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Sen. John McCain and Sen. Barack Obama face off at a presidential debate at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Miss. (AP)

Sen. John McCain and Sen. Barack Obama face off at a presidential debate at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Miss. (AP)

Thirty-six days to the presidential election. After all the hoopla and drama and long march and hard slog, thirty-six days to go.

Friday night, 57 million Americans tuned in for the first McCain-Obama debate. It wasn’t exactly a barn-burner. But the die will be cast in just five weeks now, and the campaigns are lining up for the homestretch.

After a post-GOP convention panic, Obama supporters have seen their man climb in the polls. After a big Palin bump, McCain has sagged. But anything can happen here.

This hour, On Point: Obama, McCain, and the home stretch to the White House.

You can join the conversation. Swing voters, did Friday’s debate swing you? McCain campers, Obama campers, how are you feeling with five weeks to go? Can either candidate still win? Tell us what you think.

Guests:

Nate Silver, founder of FiveThirtyEight.com, a polling and political analysis website.

Mark Halperin, editor-at-large and senior political analyst for TIME magazine, where he writes The Page for Time.com. He’s a political analyst for ABC News and the author of “The Undecided Voter’s Guide to the Next President” and “The Way to Win: Taking the White House in 2008.”

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst and senior editor at The Atlantic Monthly.

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Dec 19, 2014
Alan Gross, waves as he and his wife Judy leave following his statement at his lawyer's office in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. Gross was released from Cuba after 5 years in a Cuban prison. (AP)

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This handout photo from the Twitter account of Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. shows Alan Gross arriving at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. The US and Cuba have agreed to re-establish diplomatic relations and open economic and travel ties, marking a historic shift in U.S. policy toward the communist island after a half-century of enmity dating back to the Cold War, American officials said Wednesday. (AP)

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