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Presidential Debate

Regarding Tonight's Debate

Rep. Dennis Kucinich | Posted 12.22.2012 | Politics
Rep. Dennis Kucinich

Tonight's presidential debate will focus on foreign policy. As we listen to Democratic and Republican presidential candidates it is worth saying that a thoughtful foreign policy isn't about who can drop the most bombs.

Jason Linkins

Presidential Debate 2012: Obama, Romney Have Final Showdown In Boca Raton

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.22.2012 | Politics

Monday night, the Commission On Presidential Debates wraps up the 2012 series of debates with its extra special season finale. When we last left our protagonists, President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, they were, basically, yelling at each other about a host of issues before an audience of undecided voters from whom the questions of the evening were extracted. It made for a sharp series of exchanges and an emphasis on the theatrical. The president, having decided to ditch the somnambulatory techniques he used in his first disastrous debate, showed substantially more verve in his second outing, and has been generally characterized as the winner, on points. But Romney held up decently as well, turning in a performance that conservative pundits could continue to support. Now, they meet one last time, in a debate that decides everything. We guess? Let's just go with that.

Obama, Romney Seek Foreign Policy Edge In Final Presidential Debate

Posted 10.22.2012 | Politics

By NANCY BENAC, ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — Still neck-and-neck after all these months, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney head into their third and ...

This Is It: America Needs to Hear Obama, Romney Talk About Drone Strikes in Last Debate

Robert Greenwald | Posted 12.21.2012 | Politics
Robert Greenwald

Monday's debate may be the largest American audience to pay attention to the subject of drones strikes that are done in their name. That is, if moderator Bob Schieffer dares press the candidates on what may well be the most ominous power a president has: choosing who to kill.

Mitt Romney, Obama Set To Face Off In Final Presidential Debate

Reuters | Posted 12.22.2012 | Politics

* Debates have been unusually important in 2012 campaign * Libya, Iran top issues in Boca Raton * The two candidates loc...

Pander Bears

Robert Kuttner | Posted 12.21.2012 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

We have plenty of debate on whose budget numbers are fishy (Romney's) and on whether to bring about deficit reduction by slashing social spending to pay for even more tax cuts (Romney) or whether to have a mix or budget cuts and tax increases on the wealthy (Obama.) Of the two positions, Obama's is both the more sensible and intellectually honest. But the Democrats are mistaken when they argue that the deficit needs to be cut any time soon. With the economy weak, we certainly don't need $2 trillion in spending cuts as Obama proposes; if anything, we need more stimulus spending.

The Politics of Small Business

Nick Friedman | Posted 12.19.2012 | Small Business
Nick Friedman

If the presidential candidates want to address the "small business problem," they need to start tackling the issue of capital. Policies must be put in place that eliminate the fear over access to capital, and encourage bright minds to take calculated risks that could end up reaping exponential rewards.

Five Ways Young People Were Featured In The Presidential Debate

Pushback | Posted 10.19.2012 | College

The real winner of Tuesday’s presidential debate? Young voters. Unlike the first presidential debate and the vice-presidential face-off, issues t...

Presidential Debate: Why Being Right Is Wrong

Michael Maslansky | Posted 12.19.2012 | Politics
Michael Maslansky

As the dust settles on the second debate, one thing is clear. The loser in each debate was the candidate who thought it was more important to win the battle over facts than the war of ideas.

In Defense of Katherine Fenton

Zach Stafford | Posted 10.18.2012 | Politics
Zach Stafford

Where is the 'study' of the other people that asked questions to the candidates? Where is the publishing of their social media accounts? Where are the articles insinuating that they drink too much and that they should be shamed for asking a question that affects more than 50% of America?

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.

The Real Problem with Romney's 'Binders' Blunder

Paige Bradley Frost | Posted 12.18.2012 | Women
Paige Bradley Frost

Romney's comment was awkward, politically tone deaf and worse, misleading. Still, much of the reaction has been over-hyped and even silly, detracting from discussions of the meatier issues facing women and families and how the next President will tackle them.

Sam Stein

Mitt Romney Campaign Muddles Response To Lilly Ledbetter Act Question Again

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 10.18.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Thursday morning brought additional confusion over what Mitt Romney would have done had the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act come to his des...

Lilly Ledbetter and the High Court

Simon Lazarus | Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics
Simon Lazarus

The Ledbetter case is not simply a story of how women are denied equal pay -- though it is certainly powerful on that front -- it is also a template for strategic action by progressives in fighting over the courts that could and should be scaled up and broadly deployed.

Winners and Losers

Gary Hart | Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics
Gary Hart

If George McGovern represents the political losers of the world, then I for one am proud to stand with him.

Why Obama May Have Lost Tuesday's Debate

Andy Ostroy | Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

He certainly came out swinging and scored some decisive points. But was Obama's feistier, more spirited performance enough to move the needle? Did he get the job done?

How My Daughter Watches the Debates

Caren Osten Gerszberg | Posted 12.18.2012 | Women
Caren Osten Gerszberg

This Monday evening, Obama and Romney will face off for their third bout, this time in Florida. And from what I can tell, there are some debate drinking game rules that are bipartisan.

Why Romney Is Losing the Meme Election

Ari Melber | Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics
Ari Melber

Mitt Romney did not just lose the debate on Tuesday night, as most people can see by now. He also handed the Internet ammunition to memorably mock him for several more news cycles.

Dear Undecideds: If You Don't Know Me By Now...

Lorraine Devon Wilke | Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics
Lorraine Devon Wilke

This is between you and all your confused, reluctant, fence-sitting voters who still can't figure out which of you to vote for. Whoever they are. Those people who make very... slow... decisions. What more do you need to know?

The Elephant in the Room

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics
Jerry Jasinowski

The second debate between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney was a standoff in my view, with President Obama returning to form and Romney continuing his confident performance from their earlier exchange.

For the Unemployed, Romney's Debate Was Full of "Wind Jobs"

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 12.17.2012 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

We heard a lot of discussion about employment and economic recovery. But there wasn't much talk about why the economy's in such bad shape. No mention of the bankers whose illegal and unethical behavior triggered the financial crisis.

Romney Son Jokes About Taking 'A Swing' At Obama

Posted 10.18.2012 | Politics

Mitt Romney's eldest son weighed in on the second presidential debate on Wednesday, joking that the debate's contentious nature made him want to "take...

Women, Toss the Binders -- It's Time to Advocate

Nancy Sherr | Posted 12.17.2012 | Women
Nancy Sherr

Men don't have to fight for pay equity, clamor to have their opinions heard at work and then have anyone ask the insulting question, "can we find any qualified men?"

Debate Questioners Remain Undecided

AP | FRANK ELTMAN | Posted 10.17.2012 | Politics

MINEOLA, N.Y. -- Phillip Tricolla doesn't think either presidential candidate adequately answered his question about what can be done about rising gas...

When's The Next Presidential Debate?

Posted 10.18.2012 | Politics

President Barack Obama and GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney will meet for their third and final debate on Monday, October 22 at 9 p.m. ET. The e...