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Voters' Views: Michael Kundak-Cowall

Voters have questioned Barack Obama and John McCain in a town hall-style debate dominated by the financial crisis and foreign policy.

Here Republican and Democratic voters from across the US reflect on how the candidates performed.


Michael Kundak-Cowall Student | Democrat

McCain seemed stronger than Obama on some points of foreign policy

Michael Kundak-Cowall
Age: 18
Lives: Chelsea, Michigan
Occupation: Student
Last election voted:
Too young to vote
In 10 words or less: Honest, diplomatic, open to debate

"Obama performed well, although he still seemed weak or shaky on some questions.

McCain seemed stronger than Obama on some points of foreign policy, and I found myself agreeing with him as he lectured Obama about 'telegraphing your punches' to the enemy.

Other than that, though, McCain didn't fare as well. His repetitious mentioning of the success of the troop surge in Iraq became annoying. And his stiff gait and bearing throughout the debate was distracting.

Obama remained fairly composed and alert throughout the debates, although some of his answers to audience questions seemed a little long-winded.

The only time Obama seemed caught off-balance was when the moderator wouldn't allow him to respond to a McCain speech.

The moderator Tom Brokaw was pretty good during the debates, too.

I laughed at some of the interaction between him and the candidates, and I feel he did pretty well with the questions.

While some other people I know found the moderator's scolding of the candidates regarding time constraints annoying, I liked the way both men were humbled during those moments."


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