John McCain and Barack Obama put their contrasting leadership styles on display as they staged what amounted to an audition for president during the great financial bailout debate of 2008.
Their vast differences:
McCain tends to be action-oriented and given to dramatic gestures. He listens to his gut instinct and rattles off ideas. He can also come across as impulsive and temperamental.
Obama strikes a reflective and cautious pose. He collects information and labors over pros and cons. He is so studious that he sometimes appears detached and indecisive.
Republican McCain can be too hot, Democrat Obama too cool.
Does a nation facing both domestic crisis and international conflict need McCain's passion or Obama's calm?
Neither demeanor is wrong, yet neither works in every circumstance the next president will face.
Over the past two weeks as banks failed and markets tanked, both candidates' actions have provided a window into how each could lead in the White House.
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