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Nick Ragone is an author, attorney and public relations executive in New York City. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Rutgers University, and is a graduate of the Eagleton Institute of Political Science at Rutgers University (undergraduate) and the Georgetown University Law Center.

He is the author of three books: Essential American Government, Everything American Government, and President's Most Wanted. Nick is a regular contributor to the Fox News Channel and Fox Business, the PIX11 Morning Show, and has a weekly appearance on the popular Raph Bailey Radio Show.  He co-anchored PIX11's five-hour live inauguration coverage with Jim Watkins and Kaity Tong.

Nick is a contributor to Donklephant.com, one of the most influential political blogs on the web, and  has written for US News & World Report, The Star-Ledger, Real Simple Magazine and RealSimple.com.  Nick has been quoted in over two dozen stories on politics, the presidency, and public relations.  In December of 2007, Nick was named one of PR Week's 40 under 40 to watch, and in May of 2008 was featured in "Profiles of Success", a book about public relations. Nick lives in Jersey City, NJ, with his wife and two children, and spends what little free time he has obsessing on the Mets.

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Tuesday
Sep232008

Friday night: debate night

With the campaign stuck in a bit of a lull, the first debate can't come soon enough.

The first of the three meetings will take place this Friday, and the topic for the night will be foreign policy.  It's ironic that they'll be chatting foreign policy at the very time the financial markets are going through its worst upheaval since the Great Depression,  but the schedule and topic was set months ago.

This probably works to McCain's advantage in that he's clearly stronger on foreign policy than domestic, and given the rough ten days he's had, the timing couldn't be more perfect to get back on comfortable footing.  But McCain has more to accomplish, too.  He's behind -- albeit slightly -- and it's up to him to change the dynamic of the election.   Put another way, McCain needs to score points while Obama merely has to avoid any mistakes.  

Neither candidate is a particularly strong debater.  By and large, Hillary got the better of Obama in their one-on-one confrontations, while McCain usually fared well enough not to be singled out, but never really overwhelmed the multi-candidate forums.   It's been a while since either candidate has had to debate anyone; it'll be interesting to see how the jitters and nerves come into play.

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Reader Comments (4)

I'm interested in your thoughts on the latest McCain news, "McCain Aide’s Firm Was Paid by Freddie Mac." I already posted it on my FB page :).

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/24/us/politics/w24davis.html?hp

September 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMW

That's sort of like saying my cousin's friend knows a guy who knows Derek Jeter ... meaningless.

September 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNick

McCain and his phony fraud running mate are teetering on the brink of complete failure. Obama will school him, even though this debate topic plays into the supposed expertise of McCain.

September 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMitch

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