I think it is great that the US presidential candidates have several televised debates. And I appreciate it, that this US tradition and democratic principle has arrived in Germany in 2002, although here we only have one debate per election. (Please correct me if I am wrong.)
I have read a couple of articles about yesterday's Townhall debate, but apparently it was not too exciting. James Joyner was "bored to tears" about an hour into the debate. His conclusion in Outside the Beltway:
Overall, this was McCain's best debate performance. It's conceivable that he won it on "points." The bottom line, again, though, is that Obama went toe to toe with him and didn't clearly lose. That's a win given that he went into the debate with a lead and that McCain's hoping to win based on superior seasoning.
What do you think of the presidential elections? Did Obama and McCain give any clues about policy issues that are important for Europe?
Many American friends (incl. our co-blogger Kyle) are enormously interested in this election; even on the border of obsession. Of course, I understand why this election is so special, but I do not share this huge interest and excitement. I am probably even less excited than my fellow Germans.
While there are significant policy, style, judgement, and character differences between Obama and McCain, I am not sure these differences will matter as much as most people think they will. The next president will be less powerful and will have less room for maneuver than past presidents due to the financial crisis and the Iraq war.