the time, its almost too fast for me to keep up with as well!

Terry   October 7th, 2008 11:44 pm ET

Ed, tonight anyone watching the debate got to see Mr. McCain at his "finest"...and from all accounts it didn't impress too many people. The CNN after debate polls show that Obama did extremely well. It is indeed time for a the past year I've watched the machinery from my company being shipped out of the country, and I'm now in my 10th month of unemployment. The unemployment compensation is done, and I'm now forced to live off of my 401k. The only GOOD thing about being unemployed is being able to hear most of your show during the day....keep up the great work Big Eddie and let's shoot for an Obama landslide on Nov. 4th!

Angel M.   October 7th, 2008 11:44 pm ET

hey ed, do you think anderson cooper will be a little fairer to obama in the future?

Matt in IL   October 7th, 2008 11:44 pm ET

Ed, will you be on Larry King at the top of the hour?

Janet Martin   October 7th, 2008 11:45 pm ET

McCain never brought up Ayers tonight given the fact that he is not onlhy tied to Keating 6, but also the Iran Contra mess. He is no good for this country.

graceblue2008   October 7th, 2008 11:45 pm ET

Sallie Planty: It's not the greatest format. You should hit refresh every few seconds. Then scroll down.

It would be nice if we could reply right under a comment, but for now.....We have to write the person's name and then reply.

Hope that helps.

BTW (by the way) I sorta have a crush on Ed! Shhhhh

Sarah of Arizona   October 7th, 2008 11:45 pm ET

Hi graceblue2008,

That's because if the democrats get into the White House, the republicans are going to get busted and then what will they have to report on.

Mike/MASS   October 7th, 2008 11:45 pm ET

Obama clearly won this one. Ed... I listen to you every afternoon at 3:00 on our local 1600AM Air America station. EVERY DAY!

McCain actually draws his social security of something like $1900/month which seems weird for a guy who IS a senator making a living, and also one whose net worth is over $125 Million (thanks to Cindy). You think he'd refuse it. Calling Obama "that one" was the big gaff of the night.

Obama did a much better job of explaining his health care program than McCain did. I don't know how they're spinning McCain's performance, but now clearly 3-zip for Obama-Biden.

MargaretO   October 7th, 2008 11:46 pm ET

I have just been sickened by the tactics of Palin, McCain and even Cindy McCain! Today, Cindy McCain made a statement that Barack Obama has been running the most negative campaign. Is this woman doing drugs again?

ed schultz   October 7th, 2008 11:46 pm ET

Angel...Anderson is just trying to get people to respond. He's an anchor looking for a reaction to the action...pretty standard...

Lori, Leesburg, VA   October 7th, 2008 11:47 pm ET

Tom Brokaw seems to be a Republican operative. He consistently let McCain have more time to respond & interrupted Barack Obama when he wanted to counter/correct McCain's false statements. Brokaw was very transparent tonight.

lisa tx   October 7th, 2008 11:47 pm ET

fox shows Mccain 86% Obama 13 % lol they are nuts.

Joanna   October 7th, 2008 11:47 pm ET

I feel bad for you Ed. I hope you wont suffer long term affects from this blog!!!!

DoveSong   October 7th, 2008 11:47 pm ET

I am so proud that Sen Obama will be our next POTUS! McCain looked out of place . His time is over! Unbelievable!

ed schultz   October 7th, 2008 11:48 pm ET

Lori...I thought McCain got twice as much talk time...

Athena   October 7th, 2008 11:48 pm ET

JM is an embarrassment to the American people. How dare he expect to become the next POTUS when he disrespects a fellow American Senator? How utterly unpatriotic! Wake up, America, wake up!

The Bahamas

Janet Martin   October 7th, 2008 11:48 pm ET

Opps my fault – fast fingers it is the Keatin 5. And I want to add that when McCain talked to the African American man he treated him as a stupid person indicating that he did not know who Freddis Mac and Fannie Mae were. Hope it clenched a vote for Obama.

Joanna   October 7th, 2008 11:48 pm ET

Well slanthead does have a pea sized brain in that huge dinosaur head. If you listen close enough, you can hear it rattle around in there! Just ask Stephanie Miller!

Rich Sandstrom   October 7th, 2008 11:49 pm ET

Matt in DC,

AM760 in Boulder, CO, is great, AM950 in Minneapolis is weak in the St. Croix Valley (when I visit my son in Stillwater, MN). Two things might help, call the station and let them know that you would like a stronger signal and call the advitisers on Ed's show (plus support them) and let them know that there is a weak signal problem.

Patwx   October 7th, 2008 11:49 pm ET

McCain's attack at the very start "Nice to finally see you at a town hall meeting" was very lame.

