Candidates 'boring' during economy-focused debate

Obama, McCain explain economic plans; Ad Council to launch anti-bigotry campaign; 'New York Times' to shut down IHT Web site; and more

Presidential canidates John McCain and Barack Obama focused their messaging on the economy during the second of three presidential debates, as both candidates explained the effects of the Wall Street bailout – or rescue – legislation. The New York Times pointed out that both candidates used subdued demeanors throughout the event, during which McCain lacked the breakout performance he might have needed to pull even with the Illinois senator. Many commentators also slammed the tenor of the debate, which Meet the Press interim anchor Tom Brokaw struggled to control, as boring.

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