Presidential candidates face off in first debate

Barack Obama and John McCain participated in their first presidential debate on Friday evening, taking on topics like foreign policy, national security and the current economic crisis.

The debate had no clear winner, but here are what some editorial writers had to say. Peter Canellos of the Boston Globe:

"McCain … tried hard to make the first presidential debate a test of Barack Obama's fitness for office. McCain succeeded in his framing of the test - but Obama passed it… But with the majority of the debate focused on foreign policy - where McCain's superiority was assumed, and Obama's vulnerability was greatest - the lack of a clear winner benefits Obama more than McCain."

David Yepsen of the Des Moines Register:

"It was one of the most substantive debates in recent presidential campaign history and John McCain won it. The Arizona senator was cool, informed and forceful in Friday's first presidential debate of the general election campaign. He repeatedly put Barack Obama on the defensive throughout the 90 minutes session. Obama did little to ease voter concerns that he's experienced enough to handle foreign and defense policy. That was his number one task Friday night and he failed.

Who do you think won the debate? If you missed it, watch it here.

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