First Presidential Debate
Ford Center for the Performing Arts, University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS.  Friday, September 26, 2008.
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Lead Question 1
Let me begin with something General Eisenhower said in his 1952 presidential campaign.  Quote, "We must achieve both security and solvency.  In fact, the foundation of military strength is economic strength," end quote. With that in mind, the first lead question.  Gentlemen, at this very moment tonight, where do you stand on the financial recovery plan? Obama

Lead Question 2.
All right, let's go to the next lead question, which is essentially following up on this same subject.  And you get two minutes to begin with, Senator McCain.  And using your word "fundamental," are there fundamental differences between your approach and Senator Obama's approach to what you would do as president to lead this country out of the financial crisis? McCain

Lead Question 3.
All right, speaking of things that both of you want, another lead question, and it has to do with the rescue -- the financial rescue thing that we started -- started asking about.  And what -- and the first answer is to you, Senator Obama. As president, as a result of whatever financial rescue plan comes about and the billion, $700 billion, whatever it is it's going to cost, what are you going to have to give up, in terms of the priorities that you would bring as president of the United States, as a result of having to pay for the financial rescue plan? Obama

Lead Question 4.
Let's go another subject. Lead question, two minutes to you, senator McCain. Much has been said about the lessons of Vietnam. What do you see as the lessons of Iraq? McCain

Lead Question 5.
Afghanistan, lead -- a new -- a new lead question.  Now, having resolved Iraq, we'll move to Afghanistan. (LAUGHTER)  And it goes to you, Senator Obama, and it's a -- it picks up on a point that's already been made.  Do you think more troops -- more U.S. troops should be sent to Afghanistan, how many, and when? Obama

Lead Question 6.
...New lead question.  And it goes two minutes to you, Senator McCain, what is your reading on the threat to Iran right now to the security of the United States? McCain

Lead Question 7
New lead question.  Russia, goes to you, two minutes, Senator Obama.  How do you see the relationship with Russia?  Do you see them as a competitor?  Do
you see them as an enemy?  Do you see them as a potential partner? Obama

Lead Question 8.
This is the last -- last lead question. You have two minutes each.  And the question is this, beginning with you, Senator McCain.  What do you think the likelihood is that there would be another 9/11-type attack on the continental United States? McCain

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