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As McCain predicts debate win, Spanish media analysts prepare to add their voice to pundit mix

LatinaLista — Before Senator McCain reported to his office on Capitol Hill this morning to do his indispensable part in brokering a deal on the Wall Street bailout package, a public movement to compel McCain to make his way to Oxford, Mississippi and share the stage with Barack Obama tonight was already underway.

Reproduction of web page featuring McCain debate win ad.
Yesterday, the Demand the Debate website had been set up and by this morning over 170,000 people had signed the petition to demand that the debate proceed.
Maybe the McCain campaign realized that dropping out of the debate wasn’t seen as a show of strength by voters but as a convenient dodge tactic. It didn’t help when the McCain campaign said they would reschedule the debate for the night of October 2 — coincidentally, the same night that the vice presidential debate is to take place.
In the end, it’s a good thing that the McCain campaign has relented and agreed to participate tonight, especially in light of the fact that they’ve already released an Internet ad that appeared on the Wall Street Journal opinion section this morning declaring him the winner of the debate.

At any rate, it’s an understatement to say that people are excited to watch these two guys in action and media pundits can’t wait to dissect their answers.

One group of media pundits who will be doing this will be found on the 24-hour Spanish-language cable channel V-me. On V-me, the debate will be simulcast in Spanish followed by a panel discussion analyzing the candidates’ answers.
The panelists are Washington Post columnist Marcela Sanchez; Jorge Castaneda, former Foreign Minister of Mexico and visiting professor at Columbia University; Arturo Valenzuela, former National Security advisor to President Clinton and now Director of Latin American Studies at Georgetown University; Adolfo Franco, Advisor to John McCain and former Latin America administrator for USAID; and Jose Lopez Zamorano, Washington Bureau Chief for Mexican news agency Notimex.
In addition to the panelists discussing their take on the debate, the panelists will also take questions from a studio audience and questions sent via the companion website’s online forum.
It should be an interesting discussion given that the debate will be seen through the eyes of US Latinos and Latin Americans who will be able to voice their perceptions — a perception that is sorely absent from mainstream media debate analyst teams.

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  • Evelyn
    September 27, 2008 at 2:11 am

    After McShame got to Washington yesterday, Hank Paulson, the US Treasury Secretary, literally had to get on his knees to beg Pelosi and Reed not to stop the negotiations on the bailout.
    After Bush through a hissy fit aimed at McBush, and being told by some of his colleagues he was not needed in Washington.
    McChicken was forced to accept the fact that his political theatrics of playing ‘save the economy hero’ went BOOM in his face.
    So with his tail tucked between his legs while looking at the Demand The Debate results and seeing he had no options, he was forced to get on a plane to fly to Memphis to be taken by car to the venue where he was plucked tonight!
    This is what the RepubliKLAN party has turned into.
    Politics! Gotta love it, if you can stomach it.
    Every poll I found shows Americans believe Obama won the debate

  • Grandma
    September 27, 2008 at 7:21 pm

    Evelyn, you failed to provide a link to that story and I couldn’t find it. I did however, find several articles on what really happened and it had nothing to do with McCain and everything to do with Obama. You might want to do some research before you post inaccuracies.

  • Evelyn
    September 29, 2008 at 4:43 pm

    I think you know well enough by now I dont watch “fox Noise” or read any of the radical right spin machines who spew outright lies or as you put it inaccuracies.
    There is no link.
    I wrote the article because I found it very comical watching McCain running around using every trick in the book to get out of the debate.
    The results of that debate have shown why. The Majority Americans think Obama won the debate and that is what counts as they will be voting for our next president. Views from pundits and shock jocks don’t count.
    I did however write the article relying on bits of news I heard on CNN and different articles I read.
    What I heard on CNN was that Bush was angry because he wanted McCain to bring in votes from Republican Senators. McCain failed to do this. I also heard McCain’s plane landed in Memphis, he would go to the debate venue by car. Here are a few of the articles I used as referance.
    But leaders from the left and the right rejected the idea of McCain and Obama taking over the talks. When asked by reporters if he wanted McCain sitting in blow-by-blow negotiations Rep. Adam Putnam, the No. 3 House Republican, simply smirked, mute for ten seconds as reporters laughed. Democrats were more voiciferous in their rejection of McCain-Obama negotiations; New York Senator Chuck Schumer and Rep. Jim Clyburn, the No. 3 House Dem, both said if McCain had really cared where have he — and his staff — been in the negotiations thus far.
    Putnam told Politico that “McCain and Obama were most valuable in speaking to the need for action rather than getting into the legislative details.” Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-AL), the ranking Republican on the House Financial Services Committee, indicated he didn’t want McCain’s help, pointing “McCain away from the House and toward the Senate.” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) said the candidates return would “not be particularly helpful.”
    House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank (D-MA), who is one of the chief negotiators of the bailout proposal, derided McCain’s “late entry into the negotiations”:
    “McCain is Andy Kaufman in his Mighty Mouse costume – ‘Here I Come to Save the Day,'” Frank said as he left a Thursday morning caucus meeting with House Democrats, saying the Republican presidential candidate’s decision to enter the mix “is not helpful.”
    “He hasn’t been involved,” Frank said. “He doesn’t know anything about it.”
    Frank also mocked the idea that McCain could help with the details, quipping, “I guess if I wanted expertise there, I’d ask Sarah Palin.” One anonymous Republican ridiculed McCain’s plan to jump into negotiations, telling the Washington Post’s Dana Milbank, “Daddy’s coming home.”
    Mr McCain’s retreat from Washington came as Democrats claimed that his intervention in negotiations on Thursday had wrecked an outline deal, with a White House meeting between congressional leaders, presidential candidates and Mr Bush descending into a shouting match.
    Hank Paulson, the US Treasury Secretary, was later reported to have resorted to getting down on his knees as he pleaded with Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic House of Representatives Speaker, to help him to save the deal.
    Yesterday, John McCain swung by Capitol Hill, not to advance the negotiations on the bailout proposal, but to coordinate strategy with House Republicans. Faiz highlights this gem from the Washington Post’s coverage:
    So, this week, McCain talked about a bailout proposal he hadn’t read, and a few days later, had a meeting with lawmakers about a competing proposal he knew nothing about.
    No wonder McCain sat silently while the grown-ups talked about fiscal policy at the White House yesterday; he couldn’t think of anything substantive to contribute.
    , but a historic White House meeting with President Bush, the two men fighting to replace him and other congressional leaders broke up with conflicts in plain view.
    There had been hopes for broad agreement, too, on a prescription by now, with a confident White House announcement by the president, John McCain, Barack Obama and congressional leaders.

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