There were a few statements McCain made that he'll regret-- that future retirees will have to settle for less than current retirees. And he called for a spending freeze, which he also called for in his first debate. Hello! It's a basic business tenet. You have to spend money to make money. Maybe that's something Paulson doesn't get either. You don't buy bad debt. You invest in good projects and assets.
But there were a lot more problems for McCain. He became repetitive, like Sarah Palin, stuck on talking points-- stale, tired talking points-- and he looked stiff, rigid, inflexible, unable to adapt and think on his feet. It was like he was doing reasonably well letting loose with the assault his people planned for him, but he had no ability to really dive deep into real discussion.
<blockquote>The CNN Snap Poll Results
Who expressed his views more clearly in the debate?
Who spent more time attacking his opponent?
Who was most likeable?
All the snap polls run by the networks showed Obama winning handily, except for one measure-- Who was more aggressive? McCain won that one. Oops. Gotta watch THAT phrase. McCain referred to Obama as "that one" and the Obama campaign jumped on it. Was it racist, objectifying a black man?
McCain kept throwing the same stuff at Obama that Obama had effectively rebutted in the previous debate.
Obama came back brilliantly, hitting a home run, reminding McCain of his "bomb, bomb, bomb Iran" and destroy N. Korea remarks.
McCain looked like a hypocritical idiot after than.