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Presidential Debates 2012

WATCH: An Election Day Bad Lip Reading

Posted 01.06.2013 | Comedy

For anyone who finds themself in line at their local polling place today and unsure of who to vote for, it might be helpful to get a quick refresher o...

They Do It Much Better in High School (Debating)

Bob Banov and Roger Ohlsen | Posted 12.30.2012 | Politics
Bob Banov and Roger Ohlsen

Being substantive and factual is what makes for good debating. But since the PDC began planning America's all important debates in the '60s, debate templates have undergone real changes in form, and in particular, validity.

Students Call for Politicians to Stop Ignoring Them Like a Text From a One-Night Stand

Posted 10.26.2012 | College

College: sure, it’s parodied as four years of avoiding real work while your parents support you to improve beer pong skills. But the truth is, the c...

Now on to Victory and the Reelection of President Barack Obama

Ed Koch | Posted 12.23.2012 | New York
Ed Koch

Whatever I can do to help reelect President Obama and provide him with a majority in both houses of Congress so as to end the gridlock in Washington, D.C., I will do. I urge all other voters to do the same.

Heated Discussion About Energy in Second Presidential Debate, but No Mention of Climate

Tim Profeta | Posted 12.23.2012 | Green
Tim Profeta

The Christian Science Monitor calls the energy transition claims made across the world clunky, offering that history suggests it can take up to 50 years to replace an existing energy infrastructure. The problem? We don't have that long.

Chicagoans React To The Final Presidential Debate -- Who Won?

Posted 10.23.2012 | Chicago

President Barack Obama faced off Monday evening with Republican challenger Mitt Romney in the final, purportedly foreign policy-centric presidential d...

Why Female Moderators Ruled The Debates

Slate XX | Posted 10.23.2012 | Women

Partisans will never agree on who won Monday night’s debate, but now that the 2012 presidential debates are over, surely we can all agree on some wi...

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.

POLL: Who Won The Debate?

Posted 10.22.2012 | Politics

Who won the debate? Barack Obama and Mitt Romney captured the spotlight as they sparred against one another in the final presidential debate of th...

LIVE UPDATES: Obama, Romney Face Off In Final Presidential Debate

Posted 10.23.2012 | Politics

The presidential debate on Monday night marks the third and final showdown between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. The focus of the event is on fore...

9 Ways Our Family Discussions Are Like Presidential Debates

nickmom | Posted 10.22.2012 | Parents

Written by Suzanna Vicinus for NickMom Well, there are also some differences: At presidential debates everyone dresses nice, combs their hair befo...

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.

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.

Why Colleges Do (And Don't) Want To Host A Presidential Debate

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 12.22.2012 | College

Hosting a presidential debate isn't cheap. The cost of playing host for Lynn University, the Boca Raton, Fla. site of Monday's third and final pre...

Joshua Hersh

'October Surprise' Has Observers Mystified Ahead Of Foreign Policy Debate | Joshua Hersh | Posted 10.22.2012 | World

At first, the news from The New York Times Saturday evening that the U.S. and Iran had agreed "in principle" to one-on-one nuclear negotiations, had e...

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.

The Final Debate: How the Candidates Win on Foreign Policy

Peter Yeo | Posted 12.19.2012 | Politics
Peter Yeo

Americans overwhelmingly want to know: What can the U.S. do to reduce our troop presence in Afghanistan; what is each candidate's Middle East strategy; and how can we address nuclear threats such as Iran?

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.

Why Media Diversity Matters

Alexandra MacArthur | Posted 12.18.2012 | Media
Alexandra MacArthur

Will the media ever truly be a good vehicle for women and their stories? Not unless women have the option to run the show, ask the questions, and answer them in their own voices. For when women are invisible, their voices are not just lost, their victories are as well.

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.

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...

'Illegal v. Undocumented': Obama And Romney Weigh In

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 10.17.2012 | Latino Voices

It’s official: describing immigrants without papers as “illegal” rather than “undocumented” is a political act. The presidential candida...

What Did Post 50s Have To Say About Last Night's Debate?

Posted 10.17.2012 | Fifty

Ding ding ding! Last night's debate at Hofstra University looked more like a pay-per-view boxing match than the town hall debate for undecided voters ...

Really Listening to the Debate

Lev Raphael | Posted 12.17.2012 | Politics
Lev Raphael

I spent most of the debate riveted by the screen, and was focused on the point-counterpoint. But whenever I got up to get something to drink, the difference between the two men's voices was remarkably stark. One sounded presidential, the other just sounded a bit lost.

Romney Releases Ad Off Debate

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 10.17.2012 | Politics

Mitt Romney's campaign on Wednesday released its first ad with footage from the second presidential debate, focusing on his answers on the economy and...