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October 23, 2012

Third presidential debate was least-watched of the trio

  • 59.2MAmericans viewed last night’s third and final presidential debate — an affair which, while technically on the topic of foreign policy, was repeatedly dragged into the realm of battleground state politics by both candidates. This is the lowest viewership figure of the three, with the first debate notching the apex at 67.2 million. source
20:55 // 1 year ago
October 22, 2012
Welcome to the debate, kids, whoo! Hosted by our bro Bob Schieffer. WHOO! Follow our coverage here.

Welcome to the debate, kids, whoo! Hosted by our bro Bob Schieffer. WHOO! Follow our coverage here.

21:03 // 1 year ago
14:13 // 1 year ago
October 21, 2012

In which SNL’s cold open captures the dynamics of the second presidential debate perfectly.

8:53 // 1 year ago
October 10, 2012
I think it’s fair to say I was just too polite, because, you know, it’s hard to sometimes just keep on saying, ‘And what you’re saying isn’t true.’ It gets repetitive. But, you know, the good news is, is that’s just the first one
President Obama • During an interview with Tom Joyner on Tuesday, discussing his widely-panned performance in the first 2012 Presidential Debate last week. The President compared the campaign to a best of seven playoff series, saying that he went into the debate 2-0, and assured Joyner that he didn’t think one loss was as bad some people believe. “We’ve got four weeks left in the election,” said the President, adding, “And we’re going to take it to him.” source
15:49 // 1 year ago
October 9, 2012
The first few times I said `let’s move on’ and they wanted to keep talking, the inclination of course is to stop them so I could cover all the subjects I wanted to cover. But I’m sitting there thinking, `Wait a minute, they’re talking to each other, leave `em alone.’ So I backed off.
Jim Lehrer - Responding to criticism of his performance moderating the first 2012 Presidential Debate at the University of Denver last week. Many have said that Lehrer should have been more aggressive with both President Obama and Mitt Romney, and that he didn’t appear to have much control over the debate at all. Lehrer doesn’t see anything wrong with the runover answers though, because the candidates were at least staying on topic. ”It would have been different if they were talking about tiddlywinks or baseball,” he said. “They were talking about the things that really matter.” source
13:22 // 1 year ago
October 4, 2012
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
22:04 // 1 year ago

Debate ups Obama’s favorability amongst independents, but there’s a catch

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.

21:23 // 1 year ago
September 29, 2012

Romney reportedly memorizes “zingers” for presidential debate

  • prep Following the Republican National Convention a month ago, GOP nominee Mitt Romney broke with orthodoxy and kept a light campaign schedule, opting for early debate prep at the home of his former Lieutenant Governor, Kerry Healey.
  • zing! Word out of the Romney camp is that their man has been well-outfitted with a slew of debate “zingers” to use, should Obama seem “smug or evasive,” which he’s studiously memorized and has been “practicing on aides since August.” Lucky them? source
17:10 // 1 year ago
September 28, 2012
8:40 // 1 year ago