McCain vs. Obama: Dueling temperaments, no defining moment in first debate

Posted by Kendall Harmon

With little more than five weeks to Election Day, they may not have persuaded many voters to change their minds or helped undecided ones make a choice.

Despite the absence of a defining moment, the debate showcased the dueling candidates' temperaments and, particularly on foreign policy, highlighted their policy differences.

However, if voters were looking for a signal on how either would handle the economic meltdown as president, they were disappointed. Neither offered up a thoughtful prescription for addressing the worst economic meltdown in generations, or even much analysis on the proposed $700 billion government bailout.

"I wish they had. They were very cautiously evasive," said Michael Kevane, chairman of the economics department at Santa Clara University. "They were not very forward-looking. I wanted to hear how they thought the $700 billion should be divvied up."

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