Mike/MASS   October 7th, 2008 11:49 pm ET

I'd agree that Brokaw has never been much of an enthusiast of Obama. The Obamas lingering with the folks in the hall after it was over gets him (and her) lotsa' points you betcha'!

ed schultz   October 7th, 2008 11:49 pm ET

Joanna....not to worry...I'm off to bed sooooon !

Carol   October 7th, 2008 11:49 pm ET

Hi Big Ed love love love your show very straight forward never missed it but you are so right he showed once again who he really is a very angry man, refering to obama as that one people this is who you want to lead the country he is not going to listen to nobody just give him the chance and we are finish these are serious times if we want change lets do the right things. Can't wait to listen to you tomorrow.

Eric in FL   October 7th, 2008 11:49 pm ET

How about Johnny Mac's choice of Meg Whitman for Treasury Secretary, the former CEO of eBay.. Would we to have to start paying takes on paypal?

matt   October 7th, 2008 11:50 pm ET


obama 59%
mac 41%

graceblue2008   October 7th, 2008 11:50 pm ET

Hi Sarah of Arizona:

I just have to say I'm really happy with the way the debate turned out. I agree that someone from this administration should be in jail when this is over, but I doubt it.

I'm working the phones for Obama and wearing my Obama shirts all over town. I'm trying to do my part. I had to make a few shirts, but they are still cute.


Angel M.   October 7th, 2008 11:50 pm ET

its actually refreshing to see someone do well on the issues that are important to people instead of upsetting everyone who already had concerns of there own and there familys futures.

Eric in FL   October 7th, 2008 11:50 pm ET


Sarah of Arizona   October 7th, 2008 11:50 pm ET

The Tortoise and The Hare

There once was a speedy hare who bragged about how fast he could run. Tired of hearing him boast, Slow and Steady, the tortoise, challenged him to a race. All the animals in the forest gathered to watch.

Hare ran down the road for a while and then and paused to rest. He looked back at Slow and Steady and cried out, "How do you expect to win this race when you are walking along at your slow, slow pace?"

Hare stretched himself out alongside the road and fell asleep, thinking, "There is plenty of time to relax."

Slow and Steady walked and walked. He never, ever stopped until he came to the finish line.

The animals who were watching cheered so loudly for Tortoise, they woke up Hare.

Hare stretched and yawned and began to run again, but it was too late. Tortoise was over the line.

After that, Hare always reminded himself, "Don't brag about your lightning pace, for Slow and Steady won the race!"

That's Obama-Slow and Steady....

Mike/MASS   October 7th, 2008 11:50 pm ET

Hey everyone, was it just me or did McCain look more like 85 tonight?

Joanna   October 7th, 2008 11:50 pm ET

I think that grampy mcsame is counting on fox to win this election for him. that might work if he could keep his mouth shut

Athena   October 7th, 2008 11:51 pm ET

Lori, Leesburg, VA – We saw that and totally agree with ya! (wink!)

Cari   October 7th, 2008 11:51 pm ET

Sarah of A –
Ed had a guy on from Chicago (journalist?) today on his show.
The coffee get together was arranged by the lady who had the State Senate seat before Obama.
I can't explain why Anderson Cooper on CNN got it wrong but I do know that hardly anyone CHECKS FACTS anymore – they just spew what "some say" on air and call it good.

Mitch Jensen   October 7th, 2008 11:51 pm ET

Except for Sen. McCain's short discussion on the government getting into the home mortgage business I did not hear anything new or noteworthy. As a person who is not in trouble with a mortgage I would like to know if I can lower my interest rates too. I am tired of hearing about all these people who may lose their house because they can't afford their payments. I have bought two homes in my forty-six years, and I knew exactly how much my payment was going to be long before I signed the final papers. I simply do not blame the shady lenders 100%. When are we Americans going to stand up and accept responsibility for our actions. Anyone who misrepresented their income in any way so that they could "afford" the house they felt they were owed should have to deal with the consequences. No one put a gun to their head and forced them to sign on the dotted line. Quit whining accept the fact that you lied.
Sorry about that, I know this should be focused on the debate.
I just felt good that nobody winked at me.
God Bless President Obama.

Nick in Portland   October 7th, 2008 11:51 pm ET

He looked more like 105.

ed schultz   October 7th, 2008 11:51 pm ET

OFF to the sheets.....5am comes early Buck is already sleeping...

graceblue2008   October 7th, 2008 11:51 pm ET

Goodnight Big ED!

I must rock!

Joe Jastremski   October 7th, 2008 11:52 pm ET

Ed, NY loves Obama and if I were a gambler I would bet that Mayor Bloomberg endorses him before you come to town.

Sarah of Arizona   October 7th, 2008 11:52 pm ET

Hi again graceblue2008,

I just ordered a shirt too and tomorrow I am going to use shoe polish and write Obama/Biden 2008 on my rear window.

