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Debates 2012

Why Malala Really Matters: The Foreign Policy Debate We Didn't Have

Kolleen Bouchane | Posted 12.29.2012 | Politics
Kolleen Bouchane

It's a governance challenge that we don't test U.S. presidential candidates by asking about global health and education issues and what our leadership is going to do to solve these most serious and complex challenges.

The Politics Of 'Climate Silence'

Tom Zeller Jr. | Posted 01.07.2013 | Green
Tom Zeller Jr.

So what's going on? Well, you could start by following the money. Of the $12.5 million donated to by the energy and natural resources industries to political action committees supporting a presidential candidate this campaign cycle, 84 percent went to Republicans.

President Obama and Gov. Romney: What Will You Do About Superbugs?

Kolleen Bouchane | Posted 12.24.2012 | Politics
Kolleen Bouchane

Amongst the bayonets and bravado, there was no discussion about how either candidate would use the office of the president to address the top global health challenges. Neglecting to head off threats from superbugs now will lead to calamitous consequences later.

Janell Ross

Romney Breaks With Republicans, Calls For International Court Indictment | Janell Ross | Posted 10.24.2012 | Politics

During the final presidential debate Monday night, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney suggested a surprising tactic to deal with Iran and t...

The Romney Deduction 'Bucket' List

Marion Just | Posted 12.23.2012 | College
Marion Just

How is Gov. Romney going to fulfill the promise he made twice during the first debate -- "I will not, under any circumstances, increase taxes on the middle class"?

Mitt Wants to be President -- This President

Karen Dolan | Posted 12.22.2012 | Politics
Karen Dolan

We knew the foreign policy positions of the the two candidates were similar, but who knew Mitt copped a peek at Obama's notes before the debate and wrote them on his hand?

The Foreign Policy Debate -- Did We Learn Anything?

Michael Brenner | Posted 12.22.2012 | Politics
Michael Brenner

Romney's knowledge is so flimsy and his declarations so cliché-ridden as to betray a distinct lack of comprehension or interest. As for Obama, residency in the White House has provided experience but has left him without strategic design or a modulated sense of national interests.

Bob Schieffer Criticized For Letting Debate Get Off Rails

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Shapiro and Jack Mirkinson | Posted 10.23.2012 | Media

CBS News' Bob Schieffer had perhaps the most subdued time of all the debate moderators in the 2012 campaign cycle. Schieffer played a muted role du...

Michael McAuliff

Obama Sinks Romney's Battleship | Michael McAuliff | Posted 10.22.2012 | Politics

Mitt Romney mostly ducked questions about his military plans in the third and final presidential debate Monday night -- offering President Barack Obam...

US Election 2012: Down to the Wire

Aiko Stevenson | Posted 12.22.2012 | Politics
Aiko Stevenson

Most elections get billed as the most important in a generation, but with America teetering on a fiscal cliff in an era of profound climate change, this one really is. And, in Obama's own words: "Only you have the power to move us forward."

With a Growing Conflict in Syria, We Need a Good Debate on Foreign Policy

David Paul | Posted 12.22.2012 | Politics
David Paul

The candidates may not have clear answers to the challenges we face, but at least we need to understand how they think about the questions.

Critical Thinking and Prediction

Jonathan Haber | Posted 12.22.2012 | Politics
Jonathan Haber

In order to understand the substance of the prepared responses we are likely to hear tonight, you need to keep in mind the true audience the candidates are appealing to, which includes their own base and undecided voters (especially in swing states), as well as the media.

The Big Debate

Patty Culhane | Posted 12.22.2012 | Politics
Patty Culhane

Show me why you would be different in the area that is literally about life and death. The polls suggest that foreign policy is not factoring that highly on the minds of American voters this election, but if you think about it, maybe it should.

A Pocketbook Issue

Ann Ormsby | Posted 12.22.2012 | Politics
Ann Ormsby

At last week's debate, Mitt Romney said "I believe every woman should have access to contraceptives." But the question is how? What is Romney's plan f...

No Debate: Offline Is the Rocket Fuel of Online Political Giving

Tom Serres | Posted 12.22.2012 | Politics
Tom Serres

As pundits prepare to dissect every word that comes forth from Barack Obama and Mitt Romney in tonight's debate, their analysis is likely to once again lack examination of the most immediate and critical effect these major events have on campaigns: online fundraising.

The Dramatic Arc of the 2012 Presidential Debates

Alan Schroeder | Posted 12.20.2012 | Politics
Alan Schroeder

Let us think of the presidential debate cycle as a four-act play, a miniseries with a distinct beginning, middle and end. We have seen the first three acts -- now comes the denouement.

Friday Talking Points -- Snappy Women Label Needed

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.19.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

I had planned to dissect Obama's debate performance today, and highlight the best parts of it, but then I noticed the speech Obama gave this morning, in which he hit the same points even harder.

So You Think You Can Be President: The U.S. Election as a Talent Search Show

John Lazarus | Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics
John Lazarus

This year, it's gone a little nuts. Both parties' conventions, and all the debates have been surrounded with assessments by teams of experts who sound like, and in many cases are, personal advisers to the performers.

Obama to Romney: A Nation Is Not Like a Company

Eliot Daley | Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics
Eliot Daley

Left unchallenged, the apparent validity of Romney's assertions may well lead to his election as our next president. But there is a challenge to them that Obama can make when Romney predictably raises these points again in the next debate.

Obamacare a Deterrent? Only a Buffoon Would Say So

Miles J. Zaremski | Posted 10.17.2012 | Politics
Miles J. Zaremski

It should amaze any voter who really thinks about it this election cycle how our right to be, and remain, healthy should ever be considered an extraordinary deterrent to anything, including economic growth and enterprises looking to hire people.

When It Comes to Our Energy Future, Voters Have a Clear Choice

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 12.17.2012 | Green
Heather Taylor-Miesle

We need to build a modern energy system. We can't power a 21st century economy on a 20th century energy system. There should be no debate about that.

PHOTOS: Ann Romney & Michelle Obama Wear Matching Pink Outfits To Debate

The Huffington Post | Ellie Krupnick | Posted 10.17.2012 | Style

Well, this is super awkward.

Romney, Marx and the GOP Brand

Bennet Kelley | Posted 12.16.2012 | Politics
Bennet Kelley

What do you call using millions in unregulated campaign funds to sell the American people dog food by telling them it's something else? That is precisely what happened in Denver, as Gov. Romney rebranded his entire platform.

Foreign Policy Questions for the Candidates

Freedom House | Posted 12.16.2012 | World
Freedom House

President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney have begun to flesh out their views on the challenges America faces abroad, but they have said little about a range of pressing international issues and skirted critical aspects of stories that currently grab the news headlines.

Advice to President Obama for Tonight's Debate: Respectful and Strong on Issues

Lanny Davis | Posted 12.16.2012 | Politics
Lanny Davis

After your last debate, I saw your chief campaign strategists doing what they appear to be advising you to do -- attacking Romney personally for being untruthful in the positions he took. I hope you reject this advice.