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Voters' Views: Sumit Galhotra

Barack Obama and John McCain have clashed in a fractious final TV debate before the US presidential poll.

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


Sumit Galhotra Graduate student | Democrat

McCain knows his candidacy is in trouble at this point with only three weeks to the big day

Sumit Galhotra
Age: 24
Lives: New York
Occupation: Graduate student
Last election voted:
Democrat
In 10 words or less: Activist, worldly, liberal, cosmopolitan

"I wasn't particularly impressed with either candidate. Overall Obama won, as McCain came off as very insecure. He knows his candidacy is in trouble at this point with only three weeks to the big day.

Quite frankly, I found the debate quite pointless. After weeks of campaigning, how could there still be voters who are undecided?

Both spent a significant chunk of time debating the attacks and the personalisation of the campaign.

McCain came off as contradictory. On the question of the Supreme Court nominations, he said he would nominate someone 'qualified', even if he or she was pro-choice. But he chose Sarah Palin as a running mate - a strong proponent of taking away women's right to choose.

I think the four debates have only confirmed that Barack Obama is the strong leader that we Americans need during such volatile times. We cannot risk four more years of the same.

Although I am happy to see Obama leading in national polls, I am fearful that the McCain-Palin ticket will launch something to jeopardise Obama's candidacy. Sarah Palin in particular has conducted a very unprofessional campaign. Case in point - she stated that Obama 'pals around with terrorists'.

I hope every American recognises what a critical election this is. One of these two men will be able to nominate two Supreme Court Justices, which will set the course for American policies for the next generation."


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