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Presidential Debates: What You See Is What You Get

David Westin | Posted 12.03.2012 | Media
David Westin

Now the fun part starts -- at least for those of us in the audience. We're into the quadrennial round of presidential debates. The time when we all get to gather around our television sets and see the two gladiators who would be our next president go one on one dealing with the issues. But wait a minute. It's also the time when commentators come forward to tell us that the outcomes of these debates are likely to turn more on the appearance of the candidates than it does on any serious intellectual clash over policies or proposals. There's something uplifting about saying we should all be focused on the "issues" and not the "personalities." But is that right?

Romney Under Pressure To Score Debate Win Against Obama

Posted 10.03.2012 | Politics

(Reuters) - Republican candidate Mitt Romney is under pressure to produce a strong performance on Wednesday evening at his first face-to-face debate w...

Jon Ward

Presidential Debate Takes Place In Colorado, Key State For Romney If Ohio Gets Away | Jon Ward | Posted 10.03.2012 | Politics

DENVER -- When President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney meet in their first debate of the 2012 presidential campaign, they will do so in a hotly contest...

How Obama Preps for the Debate

Death Race | Posted 12.03.2012 | Politics
Death Race

President Obama has been holed up in Nevada preparing, presumably in full-on mock debate mode. But that's just the final stage; prep in the larger sense has been going on in some form for weeks. So what are Obama's study habits?

Michael Calderone

Debate Moderators Largely Bypass Social Media In Preparing Questions | Michael Calderone | Posted 10.03.2012 | Media

NEW YORK -- Jim Lehrer will likely kick off Wednesday night's presidential debate, the 12th he's moderated since 1988, in a familiar manner: "Good eve...

Sabrina Siddiqui

Huntsman To Romney: 'Government Is Not A Business' | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 10.03.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Mitt Romney has built his candidacy for president on his experience in the private sector, constantly hailing his management skills as c...

90 Minutes for America

Jason Alexander | Posted 12.03.2012 | Entertainment
Jason Alexander

We humbly ask our fans to not watch our TV shows or movies, or listen to our music tonight. We ask you, instead, to invest 90 minutes in our country, and watch the first debate between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney.

Saki Knafo

Eight Reasons Why We Shouldn't Worry About The Deficit | Saki Knafo | Posted 10.03.2012 | Politics

As the fiscal year comes to a close, President Barack Obama is facing another trillion dollar deficit, and he likely will be called upon to address th...

Jeffrey Young

Homeless And Uninsured: How Medicaid Fails Some Of America's Poorest | Jeffrey Young | Posted 10.03.2012 | Business

Unemployed, homeless and uninsured, Laurie Scop would appear to be just one of the people who safety net programs like Medicaid are designed to protec...

Ariel Edwards-Levy

Debates Hold Slim Chance Of 'Game Change' | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 10.04.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Wednesday night's debate holds the potential to nudge the polling numbers in a race that has given President Barack Obama a narrow lead...

Six Things About The Economy You Won't Hear At Tonight's Presidential Debate

Mark Gongloff | Posted 10.03.2012 | Business
Mark Gongloff

If you're putting together a presidential-debate drinking game, there are at least six things you shouldn't even bother to include, because they're not happening.

Howard Fineman

Mitt Gets His Moment | Howard Fineman | Posted 10.03.2012 | Politics

DENVER -- This is it for Mitt. He’s got to show that he cares about everybody, not just the 53 percent he thinks might vote for him; that he is a...

Presidential Debate Tonight: Obama, Mitt Romney Prepare To Face Off

Posted 10.03.2012 | Politics

In the first presidential debate of the 2012 election season, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney will go head-to-head at the University of Denver in Colorad...

Caption Contest: Obama vs. Romney... vs. Seamus?! (Updated With Winner)

Bruce Kluger & David Slavin | Posted 12.03.2012 | Comedy
Bruce Kluger & David Slavin


Not the Most Important Presidential Debate!

Matthew Chapman | Posted 12.03.2012 | Science
Matthew Chapman

In a recent poll almost 85% of likely voters said they wanted the candidates to hold a debate on science. Why? Because, more than anything else, our kids' future health and happiness depend on it. And yet, in spite of the many critical issues involved, I'm willing to bet little in the debates will touch on it.

Politics as Theater: In Search of Authenticity

Alex S. Jones | Posted 12.03.2012 | Politics
Alex S. Jones

As we watch the debate tonight, we can be sure that both candidates have rehearsed prepared lines that they will speak regardless of the questions they are asked. But there will be two actors on the stage and the debate will be to some extent an improvisation where even the best prepared line can prove disastrous.

Showdown Between Obama, Mitt Romney Captures Political Spotlight

Posted 10.03.2012 | Politics

By KASIE HUNT AND NANCY BENAC, ASSOCIATED PRESS DENVER — President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney come face to face for the first time i...

WATCH: We Could Be In For A Looooong Debate

Posted 10.03.2012 | Comedy

President Obama and Governor Romney may not have a lot in common, but the one characteristic they do share could make for a really long, maddening deb...

Presidential Debate Comes With High Stakes

Reuters | Posted 12.03.2012 | Politics

* Romney on the offensive from start of debate * Obama says Romney tax plan doesn't add up * Romney needs a breakthrough...

Comedians Live Tweet The Presidential Debate

Posted 10.03.2012 | Comedy

Presidential debates are hard on the candidates, but even harder on those of us watching at home. That's why the good lord invented Twitter. We've...

Presidential Debate Has All Eyes On Obama, Mitt Romney

Posted 10.03.2012 | Politics

By KASIE HUNT, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS DENVER — Offering tax reform ideas before his first debate with President Barack Obama, Mitt Romney says he m...

Jason Linkins

Obama-Romney Debate: What To Watch For In Denver | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.02.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Wednesday night, the 2012 campaign-a-palooza will proceed to another important series of events, the presidential debates. Beginning in ...

Key State Becomes 2012 Political Battleground

AP | NICHOLAS RICCARDI | Posted 12.02.2012 | Politics

DENVER — Not too long ago Colorado was political flyover country, known for skiing and football – and being a reliable vote for the Republ...

While Jobs Bills Languish, Candidates Prepare Their Debate Zingers

Arianna Huffington | Posted 12.02.2012 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

On the eve of the first presidential debate, the focus shouldn't be on who is going to "win," but on whether we are finally going to get a serious debate on jobs and the economy. But I don't expect much, especially given reports the Romney team believes that "debates are about creating moments" and thus "equipped him with a series of zingers that he has memorized." Now, a well-placed debate zinger certainly has its place -- but how much more of a "moment" would be created if either candidate instead unleashed a series of proposals to put the twenty million Americans who are unemployed or underemployed back to work? In fact, the pipeline is full of legislative proposals that would help put Americans back to work. But time is running out. If that debate doesn't happen, then the loser of all three debates will be the American people.

Obamas' Wedding Anniversary Hits Snag

AP | JULIE PACE | Posted 10.03.2012 | Politics

HENDERSON, Nev. -- Forget about a date night. President Barack Obama and wife Michelle will be marking their wedding anniversary with a debate night. ...