I haven’t decided yet whether I’m going to watch tonight’s presidential debate. After last week’s snoozefest, I have far better uses for my time, especially given how far behind I am in a number of endeavors.
Basically, John McCain needs to do two things tonight:
- Raise questions about Obama’s fitness to serve in a time of crisis.
- Shows he’s aware of the scope of the current financial crisis, knows how it impacts the average voter and has a workable plan to strengthen the economy.
He can’t appear too aggressive lest voters think his only plan is to attack his opponent.
Obama has not yet closed this deal.Â While the Democrat leads in most polls, people still have doubts about his ability to lead.Â McCain needs to play into those doubts while convincing undecided voter and even wary Obama supporters that he’s the man to take the helm in a time of economic crisis.
From the assassination of Pakistan’s Benazir Bhutto last winter to the Russian invastion of Georgia this past summer, McCain has seen his political fortunes rise when there’s been uncertainty abroad.Â People trust him to handle an international crisis.
Tonight, he has to show that he can handle a domestic crisis as well.