Tuesday October 7, 2008It was Debate #2. But the White House hopefuls stuck to their stated positions on combating terrorism. "If we have Osama bin Laden in our sights and the Pakistani government is unable or unwilling to take them out, then I think that we have to act and we will take them out," Obama, the 47-year old senator from Illinois said. "We will kill bin Laden. We will crush Al-Qaeda, that has to be our biggest national security priority," he vowed. McCain accused Obama of announcing a war on Pakistan and cited former US president Theodore Roosevelt's famous statement that the commander-in-chief should "talk softly, but carry a big stick." "Senator Obama likes to talk aloud," the 72-year-old said. "We need to get them to work with us and turn against the Taliban and others... By coordinating our efforts together, not threatening to attack them." Obama, was clear, and would undoubtedly please the hawks in India: "I do believe that we have to change our policies with Pakistan. We can’t coddle, as we did, a dictator, give him billions of dollars and then he’s making peace treaties with the Taliban and militants."