After a presidential debate with its share of awkward moments, early network polls suggest Democratic nominee, Barack Obama, came away victorious over his GOP rival, John McCain, in last night’s town hall formatted debate.
A focus group by NBC had the Illinois senator winning 60-40. CBS had Obama winning 39-27 (35 percent said it was a tie). Even the conservative leaning Fox News had Obama with a slight edge on McCain.
In what may have been a potential deathblow for the McCain campaign, one awkward moment came when the Arizona senator did not address Obama by name when answering a question about energy.
“I know you grow a little weary of this back and forth,” McCain said addressing the audience when talking about a bill on energy. “You know who voted for it?” he asked rhetorically. “That one,” he said of Obama while jabbing his finger in Obama‘s direction.
The move stoked allegations of race baiting by Obama supporters on a day when McCain-Palin rallies became increasingly more hostile to Obama.
When GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin mentioned Obama‘s association with former domestic terrorist Bill Ayers, she drew a series of boos from the crowd as well as one disturbing retort.
“Kill him!” one man responded, presumably talking about Obama.
“I am just so fearful that this is not a man who sees America the way you and I see America, as the greatest force for good in the world. I’m afraid this is someone who sees America as ‘imperfect enough’ to work with a former domestic terrorist who had targeted his own country,” Palin added.
The final presidential debate is slated for October 15 at Hofstra.