Nearly one-third of those surveyed described Obama as mainstream when given four choices. Only 11 percent called him extremist. His GOP opponent, Alan Keyes, was described by 39 percent of respondents as extremist with 7 percent calling him mainstream. The Daily Southtown poll taken Monday night put Obama comfortably ahead of Keyes with 64 percent of the vote to Keyes' 20 percent. ... Likeability is not one of Keyes' strengths, according to the poll. More than 40 percent of Republicans and 71 percent of Democrats surveyed hold an unfavorable opinion of him.And Robert Gibbs' (Obama spokeperson) take on the upcoming debates:
In Keyes' campaign literature, he refers to himself as the greatest orator of the 21st century. He lists Abraham Lincoln and Everett Douglas as the greatest orators of the 19th and 20th centuries. "Certainly somebody billed as the greatest orator of the 21st century will do quite well against a state senator from Hyde Park," Obama spokesman Gibbs said, adding: "My tongue may be planted somewhere near my cheek."Now, I really can't wait for the debates--we're deciding who will be the "greatest orator of the 21st century." Oh wait, maybe not. We're just deciding who should be a U.S. Senator.