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Presidential Debate Reaction

LOOK: Women React To The Presidential Debate

The Huffington Post | Posted 10.17.2012 | Women

After most polls declared Mitt Romney the clear "winner" of the first debate of the 2012 presidential election, the pressure was on President Obama to...

John Celock

HuffPost Readers Weigh In On Debate

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 10.24.2012 | Politics

The debate is over and HuffPost readers have spoken. We spent the evening asking debate watchers for their opinions –- in real time -- and we’ve g...

Beware Theater in Politics

Carla Seaquist | Posted 12.09.2012 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

Crucially, the president himself must become a critic. One flop may not an election make, but a second one? Can't happen. At the next rumble -- er, debate -- Mr. Obama must pull off Mr. Romney's many masks and expose his contradictions.

The First Debate. Sort Of.

Christopher Herz | Posted 12.04.2012 | Politics
Christopher Herz

In the end, what did we learn about Romney? That he likes to attack, doesn't listen to anyone, and has no real plan in place for carrying out his empty promises. Is it anything different than we've known during the campaign season?

Mitt Romney Won the Debate. But Why?

Bob Cesca | Posted 12.04.2012 | Politics
Bob Cesca

Mitt Romney won the debate last night but only if you judge the "winner" of a debate as the most hyperkinetic, oftentimes aggressive and condescending participant who used his rehearsed delivery to spackle over his lies, mistakes, generalities and misleading statements.

Women React To The First Presidential Debate

The Huffington Post | Posted 10.03.2012 | Women

Before Barack Obama and Mitt Romney set foot on stage in Denver, Colorado, for the first presidential debate, the stakes were high. The focus was dome...

McCain Will be Crushed

Diane Francis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Diane Francis

The third debate cinched Obama's landslide. Here's what I wrote in the Financial Post: It's all over but the crying The only "victory" the Republican...

If You Want To Know Who'll Be The Next President, Watch The Debate With The Sound Off

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

McCain runs the gamut from rebellious teenager to grumpy old man without ever pausing at the stage of mature adult.

McCain Calls Obama "That One"

Maggie Van Ostrand | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Maggie Van Ostrand

If the people of this nation cannot tell the difference between presidential behavior and a sick and angry little man, then we're in more trouble than we are with Bush. Get a grip John. You're boring.

Why does John McCain hate planetariums?

Phil Plait | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Phil Plait

Planetaria show us the beauty and grandeur of the Universe, and shouldn't be cynically relegated to being a political bludgeon used to score cheap points.

McCain Fizzles as Obama Sizzles

Michael Carmichael | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Carmichael

In the course of the debate, McCain was outclassed, outgunned and outrun, time and time and time again. Obama's performance was so commanding that he barely noticed a petulant McCain.

"That Won": Twitter's Wit on the Second Presidential Debate

Nick Douglas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nick Douglas

My God, does he realize how much gas it will take to drive to the moon?! — michael

Knowing What You Don't Know

Jon Raymond | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jon Raymond

Last night's debate came close to a Donald Rumsfeld press conference: "As we know, there are known knowns. There are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns. That is to say we know there are some things we do not know..."

Profiles in Cowardice

Dave Winer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dave Winer

It's time to back off the precipice, Ms. Palin and Mr. McCain.

The Answer We Needed to Hear

Howard Schweber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howard Schweber

Obama's answer to the first question of the night was fine -- anodyne, uninspiring, reasonable, and utterly uninspiring.

Echoes of Kennedy-Nixon, Clinton-Dole

Terrence McNally | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Terrence McNally

We all know about the difference between the responses of those who listened to the first Kennedy-Nixon debate on the radio versus those who watched it on television. I did both last night and the same was true.

"That One" Wins

Nancy Snow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nancy Snow

Obama has erased lingering doubts that he is ready for the Prime Time Presidency, while McCain raised more doubts that he has the energy or interest in the job.

Reading The Pictures: Citizen Anger, Pakistan slam, Michelle Love, And McCain As A Blur

Michael Shaw | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Shaw

2008-10-08-shaw_mccain_townhall.jpgIn the early phase of the debate, there wasn't a drop of humor in that room. As McCain and Obama offered generalities, these people weren't even close to buying it.

Hitting the Snooze Button on McCain-Obama Round 2

Ted Johnson, Maegan Carberry, Teresa Valdez Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ted Johnson, Maegan Carberry, Teresa Valdez Klein

Boooring. Yawn. Anything new? "That one?" That's the big controversy of the night? Do we miss Sarah Palin so soon?

McCain's Mudslide Continues

Robert Shrum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Shrum

If the question of the first debate was whether Obama would pass the threshold on national security (he did), the reality of this debate is that McCain didn't pass the threshold on the economy.

Not a Whole Lot of "Town," and Other Town Hall Debate Reactions

Paul Reiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Reiser

Well, for a town-hall meeting, I sure didn't see a whole lot of 'town." A couple dozen of over-lit, under-whelmed people who got free tickets. As a comic, I have to say, that really looked like a tough house.

Is John McCain Really Our Friend?

Erica Jong | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Erica Jong

Why are these debates so incredibly boring? Is it McCain telling us constantly he is our friend while he grimaces in a way that is friendly to no one? Or is it Obama keeping his cool despite all the idiotic lies and provocations?

Obama's Missed Opportunity on Health Care at the Debate

Bryan Young | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bryan Young

Obama missed an opportunity to explain that the health of our nation's citizens cannot be held hostage to a corporate profit motive.

Worse Than "That One"

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

For me, the more worrisome moment of the debate came when McCain told a young, black questioner, "You've probably never heard of Fannie Mae."

A 'Terrible' Debate Performance By Brokaw and Organizers

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

This was supposed to be the "domestic policy" debate. Yet there we were once again talking about raids on Pakistan and defending Israel. Brokaw and the organizers let down the American public.