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Presidential Debate

Will Obama or Romney Address Worldwide Debate on Failed Drug War?

Tony Newman | Posted 12.22.2012 | Politics
Tony Newman

Tonight's focus on foreign policy is a perfect opportunity to acknowledge and join the debate raging in Latin America, where several current presidents are finally calling for an honest and open debate about how to end the drug war's decades-long bloodbath in their countries.

Can A Debate On Foreign Policy Ignore Global Warming?

Tom Zeller Jr. | Posted 01.07.2013 | Green
Tom Zeller Jr.

Bob Schieffer, the chief Washington correspondent for CBS News and the moderator of this evening's affair, has an opportunity to force the candidates to speak to the issue on the record. If that doesn't happen, and climate change goes unmentioned, it will be the first time in nearly two decades of presidential debates that the topic has been ignored.

Presidential Debate: Competitive Greatness at Lynn University

Chad Barr | Posted 12.22.2012 | College
Chad Barr

When all of us here at Lynn University look back on October 22, 2012, we will not remember Debate Day for the long hours we all worked or for the logistical challenges with which we were faced. Instead, we will remember it as the culmination of our entire campus' efforts to rise to the challenge.

Howard Fineman

Why The Timing Of The Foreign Policy Debate Favors Romney

HuffingtonPost.com | Howard Fineman | Posted 10.22.2012 | Politics

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Rahm Emanuel has often told the story, when early in his days as White House chief of staff, he mused aloud to President Barack Ob...

Presidential Debate Tonight: All Eyes On Obama, Mitt Romney

Posted 10.22.2012 | Politics

The presidential debate tonight marks the final standoff between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney ahead of election day on November 6. The showdown sta...

Sensata: The Reason Romney's Wrong for America

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 12.22.2012 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Romney brags about being a businessman. That's what he is, all right, a used car salesman peddling America an economic lemon. The country can't afford four years under a President who claims he'll create 12 million jobs but won't lift a finger to save 170 in Freeport.

Will They Still Love Us Tomorrow? Women and the Foreign Policy Debate

Martha Burk | Posted 12.22.2012 | Politics
Martha Burk

Last week was "women's week" in the presidential debate. But Monday's face-off moves on to foreign policy, so the women in the binders and the equal pay issue will likely be tossed in the paper shredder along with last week's talking points.

Why Colleges Do (And Don't) Want To Host A Presidential Debate

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 12.22.2012 | College

Hosting a presidential debate isn't cheap. The cost of playing host for Lynn University, the Boca Raton, Fla. site of Monday's third and final pre...

Regarding Tonight's Debate

Rep. Dennis Kucinich | Posted 12.22.2012 | Politics
Rep. Dennis Kucinich

Tonight's presidential debate will focus on foreign policy. As we listen to Democratic and Republican presidential candidates it is worth saying that a thoughtful foreign policy isn't about who can drop the most bombs.

Jason Linkins

Presidential Debate 2012: Obama, Romney Have Final Showdown In Boca Raton

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.22.2012 | Politics

Monday night, the Commission On Presidential Debates wraps up the 2012 series of debates with its extra special season finale. When we last left our protagonists, President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, they were, basically, yelling at each other about a host of issues before an audience of undecided voters from whom the questions of the evening were extracted. It made for a sharp series of exchanges and an emphasis on the theatrical. The president, having decided to ditch the somnambulatory techniques he used in his first disastrous debate, showed substantially more verve in his second outing, and has been generally characterized as the winner, on points. But Romney held up decently as well, turning in a performance that conservative pundits could continue to support. Now, they meet one last time, in a debate that decides everything. We guess? Let's just go with that.

Obama, Romney Seek Foreign Policy Edge In Final Presidential Debate

Posted 10.22.2012 | Politics

By NANCY BENAC, ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — Still neck-and-neck after all these months, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney head into their third and ...

