In the latest issue of The Atlantic, James Fallows, a national correspondent for the magazine, deconstructs the 47 primary debates from this campaign. (That's right, there were — count 'em — 47 debates.)
"Recently I did what no sane person would," he writes. "I watched the entire set of presidential primary debates, in sequence, like a boxed set of a TV show."
Fallows, who is based in Beijing, has agreed to join us from our bureau there to talk about how the presumptive nominees for president performed, and how a debate between the two of them might go.
(For extra credit, read this brilliant Fallows article, "When John Meets George.")
In the online version of his article, he includes a few highlights.
Barack Obama v. Alan Keyes:
And Sen. Hillary Clinton, responding to a question about drivers licenses and illegal immigrants:
We found this clip, of Sen. John McCain, talking about federal spending:
Looking back on those 47 debates, is there a moment that stands out to you? What do you think your candidate has to do in the three official presidential debates?