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2012 Presidential Debates

Before Debate, Tough Crowds At The Practice

New York Times | Posted 09.29.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — In a conference room at the Democratic headquarters, President Obama has been preparing for the debate next week, but the reviews of hi...

How President Obama Can Win the First Debate

Hilary Rosen | Posted 09.29.2012 | Politics
Hilary Rosen

Mitt Romney has everything at stake in this first debate. My first piece of advice for President Obama is to frame virtually every answer as a choice, not a defense. He should also share his best self as emblematic of what is best in America, and he should stay nice.

CNN Ramping Up Fact Checking For Debates | Posted 11.28.2012 | Media


The Five Presidential Debate Lines You'll Hear Again Wednesday

Aaron Zelinsky | Posted 11.27.2012 | Politics
Aaron Zelinsky

They'll carefully review tapes of their own performances, as well as those of their opponents. But these presidential debates don't exist in a vacuum; they're part of a long chain stretching back (at least) to the Kennedy-Nixon debate of 1960. And over the past half century, candidates have landed some real zingers.

Groups Demand To See Secret Presidential Debate Contract

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 11.27.2012 | Media

Eighteen good-governance and media watchdog groups demanded on Thursday to see the lengthy, and secret, contract governing the upcoming presidential d...

2012 COUNTDOWN: Debates Risk The 'Big Deal' Moment

Howard Fineman | Posted 11.26.2012 | Politics
Howard Fineman

The debate season will be Romney's last chance to overtake Obama in what, so far, has been an uninformative and tactical contest of accusation, innuendo, non-ideas, non-specifics and invisible agendas.

Jim Lehrer Announces First Presidential Debate Topics

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Shapiro | Posted 09.19.2012 | Media

The topics for the first 2012 presidential debate were announced on Wednesday by moderator Jim Lehrer. Lehrer, who has moderated a total of 11 deba...

Ask Obama, Romney How To Help Every Kid Complete High School

Tony Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 11.01.2012 | Education
Tony Smith, Ph.D.

I'd like to ask President Obama and Mitt Romney a question about education on one of their nationally televised debates: How would you make sure that every young person graduates from high school, ready for college and career?

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 10.18.2012 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week started optimistically, with the hope that Paul Ryan's selection would finally turn campaign 2012 into a big picture discussion about the role of government and the nature of capitalism. Instead, we got outraged reactions to President Obama joking about Seamus the dog, hours of debate over Joe Biden's use of the word "chains," and a back-and-forth between the campaigns about which presidential candidate was "unhinged." It is 78 days until the election, with 25 million Americans unemployed or underemployed, over 13 million homeowners underwater and our national conversation is still on a level of two children fighting in the back seat of the minivan. Maybe for the first debate, we should strap each candidate into a car seat, give them each a juice box, and let them have at it.

Chorus Of Complaints About Debates Grows Louder

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 10.18.2012 | Media

Increasingly, it seems like the only people happy with the upcoming presidential debate moderators are the four lucky people who have been chosen. Fri...

Univision Protests Lack Of Latino Debate Moderators

Posted 10.15.2012 | Media

The head of the top Spanish-language television network has formally complained about the lack of Latino debate moderators in the upcoming presidentia...

Crowley Speaks Out On New Post

Posted 08.15.2012 | Media

CNN's Candy Crowley, who was named a presidential debate moderator for the 2012 election, spoke out on being the first woman in 20 years to hold such ...

Presidential Debate Moderators: Why All White?

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 10.14.2012 | Media

As people cheer the presence of two women on the just-released list of presidential and vice presidential debate moderators, another question is linge...

Presidential Debate Moderators Announced

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 10.13.2012 | Media

For the first time in 20 years, a woman -- CNN's Candy Crowley -- will moderate a presidential debate. Multiple reports on Monday revealed the list...

Which Female Debate Moderator Would You Select?

Posted 08.10.2012 | Media

As the 2012 presidential election approaches convention season, some have been wondering who will moderate the upcoming presidential debates and if th...

Political Olympics Preview

Alan Schroeder | Posted 10.13.2012 | Media
Alan Schroeder

This year's vice presidential debate promises to be a more substantive exercise than 2008's Biden-Palin extravaganza -- which, for the record, outdrew all the Obama-McCain debates in the ratings.

MHP: Where Are The Female Debate Moderators?

Posted 06.10.2012 | Media

MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry praised three high school seniors on her Saturday show for launching a petition for more female debate moderators. El...

Teen Girls Launch Petition For Female Moderator At Presidential Debates

Posted 06.07.2012 | Teen

"This is an exciting time to be a young woman interested in politics." These words, written by three high school students from Monclair, New Jerse...

Fall 2012 Presidential Debate Schedule Revealed

AP | Posted 12.31.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The committee that sponsors presidential debates during the general election has chosen Denver, Hempstead, N.Y., and Boca Raton, Fla., a...