Obama, McCain Argue Over War, Taxes in 1st Debate

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - Barack Obama heads back to the campaign trail hoping to turn the themes from last night's debate into an edge for the November election. John McCain is headed for Washington and the dispute over a Wall Street bailout.

In a debate at the University of Mississippi that often boiled down to questions of judgment, McCain portrayed himself as a battle-tested elder running against a naive rookie. Democrat Barack Obama suggested the Republican is a hothead who made the wrong choices on the Iraq war, corporate taxes and more.

Obama plans to visit Republican-leaning states where he thinks he can make inroads.

McCain pointed to a long record that voters know well while Obama challenged McCain frequently and offered himself as someone who can be trusted to make sound choices.

The presidential hopefuls are scheduled to debate twice more, at Belmont University in Nashville on October 7th and at Hofstra University in Hempsted, New York, on October 15th.

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