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Presidential Debate

The Art of Debate

Greg Jacobs | Posted 12.03.2012 | Politics
Greg Jacobs

There is really nothing more exciting than watching politics in action, at least there is nothing more exciting when the media builds it up to be the be all end all of our political existence.

Dean Baker On Obama's Debate Performance: Obama Is 'Paying The Price' For Earlier Mistakes

The Huffington Post | Saki Knafo | Posted 10.04.2012 | Politics

To no one's surprise, much of Wednesday night's debate focused on the country's trillion dollar deficit. The Republicans and some Democrats have h...

Romney The Challenger, Indeed

Posted 10.04.2012 | Politics

By BEN FELLER, ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — Republican Mitt Romney was fiery and having fun. President Barack Obama came off as the professor wi...

Lila Shapiro

From 'Schoolyard Bully' To 'Republican Wins,' Partisan Gay Groups React To Presidential Debate

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 10.04.2012 | Gay Voices

Although gay rights were not mentioned specifically in last night's first presidential debate, all three of the largest partisan gay groups in the cou...

Presidential Debate Sets New Twitter Record

The Huffington Post | Britney Fitzgerald | Posted 10.04.2012 | Technology

A huge night for the candidates, the first Presidential debate of the 2012 election was also a huge night for Twitter. According to a post on the T...

Debate Reality Check: We Can't Cut Our Way to Prosperity

Inimai Chettiar | Posted 12.04.2012 | Politics
Inimai Chettiar

Saving the economy is not about cutting government costs. It is about implementing policies that wisely invest government dollar. Both candidates must offer specific plans toward economic prosperity that go beyond taxes and budgets.

Why the Pundits are Wrong About the Debate

Lynn Parramore | Posted 12.04.2012 | Politics
Lynn Parramore

Last night I placed a five-dollar bill into a bowl at the start of the debate, clipped to a prediction that Romney would be declared the winner. Not because I think that Romney is a better debater, or that I feared Obama would make a horrible gaffe -- but because that's how The Script has to go in these cases.

WATCH: Arianna Talks About Square With Jack Dorsey

Huff TV | Posted 12.04.2012 | Technology
Huff TV

Arianna appeared on CNBC's Squawk Box with Twitter creator Jack Dorsey to discuss his latest venture, Square. "It's been already an amazing success a...

Obama Campaign: Romney Won Debate Because He Lied

The Huffington Post | Matt Sledge | Posted 10.04.2012 | Politics

Democratic surrogates in the cable TV spin rooms Wednesday night seemed to have trouble explaining President Barack Obama's weak debate performance. B...

How the Internet Is Transforming Our Presidential Debates and Forcing Candidates to Drop the Act

Nomiki Konst | Posted 12.04.2012 | Technology
Nomiki Konst

As media move quicker and citizens are actively involved in discussions, politicians will be forced to be themselves. In other words, politicians will be forced to drop the act.

Why I Don't Love Barack -- and Why He's Still Getting My Vote

William Rose | Posted 12.04.2012 | College
William Rose

Romney possibly won the debate simply by virtue of suggesting something new, but he won't win the heart of America. A machine man with a machine heart and machine mind cannot possibly win a population of compassionate, thinking individuals.

Did I Watch the Same Debate as My Fellow Liberal Pundits?

Scott Blakeman | Posted 12.04.2012 | Media
Scott Blakeman

Liberal pundits have to realize the president's goal in the debate wasn't to play to liberals. It was to connect with independents and moderate Republicans who are undecided. And I think he achieved that goal.

Internet Quick To Judge Who Won The Presidential Debate

AP | Associated Press | Posted 12.04.2012 | Technology

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitt Romney crushed President Barack Obama. That was one of the many judgments churning Twitter and Facebook during the first deba...

Romney Won, But Does It Matter?

The Huffington Post | Saki Knafo | Posted 10.05.2012 | Politics

Unless you're David Plouffe or another member of President Barack Obama's cheerleading squad, you probably wouldn't argue that Obama won Wednesday nig...

PHOTOS: What Was The Deal With Romney's Giant Flag Pin?

The Huffington Post | Ellie Krupnick | Posted 10.05.2012 | Style

Was Romney's flashy accessory really 47% bigger than Obama's?

Obama's Failure Gives Romney Debate Victory and Possible Path to the White House

Brian Jencunas | Posted 12.04.2012 | College
Brian Jencunas

Because of the prevailing campaign narrative, all Romney needed to do was show that he wasn't Ebenezer Scrooge with better hair. He cleared this low bar with ease.

CNN, FactCheck.org On Romney's $5 Trillion Tax Plan: Trust Him

The Huffington Post | Matt Sledge | Posted 10.04.2012 | Politics

Despite an otherwise lackluster performance, one area where President Barack Obama went on the offensive in Wednesday night's debate was over Mitt Rom...

'DIRECT MITT': How The Debate Played In The Papers

Posted 12.04.2012 | Media

Thursday's papers were full of news of Wednesday night's presidential debate. All across the country, pictures of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney dominat...

Unlikely Figure May Be The Next Joe The Plumber

Posted 10.04.2012 | Politics

By JOCELYN NOVECK, ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK -- Is Big Bird the new Joe the Plumber? The "Sesame Street" character, its bright yellow fluffiness...

2012 Presidential Debate #1 Wrap: Saying NO to Cookies AND Zingers?

Roger King | Posted 10.04.2012 | Politics
Roger King

Gods of Politics be praised, Dolly Madison can rest in peace! A rare zinger free evening between presidential debaters is a special treat for engaged voters, but for those junkies left wanting their cake, those polysorbate-60-laden snacks at the local market will have to make do.

Obama's Downcast Eyes

Jeffrey C. Alexander | Posted 12.04.2012 | Politics
Jeffrey C. Alexander

Last night's first presidential debate marked a great occasion in American political life. But President Obama's gestures were not eloquent, and because of this theatrical failure he couldn't get a handle on political truth.

Romney Gets the Energy Facts Wrong in Wednesday's Debate

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 12.04.2012 | Green
Heather Taylor-Miesle

The post-debate analysis is in full swing, and while pundits are talking about Governor Romney's aggressive manner and President Obama's subdued performance, the real story is how many times Romney strayed from the facts.

Why Obama Lost the First Debate

George Lakoff | Posted 12.04.2012 | Politics
George Lakoff

You don't win a presidential debate by being a policy wonk. Obama violated all the basics of presidential debating. The best defense is a good offense. You have to set the terms of the debate and press those terms. Obama failed.

Why Obama Defaulted in the First Debate

Jim Sleeper | Posted 12.04.2012 | Politics
Jim Sleeper

Obama has stopped speaking the truth, I think, because what he has seen of America since 2009 has broken his heart.

The Professor and the Pugilist

Andy Ostroy | Posted 12.04.2012 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

Obama's performance was stunning in its ineffectiveness. What should've been a slam-dunk became a wild air ball from half court. Should he lose a month from now, historians will mark his defeat as having been snatched from the jaws of victory in Denver on October 4th.