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2012 Presidential Debates

Pizza Hut Offers Huge Reward For Silly Question At Debate

Posted 10.12.2012 | Home

If you're one of the lucky few people to get a spot in the audience at the next presidential debate on October 16 at Hofstra University in central Lon...

Presidential Debate Foreshadows a Lack of Progress

Divya Mehta | Posted 12.09.2012 | Teen
Divya Mehta

Viewers will wait anxiously for the next presidential debate on October 16. We hope that Romney will return with more specific and honest policies, and that Obama will return with more passion and aggression.

Romney Delivered More Effective Education Message During Debate, Insider Survey Says

Posted 10.09.2012 | Education

Most political and policy “insiders” are of the belief that the Chicago Teachers Union won last month’s strike, and that Gov. Mitt Romney out-pe...

It's Time For 'Daring Obama'

Nancy Ko | Posted 12.08.2012 | Teen
Nancy Ko

Obama needs to give us more to hang on to and attack the Republican party with. We've seen Smart Obama. Now it's time for Daring Obama, the Obama that faces his people--not his podium.

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 12.06.2012 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week saw the first presidential debate. The main topic was the economy, but we heard more about Big Bird than jobs or the foreclosure crisis. Also missing: President Obama, who was more present on stage with Eastwood in Tampa than with Romney in Denver. It wasn't a bad metaphor for the last three years: one side lying about tax cuts and deficits, the other defensive and unwilling to fight for its own job-creating policies. The election narrative shifted again on Friday when the latest jobs report showed a drop in unemployment to 7.8 percent. Republicans screamed fraud, with no basis in reality. But lest we pop the champagne too soon, remember that at the present rate of 114,000 jobs added a month, it would take over a decade to reach full employment. A celebration based on such meager numbers underscores just how badly we need a real debate on the economy.

Obama Back on the Horse After Romney's Deluge of Dishonesty

Michael J.W. Stickings | Posted 12.05.2012 | Politics
Michael J.W. Stickings

Obama may have struggled somewhat during the debate, at least in terms of style, but he was back on form the next day, and it's this sort of leadership that we need to see much more of in the two debates to come.

Do Last Night's Debates Signal the End of the Press Conference?

Lauren Melcher | Posted 12.04.2012 | Media
Lauren Melcher

Color me cynical, but I was shocked by how many of my peers and friends actually tuned into the debates last night. It restored my faith in our society's ability to live in a democratic republic, to be sure.

WATCH: PBS Chief Fires Back At Mitt Romney

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 12.17.2012 | Media

The CEO of PBS fired back at Mitt Romney Thursday, saying that it was "stunning" that the Republican candidate had singled her network out in Wednesda...

Palin Weighs In On Debate

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 10.04.2012 | Politics

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) was quick to declare GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney the winner of Wednesday's presidential debate in Denver...

Chris Matthews Loses It: 'Where Was Obama Tonight?!'

Posted 12.03.2012 | Media

Chris Matthews railed against Barack Obama's performance during the presidential debate on Wednesday night. Obama was widely judged to have lost th...

Survey: Most Undecided Voters Just Want Candidate They Can Trust

The Huffington Post | Andrea Rael | Posted 10.03.2012 | Denver

A survey detailing the demographics of regestered Western undecided voters released today revealed that the majority are educated, white women who ide...

Where To Watch The Debate In NYC

Posted 10.03.2012 | New York

Galapagos Where: 16 Main Street, Brooklyn; (718) 222-8500 What: Enjoy Obama and Romney duke it out on domestic policy with a gigantic 14x12-foot scr...

PHOTOS: Guide To Watching The Denver Presidential Debate

Posted 10.02.2012 | Denver

Come one, come all compatriots! Since the Denver Presidential Debate isn't open to the general public, we are compiling a list of debate watching ...

No End To Criticism As Debates Arrive

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 10.02.2012 | Media

With just a day to go until the first presidential debate, there's been no let-up in the pressure and criticism directed at the Commission on Presiden...

Watch The Presidential Debate With HuffPost Live!

Posted 10.03.2012 | Politics

Watch the presidential debate with HuffPost Live! For Wednesday's first debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney, HuffPost Live will be creating...

Behind the Scenes of the First Debate

Ruth Rosen | Posted 12.02.2012 | San Francisco
Ruth Rosen

Mitt Romney must try to convince Americans that he feels their pain and cares about the middle class and "working families," an American euphemism for the working class and the poor. But it's probably too late.

Presidential Candidates Should Debate Education

Carol Rasco | Posted 12.02.2012 | Education
Carol Rasco

Study after study underscores the importance of adequately preparing students for success even before they enter a classroom, starting with reading at an early age. But there's been so little focus on this issue that most voters have no clue where the candidates stand.

Undecided Western Voters Waiting Until After Debates To Decide On Candiate

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 10.02.2012 | Denver

A new study to be released by Project New America on Wednesday, just before the first presidential debate in Denver, shows that a strong majority of u...

Michael Calderone

For 2012 Presidential Debates, Campaigns Speed Up The Spin | Michael Calderone | Posted 10.01.2012 | Media

NEW YORK -- When President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney leave the debate stage at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, many of the 3,000 journalists churning out sto...

Mitt Romney Talking Points Ahead Of Debate Focus On 'Choice' Election

The Huffington Post | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 10.01.2012 | Politics

Officials from Mitt Romney's campaign circulated talking points to their allies and surrogates late Sunday, later obtained by CNN. The message points ...

Tough Talk for America: A Guide to the Presidential Debates You Won't Hear

Mattea Kramer | Posted 12.01.2012 | Politics
Mattea Kramer

Five big things will decide what this country looks like next year and in the 20 years to follow, but you're not going to hear about them in the upcoming presidential debates. And yet, on those five subjects, a little reality would go a long way.

Presidential Debate Fever Arrives

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 12.01.2012 | Media

There's no question about it: debate fever is starting to spread through the media. With both President Obama and Mitt Romney largely hunkered down...

The Presidential Debate: Baseball Quiz

Aaron Zelinsky | Posted 11.30.2012 | Politics
Aaron Zelinsky

With the arrival of October, it's time for two great American pastimes: baseball and presidential debates. Match the presidential debater with the ballplayer they most resemble.

John McCain: Don't Expect Any Debate Surprises

AP | Posted 09.30.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. John McCain says not to expect any surprises in this week's first presidential debate because the televised confrontations nowadays...

Debate Marks First Face-To-Face Obama-Romney Battle In 5 Years

AP | JULIE PACE | Posted 09.30.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When Mitt Romney's wife, Ann, was diagnosed with breast cancer in late 2008, one of the people who reached out to the couple was newly e...