DAY IN A NUTSHELL
As pundits dissect Wednesday night's debate, the McCain team launches a campaign of automated telephone calls (robocalls) throughout the swing states. John McCain himself appears on the David Letterman show, while Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel perform at a concert on behalf of the Obama capaign. Joe Wurzelbacher, the plumber namechecked more than a dozen times in the debate, appears on a number of media outlets; media inquiries into his background reveal that he is a registered Republican, without an Ohio plumber's licence, who was accused of failure to pay state taxes in 2007.
"For those of you who are feeling giddy or cocky or think this is all set, I just have two words for you: New Hampshire."
Barack Obama reminds supporters that he has lost dead cert votes in the past
"Senator Obama didn't tell the whole truth about his relationship with Mr Ayers last night."
"You need to know that Barack Obama has worked closely with domestic terrorist Bill Ayers."
McCain campaign robocall
"I'm completely flabbergasted with this whole thing and just hope I'm not making too much of a fool of myself and hope I can get my message out there."
Joe Wurzelbacher, AKA "Joe the plumber"
"Joe the Plumber has now had more press conferences than Sarah Palin."
Andrew Sullivan, Atlantic Monthly
"[John McCain] won the debate and if it doesn't change the game, it might be enough to change some minds or at least get voters to give him another look."
Stephen Hayes, Weekly Standard
"McCain tried hard last night to paint Obama as a big-spending liberal who hangs around with radicals. But ideology may matter less to voters this year than temperament.."
E.J. Dionne, Washington Post
A quiet day for the pollsters.
The tracking polls (which were all conducted before the debate), al remain pretty static, with Barack Obama retining his strong lead in all of them.
The only notable state-wide polls are a Rasmussen poll from Ohio suggesting that the two candidates are tied.
All recent polls from the Buckeye State have given Mr Obama a lead over John McCain.
The other interesting poll is from North Dakota, where DFM Research for the North Dakota United Transportation Union indicates that Mr Obama holds a two-point lead over Mr McCain.
The findings echo the results of the Monday's Public Affairs Institute poll, which also gave Mr Obama a two-point lead.
Polls like this could explain reports that the Obama camapign is considering returning to the state, having pulled its advertising in the wake of the announcement of Sarah Palin as John McCain's running-mate.
Joe "the plumber" Wurzelbacher comes face to face with the media circus outside his home in Holland, Ohio.