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In the end, the winner will be the loser

If the 49th presidential debate Wednesday night didn't clarify which candidate you support, you probably don't really want to vote anyway.

Despite the polls in Obama's favor, we don't know for certain whether he or John McCain will win Nov. 4. There are voters who don't tell pollsters the truth (on race, for one thing). Another October surprise could roil the waters again.

We're all free to speculate, but we don't know if we'll have a close outcome or a lopsided one.

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McCain’s final metaphor

To belabor the boxing metaphor, John McCain may have won Wednesday night's debate on points but it clearly wasn't enough to reverse his campaign, now staggering in the late rounds.

All Barack Obama had to do was play rope-a-dope, bob-and-weave and if he took a blow not show it. Obama was cool, cerebral and unflappable, frustrating the more visceral McCain.

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Obama is a dangerous solution

So now, in the midst of a financial disaster, presidential polls indicate we will elect Barack Obama, the man who practically cheered this mess on and now promotes ideas that would worsen it.

I know, I know, he's a saint, and it doesn't matter that he emerged out of a shady Chicago political machine. Or that his community organizer days accomplished nothing. Or that he hobnobbed with a racist preacher and a now-convicted influence peddler. Or that he evaded tough issues with "present" votes in the Illinois legislature.

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Obama lied about ties to ACORN

"The only involvement I've had with ACORN was I represented them alongside the U.S. Justice Department in making Illinois implement a motor-voter law that helped people get registered at DMVs."

Thus spoke Barack Obama in Wednesday's debate against John McCain. Obama's statement was clear, definitive, and stunningly untrue.

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McCain did well, came up short

If the final presidential debate were a boxing match, and in many ways these events are, one would have to score it as relatively even and that is not what Republican John McCain needed, not by a long shot. To win this most extended of presidential election campaigns, the Arizona senator had to have a clear decision if not a knock out to overcome the 8 to 10 points he is trailing Barack Obama in almost every poll.

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The future of marriage in America

In California, voters are preparing to decide the fate of Proposition 8, a measure that would knock down the California Supreme Court's 4-3 ruling from earlier this year that homosexuals have a right to marriage. Observers are waiting to see if a similar backlash develops in Connecticut, where that state's supreme court handed down a similar decision this month.

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With debates over, final sprint begins

Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama begin a 19-day sprint to Election Day on Thursday after a contentious final debate that featured aggressive McCain attacks on Obama's campaign tactics and tax plans.

The presidential rivals complained about the negativity of the campaign during a series of testy exchanges on Wednesday that included repeated appeals to average Americans through "Joe the plumber" -- the owner of a small plumbing business whom Obama met in Ohio.

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McCain came on strong, but…

This time, John McCain kept Barack Obama on the defensive.

The feisty Republican tried hard to find a lifeline Wednesday night, challenging his Democratic rival at every turn over his truthfulness, associations and record.

By that measure, McCain won the last debate of the 2008 campaign.

But that may not be enough.

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Truth loses out in final debate

The final presidential debate was a last hurrah, of sorts, for tall tales told before a large national audience by Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama.

The two took familiar liberties with facts in a matchup that also gave viewers a brand-new head-scratching exchange over a man McCain called "my old buddy, Joe, Joe the plumber."

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