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Liveblogging: Obama, McCain Face Off

Barack Obama and John McCain began tonight's debate by reiterating their plans to stimulate the economy. CNN is updating the transcript during the debate.

McCain doesn't believe the government should "spread the wealth around" as the candidates debate over what Joe The Plumber wants.

The moderator Bob Schieffer asked McCain and Obama to address the negativity in their campaigns. McCain brings up comments made by Rep. John Lewis, who compared the campaign to the segregationist tone fostered in the 1960s. Now they are comparing the actions of the people who attend their rallies.

McCain brings up Obama's relationship with Bill Ayers and ACORN. The candidates defend their running mates.

The candidates are discussing plans for energy independence and health care. Joe The Plumber comes up for the 13th time. Ted points out that Wiki already has an entry.

The moderator asks the candidates whether they would appoint a Supreme Court justice who would disagree with their stance on Roe V. Wade. McCain ...

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