Debate Reax: GOP Fights, Dem Holds Steady

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Across the country, undecided voters tuned in for the third and final presidential debate last night.

They say the number one issue for them is the economy and last night's debate was supposed to focus entirely on domestic issues.

Click play to view reaction from college students in California.

But the final face-off between presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain included time spent airing out the concerns of negative campaigning and personal attacks.

For some debate watchers, McCain went too far.

A 72-year-old retiree from Bloomfield Hills, Mich., says she's tired of hearing McCain bash Barack Obama. She says doesn't want to hear it anymore.

But the crowd at one Florida restaurant ate it up.

Kit Lowe, a registered Democrat who supported Hillary Clinton and now backs McCain, says he thinks McCain is "doing a great job."

Rosa Perez, who manages a telemarketing company, says she was left speechless by McCain's performance. She says "Definitely McCain won the debate."

Political bloggers, too, have a few thoughts about the meaning of last night's debate for both candidates.

Madeliene Allbright, former Secretary of State for the Clinton administration called it "a breakthrough night for Obama."

"He responded knowledgeably, thoughtfully and confidently to the toughest questions on the economy, Iraq, and terror. Meanwhile, Senator McCain spent so much time attacking his opponent, he neglected to show how a McCain-Palin administration would differ from Bush-Cheney," she said.

Bob Barr called it "the debate that wasn't."

"There's not a dime's worth of difference between Senator McCain and Senator Obama. The viewers of this first presidential 'debate' missed the opportunity for a true debate," he said

"Accountability was not present in tonight's debate; just the repetitive refrain that the taxpayers have to pay for the mistakes of Wall Street, no matter what the cost might eventually add up to. On foreign policy, I was getting dizzy with all the places they want to inject our military forces. Both McCain and Obama need to be reminded that our military comes under the Department of Defense, not the Department of Offense.

Sources: The Associated Press, The Huffington Post

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