From NBC's Mark Murray
Obama takes the first shot at McCain...on the issue of taxes and spending. "Somewhere along the line, the Straight Talk Express lost its wheels."
NBC/NJ's Aswini Anburajan adds that John McCain is a name that's been slippping off Obama's tongue with ease lately. He was featured in his major speech on electability yesterday, when Obama said he would be the best candidate to present a clear contrast with McCain. He mentioned him again this morning at a town hall in East LA when Obama said that along with McCain he fought for immigration reform. And now he's brought him up again at the debate...
And NBC/NJ's Mike Memoli notes... So just as Mitt Romney decides to go up on Feb. 5 after all, Barack Obama gives him a little free media with his attack on McCain on the Bush tax cuts.