The first Presidential Debate, which took place last night in Mississippi, offered no real surprises. John McCain gave solid answers to everything thrown at him and did not seem to perturbed by any particular issue. This should be expected. After all, he has been following his principles for years and he can draw upon genuine experience. Barack Obama, well-known for his speeches but not so renowned for his debating skills (Hillary Clinton generally out-debated him during the primaries), deflected most questions well without having to commit himself to any particular view point that might cause problems later. He was slick and well-practised but not terribly authentic.
Report Card: McCain put in a fair performance but needs to up the ante in future debates. Obama knew his answers but did not connect with the people. Both can do better.