Joanna   October 7th, 2008 11:52 pm ET

be with you tmw ed! goodnight

Patwx   October 7th, 2008 11:52 pm ET

Thanks Ed. Have a good one.

Chris   October 7th, 2008 11:52 pm ET

Ed, I'm off to bed soon as well, but I want to thank you for all you do to get out the truth!

Lisa in Arizona   October 7th, 2008 11:53 pm ET

I love your show! Did you just see Robert Gibbs from the Obama campaign just smack down Sean Hannity on Fox a few minutes ago??? He totally called out SEan for having an anti-semite on his show on Sunday and totally took him to task, it was great! Of course, SEan went into his usual "BUt, but, Obama associates with radicals!" spiel. What I want to know is how in the world does Hannity even have a platform to spout his nonsense, he is insane and has a personal vendetta, it seems, against Barack!

Chima   October 7th, 2008 11:53 pm ET

Big Eddie!! Love your show, and I routinely send you emails and articles. What's your take on how everytime McPOW attacked, Obama sat in his chair with a wry smile on his face, and the proceeded to take McCain's attacks down with such ease. I think he is a cool customer.

Eric in FL   October 7th, 2008 11:53 pm ET

Thanks for your input Ed.. come down to Florida for a victory party this January when we swear in Obama.. and get out of that snow up there

Matt in IL   October 7th, 2008 11:53 pm ET

Cari, it was Dick Kay. He was the political reporter on the NBC affiliate for 38 years. Good interview.

Joanna   October 7th, 2008 11:54 pm ET

did anyone see sherri shepard get all up into elizabeth on the view today? I missed it

Fred in DC   October 7th, 2008 11:54 pm ET

Janet, Johnny Mac never had a real shot at the black vote anyway – o his comment about you probably never heard of fannie won't make much of a difference. That's why they went with Palin – to rally Joe Six pack – that was they only thing really left. What they fail to understand is that Joe Six pack's pockets are empty and he's pissed and realizes The big W has been playing him for a fool. There's a great deal of hatred out there, but there's no time to hate when you're worried about feeding your family.

Kathy D.   October 7th, 2008 11:54 pm ET

I, too, was disgusted that McCain decided that the young Black Gentelman could not possibly know about Fannie or Freddie and I said so on the CNN instant blog. Thank You, John McCain, for schooling all of us idiots who cannot possibly plan our day without you.

Angel M.   October 7th, 2008 11:55 pm ET

I hear that ed, but there is such a thing as both sides , then we can make well rounded decisions

jking   October 7th, 2008 11:55 pm ET

Mr. Schultz,
First time listener to your show to admit I'll continue to support NPR instead. I am planning on voting for Senator Obama and thought he did a great job tonight on addressing issues that matter for me like the economy, health care and he even got in a little education.
BTW one man's progress is another digress. None of us should be as arrogant as to think we (or our party) has a monopoly on all the right ideas!

Babs   October 7th, 2008 11:55 pm ET

I made up my mind. I'm voting for "That Won"!

graceblue2008   October 7th, 2008 11:55 pm ET

I ordered shirts from the website, but they still aren't here. I ordered on Aug. 29th....

That's why I just started making them. A few iron on's I ordered from Ebay and some stencils and they look great!

Good night all!

Lori, Leesburg, VA   October 7th, 2008 11:55 pm ET

Thanks Ed ... I can't wait to hear your show tomorrow!!

Chima   October 7th, 2008 11:57 pm ET too...give 'em hell tomorrow Ed!

Mitch Jensen   October 7th, 2008 11:57 pm ET

Did anyone get a count on how many times Se. McCain said "My Friends"? Mercy sakes, in my younger days I would stock up on the "good stuff" and play a little drinking game. Of course, if I had been doing that tonight with a friend or two, none of us would have made past the first thirty minutes. And I would have emptied my bar.
Can't wait for your show tomorrow, Ed.

Angel M.   October 7th, 2008 11:58 pm ET

good nite ed

Carol   October 7th, 2008 11:58 pm ET

yes i did i thought they were giong to smack each other i respect every ones views but no matter if the truth is written in gold this elizabeth chick don't get it

Lori, Leesburg, VA   October 7th, 2008 11:59 pm ET

Joanna, I Tivo'd The View and I honestly can't wait to hear what talking points Elisabeth will be spouting off. Sheri did get after her about McCain's shady past with cheating on his 1st wife. I'm sure Elisabeth is wondering right now how she can sell McCain's BS.

