1) Both McCain and Obama wanted Foreign Policy to be the subject of the first debate. McCain because he feels it emphasizes a strength, Obama because he wants to dissolve the image that it's his weakness. My question is, if they BOTH wanted it first, why is it the final debate?
2) "Now the candidates will be asked a question, each will give an answer of two minutes or less, and then they will mix it up for five additional minutes before moving on to the next question in the same format." I highly approve of this format. We get to head the candidates canned answer, followed by several minutes of true debate.
3) McCain is ashamed of his cancer scar. He and aides are worried about how it will look during the debates.
4) The Republicans are terrified of what Joe Biden could do to Sarah Palin. And Joe Biden isn't remotely scared of her. An exerpt from the NY Times:
At the insistence of the McCain campaign, the Oct. 2 debate between the Republican nominee for vice president, Gov. Sarah Palin, and her Democratic rival, Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr., will have shorter question-and-answer segments than those for the presidential nominees, the advisers said. There will also be much less opportunity for free-wheeling, direct exchanges between the running mates.
McCain advisers said they had been concerned that a loose format could leave Ms. Palin, a relatively inexperienced debater, at a disadvantage and largely on the defensive....
Commission members wanted a relaxed format that included time for unpredictable questioning and challenges between the two vice-presidential candidates. On Wednesday, the commission unanimously rejected a proposal sought by advisers to Ms. Palin and Senator John McCain of Arizona, the Republican presidential nominee, to have the moderator ask questions and the candidates answer, with no time for unfettered exchanges. Advisers to Mr. Biden say they were comfortable with either format.