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Economy Drives Town Hall Presidential Debate, Local Opinion Unchanged

BY MATT DURNING //

EL CERRITO – A pensive crowd at the 33 Revolutions Café in El Cerrito watched intently last night as presidential hopefuls John McCain and Barack Obama presented distinct plans for addressing the nation’s economic crisis.

Each candidate declared himself better prepared to help bring the country out of what they called the most serious financial disaster since the Great Depression. Most people watching here, however, felt only one man had their best interests at heart.

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Local Cafe Opens Doors for Debate

BY N’JERI EATON//

A small crowd of locals gathered at Raphael’s Café in El Cerrito to watch Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama clash on issues of the economy, tax cuts, and foreign policy during a town hall presidential debate on Tuesday night. For the spectators at the café, the repetitive nature of the debate was disappointing.

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SLIDE SHOW: Sights and Sounds of the Vice-Presidential Debate at the Cerrito Speakeasy

BY FERNANDO GALLO //

A capacity crowd gathered at the Cerrito Speakeasy Theater in El Cerrito to watch the vice-presidential debate between Democrat Sen. Joe Biden and Republican Gov. Sarah Palin on Oct. 2. Here’s your chance to take a look inside the theater and see the event in an up close and personal way.

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Theatergoers Gather at Cerrito Speakeasy for Vice-Presidential Debate

The audience at the Cerrito Speakeasy awaits the start of the debate

The audience at the Cerrito Speakeasy awaits the start of the debate

BY FERNANDO GALLO //

EL CERRITO, Calif. – Many of those in the mostly liberal crowd that gathered at the Cerrito Speakeasy Theater on Oct. 2 to watch the vice-presidential debate believed it would be the undoing of relatively unknown Republican Gov. Sarah Palin. But after she had battled Democratic Sen. Joe Biden for 90 minutes, some said that Palin not only exceeded expectations, but might have actually won some people over.

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Popcorn and Politics: Theater Crowd Sees Obama Victory at First Debate

BY MATT DURNING //

EL CERRITO – A capacity crowd of more than 500 people gathered at the Cerrito Speakeasy Theater in El Cerrito last night to watch the first debate between presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama.

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