Harry   October 7th, 2008 11:59 pm ET

Hi Ed,
Keep up the great work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Your friends in Montana

Athena   October 8th, 2008 12:00 am ET

Kathy D – We saw that, too! Grrrrrr! So disrespectful of the African-American ethnic group. JM is a bigot and a fraud and I hope Americans who want to vote for him will see him for who is truly is.

Jason   October 8th, 2008 12:00 am ET

How about when Obama made the link between McCains health plan and his love of deregulation! I got a lightning bolt right through me it was great

Wendy R.   October 8th, 2008 12:00 am ET

Mitch exactly 19 times, I just went ctrl+f on the transcript 😛

Cari   October 8th, 2008 12:02 am ET

Matt in IL –
Thanks! I missed part of the interview – people really shouldn't call me at work between Noon and 3PM, HA!

Gerry   October 8th, 2008 12:02 am ET

Ed, love your show and love watching you on CNN. Tonight we witnessed a future president and a guy stuck in the past.

Clearly, the republican pary and brand are bankrupt. No ideas, no new policies, just the same old crap that got us in the trouble we're in.

I look forward to President Obama's inauguration.

Angel M.   October 8th, 2008 12:04 am ET

I hope they start calling palin and her husband out if they are going to keep smearing obama

jeff hein   October 8th, 2008 12:05 am ET

I missed the health care part due to baby bath time but I felt Obama kicked it with foreign affairs, national security and set a trap for McCain when it came to national energy strategy.

Obama won and I'm an Independent.

Swandawg   October 8th, 2008 12:06 am ET

Ed, I hope tomorrow you'll talk about the fact McCain assumed the young black male didn't know what Freddie or Fannie were before this whole mess. Young people are a bit more educated than McCain thinks. Just because he might not have been aware of who Freddie was until this mess, doesn't mean those of us under the age of 30 did not. McCain was his typical self – on issue after issue – providing not a plan, but a collection of pieced together sounds bites. Why the media doesn't address this is beyond me.

Finally, I agree wholeheartedly with your blog comments. McCain's answer on health care was horrid – it's a responsibility? It should be a right. The fact that 1 of 3 people in that room will ultimately end up with a generative disease, cancer, etc., and probably 1 of 2, or 1 of 3 are without health insurance - to hear McCain say health insurance is a responsibility. Tell that to that 12 year-old boy from Maryland who died two years ago from a tooth infection because no hospital would take him until it was too late. Health care ought to be an absolute right!

Angel M.   October 8th, 2008 12:08 am ET

I will actually say thank you god, if obama wins that s how much i think this country needs this change

Bill C. from MN   October 8th, 2008 12:11 am ET

I liked O's response to Mac's call for a gov't program freeze. "Improve programs that work eliminate those that don't." It makes sense, but in Washington? Freezing all programs would be detrimental and unfair to many.

Monica, Califrornia   October 8th, 2008 12:13 am ET

Yes, I saw Sherri on The View today tell Elizabeth a thing or two. It was so well deserved! You can go on youtube and check it out!!

Pamela V.   October 8th, 2008 12:14 am ET

Give'em Hell Ed and keep up the great work. How did you like when Mc Same called Barack Obama "That One"?

Susannah Lints   October 8th, 2008 12:15 am ET

How do you think the candidates could have been more specific tonight? What did that audience in Ohio want to hear? They dialed to the top every time Obama spoke, yet they said they didn't hear enough specifics. No one really knows the full extent of the fallout from the financial mess yet new developments every day. How can anyone be specific right now?

Also CNN panel warned about the race issue causing as much as a 5% shift in final election results. I worry about this. How much of a factor do you think it might be?

Listen to you every day.
Susannah Lints Vancouver WA

macbabe   October 8th, 2008 12:15 am ET

I thought about Tim Russert tonight and really missed him, he was always so respectful to everyone, this would have been so different tonight with him at the wheel.. Brokaw needs to retire and take McCain with him!

Angel M.   October 8th, 2008 12:21 am ET

macbabe you are so right. i am from buffalo and i have never been sadder that someone so fair and on top of keeping everyone in line was never more needed

Amina Woods   October 8th, 2008 12:23 am ET

Barack Obama clearly won the debate and I'd like to add that McCain's racism continues. I saw it in the first debate when he dismissed Obama's intellectual ability and refused to even look at the man. In this debate, when McCain pointed to Obama and said "that one" instead of Senator Obama, we were reminded once again of McCain's old style racism. His disgust for Obama is not only because he is his opponent, but also because Obama is his "Black" opponent. I do not believe as some pundits are saying that it was simply McCain being a bit testy. McCain is an old school racist and you can see it in his voting record which dismisses the poor and advances the rich.

Angel M.   October 8th, 2008 12:30 am ET

I have to say that i am very concerned about the hate rants that palin is spouting, just please let obama be safe, so he can lead this country in the right direction.

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