The Final Debate: A Minute-by-Minute Analysis

Editor's note: Think Progress did a great job live-blogging tonight's debate -- here's their minute-by-minute analysis:

10:33: When asked who won the debate, the New York Times's David Brooks quipped on PBS, "Well, we'll wait for the verdict from Joe the plumber."


10:25: McCain said that Sarah Palin knows about having a child with autism "better than most." But her son Trig doesn't have autism. He has down syndrome.

10:21: Although the debate isn't even over yet, the AP's Liz Sidoti is saying that McCain won:

A feisty John McCain tried hard to find a lifeline Wednesday night in the final debate, challenging rival Barack Obama at every turn over his truthfulness, associations and record. Obama was on defense for much of the night. By that measure, McCain won the last debate of the 2008 campaign. But that alone may not have been enough to win the election.

10:21: McCain talks passionately about improving education. But in 1994, he proposed "doing away" with the Department of Education.

10:20: McCain called education the civil rights struggle of the 21st century, but he voted against the Civil Rights Act of 1990. (UPDATE: In 1983, at the age of 46, McCain voted against creating the Martin Luther King holiday. He apologized for that vote this spring.)

10:17: McCain said he would seek to boost adoptions. However, he has taken an extreme position in opposing the right of gay couples to adopt children.

10:16: According to McCain, concern for the health of a mother is now a position of the extreme "pro abortion movement."

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