So, which one is it? You sort of have to, you know, take a position on these things. source
Sesame Workshop is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization and we do not endorse candidates or participate in political campaigns. We have approved no campaign ads, and as is our general practice, have requested that the ad be taken down.A statement from Sesame Workshop • Requesting that the Obama campaign desist in airing an ad featuring Big Bird. Despite leaving the first presidential debate with strong winds at his back, the singular Mitt Romney line that has endured in the days after was his insistence that he’d cut funding to public broadcasting, which President Obama characterized as him “going after Big Bird.” This isn’t the only Obama ad that’s rankled some folks recently, either – a recent ad attacking Romney’s honesty used footage of NBC’s Andrea Mitchell, which the network has asked to be stopped. source
Romney did something last night that I didn’t expect him to do, and obviously Obama didn’t expect him to do. He suddenly became the moderate Massachusetts governor again.Michael Tomasky, chalking Romney’s success last night up to the adoption (or re-adoption) of a moderate political ideology. In returning to his circa-2002 policy positions, Romney “disavowed or contradicted virtually everything he’s been saying for the past 18 months,” Tomasky says, citing Romney’s stated positions on preexisting conditions, taxes, Medicaid and school funding. source
8 point uptick in Obama’s favorability amongst independents since the debate source
Meanwhile, Romney’s favorability didn’t change. Most of the numbers in the poll, however, are rather positive for Romney; this is somewhat of an outlier. Obama’s lead in a head-to-head got cut in half, from 8 to 4 points, though he does still lead. Also, just for kicks:
10% of respondents would rather literally watch paint dry than watch Romney and Obama debate each other.
That was actually polled, yes.
You may keep referring to it as a $5 trillion tax cut, but that’s not my plan.Mitt Romney • Talking over Jim Lehrer as he was trying to switch topics to get this line in.
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20 years ago, I became the luckiest man on Earth because Michelle Obama agreed to marry me.Barack Obama • Laying it on thick due to his poorly-timed anniversary.
It reminds me of George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton in the first town hall debate. It was a format which Clinton was in favor of and Bush Sr. was horrified by, because he just didn’t feel comfortable in that setting. My sense is that Obama will be more comfortable.Center for Democratic Deliberation Director J. Michael Hogan, Ph.D. • Citing the best historical comparison for tonight’s debate. He thinks that we’ll see a more aggressive Romney and a more defensive Obama tonight. Regarding Romney, he says “this is really his last opportunity he’s going to have to turn the tide.” (Disclosure: This is from my new site at work, Associations Now, but I figured it was something you guys would dig. — E.S.)