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Dick Morris: McCain 'Missed the Jugular' in Debate

Wednesday, 08 Oct 2008 09:50 AM

By Jim Meyers

Political analyst Dick Morris tells Newsmax that John McCain did “a little better” than Barack Obama in Tuesday night’s presidential debate, but he made two key mistakes and “missed the jugular.”

“If I were scoring the debate on points and keeping track of each argument, I think McCain did a little bit better than Obama, but you can’t look at it that way,” Morris told Newsmax’s Ashley Martella.

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“We’re four weeks before the election and the latest Gallup Poll shows McCain nine points behind, and he sure didn’t pick up nine points worth of ground.

“I think he missed the jugular. I think he made two macro mistakes.

“The first was he never brought up William Ayers,” Morris said, referring to the unrepentant former terrorist who helped Obama gain political support in Chicago.

“You can’t go to the American people and say you shouldn’t vote for Barack Obama because he’s intimate with a terrorist who’s as bad as Osama bin Laden, and not mention it in a debate.

“Secondly, I think after watching this debate you still believe Obama will cut taxes on 95 percent of people, you still believe McCain pushed $300 billion in tax cuts for big oil and big business, and you still believe McCain wants to give corporate CEOs a $700,000 bonus in taxes. Those are all untrue. They’re all lies. But McCain didn’t call him on it.

“He needed to say, ‘Look, let me get this straight. You want to raise spending, you don’t want to increase the deficit, and you’ll cut everybody’s taxes. You think we were born yesterday?’

“He didn’t pin him to the ground.”

Summarizing his view of the Republican presidential candidate’s performance in the second debate, Morris said he doubted McCain picked up any ground on Obama and told Newsmax: “This was a fine debate performance if we were four months out and the race were tied.”

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