Talking Point: The 2nd Presidential Debate

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(KSL News) Tonight, John McCain and Barack Obama take to a stage in Nashville, Tenn. But this debate's format at Belmont University is different from the first presidential debate in Mississippi. It's a town hall-style event.

Obama and McCain will answer questions from both moderator Tom Brokaw and people in the audience.

Something else could be different tonight: the energy between the candidates. Both campaigns have launched character attacks in recent days. Obama's staff has questioned McCain's Senate record, while McCain argues there is too much mystery surrounding Obama.

NBC Political Director Chuck Todd said, "That's what's going on inside the McCain campaign right now. There are some that say, ‘Hey, it's time to unleash the dogs. It's time to, say, make the case that this Barack Obama is not ready to be president.'"

Mike Shackelford is the head debate coach at Rowland Hall-Saint Mark's School. He joined us tonight to discuss the debate in our Talking Point segment.

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