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Live Debate Thread

POST-DEBATE UPDATE: You are free to continue here or to move to the SECOND THREAD, which I recommend solely so that you can more easily track comments. ENJOY! AND WHAT A NIGHT!

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Pre-Debate Info: It is indeed “Come to Mama” Time!


2012 Presidential Elections & Topics.

Topic: Domestic policy
Time: 9:00-10:30 p.m. ET
Location: University of Denver in Denver, Colorado (Tickets)
Sponsor: Commission on Presidential Debates
Participants: President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney
Moderator: Jim Lehrer (Host, NewsHour PBS)

The debate is divided into 6 time segments, approximately 15 minutes each.
Topics / Moderator’s Choices:
Economy – 45 minutes
Health Care – 15 minutes
Role of Government – 15 minutes
Governing – 15 minutes



More on the debate:

Lehrer will ask a question; Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have two minutes to respond. Lehrer “will use the balance of the time in the segment for a discussion of the topic.”

The debate will focus on domestic policy and be divided into six time segments of approximately 15 minutes each on topics to be selected by the moderator and announced several weeks before the debate.

The moderator will open each segment with a question, after which each candidate will have two minutes to respond. The moderator will use the balance of the time in the segment for a discussion of the topic.

All of the details come from my “Farmers Almanac” Web site, “2012 Presidential Elections” with its encyclopedic links to news, blog posts, and videos of recent appearances, including both Barack Obama’s and Mitt Romney’s interviews aired on both CBS’s 60 Minutes and Univision. The site also posted Paul Ryan’s Fox News interview on September 30th.

  • FormerLiberal9

    Seem like the libs on MSNBC are hoping the Liberal Fact Check orgs will come out tomorrow and save the day for BO.

  • baldwin

    Maybe Fauxbama can get Portman to stand in for him for the next two debates.

  • baldwin

    It would seem that our emperor has no clothes.

    • KenoshaMarge

      Which is why the media has to cover his ass!

  • binky354

    I’m loving the focus group on Fox.

  • NoQuarterUSA

    I AM NOT COMPELLING YOU TO MOVE to the 2nd thread, but I recommend it since it will be easier for you to track the conversations. You will still be able to comment in the first thread! If you hate this, try to let me know. Thanks. — BRONWYN (dressed up in my blog outfit so I can do some Disqus stuff).

    • binky354

      Didn’t know there was a second thread.

      • NoQuarterUSA

        GO HERE, BINKY. … I was still adding links to the new threads.

  • getfitnow

    Matt Welch: “That wasn’t a debate so much

    as Mitt Romney just took
    Obama for a cross country drive strapped to the roof of his car.”

    tee-hee

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  • jrterrier

    Wow. CNN did a “scientific” poll of registered voters who watched the debate. 67% said Romney won. 25% said Obama won.

    • randi

      The only shock to me was how shocked the pundits are. What made them think BO could hold his own against MR on a debate of Domestic Policy??? Did they sleep through the last 4 years?

      • NoQuarterUSA

        Which pundits? I’ve only gotten to listen to Fox so far.

        • randi

          MSN, CNN – they were all stunned

    • beachnan

      Were those 25% drunk?

      • TeakWoodKite

        24/7

  • getfitnow

    CBS news guy on Twitter says instant poll
    results are Romney won – 46%, Obama won – 22%. 56% have better opinion of Romney.

  • http://www.projectweavers.com/ Matthew J. Weaver

    Hey, did Chris Matthews have a heart attack? He declared Romney was winning and would win in November if he repeated tonight’s performance and has not been on MSNBC thereafter.

    • http://www.projectweavers.com/ Matthew J. Weaver

      Oops, spoke too soon. Seconds later, he’s now on. Looks unhealthy, deflated.

      • akaPatience

        Good!

  • getfitnow

    Obama got schooled.

  • no_longer_a_democrat

    WOW. I am officially very impressed by Mitt Romney. I was going to vote for him already, but now I feel like with him in charge of this country, we actually have a chance to be the great economic powerhouse again.
    go mitt!!! go mitt!! Very impressed.

    • http://www.projectweavers.com/ Matthew J. Weaver

      I suspect others will make the same conclusion. Even MSNBC said Romney would take the lead after tonight.

      • Hokma

        Game changer.

        • http://www.projectweavers.com/ Matthew J. Weaver

          Exactly!

          • Hokma

            Obama showed himself what he is – a rank amateur. Romney was Presidential.

            I do not see the future debates being any different. Obama was never had a good debater and never had to face anyone like Romney: community organizer versus successful businessman.

            • felizarte

              Romney talked to Obama like he was dealing with a junior executive at Bain Capital who has mismanaged quite a few assignments.

              • Hokma

                That is tge best characterization of what happened last night that I have read.

        • jrterrier

          i’m not convinced that romney wasn’t ahead already. romney is way ahead with independents. and that’s the game. reps & dems have about 47% of the votes to begin with. the persuadables are the independents.

        • KenoshaMarge

          Now be prepared for a media blitz about how debates don’t mean much.

          • Hokma

            You can bet on it.

      • getfitnow

        Apparently he swung a lot of participants in the Luntz focus group.

        • http://www.projectweavers.com/ Matthew J. Weaver

          Yes, looked almost unanamous.

  • DDDDSSSS

    I just read the comments on the CNN live blog of the debate. It’s like they watched a different version that I did. Many are claiming that Romney lied through most of it and was disrespectful while Obama was cool and substantive. We definitely didn’t watch the same debate.

    • KataKimbe

      Anybody mention that Obama spoke for 4 more minutes over Romney…

      • DDDDSSSS

        I read a few dozen comments then stopped. No one mentioned the time in the ones I read. They reminded of Bush fans in 2004 — defending him no matter what he did. There’s no way an honest person could come out of that debate thinking Obama won.

      • binky354

        C-Span mentioned it. The caller said Romney got more time. C-Span said CNN timed it and Obama got 2 minutes more. Then I heard that MSNBC (or maybe it was Fox) said 4 minutes more.

    • http://twitter.com/jbjdjbjd jbjd

      You don’t know whether those are paid commenters.

  • Retired_from_SPOnaj

    Hey, Mitt! As they say in the naval service: Bravo Zulu! Out for tonight.

    • KenoshaMarge

      Abso-damn-lutely! Well done!

  • vinnie winkel

    $90B invested in green energy could have hired 2 million teachers. Think about that. Wow, that one stuck with me.

    • CathyInKs

      Me too!

    • jrterrier

      and it mostly went to Obama’s bundlers. you think at least the math teachers will get it?

  • Indy

    Romney was amazing. I especially liked his comment about raising his boys and hearing the same old lies in the hopes that he’d eventually believe them. LOL-been there, done that and well done Gov. Romney!

    • http://www.projectweavers.com/ Matthew J. Weaver

      Yes, perfect. I think this is one of the best quotes of the evening, especially as Romney reminded Obama of this.