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The final presidential debate is happening now at Hofstra University, in Hempstead, New York, less than three weeks before Election Day. Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain will address the nation about their economic and domestic policies, despite discussion of these topics in previous debates.
Watchword readers, please join Missourian Public Life reporters Chad Day, Mary Elise DeCoursey, Molly Harbarger, Holly Jackson, Amanda Kushner, Liz Lucas, Catherine Martin, Regan McTarsney, Shelby Prucha-Mitchell, Hayley Tsukayama, Spencer Willems and Amanda Woytus in the comments section below as we fact check and make commentary on the questions and answers from the candidates in the final debate for the presidency.
Also see the Watchwords’s Twitter to follow the debate with Mélissa Bounoua.
For more information on the candidates and the issues see: Obama’s campaign site and McCain’s Web site. Also, Factcheck.org, PolitiFact.com, and RealClearPolitics.com are good non-partisan resources concerning the election.
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News for thought during the debate:
Since the global economic crisis has been an issue since the first presidential debate, the men have answered several questions about their tax plans during the first two debates. Previous Watchword live-bloggers found that despite claims by McCain, “Obama will only raise taxes on high income small business, the ones that make over $250,000,” but unlike Obama and Biden keep saying, his “tax cut would affect 95% of ‘working families,’ but not everyone.” and McCain’s plan has been slammed for “taxing employer-provided health benefits, which will wipe out most of extra income from the tax credit.”
In addition, there was breaking news this week in the form of each candidates economic rescue plans – Obama unveiled his Monday, and McCain reported his Tuesday. Expect to hear those plans explained and defended.
McCain also said that he will call out Obama’s relationship with Bill Ayers during the debate. See below for a blow by blow synopsis: