John McCain, left, with his wife, Cindy, and Barack Obama, with his wife, Michelle, wave to the crowd at the end of the final presidential debate. The face-off at Hofstra University was the last time voters would see the two candidates debating side by side before election day, Nov. 4. McCain failed to deliver a clear knockout blow during the debate despite a series of sharp verbal clashes with Obama about higher taxes, negative campaigning, former radical William Ayers and a bald man nicknamed Joe the Plumber.
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