Republican presidential nominee, Sen. John McCain, and Sen. Barack Obama, the Democratic nominee, met in the first debate of 2008 Friday night in Oxford. Topics covered an economic bailout, spending, taxes, and the war in Iraq.
The candidates were polite but shot accusations back and forth. Jim Lehrer of PBS moderated the debate at the University of Mississippi.
The two presidential hopefuls are scheduled to debate twice more, at Belmont University in Nashville on Oct. 7 and at Hofstra University in Hempsted, N.Y., on Oct. 15.
Vice presidential contenders, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, and Sen. Joe Biden are to square off in a single debate Oct. 2 at Washington University in St. Louis.