Town Hall Presidential Debate Notes

Who would appoint to Sec. of Treasury?
M – Warren Buffet, Meg Whittman(sp), someone who inspires trust and confidence
O – Warren Buffet, someone who helps the middle-class, McCain is right

What in the bailout will help the people?
M – attacks Obama and his “cronies” for lending and getting contributions from Fannie and Freddie
O – says that credit markets are frozen, problem was deregulation, says he tried to re-regulate over the last two years, THIS IS THE BEGINNING OF THE PROCESS AND NOT THE END

Will it get worse?
O – says that we need to coordinate with other countries
M – the workers are the best and effective

How can we trust either when both parties got us here?
O – Washington is different from the way things are done in the home, talks about the increase of the debt, SPEND MORE MONEY ON THINGS, make spending cuts
M – has worked on reform against things like this, look at records and not the rhetoric, Obama proposes $800b in more spending, look at the records

What are highest priorities?
M – all can be worked on at the same time, build nuclear plants and create more jobs
O – energy first, health care second, education third

What sacrifices will you ask of Americans?
M – eliminate all that isn’t working, ELIMINATE EARMARKS, cut key spending, establish priorities
O – (talks about Bush right after 9-11) save energy, CALL TO SERVICE

Wall street got drunk, how break bad habits?
O – show that Washington has good habits, share the burden
M – Obama wants to raise taxes, compares Obama to H. Hoover, Obama will raise taxes on small companies, attacks Obama on saying he wouldn’t raise taxes if economy is bad, offers tax credits

Social Security, Medicare – date to reform?
O – take on entitlements, can’t work on it in two years but wants to work on it in first term, tries to explain his tax proposal
M – says it isn’t hard to fix it because it has been done before, TOO much special interests, Obama voted 94 times to increase taxes or against tax breaks, RECORDS OR RHETORIC

What would you do in first two years to move fast?
M – energy and economy
O – energy and economy but would have to SPEND and INVEST, agrees with McCain

Should we fund a group on nuclear energy or invest in the garages of the people?
M – attacks Obama on voting, attacks

Health care coverage?
O – it is breaking household budgets, socialize it
M – offer a tax credit across state lines, give the choice to the people

Health care a right or responsibility?
M – both, attacks Obama
O – tries to answer attack from McCain, MANDATE CHILD HEALTH CARE

How will economic stress effect foreign relations?
M – we are the greatest and will continue to be that way, attacks Obama
O – tries to answer attack but shifts to Bush and Iraq, talks about how much being spent in Iraq, agrees with McCain that we are the greatest

Use of combat services if not national security?
O – we have a moral obligation, can’t be everywhere at once, INCREASE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY
M – attacks Obama on withdrawl plan, we are the greatest force for good, must be able to beneficially effect situation

Pakistan or Al-Queda in Afghanistan?
O – move from Iraq to Afghanistan and change ways with Pakistan
M – says Obama wants to announce military attacks, speak softly and responsibly
O – if Pakistan won’t help then we’ll do it, agrees with McCain
M – would not telegraph his attack

How would you reorganize effort with Afghanistan?
O – Afghanistan wants our help
M – build up Afghan army, work with Pakistani government

Russia?
M – talks about Putin, work with Russia using international efforts, take time
O – give financial help to countries around Russia like Georgia, work with Russia using international efforts, take time

Is Russia evil empire under Putin?
O – does not really answer but leans more toward yes answer
M – maybe but does not want to answer

Iran attacks Israel, send troop support for Israel without okay from UN?
M – yes, keep eye on Iran and nuclear weapons, attacks Obama on sitting down without pre-conditions, but would also need to use allies with Iran, cannot allow a second holocaust
O – cannot allow Iran nuclear weapons, Israel one of strongest allies, do everything to prevent it diplomatically, one-on-one talks with enemy

What don’t you know and how will you learn it?
O – the challenges of the presidency
M – what will happen here and abroad

One Response to Town Hall Presidential Debate Notes

  1. It’s ashame that McCain could not hit him harder in the debate, just on issues alone. I do not think he will be able to turn this one around, but you never know.

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