Saturday, September 27, 2008

11:42 AM

US presidential debate Round 1

This first of three 90min debates between presidential candidates from Democratic Barack Obama and Republican John McCain just concluded an hour ago. It started at 9am (Singapore time) at the University of Mississippi. And I was glad Channel NewsAsia carried a live broadcast of it.



The main topics for discussion was supposed to be on national security and foreign policy. Yet it clearly seemed that both candidates steered towards the US economic situation whenever they could. This is more so for Senator Obama. McCain emphasised alot on his personal experince in warfare and politics while Obama kept repeating "8 years is enough".

Not a very good debate in my eyes. There was indeed engagement and intense verbal sparring between them but on other stuff. Its like the candidates are very precise in their arguments but not accurate when pertaining to the question. Granted, the state of the US economy matters more to the US populace in the "Main Street" than how the US should react to Russia's incursion into Georgia.

Overall, I feel Obama seems to focus on the micro aspects of the lower-middle class while McCain adopts a macro view of things. Not that either is right or wrong, its such a differences in opinions that ensure that Americans can fully gauge the potential capabilities of their future president and vote accordingly.

Whether its the arguments surrounding "Wall Street" or "Main Street", every US presidential election especially the debates are exciting to watch. Now I wonder, when will Singapore eventually have such a buzzing political scene? I would love to see PAP leaders debate with representatives from WP or even SDP. 10 years, 20 years or more?

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