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It's interesting to watch and listen to the Presidential debates this season, because so many people everywhere are also watching them, more than usual.

A couple observations: The debates don't seem to change many people's minds; merely firm up what voters' choice. The stakes are so high this year, though, that people might be watching for affirmation of their choice. Undecided voters are always a wild card, and who knows what kind of criteria they're using this year.

It's also interesting that what one person sees as a 'winning' moment is another person's 'losing' moment. Think for yourself: How did you perceive Barack Obama's energy this time? Was it the same as before the primary, or was it a little more measured...what might that mean?

Was John McCain's reference of Obama as 'that one' at one point in the debate disrespectful, or was he being flippant for dramatic effect. Did McCain really 'race' out of the arena, or was there a legitimate reason he didn't work the crowd like Obama did?

The truth is that both candidates are well versed on the issues, and at times have honest policy differences. But more than usual, this election seems to be about something intangible, and it's important for people to watch their candidates talk at length about everything.

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Richard Piatt

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