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McCain, Obama roast each other

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John McCain and Barack Obama swapped self-deprecating jokes instead of campaign jabs Thursday night, the Republican saying he had replaced his team of senior advisers with "Joe the Plumber" while the Democrat claimed his own "greatest strength would be my humility."

Said Obama: "Contrary to the rumors you have heard, I was not born in a manger. I was actually born on Krypton and sent here by my father, Jor-el, to save the planet Earth," a reference to Superman.

McCain joked that Democrats had already begun attacking Joe the Plumber, the Ohio man whom he referred to in Wednesday night's debate, and claimed "that this honest, hardworking small businessman could not possibly have enough income to face a tax increase under the Obama plan."

"What they don't know is that Joe the Plumber recently signed a very lucrative contract with a wealthy couple to handle all the work on all seven of their houses," McCain said, drawing laughter with the reference to his property holdings.

The two men spoke at the 63rd annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, a charity event organized by the Catholic Archdiocese of New York for the benefit of needy children. An estimated $4 million was raised.

The event often draws politicians as speakers and, by long tradition, presidential candidates appear as headliners every four years. In this case, the evening of humor came one night after an intense final debate of the presidential campaign.

McCain lampooned Obama's primary opponent, Hillary Rodham Clinton, as well as himself.

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It was nice to see a lighter side of everything for once.

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I remember back in 2000 when W, Gore and Nader were all one the same episode of SNL. I can't stand W's policies, but that man has a great sense of humor and can make and take jokes at his own expense. I didn't vote for him, but I'd have a beer with the guy, same goes for McCain.

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I was watching it on CNN, Larry had on Bill Maher. They had a corner of the screen showing Maher's reactions during both candidates humorous stints. Both were hilarious, but I thought McCain was especially so.

Maher appeared as if he were trying to pass a bucket of nails through his bowels as McCain spoke, but smiled readily as the Messiah spoke. Maher is epitome of tragically hip, and was a complete tool. Gee, Bill, is it so tough for you to smile as the opposition candidate rips some uproarious lines? Evidently so, you cretin.

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I'm voting for Obama, but I readily admit that McCain is much funnier.

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It was nice to see a lighter side of everything for once.

Agreed.

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I saw Obama's first and thought he was constantly hilarious (more than expected). While there were some McCain jokes I didn't get, McCain was funnier.

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Both were hilarious. Clinton's reactions to McCain's jokes was the best part though.

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McCain had the better jokes & comic delivery, in my opinion.

It's nice to see that they both can take a joke.

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McCain had the better jokes & comic delivery, in my opinion.

Maybe that gives him an indication for career possibilities in the future....

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More fuel for the conspiracy theorists fire I think. :P

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