CBS - Uncommitted voters went with Obama 40% to 26%
CNN - Obama
MSNBC - Obama (but this one seems particularly skewed)
Fox News - Obama
Media Curves - Independents for Obama 52% to 34%
BBC - didn’t really have anything on their own but linked to Newsweek’s Richard Wolffe who called it a tie which gives it to Obama.
My Take -
I thought it was ugly. I thought Obama avoided answering some questions and he needs to stop doing that. It is a strength for him. While some politicians do better by moving the question into a direction better suited to what they want to talk about, it is worse when he does that because he can specifically answer the question and should.
I thought McCain attacked Obama too much with things that were easily responded to, such as his arguments about Obama “invading” Pakistan or his record on tax increases.
I thought McCain started off looking angry and ended up looking really flustered and nervous. The weird jokes he made, the dropping of the microphone into his hand when he finished a question... these are the actions of someone who is really nervous.
I think McCain’s really worried, and I think it’s going to get really, really ugly.
The Rational Moderate