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Robert Reich: Romney Will Beat 'Wooden' Obama in Presidential Debates
Newsmax ^ | August 25, 2012 | Newsmax Wires

Posted on 08/24/2012 6:11:26 PM PDT by RobinMasters

Mitt Romney has turned into such a skilled debater that he could trounce President Barack Obama in their three head-to-head encounters in the run-up to the election, former Democratic Labor Secretary Robert Reich believes.

Romney “is going to be debating somebody who is not nearly as good a debater as his reputation,” Reich tells Atlantic Magazine in its September issue. He says that under live questioning, Obama “can seem kind of wooden” and “at a loss for words.”

“Even if Romney is scripted and not spontaneous, he will come across as ‘on his game,’ ” Reich tells the Atlantic. “The danger for Obama is that Romney can still look better than Obama, if Obama does not have the same degree of discipline about the debates.”

Reich, now Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley, was quoted in an extensive article in the Atlantic by its longtime national correspondent, James Fallows. The magazine’s report was based on an examination of tapes of Romney’s debates throughout his political career.

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1 posted on 08/24/2012 6:11:35 PM PDT by RobinMasters
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks RobinMasters.


2 posted on 08/24/2012 6:15:54 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: RobinMasters

I thought the Wizard gave the brain to the scarecrow, not the munchkin!

Seriously though, this article screams “lowering expectations” for Zero’s debate performance. He’s comin’ undone.


3 posted on 08/24/2012 6:22:31 PM PDT by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
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To: SunkenCiv
Rick Perry reworked Reagan's classic line and gave Mittens the only line that he really needs.

Are you 5 trillion dollars in debt better off than you were four years ago?

4 posted on 08/24/2012 6:22:31 PM PDT by Biblebelter
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To: RobinMasters

All the moderators are closet 0bama loyalists. The deck is stacked against him!


5 posted on 08/24/2012 6:23:55 PM PDT by The Sons of Liberty ("Get that evil, foreign, muslim, usurping bastard out of MY White House!" FUBO GTFO!)
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To: The Sons of Liberty
Moderators mean a lot in the primaries where you have multi candidates and the moderator can favor some and ignore others.

In a one on one debate, the moderator does not mean as much.

6 posted on 08/24/2012 6:26:37 PM PDT by Biblebelter
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To: The Sons of Liberty

There is no deck. McCain v. Obama...didn’t raelly matter. Romney v. Obama...doesn’t really matter. They’ve got us right where they wanted us so as to extract their greatest wealth.


7 posted on 08/24/2012 6:28:33 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: gorush

McCain v Obama did matter - McCain came across old and grumpy ... I am really warming up to this year’s GOP ticket though ... especially Ryan ...


8 posted on 08/24/2012 6:31:20 PM PDT by 11th_VA (Keep your laws OFF my Big Gulp !)
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To: RobinMasters

I miss Newt!


9 posted on 08/24/2012 6:33:25 PM PDT by wvguy
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To: RobinMasters

I hear Obama will be using a micro teleprompter on a contact lens. Obama will receive his thoughts in large print.


10 posted on 08/24/2012 6:34:52 PM PDT by pallis
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To: Biblebelter
How much you wanna bet Bambi has the questions handed to him in advance? The media is going to do their utmost to guide the voters to the proper conclusion.
11 posted on 08/24/2012 6:36:58 PM PDT by bonehead4freedom
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To: LostInBayport

Actually, I’ll bet Reich was asked to present this opinion. Lest we forget, Obama was heralded as the brightest, most brilliant debater ever just four years ago.

Now that he’s going up against a guy that might have an even chance, he’s got to lower expectations.

We ought to dig up all those old glowing descriptions of what a marvel Obama was. Then we can force his media blitz to eat them.


12 posted on 08/24/2012 6:38:22 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Americans want what Americans always wanted: Better lives for families; little government authority.)
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To: RobinMasters

OMG, we are really in trouble now. Robert Reich is never right.


13 posted on 08/24/2012 6:41:52 PM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: Biblebelter

Nice!


14 posted on 08/24/2012 6:42:39 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: RobinMasters
They are already starting to set the bar so low that all he as to do is show up and the media will fawn over him.

Same thing with Joe "Mouth Breather" Biden.

It's the first shot of the narrative.

15 posted on 08/24/2012 6:42:47 PM PDT by IllumiNaughtyByNature ($1.84 - The price of a gallon of gas on Jan. 20th, 2009.)
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To: bonehead4freedom

Even if Obamao is handed questions secretly ahead of time, he still has to memorize the answers. Not an easy task without teleprompter. Note Obamao’s grades in school were mediocre which is why he has them locked up.


16 posted on 08/24/2012 6:45:53 PM PDT by entropy12 (Hate is the most insidious emotion, it will grow cancer in your body.)
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To: RobinMasters

Obama is the most over-rated extemporaneous speaker in the history of American politics.