This Is It: America Needs to Hear Obama, Romney Talk About Drone Strikes in Last Debate

Robert Greenwald | Posted 12.21.2012 | Politics
Robert Greenwald

Monday's debate may be the largest American audience to pay attention to the subject of drones strikes that are done in their name. That is, if moderator Bob Schieffer dares press the candidates on what may well be the most ominous power a president has: choosing who to kill.

Mitt Romney, Obama Set To Face Off In Final Presidential Debate

Reuters | Posted 12.22.2012 | Politics

* Debates have been unusually important in 2012 campaign * Libya, Iran top issues in Boca Raton * The two candidates loc...

Pander Bears

Robert Kuttner | Posted 12.21.2012 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

We have plenty of debate on whose budget numbers are fishy (Romney's) and on whether to bring about deficit reduction by slashing social spending to pay for even more tax cuts (Romney) or whether to have a mix or budget cuts and tax increases on the wealthy (Obama.) Of the two positions, Obama's is both the more sensible and intellectually honest. But the Democrats are mistaken when they argue that the deficit needs to be cut any time soon. With the economy weak, we certainly don't need $2 trillion in spending cuts as Obama proposes; if anything, we need more stimulus spending.

The Politics of Small Business

Nick Friedman | Posted 12.19.2012 | Small Business
Nick Friedman

If the presidential candidates want to address the "small business problem," they need to start tackling the issue of capital. Policies must be put in place that eliminate the fear over access to capital, and encourage bright minds to take calculated risks that could end up reaping exponential rewards.

Five Ways Young People Were Featured In The Presidential Debate

Pushback | Posted 10.19.2012 | College

The real winner of Tuesday’s presidential debate? Young voters. Unlike the first presidential debate and the vice-presidential face-off, issues t...

Presidential Debate: Why Being Right Is Wrong

Michael Maslansky | Posted 12.19.2012 | Politics
Michael Maslansky

As the dust settles on the second debate, one thing is clear. The loser in each debate was the candidate who thought it was more important to win the battle over facts than the war of ideas.

In Defense of Katherine Fenton

Zach Stafford | Posted 10.18.2012 | Politics
Zach Stafford

Where is the 'study' of the other people that asked questions to the candidates? Where is the publishing of their social media accounts? Where are the articles insinuating that they drink too much and that they should be shamed for asking a question that affects more than 50% of America?

So You Think You Can Be President: The U.S. Election as a Talent Search Show

John Lazarus | Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics
John Lazarus

This year, it's gone a little nuts. Both parties' conventions, and all the debates have been surrounded with assessments by teams of experts who sound like, and in many cases are, personal advisers to the performers.

The Real Problem with Romney's 'Binders' Blunder

Paige Bradley Frost | Posted 12.18.2012 | Women
Paige Bradley Frost

Romney's comment was awkward, politically tone deaf and worse, misleading. Still, much of the reaction has been over-hyped and even silly, detracting from discussions of the meatier issues facing women and families and how the next President will tackle them.

Sam Stein

Mitt Romney Campaign Muddles Response To Lilly Ledbetter Act Question Again

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 10.18.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Thursday morning brought additional confusion over what Mitt Romney would have done had the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act come to his des...

Lilly Ledbetter and the High Court

Simon Lazarus | Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics
Simon Lazarus

The Ledbetter case is not simply a story of how women are denied equal pay -- though it is certainly powerful on that front -- it is also a template for strategic action by progressives in fighting over the courts that could and should be scaled up and broadly deployed.

Winners and Losers

Gary Hart | Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics
Gary Hart

If George McGovern represents the political losers of the world, then I for one am proud to stand with him.

Why Obama May Have Lost Tuesday's Debate

Andy Ostroy | Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

He certainly came out swinging and scored some decisive points. But was Obama's feistier, more spirited performance enough to move the needle? Did he get the job done?

How My Daughter Watches the Debates

Caren Osten Gerszberg | Posted 12.18.2012 | Women
Caren Osten Gerszberg

This Monday evening, Obama and Romney will face off for their third bout, this time in Florida. And from what I can tell, there are some debate drinking game rules that are bipartisan.