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2012 Debates

The Election Issue

Arianna Huffington | Posted 01.02.2013 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

In the election issue of Huffington magazine this week, Dan Froomkin revisits some of the idealists who supported Barack Obama in 2008 and finds them "chastened by the reality that Obama is a politician, not an activist." Elsewhere in the issue, Ben Hallman drills down on the foreclosure crisis, and Jon Ward puts the spotlight on the debate that gave new life to the floundering Romney campaign.

WATCH: O'Reilly Freaks Out About Debates

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 12.24.2012 | Media

Bill O'Reilly continued his post-debate freakout on Tuesday night, calling them a "waste of time" and "out of date." O'Reilly was both agitated and...

Pundits Note Candidate Agreements, Obama Attacks

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson and Rebecca Shapiro | Posted 10.23.2012 | Media

Pundits spent a lot of time following Monday's presidential debate noting Mitt Romney and Barack Obama's apparently broad agreement on many key issues...

How Presidential Debates Become 'Made For TV' Events

Posted 10.22.2012 | Media

Campaigns leave little to chance as candidates gear up to face one another, and no forum is more intensely planned than the presidential debates. ...

Michael Calderone

Major Cable News Networks Won't Carry Third-Party Debate

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael Calderone | Posted 10.23.2012 | Media

NEW YORK -- When Larry King moderates Tuesday's third-party debate in Chicago, his former network, CNN, will not be carrying it live. And neither will...

A Look Inside The Building That Will Host The Final Presidential Debate

The Huffington Post | Michelle Manetti | Posted 10.19.2012 | HuffPost Home

We wanted to give you a look inside the gorgeous Performing Arts Center.

Another Huge Number For Debate Ratings

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 10.17.2012 | Media

Tuesday's presidential debate drew another big audience, though not quite as big as the first match between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. Nielsen s...

Larry King Moderating Third Party Debate

AP | BRIAN BAKST | Posted 12.17.2012 | Media

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Larry King, the celebrated talk show host accustomed to A-list interview guests, has agreed to moderate a debate featuring a squad ...

WATCH: Candy Crowley Responds To Fact Check Frenzy

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 10.18.2012 | Media

Candy Crowley responded on Wednesday to conservative claims that she had "backtracked" on her fact-check of Mitt Romney during Tuesday night's preside...

TV's Best Debates

The Huffington Post | HuffPost TV Staff | Posted 10.16.2012 | TV

With the presidential debates in full swing, HuffPost TV couldn't help remembering some of the best debates in recent TV history. From Claire Dunp...

Candy Crowley's Potential Debate Follow-Ups Take On A Life Of Their Own

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 12.16.2012 | Media

It is somewhat strange, really, that one of the main questions surrounding Tuesday night's presidential debate is, "Will Candy Crowley ask a follow-up...

Obama, Romney Campaigns Raise Objections About Candy Crowley

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 12.15.2012 | Media

In a rare show of unity, both the Obama and Romney campaigns have complained to the Commission on Presidential Debates about CNN's Candy Crowley, who ...

Presidential Foreign Policy Debate Topics Announced

Posted 12.12.2012 | Media

The topics for the third and final presidential debate, which will focus exclusively on foreign policy, were announced in Friday. Politico's Mike A...

Conservatives Complain About Martha Raddatz

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 12.12.2012 | Media

"I miss Jim Lehrer," Karl Rove tweeted at the end of Thursday's vice presidential debate. The Republican strategist and Super PAC impresario was ex...

Joe Biden Gets Animated During VP Debate

Posted 10.12.2012 | Politics

Vice President Joe Biden and Mitt Romney running mate Paul Ryan faced off Thursday in their first and only debate from Centre College Danville, Ky., a...

Elise Foley

Biden Calls Out Ryan For Stimulus Hypocrisy

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 10.12.2012 | Politics

Vice President Joe Biden laughed at Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan Thursday for his attacks on the stimulus, reminding him that he req...

Palin Narrowly Avoids S-Bomb On Live TV

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 10.11.2012 | Politics

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) gave her take on Vice President Joe Biden's debate strengths and weaknesses on Thursday night, ahead of his showdow...

Vice Presidential Debate: A Few Things Seem Certain

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 12.11.2012 | Media

Nobody knows exactly what's going to happen when Joe Biden and Paul Ryan square off on Thursday night for the only vice presidential debate of the 201...

Six Critical Foreign Policy Questions That Won't Be Raised in the Presidential Debates

Peter Van Buren | Posted 12.11.2012 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

When it comes to foreign -- that is, military -- policy, the gap between Barack and Mitt is slim to the point of nonexistent on many issues. That old saw about those who fail to understand history repeating its mistakes applies a little too easily here.

Debate, Lies and Videotape

Robert Hardaway | Posted 10.10.2012 | Politics
Robert Hardaway

Self-proclaimed pundits have had a field day claiming that everyone on the debate podium "lied". But as with any word in the English language that is over-used (and thereby trivialized), this may be a time to reflect on that word.

A Radical Idea: Fact-checkers at the Debates

Matthew Filipowicz | Posted 12.09.2012 | Comedy
Matthew Filipowicz

The general pundit consensus was that Mitt Romney won the first debate. That was the consensus. Mitt Romney won the first debate. However, ThinkProgr...

Jim Lehrer's Sharp Retort To Critics

AP | DAVID BAUDER | Posted 12.09.2012 | Media

NEW YORK -- Jim Lehrer said Monday that he accomplished precisely what he wanted to while moderating the first presidential debate: get Mitt Romney an...

Notes for Next Time

Robert Kuttner | Posted 12.07.2012 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

It's OK to attack. There is a sweet spot between nasty and feeble. Your handlers who advised you to stick to the high road and the scripted talking points are idiots. They had front-runner disease -- which then mixed with your own excessive tendency to caution and diffidence. The TV spots, campaign surrogates, and media fact-checks can rebut Romney's serial lies until the cows come home -- but it's no substitute for you finding a voice that calls him on the lies yourself, to his face. If you can't find that voice, you are toast and so are we. But I suspect that you can. Yes we can.

Why Obama's Debate Performance Means He'll Win

Zach Friend | Posted 12.07.2012 | Politics
Zach Friend

If done right, the president's debate performance should allow the campaign to redouble their efforts on what actually wins elections: narratives.

The Questions Someone Needs to Ask Romney

Mark Olmsted | Posted 12.05.2012 | Politics
Mark Olmsted

Obama dropped the ball. The president had an opportunity to directly ask Romney any number of questions he would have been unable to answer with logic or coherence. Here's a selection.