He sucks off the cuff, in interviews, in debate, and off the teleprompter.

The liberal media is what turned him into a supposed speaking genius.

Mitt has been through the wringer for so long, he is battle hardened.

Those primaries were not exactly easy.


17 posted on 08/24/2012 6:45:53 PM PDT by radpolis (Liberals: You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy)
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To: SunkenCiv



Reich should know what's wooden.



18 posted on 08/24/2012 6:46:21 PM PDT by Lady Jag (If you can't make them see the light, let them feel the heat. - Reagan)
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To: RobinMasters

As I recall, Obama actually did quite well in the 2008 debates for both the primary and general elections.

Reasons - He speaks like a snake oil salesman, makes facts up on the spot and the media protects him and covers for him.

It is only the day after the debate that his bogus “facts” are challenged but that is too late. People who watched the debate are left with the impression that Obama had a grasp of the facts during the debate.

And anyone trying to correct the record after the debate is treated with disdain by the media, who always do their best to ridicule them and make their corrections seem like sour grapes.


19 posted on 08/24/2012 6:46:31 PM PDT by Iron Munro ("In any compromise between good and evil, it is only evil that can profit." - Ayn Rand)
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To: DoughtyOne
We ought to dig up all those old glowing descriptions of what a marvel Obama was. Then we can force his media blitz to eat them.

Yep...raise expectations. Romney should get Sununu and his other effective surrogates out there spouting off on how hard Romney is working to face the Greatest Orator in Modern Times and remind everyone about all the (bubble headed easily impressed shallow as a wading pool) audience members who fainted all those times when The One was reading his tele...uh, speaking from the heart.
20 posted on 08/24/2012 6:51:02 PM PDT by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
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To: DoughtyOne

His IQ is off the charts


21 posted on 08/24/2012 6:54:14 PM PDT by al baby (“If Barack Obama has a Harvard law degree, he didn’t earn that. Somebody else made that happen.”)
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To: LostInBayport

Exactly!


22 posted on 08/24/2012 6:59:48 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Americans want what Americans always wanted: Better lives for families; little government authority.)
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To: al baby

Oh absolutely! ;&|


23 posted on 08/24/2012 7:00:41 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Americans want what Americans always wanted: Better lives for families; little government authority.)
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To: RobinMasters
...get the popcorn ready....I think Obambi is going into meltdown on national TV.......either that or his facial expression will be like during the ObamaCare meeting where Paul Ryan quoted facts and figures.

Video here to refresh your memory cells:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-lxg7XrF6I

24 posted on 08/24/2012 7:02:14 PM PDT by spokeshave (The only people better off today than 4 years ago are the Prisoners at Guantanamo.)
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To: DoughtyOne
We ought to dig up all those old glowing descriptions of what a marvel Obama was. Then we can force his media blitz to eat them.

I have a jar of Hershey's Syrup all ready for Michael Beschloss, to make it all go down easier.

25 posted on 08/24/2012 7:05:40 PM PDT by thecodont
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To: SunkenCiv

WARNING.. This little Commie, is on script.. Lowering the bar for the OBamster..

I don’t doubt that Romney will be better prepared on the real subjects that are meaningful topics to solving American problems..

My fear is that the moderators will feed the questions to Obama in advance, and pitch Gotcha questions to Romney.. Hell, I just don’t trust anything anymore.. Geeeze


26 posted on 08/24/2012 7:06:59 PM PDT by carlo3b (Less Government, more Fiber..)
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To: carlo3b

Good point.


27 posted on 08/24/2012 7:27:24 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: bonehead4freedom

You can bet on it , especially with Jim Leher .


28 posted on 08/24/2012 7:30:49 PM PDT by katykelly
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To: RobinMasters

Oh come on, Reich. We all know he is a deep thinker and a brilliant orator who will mop the floor with Romney. Just examine the evidence:

June 5, 2008 (off teleprompter): “What they’ll say is, ‘Well it costs too much money,’ but you know what? It would cost, about... It it would cost about the same as what we would spend. It... Over the course of 10 years it would cost what it would costs us. (nervous laugh) All right. Okay. We’re going to do it. It would cost us about the same as it would cost for about... hold on one second. I can’t hear myself. But I’m glad you’re fired up, though. I’m glad.”

June 8, 2008: “Everybody knows that it makes no sense that you send a kid to the emergency room for a treatable illness like asthma, they end up taking up a hospital bed, it costs, when, if you, they just gave, you gave them treatment early and they got some treatment, and a, a breathalyzer, or inhalator, not a breathalyzer. I haven’t had much sleep in the last 48 hours.”

June 2009: “Maybe you’re better off to tell your mother to take a pill, take a painkiller.”

