Barack Obama had no problem rising to the challenge of a town hall meeting. He put his thoughts together well, and spoke with the tone of a leader. He spoke with a comfort and command of the issues that make you feel safe.
John McCain had some good things to say, but he missed an opportunity to demonstrate the self confidence that one looks for in a commander-in-chief. He fumbled with some questions, made a few attempts at humor that fell flat and generally apppeared ill-at-ease.
The performance meters set up by CNN clearly showed high positive responses for Obama, particularly by women. McCain showed mostly unaffected responses, or would lose ground sharply each time he attempted to attack Obama. It should be said that Obama also lost some ground as well when attempting to paint McCain in bad light.
CBS and CNN polls concur, showing Obama with a clear advantage.