Presidential Debates


Thu October 4, 2012
It's All Politics

Don't Confuse Us With Facts: Why Debates Are All About Style

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 4:43 pm

Romney vs. Obama. A question of style?
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If you think substance trumps style, the analysis of last night's presidential debate might come as a shock. There seems to be a lot more talk today about things like temperament and facial expressions than the facts.

Here's a sampling of opinion:

Writing in Forbes, Frederick E. Allen says President Obama "looked defensive and uncertain," while GOP challenger Mitt Romney "may have said things that were clearly untrue ... but he said them convincingly."

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Thu October 4, 2012
Photo Show

PHOTOS: Scenes From The First Presidential Debate In Denver

Mitt Romney and President Obama on the debate stage. Moderator Jim Lehrer is in the foreground
University of Denver Flickr - Creative Commons

It's now the day after the historic event in Denver. Traffic is back to normal, the spotlight of national attention has lessened, and people everywhere are now dissecting the debate.

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Thu October 4, 2012
Planet Money

Romney And President Obama Vs. Our Economist-Approved Presidential Candidate

Originally published on Fri October 5, 2012 11:17 am

President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney at the first 2012 presidential debate in Denver, CO.
SAUL LOEB AFP/Getty Images

During the presidential debate last night, President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney talked about their ideas to grow the economy. Here's how what they said matches up with our economist-approved presidential platform:

Eliminate certain deductions:

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Wed October 3, 2012

Presidential Debate Gets Mixed Reviews from Coloradans

A debate watch party at the Colorado History Museum sponsored by Rocky Mountain PBS.
Nathan Heffel
  • Bente Birkeland, Nathan Heffel and Kirk Siegler report

Coloradans turned out for watch parties across the state Wednesday night, as President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney squared off in their first debate at the University of Denver.

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Wed October 3, 2012
It's All Politics

Lights, Camera, Action (zzzz), Tweet!

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 10:47 am

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama shake hands at the first presidential debate at the University of Denver, Wednesday.
Charlie Neibergall AP

I have spent the past few days sequestered with a crack team of political pros — actually, curled into a fetal ball, clutching a fading 1980 John Anderson poster — to gird myself for the vital first debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney.

So many questions lingered:

Would Romney offer to wager Obama $10,000 on who wins the race?

Would Obama tell Romney, "You're taxable enough, Mitt"?

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