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MaxHeadroom
Beer - Helping white guys dance since 1842.
03:52 PM on 10/01/2012
Generally yes, but this one won't be of any benefit except to the media which will rake in Ad dollars as they are billing this as the political version of those now famous Ali/Frazier bouts. Everybody knows by now who they will vote for, and that Romney won't reveal any policy stands as he hasn't n the past, and really doesn't have any convictions at all except to revere money, and is over ambitious and reckless about those ambitions.

He has been solid on those obvious facts for as long as he has been running for any political office.

Romney: Not fit for the White House, or the Waffle House, and not even for the "on the roof of the car", doghouse.
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JustBNice
make friends with everyone
03:51 PM on 10/01/2012
No, almost everyone has their mind made up by now.
03:51 PM on 10/01/2012
"Do They Even Matter?"

Yes, even though Mitt Romney has done just about everything possible to screw up his campaign, there still just might be a couple dozen people left in the country that still can't make up their minds and out of those there one or two that the debates help them to decide.

Meanwhile in Florida hundreds of voters are being cut from the voter rolls, just in case the Republican software tweak doesn't work as expected.
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Mad Hatter 1
03:49 PM on 10/01/2012
The only people who love the debates, are SNL and the late night talk show hosts, giving one and all more comic material.
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TheBlackCatYuki
03:49 PM on 10/01/2012
I plan on hunkering down to watch the Presidential debates. When I've seen Obama speak, such as one of the State of the Union speeches, he always seems charismatic and passionate. Romney, however, I want to see if he can handle his cool when discussing matters with someone who has no desire to play softball with him.
04:01 PM on 10/01/2012
President Obama is so well-spoken. He speaks so well!
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listentome
Remember, no matter where you go, there you are !
03:40 PM on 10/01/2012
There are or at least use to be times when debates mattered. Not so sure now. I am Democrat, but even if I were a real Independent there is nothing that a debate would do to make me vote for Mitt Romney. Never was there a Presidential candidate that lies as much or flip flops as much as he does. Years ago reggae singer, Shaggy, had a song titled, "It Wasn't Me". That is Mitt's theme song. No matter what he does and no matter what audio or videotape there is he basically disavows them with an I didn't say that or I didn't do that.
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Frenbar
In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king
03:34 PM on 10/01/2012
Presidential debates have the potential to matter, but only when they are not between the two corporate candidates. A presidential debate that included Jill Stein and Gary Johnson, and gave them equal time to express their positions, could change the positions of people who have been exposed to nothing but the unitary position of Obama/Romney.

Unfortunately, the corporations that stage these debates aren't interested in a "debate that matters". For them, the whole point of the debate is to fool stupid people into thinking that their is a difference between Romney and Obama by highlighting their rhetorical differences while ignoring the fact that they hold identical positions on every substantive issue.
03:19 PM on 10/01/2012
At one time it did - but the last TRUE debate was the Kennedy-Nixon debate in 1960 since then its been more like position statements rather than TRUE debate. But most people have already made up their minds and most will not watch the debates, has been that way for a long time. Besides they can say whatever they want there is nothing binding them to their statements so its nothing more than rhetoric
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Horrible Pourable
I was born in log cabin I built with my own hands.
03:16 PM on 10/01/2012
Well, they matter to those of us that are paying attention. But no, they probably won't change my mind - simply because we already know so much about Romney. . .
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Barbara DeZan
Knowledge is Power
03:25 PM on 10/01/2012
I agree. They provide great entertainment.

It's much too late to be "making a decision" about any candidate. If you don't know by now, don't bother.
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DocSyracuse
A socially liberal, fiscally conservative surgeon
03:11 PM on 10/01/2012
Of course debates matter. Notable debates: Reagan v Mondale, Kennedy v Nixon, Clinton v Bush 41.
03:10 PM on 10/01/2012
Debates have become meaningless because they no longer encourage any meaningful discourse. And I blame that issue on the commentators. The problem is that it is a given that the contenders will lie and pivot on hard questions. And currently the commentators let them get away with it. If the commentators challenged all bogus statements made by the contestant in real time and penalized contestants for pivoting on a question, then a meaningful debate could be held on the issues. Such a penalty could be that the offending contender would have to skip a turn so his opponent would get more air time. Until the commentators can enforce truthful answers and answers focused on the question, we no longer can call these meetings debates; we just have to call them campaign stumping.
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iskra
Natural enemy of sharks and tro//s
03:15 PM on 10/01/2012
These are less debates than set-piece talking point bullets from both sides. There's little if any real conversation and no matter what the question, answer what with a talking point.
03:08 PM on 10/01/2012
The candidates willing to talk policy instead of fear are excluded. I can get fear anywhere in America, I don't need to tune in to be terrorized.
03:06 PM on 10/01/2012
My thoughts about the Presidential Debates declined significantly once I read about the "Commission on Presidential Debates".
03:04 PM on 10/01/2012
I don't know if the debates really matter, but is it funny that obama is the only one with somethign to lose in the debates and now they are being called into question. LOL just hit me as humorous!!!
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DocSyracuse
A socially liberal, fiscally conservative surgeon
03:12 PM on 10/01/2012
I thought the same thing. These debates will literally decide the election.
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duhtruth
03:23 PM on 10/01/2012
Really? They are merely an extension of the wild commercials that have been on nonstop for months. It is never who I am or what I stand for. It is more of who I want the people to think I am and what I want them to think I stand for. In this modern era of slight of hand, they are a useless exercise in Houdini magic.
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Rob Horton
a proud Aspie Southern Liberal
03:01 PM on 10/01/2012
I really don't think the debates will matter that much. Like both campaigns have said, the choice this year is clear, and clearly, I believe the majority will continue to coalesce around the President and his vision for the future, especially since the Romney campaign's vision for the future is a return to policies that got us into trouble in the past.
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DocSyracuse
A socially liberal, fiscally conservative surgeon
03:14 PM on 10/01/2012
Obama does not have the support of 50% or more of the electorate.
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duhtruth
03:24 PM on 10/01/2012
And Romney doesn't have the support of any middle class, rational Americans.
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Barbara DeZan
Knowledge is Power
03:26 PM on 10/01/2012
He has enough to get re-elected.

We, the majority, will make sure of that.