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Romney Obama Debate

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.

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...

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, 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...

How Obama Was Clobbered

Brad Hill | Posted 12.04.2012 | Politics
Brad Hill

If this had been an audition for a dramatic role as president, President Obama wouldn't get a call-back. He was sluggish; his responses amorphous and dissolute. Romney was quick and precise.

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.

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.

The First Presidential Debate

Robert Reich | Posted 12.04.2012 | Politics
Robert Reich

In Wednesday night's debate, Romney won on style while Obama won on substance. Romney sounded as if he had conviction, which means he's either convinced himself that the lies he tells are true or he's a fabulous actor.

The Debate's Real Losers

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 10.04.2012 | Business

Thing One: Viva Las Vagueness, Part Two: The big losers in last night's debate were the unemployed. Oh, sure, there were other losers: President Ob...

Why The Debate Was Sobering For Midlifers

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 10.04.2012 | Fifty

When Gov. Mitt Romney told me last night that if I was over 60, I could stop listening, I rejoiced. I heard what I came to hear: For folks like me who...

Romney Adviser Gives Up The Ghost On Pre-Existing Conditions

Talking Points Memo | Brian Beutler | Posted 10.04.2012 | Politics

After the first presidential debate at the University of Denver in Colorado on Wednesday night, one of Mitt Romney’s top advisers acknowledged that,...

WATCH: The Full Debate

Posted 10.04.2012 | Politics

President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney battled over economic issues, health care and Social Security during the first ...

Jeffrey Young

20 Million Losing Health Benefits? Not Likely, CBO Says | Jeffrey Young | Posted 10.04.2012 | Business

Mitt Romney made a damning charge against President Barack Obama's health care reform law during Wednesday's debate designed to give pause to the more...

Where Are the Women?

Merle Hoffman | Posted 10.04.2012 | Politics
Merle Hoffman

After debating every major "right-to-life" leader in this country, I didn't need to watch the debate tonight to know that no matter who the pundits say won, it is women who are losing. Indeed the debate was mute on the subject of women.

Jon Ward

Obama Vs. Romney: 4 Key Moments From First Presidential Debate | Jon Ward | Posted 10.04.2012 | Politics

DENVER -- There was no one defining moment on Wednesday night, no knockout punch, as President Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney met for...

Emily Swanson

Instant Polls Show Debate Upset | Emily Swanson | Posted 10.04.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Television viewers' snap judgments of the first presidential debate favored Mitt Romney, according to two "instant reaction" polls and a...

Snap Debate Reactions

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.03.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Republicans who have been getting worried over Romney's campaign will be pleased with this performance. He didn't fall on his metaphorical face. He didn't do anything wildly surprising. One thing is for sure: the fact checkers are going to have a field day.

Inoculation to Lies

Jennifer Wheeler | Posted 12.03.2012 | Media
Jennifer Wheeler

We know that party leaders and pundits are willfully misleading us. But the fever, the virulent response by voters required to shut down the lies and preserve some semblance of self-governance, is totally absent.

Amanda Terkel

Nobody Mentions Mit Romney's 47 Percent Remarks In Debate | Amanda Terkel | Posted 10.04.2012 | Politics

DENVER -- Among many topics not mentioned during Wednesday night's first presidential debate was Mitt Romney's controversial comment about 47 percent ...

Palin Weighs In On Debate

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 10.04.2012 | Politics

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) was quick to declare GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney the winner of Wednesday's presidential debate in Denver...

Elise Foley

Mitt Romney Stays Light On Detail | Elise Foley | Posted 10.04.2012 | Politics

DENVER, Colo. -- Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney spent much of his first presidential debate Wednesday walking back some of his core prima...

Obama Hits Romney On Secrecy

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 10.04.2012 | Politics

President Barack Obama hit Mitt Romney for the lack of specifics in his plans and for pledging to repeal the Affordable Care Act and the Dodd-Frank Wa...