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Presidential Debate Audience Adds New Dimension To Obama-Romney Showdown

Posted 10.16.2012 | Politics

The presidential debate audience adds a new dimension to the showdown between Barack Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney on Tuesday night....

A Modest Proposal for Debates That Actually Test How a Presidential Candidate Would Handle the Job

Arianna Huffington | Posted 12.16.2012 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

After the first presidential debate, which gave Romney a four-point bounce, nobody is doubting the debates' importance. But as we ready for tonight's round two, I'm wondering: What exactly are the debates teaching us about the candidates? As they're presently constituted, they don't give an accurate idea of what a candidate might be like as a president. Take the prohibition on notes -- when is a sitting president ever going to be faced with a situation in which he's going to need to make an important decision without availing himself of any outside information? It's fun to see how a candidate responds to a zinger, but it'd be much more instructive to see how a candidate goes about seeking information that he doesn't know. So what about at least one debate that is structured to resemble the decision-making process a president would actually go through in office?

Town Hall Audience, Don't Blow This Amazing Opportunity by Asking the Same Boring Questions!

Matthew Chapman | Posted 12.16.2012 | Politics
Matthew Chapman

Everything in life has a scientific component. Virtually none of the questions asked by moderators have contained a scientific component. Be a hero: ask these questions for your country and the world!

Obama Under Pressure To Come Alive In Rematch Against Mitt Romney

Reuters | Posted 12.16.2012 | Politics

* Obama and Romney clash over Libya killings * Candidates circle, confront each other on stage * Polls show race deadloc...

Middle East, Three Mistakes and One Collective Solution

Dominique de Villepin | Posted 12.16.2012 | World
Dominique de Villepin

It's time for the United States to face the legacy of a half century of policies in the Middle East, the legacies of the Cold War as well as of the last decade's neoconservatism. Yes, mistakes have been made. Changes are needed, now. And they can be.

10 Things To Know About Candy Crowley

Posted 10.16.2012 | Women

When Candy Crowley takes the stage October 16 to moderate a presidential debate, she will be the first woman in over 20 years to do so. Crowley, a pol...

Do-It-Yourself Obama-Romney Second Debate Story

Spencer Green | Posted 12.16.2012 | Comedy
Spencer Green

With only three weeks to go before (1), all eyes are focused on President Obama and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney as they prepare for their second presidential debate (2).

Are Female Moderators Just The Vanna Whites Of Debates?

MORE Magazine | Posted 10.16.2012 | Women

When CNN’s Candy Crowley moderates the second presidential debate in a few weeks, she will be only the second woman to perform that role since Carol...

Howard Fineman

Can Cool Hand Barack Dismantle Robomitt?

HuffingtonPost.com | Howard Fineman | Posted 10.16.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -– Time for some drama, Obama. With his presidency on the line, Barack Obama at 9 p.m. on Long Island must do –- is planning to do ...

Obama Seeks To Regain Momentum Against Mitt Romney In Presidential Debate

Posted 10.16.2012 | Politics

By NANCY BENAC, ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — The pressure is on President Barack Obama to deliver a Goldilocks performance in the second debate:...

Jason Linkins

What To Watch For In Tonight's Debate

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.16.2012 | Politics

Tuesday night, the highly successful season of "The Commission On Presidential Debates Presents: These Presidential Debates That We Were Commissioned ...

Extreme Partisanship: Preserver of Our Democracy

John Cooker | Posted 12.15.2012 | Politics
John Cooker

Each of the two political parties tries desperately to include constituents with conflicting opinions and loyalties to hold the system together. The Republican Party recently silenced Ron Paul's campaign but scooped up his followers; just as the Democrat Party did with Ralph Nader.

Lowered Expectations For Obama Before Second Debate

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 10.15.2012 | Politics

While nationwide polls remain close, President Barack Obama is gaining ground somewhere he might not have preferred -- the battle of lowered debate ex...

Don't Overract, Mr. President -- That Path Leads to the Dark Side

Ben Zweifach | Posted 12.15.2012 | Politics
Ben Zweifach

Legions of left-leaning pundits are now urging Obama to follow Biden's performance and knock the snot out of the Mittens. Due respect, that's a fiasco waiting to happen.

Picturing a Real Foreign Policy Debate

Michael Brenner | Posted 12.15.2012 | Politics
Michael Brenner

Foreign policy debates are especially prone to leave obscure the key issues and fog our vision of each candidate's positions. Tuesday's Obama-Romney debate promises more of the same mix of platitudes, bromides and patriotic flourishes. In disorderly times, the land fills with loud patriots.

Women Are the Deciders, But for Which Candidate? An Interview With Pollster Celinda Lake

Martha Burk | Posted 12.15.2012 | Politics
Martha Burk

emale voters want solid answers to real concerns, and Tuesday night will be the last best chance for both candidates to appeal to them. And what do these majority voters want?

Are Both Presidential Candidates Afraid of What Candy Crowley Might Ask?

Greta Van Susteren | Posted 12.15.2012 | Media
Greta Van Susteren

There is no question that Candy Crowley is a pro with years and years of real experience... but if a candidate fears what Candy might ask at a debate, what happens when the candidate faces world leaders? Shrink and run?

Muddled Ideology, Muddled Debate

Robert Kuttner | Posted 12.14.2012 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Romney and Obama have each muddled their views -- but Romney does it in a way that helps him, while Obama's muddling helps the Republicans. Let me explain. Romney began as an old fashioned moderate Republican, then had to reinvent himself to win the support of his party's right-wing base. And then in the general election, he feinted back towards the center but without disavowing his new-found conservatism. So he is now trying to be all things to all people.

Town Hall Debate: Will Voters Ask the Medicare and Social Security Questions Reporters Haven't?

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 12.14.2012 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

This Tuesday the presidential candidates will meet with voters face-to-face for a town-hall style debate. Let's hope the voters will ask the questions the media haven't.

Jason Linkins

A Chance To Cut Is A Chance To Cure: The 2012 Speculatron Weekly Roundup For Oct. 12

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.13.2012 | Politics

The reviews from Thursday night's debate are in, and the macro story, essentially, is that Vice President Joe Biden "managed to right the listing USS ...

What's Wrong with Romney's Massive Federal School Voucher Proposal and What Should Congress Do Instead?

Gary M. Ratner | Posted 12.12.2012 | Education
Gary M. Ratner

Congress should not use federal money and power to terminate states' and localities' historic responsibility, and control, of public education for a large and vulnerable portion of Americans. It should reject the proposed massive, unproven, and unworkable voucher proposal.

Ariel Edwards-Levy

VP Debate Drew Mixed Reviews Of Biden

HuffingtonPost.com | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 10.12.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Few minds were changed by Thursday's debate, but Democrats rallied around an aggressive performance by Vice President Joe Biden, accordi...

New Ball Game

James Campion | Posted 12.12.2012 | Politics
James Campion

The numbers don't lie, and although the road still remains an incline for Romney, it is no longer as steep or insurmountable.

Aristotle's Advice to Obama (and Romney)

Jonathan Haber | Posted 12.12.2012 | Politics
Jonathan Haber

A skilled persuader must be able to make appeals to logic (logos) and emotion (pathos) while also trying to build a connection to his or her audience (ethos). These are Aristotle's Three Modes of Persuasion.

Ryan Grim

Romney Backs Up Biden On Key Aspect Of Mitt's Tax Plan

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 10.12.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a much replayed moment from Thursday night's debate, Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan tussled over whether it was mathemat...