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Debating the Candidates

September 27, 2008 - Joselyn King
I watched Friday night's presidential debate, and I guess it transpired pretty much as I thought it might.

U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., was calm, cool and yes -- presidential. Maybe too calm. Like to see him get fired up a bit and just bring it.

He proved he knew his stuff -- or at least what political advisers prepared for him.

As for McCain, the knowledge was there -- if not the style. What was the deal with uncomfortable smiles? It just looked like he was seething sometimes.

He proved he had experience -- at least with those issues his advisers prepared for him.

In the end, what we saw were two different men. . .each wearing a navy suit and red tie. Oh, but there was a difference. McCain's had stripes; Obama's, dots.

Couldn't help but notice that Obama wore his flag pin.

What I came away with is this -- whoever wins is going to provide better leadership than what we have now.

And you know what? I'm not necessarily knocking George W. Bush.

I mean, think about it. Where would we be today had Al Gore won in 2000? or John Kerry in 2004? Got to say, neither one ever inspired much confidence.

It's likely West Virginia would have been closed to steel and coal business under a Gore presidency. And just how would Al have responded to 9-11? Not sure, but don't have a good feeling about it.

Kerry likely would have done a better job handling the war on terror. Still, the words "President Kerry" just didn't sound right.

I have to think that the two candidates we have in 2008 are of a higher caliber than those of recent decades.

As for that vice presidential debate next week:

Hey, Sarah, pin Joe down on clean coal, and don't be afraid to speak up on coal use.

Hey, Joe, ask Sarah her thoughts on the war in Georgia. I'm sure she'll say she loved Gone With the Wind.


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