52.4 Million Watched McCain And Obama’s First Debate

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  1. KenH

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    52.4 Million Watched McCain And Obama’s First Debate

    September 29, 2008

    According to data from across 11 networks, the first presidential debate on September 26 between John McCain and Barack Obama drew 52.4 million viewers.

    The TV audience for the first presidential debate of the 2008 election was roughly 16% smaller than the audience for the first debate between President Bush and John Kerry during the 2004 election, which drew 62.5 million viewers on September 30, 2004.

    - rest at http://blog.nielsen.com/nielsenwire/
     
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    I watched and it was evident that Obama did a better job. McCain looked wooden and would not even look at Obama.
     
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    According to the numbers, this was one of the poorest watched debates in the history of televised debates. Bad move having it on a Fri night.

    I think the most watched Presidential debate was a Carter/Reagan debate. I don't have the numbers from the paper in front of me.
     
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    We have already factually disproven this. Why do people continue to say something that they know is wrong?
     
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    I'm not aware of this, I work for a living and cannot spend all day on the Internet. If I am wrong, then I am wrong. If McCain looked at Obama, he did not look very often or long, because I watched the debate. Of course I did not stare at one portion of the debate for the entire time, so maybe I missed it.
     
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    Because libs ignore facts so they may continue to live in an alternate reality to sooth their conscience over supporting an evil candidate.
     
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    The vast majority were Democrats so the missing viewers were Republican's.

    Prediction... Watch how the Republican's tune in for Sarah Palin.

    I think this is a continuation of when McCain went to FL without Sarah and spoke to all those empty seats. I notice he took her on the few campaign stops he made this week. They had very large turnouts. My opinion is the Republican's are not behind, or interested in McCain, they are more excited about Sarah Palin.
     
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    If you watched the debate, then you saw him look at Obama. The fact that he might not have done it very often or long is irrelevant. You said he didn't do it, and the fact is that he did. I watched only half of it, and saw it. And I looked at pictures of it and saw it as well.

    Again, I have to wonder why this gets repeated. It could not be less relevant, and it isn't true anyway.
     
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    So we can see how many times you will try to refute it and it ties you up so that you don't have time to post other anti-Obama tirades. :laugh:
     
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    Yup. Another representative of the "honest party of bringing people together".


    It turns out it's members are some of the most petty, dishonest, and obfuscating people involved in politics.
     
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    The allagation is that he didn't look at Obama while responding. Yes he looked at him, but he directed all responses to the Moderator. However, I don't blame him for not calling him by his first name. That was the other accusation. Barack is a strange name and kind of funny to get used to using.
     
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    Hey Ken,

    You know what I think, Obama should go to the Hill tomorrow and remove all the conservative additions from the bill and pass it. The Dems have control of both houses so he could do it.

    Then the Dems should blast the Republicans all over the airwaves saying they don't care, they are only concerned about wall street etc... Then say they care about the people on mainstreet which is why they stood behind Obama and passed legislation.

    Think about it, it will seal the deal to anyone who is worried over this crises and there is no loss to Obama. Anyone who would disapprove of this action is not voting form him to begin with. His supporters will sing his praise for saving the nation. He can also push this as leadership and pick up some of those holding out thinking he doesn't have the ability.

    Then the icing will be an add saying McCain went to the Hill and couldn't get anything done. Obama went and got action. Who do you want representing you?
     
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    And what happens when they need another $ 700 billion ? You act like printing or borrowing more money will fix this. Like these guys are being heros for taking our money, and giving it to Wall St.

    Am I Rip Van Winkle ? When did the left lose their brains ? How can you support this, and shoo the blame off the dem leaders that caused it ?
     
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    I see my plan would work well, it would really make the repubs MADDDDD.

    I wouldn't pass it for $700. The bill was to give them $250 initially then more would have to be approved.
     
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    I read the allegation and that wasn't it. It's in post #2 if you want to read it yourself.

    So what? Why is this even relevant? Don't you see how silly this looks? There are real issues in this campaign, and people are whining about who looked at who during a debate. It's like some high school love triangle: "You didn't look at me between classes this morning, but I saw you look at her from across the hall." Wah-wah.

    I didn't try to refute it. It was refuted. And I have never posted an anti-Obama tirade. I think it is a waste of time to do so. The people who support Obama aren't interested in the truth anyway. And the people who don't support Obama already see it.
     
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    You must have a different post #2.

    I can agree with you here, I was repeating what the opinion polls were saying. This is really no different than the repbs not voting for the bill because of a speech. It's all just silliness and misses the intent and the target.

    Careful about the 4 fingers pointing back at you. This argument could easily be made toward the Palin defenders. Before you tout her executive experience, the truth is the entire campaign comes down to the Thursday debate and she still draws thousands, will sell anything with her picture and salvaged an entire party yet her entire run for office comes down to a single debate. Sounds like there are thousands on the other side not interested in the truth either.
     
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    Here it is from page 1: McCain looked wooden and would not even look at Obama. Nothing there about when he addressed him or anything else. Again, look for yourself. I haven't lied yet and I am not going to start now.

    Don't have any pointing back at me.

    It could be. It could be made about virtually anyone. Everyone has their followers who don't care what is said or done, they will support their candidate. You tend to do this with Obama, just like Ken does. Others do it with McCain.

    I don't think that at all. the words is out that she won't do well against Biden. I think she can increase her standing by talking in complete sentences. But I probably won't watch it because I don't care all that much.
     
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    i think Palin will more than hold her own against Biden, especially since everyone is worried about what kind of gaffe-o-rama Biden will be. And when it is all said and done, just like with every other debate...the dems will say how great their candidate did and will pour praise upon him and downing the Republican and vice-versa.
     
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    And i do think the reason the viewership was so low was because of it being on a Friday night in the middle of most high school football seasons. The first 2004 debate was held on a Thursday night, so the only people who missed it are the University of Louisville fans who were probably watching the game on ESPN...weren't they on ESPN every Thursday night at the time???
     
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    How can you know exactly when I was viewing the television? Is it not possibly that I was making a comment to my wife and looking at her, or perhaps getting something to drink from the kitchen? I might even have make a trip to the bathroom, you don't know.

    I don't appreciate your insinuation that I saw McCain look at Obama and now am lying about it. I don't remember seeing McCain look at Obama one time. If he did, then so be it. I was wrong.

    Don't be so quick to pass judgment, especially when you don't know all the facts.
     

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