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Obama Debates

Walking a Fine Line

Lisa Blackwell | Posted 12.22.2012 | Politics
Lisa Blackwell

Watching President Obama during the past few debates has given America an upfront seat from which to observe the struggle and penalties incurred by many highly educated African-Americans trying to promote their virtues during the course of their careers.

Why I Wish Election Season Would End Already

Mike Hogan | Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics
Mike Hogan

I have a secret: I can't wait for this election season to be over. It's not that I don't think there's a lot at stake. There is. It's just that, as usual, we're not talking about the real problems facing the country, and real solutions for dealing with them. One candidate has apparently decided that the best strategy is to avoid talking to anyone who isn't already on his side. When you find out what he's been saying to the people he does trust, you can understand why. The other candidate, whom we've sternly instructed to stop spending so much time running the country so he can look tougher on TV, hasn't articulated any new ideas. His central argument -- I cleaned up their mess and killed the guy they couldn't find -- has a certain elemental appeal, but it's not exactly the stuff Spielberg movies are made of.

Romney Loses Debate, But Will It Matter?

Leighton Vaughan Williams | Posted 12.17.2012 | Politics
Leighton Vaughan Williams

When even a CNN poll, composed of a sample of debate watchers the pollsters freely admit to be 8 percent more Republican than the country as a whole, hands the debate to President Obama by 7 percentage points, you know that Governor Romney has taken something of a beating.

Obama: Debate Preparation Is 'Going Great'

Reuters | Posted 12.14.2012 | Politics

* Obama delivers pizza to volunteers in swing state office * Romney campaign: Obama can change his style, not record By ...

Mitt Romney, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood and the Neighborhood of Make Believe

Noam Schimmel | Posted 10.10.2012 | Politics
Noam Schimmel

Mitt Romney was charismatic at the first presidential debate. But he wasn't honest. Mitt Romney needs to spend a few good hours with Mister Rogers, whose humility, plain spoken honesty, wisdom, and integrity could teach him some valuable lessons.

2012 COUNTDOWN: It Ain't Over Till It's Over

Howard Fineman | Posted 12.10.2012 | Politics
Howard Fineman

Before last Wednesday's debate, one of the grand viziers of number-crunching said that no one who was in Romney's trailing position at that point had ever come back to win the White House. That looks like a laughable statement now. My own view was that it was way too early to count Romney out. I wrote and said that a guy who had made that many mistakes -- who had had so much dumped on his head, and who still remained within hailing distance of the president -- still had a chance. Less than a week later, things seemed to have turned utterly upside-down. The Denver debate has sent Romney rocketing into a lead, and tightened races in key swing states to the point than a Romney Electoral College victory now seems eminently possible -- rather than the ridiculous GOP wishful thinking it looked like only days ago.

2012 COUNTDOWN: Dems Pointing Fingers Over Debate Fail

Howard Fineman | Posted 12.09.2012 | Politics
Howard Fineman

After last week's disastrous debate performance, Democrats in and around the president's camp are privately pointing fingers at each other for Obama's failure in Round One in Denver.

Why Obama's 'Imperfect' Comments Concern Me

Jessica F. Hinton | Posted 12.05.2012 | Politics
Jessica F. Hinton

If to be human is to be imperfect, then why does Obama keep bringing up the obvious? When I voted for Obama four years ago, I never asked for perfection. I've never asked that of him or any other U.S. president.

Obama's Debate, Elizabeth Warren's Moment, Bill Clinton's Lift

Brent Budowsky | Posted 12.05.2012 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Romney came to fight. Obama came to opine. Romney played to win. Obama played not to lose, and therefore he lost. It is the Democratic disease of our age, this unwillingness to fight for high principle and big ideas and deep values.

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.

Presidential Debate Sets New Twitter Record

The Huffington Post | Britney Fitzgerald | Posted 10.04.2012 | Technology

A huge night for the candidates, the first Presidential debate of the 2012 election was also a huge night for Twitter. According to a post on the T...

You're Not Listening to Me!

Dave Helfert | Posted 12.02.2012 | Politics
Dave Helfert

The Romney campaign's problem is America is listening, but more and more people simply don't like what they're hearing.

Obama Camp Lowers Expectations For Key Event

AP | JULIE PACE | Posted 11.17.2012 | Politics

COLUMBUS, Ohio — President Barack Obama's re-election campaign doesn't want to talk about what the Democrat is doing to prepare for the fall deb...

Willie Brown: 'Republicans Would Be Better Off With Sarah Palin'

the gavin show | Posted 08.23.2012 | San Francisco

It wouldn't be particularly controversial to say Willie Brown is one of the best politicians in America. And he has some advice for President Obam...

Sam Stein

Obama Will Have Single-Payer Advocates At Health Care Summit

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

There has been a lot of speculation over which sides of the health care debate will be present when the Obama White House hosts a summit on the topic ...

Obama: "We Can't Solve Global Warming Because I F---ing Changed Light Bulbs In My House"

The Huffington Post | Rachel Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

While most of Newsweek's behind-the-scenes Special Election Project reporting reveals serious campaign issues on both sides, there's one funny moment ...

Obama Goes South To Prepare For Debates

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama planned to head to Florida this week for three days of preparation for the first ...

Obama And McCain Agree To Free-Flowing Debate Format

New York Times | Patrick Healy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Obama and McCain campaigns have agreed to an unusual, free-flowing format for the three televised presidential debates, which begin on Friday, but...

How McCain Could Damage Obama In Debates

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

James Fallows of The Atlantic watches all the presidential primary debates and comes away with an idea of how John McCain, despite being a bad debater...

Debates: Obama Agrees To Three, McCain Wants More

AP | DOUGLASS K. DANIEL | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Democratic candidate Barack Obama on Saturday backed away from rival John McCain's challenge for a series of joint appearances, agr...

Clinton: Afghanistan needs more US attention

AP | SARA KUGLER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WILMINGTON, N.C. — Hillary Rodham Clinton said the assassination attempt Sunday on the Afghan president shows that the U.S. has failed to give p...