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TheNovember 4, 2008 elections for the US president necessitated the needfor a prudential debate. The presidential debates were politicaldebates that were held prior to and during the 2008 democraticcampaigns. Eight democrats had submitted papers to the FederalElection Commission as nominees for the presidency. The candidatesattracting media attention were Barrack Obama, Hillary Clinton andJohn Edwards.

Duringpresidential debates, Clinton was least favored due to numerousreasons. For instance, unlike Obama, who focused on change, she didnot count on a tidal wave for changes. She touted on her thirty-fiveyears of experience, but voters were more focused on change.

Further,Hillary did not have any close friends amongst the rivals. She neverwon any single endorsement from other presidential candidates unlikeObama, who was endorsed by John Edwards, Chris Dodd and BillRichardson. In addition, Clinton never utilized the opportunity thata frontrunner has in a divided arena to keep opponents fighting amongthemselves instead of focusing at her.

BarrackObama won the presidential election in 2008 due to numerous concretereasons. For instance, his empathy and genuine help for middle classAmericans contributed to his success in power. Having been born andraised in a poor black family, Obama knew what it meant to be adisadvantaged financially and thus he had great concern for themiddle class by offering understandable policy solutions. Forinstance, small business rescue plan was one of his main campaigntool.

Inaddition, Obama had a calm temperament and steady leadership. Heportrayed strong leadership qualities. While under attacks andintense scrutiny from the parties, Obama showed judgment,temperament, intelligent and acumen that would lead the U.S fromcrises. Consequently, Obama demonstrated his commitment for healthcare change and improvement. He emphasized on the need of acost-effective health care insurance. This would help ensure that allAmericans access good quality medical services.