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By La'Shawnda Jones

Who is Joe the Plumber? Have you heard of Joe Six-Pack? Has any one met Soccer Mom? I don’t know any of these people. It’s insulting that McCain and Palin think all Americans work under sinks and drink beer all day when they’re not running the kids to soccer and hockey games.

And while I’m on it – I’m sick of EVERYTHING...

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Great question, Bob!

By La'Shawnda Jones

Great question, Bob!

Bob Schieffer asked if the candidates would stand by the negative ads and negative sentiments of their campaigns.

Did McCain answer the question? You betcha he didn’t! But he’s proud of the people who come to his rallies. Yes, evens those attendees screaming for Obama’s head – they are great citizens, he said.

Obama...

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Protests turn violent outside Hofstra

By Emily Ngo

emily.ngo@am-ny.com

The action at Wednesday's third and final presidential debate began long before the candidates took their places on the stage.

The scene outside Hofstra University was more reminiscent of a 1970s-era war protest than the peaceful rallies of late. What began as a group of 50 people made up of various pro-Barack Obama groups turned into a mass of...

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McCain's pressing too hard

By Dontre Conerly

Apoplectic and curmudgeonly, Senator McCain attempts to enforce his points by any means necessary.

Typically, this means that we hear his heavy sighs in the background (in an attempt to undermine Senator Obama's speaking points), he interrupts Senator Obama, and does a lot of squirming and bouncing around in his chair.

I am of the opinion that being loud doesn't...

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Obama on abortion

Just got back from Hempstead. Lots and lots of protesting.

It seems Obama is downplaying his pro-choice views. "Nobody's pro-abortion."

Both these gentlemen are looking mighty tired. No offense. On a more serious note, this table format is much more interesting. Because they're sitting so closely to each other, it seems like they are just having a conversation. A level-headed conversation...

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Is "Joe, the Plumber" related to "Joe Sixpack"?

... asks Dontre Conerly...

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Obama: Stand up to McCain

By Dontre Conerly

Frankly, I am not a fan of sitting down at the table and playing nice with my strongest opponent. I certainly am aware that one can be professional and civil to a dissenter, but I can't understand Obama's reluctance to play hard ball with his overbearing opponent.

Not only does McCain interrupt his sentences, attempt to speak over him, and speak in the background as...

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Maybe fact checkers should sit next to Bob

By Dontre Conerly

The unfortunate side effect of any presidential campaign, especially since Bush's run in 2000, is that fictitious information can be spewed without regard for the facts! Both candidates put information about there that isn't exactly true, but it's confusing for the American public when one candidate uses the benefit of a live debate to sway thought by disseminating information...

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Cranky McCain

By Dontre Conerly

Not only is Senator McCain rambling about, telling us that he "knows" how to save us money, he blatantly refuses to answer the question, such that Schieffer had to ask him more than once, "what programs," and "how." As he sticks to his talking points and refuses to waver, he also shows that he can't answer the tough questions, nor can he (like Palin) offer any specifics about...

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'Joe the Plumber'!

By Meg Boyle

Can we all please stop referring to this poor guy as Joe the Plumber?

This is not going well for either candidate. And we're still talking about the same things we've been talking about at the two other debates....

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