June 2012: “Now, before I finish, can I say, by the way, that some of you have been standing for a while and I see a couple folks slumping down a little bit. Make sure you’re drinking water. Bend your knees. Don’t stand up too straight. The paralegals will be — the paralegals? You don’t need lawyers. The paramedics will be coming by, so just give folks a little bit of room, they’ll be fine. This happens at every event.”


29 posted on 08/24/2012 7:53:07 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: RobinMasters
The LMSM will insist that comrade obama won the debates, even if he doesn't show up.


30 posted on 08/24/2012 7:56:04 PM PDT by clearcarbon
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To: clearcarbon
Mitt decided to attend Harvard Business School, but his father thought he should obtain a law degree, so he enrolled in a joint program at Harvard Law School. In 1975, he graduated from Harvard Law cum laude and from Harvard Business School, where he was named a Baker Scholar and was in the top 5 percent of his class. One of his classmates at Harvard Business School was George W. Bush.

Obama is a Fake and can't debate someone with that knowledge. Went to Stanford, BYU , Dual Degrees at Harvard and will prove it

31 posted on 08/24/2012 8:03:06 PM PDT by scooby321 (AMS)
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To: al baby
His IQ is off the charts

In which direction?

32 posted on 08/24/2012 8:25:11 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: RobinMasters

Obama has ONE BIG FAT advantage - the moderators will all be liberals... and to a person they hate Republicans. I’m sure they’ll take care of Obama.


33 posted on 08/24/2012 8:32:42 PM PDT by GOPJ (Politics is war without bloodshed, and war is politics with bloodshed. - Mao Tse Tung. We're at war)
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To: RobinMasters

What’s this? Is the tiny one trying to lower our expectations for Obama so when he manages to just sound barely competent, it can be described as a victory?


34 posted on 08/24/2012 8:33:48 PM PDT by Gumdrop
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To: RobinMasters

Wooden? Obama is AlGores son? Does Tipper know?


35 posted on 08/24/2012 8:56:58 PM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (I will fear no muslim))
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To: RobinMasters
I know paper beats rock, but does wood beat wood?


36 posted on 08/24/2012 9:05:04 PM PDT by JediJones (Too Hot for GOP TV: Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin, Allen West and Donald Trump)
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To: scooby321
So with all Romney's brilliant liberal education, how did he blow the South Carolina debate so badly, get booed over his tax returns, and then lose that primary to Newt? And why is Romney setting himself up for the exact same question about his tax returns to come to him guaranteed in the Obamao debate?

YouTube: US election 2012: Mitt Romney booed over tax returns during South Carolina debate

37 posted on 08/24/2012 9:14:12 PM PDT by JediJones (Too Hot for GOP TV: Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin, Allen West and Donald Trump)
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To: RobinMasters

The MSM have tried to fix these debates with far left moderators. Romney and Ryan should handle the questions as jumping off points as in...”well, your question reminds me of.....”

or

“Well, to the question you asked the President, I think...”


38 posted on 08/24/2012 9:23:33 PM PDT by Rembrandt (Part of the 51% who pay Federal taxes)
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39 posted on 08/24/2012 9:58:00 PM PDT by RedMDer (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=93destr)
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To: RobinMasters

I wish someone would squash this repulsive little bug. He’s a lousy little left-over socialist from the Clinton era.


40 posted on 08/24/2012 10:19:53 PM PDT by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: DoughtyOne

Smartest man in the room - unless Biden is there too..


41 posted on 08/25/2012 2:43:16 AM PDT by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
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To: trebb

I pretty much agree, but I’m going to have fun anyway. ;^)

Hey Biden is twice the man Reich is. LITERALLY!!!

Reich is very short. His big goal in life was to make five feet. He failed. He’s 4’ 10” tall. Height isn’t a big deal to me, but it fits his stature. He’s a little man, and I use that term loosely.


42 posted on 08/25/2012 3:01:51 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Americans want what Americans always wanted: Better lives for families; little government authority.)
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To: RobinMasters

Shorty is right but the republicans will allow all the lefty so called commentators to control the debate, throw hard balls at romney and flowers at zero


43 posted on 08/25/2012 4:27:29 AM PDT by ronnie raygun (BB)
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To: RobinMasters

Has the obamamedia declared Barak the winner yet?

Pray for America


44 posted on 08/25/2012 6:45:50 AM PDT by bray (The Gummit didn't make my business, God did!)
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To: IllumiNaughtyByNature

Of course you’re right, but for a moment I thought another Clintonista was putting a dagger in dear leader.


45 posted on 08/25/2012 7:33:12 AM PDT by ntnychik
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To: RobinMasters

After Gov Palin’s endorsement of Romney, he should somehow bungle through to the presidency...


46 posted on 08/25/2012 7:23:32 PM PDT by SarahPalinForPresident2012 (Time to Reload)
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