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In a First, Debates Give Presidential Candidates the Topics Ahead Of Time (Oct 3,16,22 & Oct 11-VP)
US News & World Report ^ | September 21 | Elizabeth Flock

Posted on 09/21/2012 6:04:34 AM PDT by PghBaldy

Wednesday afternoon, the Commission on Presidential Debates quietly posted a press release announcing the topics for the first presidential debate in Denver on October 3. What the commission didn't say is that this may be the first time in history presidential candidates have been given the topics of a debate ahead of time.

"We had been thinking about this for awhile," says CPD executive director Janet Brown. "CPD's intention is to have the candidates come prepared for a more in-depth conversation."

But some say the release of topics sets a bad precedent.

Though specific questions were not given, debate moderator Jim Lehrer of PBS NewsHour announced the topics of the questions on the commission Web site, saying that three questions will be on the economy, one on health care, one on the role of government and one on governing.

(Excerpt) Read more at usnews.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012election; 2012electiondebates; debate; debates; obama; presidentialdebates; romney
FWIW, I count 4 topics, not 3, in the list... I don't know who this will help more.
1 posted on 09/21/2012 6:04:40 AM PDT by PghBaldy
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To: PghBaldy

What happens if its scheduled to be a debt debate and say, an embassy gets blown up or an ambassador gets killed that day ?


2 posted on 09/21/2012 6:06:28 AM PDT by major-pelham
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To: PghBaldy

“debate moderator Jim Lehrer of PBS “

ONCE again, the GOP demonstrates its not ready for prime time.

The debates will be a lovefest between the liberal “news” commentators and a stealth attack on Romney.

They should have demanded that Romney get to pick half the news casters.


3 posted on 09/21/2012 6:07:30 AM PDT by ZULU (See video: http://gatesofvienna.blogspot.com/2012/09/the-first-siege-of-vienna.html)
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To: major-pelham

I called it last night. See the Kristin-Chuck Todd twitter thread.

Bozo NEEDS to be spoon fed the answers or he is gonna look like he did yesterday in the Univision Interview. This idiot can’t sit and think at the same time.


4 posted on 09/21/2012 6:09:15 AM PDT by VRWCarea51
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To: PghBaldy

After Letterman caught Obama off guard on the national debt, I’m not surprised.


5 posted on 09/21/2012 6:09:26 AM PDT by ILS21R (The time is nigh.)
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To: PghBaldy

I’m surprised.

0bama’s not only going to get the topics, but the media will give him the exact questions, then he’ll have a chance to focus group his answers before the debates.

At least Romney has an idea of what the topics will be now.


6 posted on 09/21/2012 6:11:34 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: PghBaldy

The worst example of a “debate” I’ve ever seen was in 2010. It was nothing more than a hostile interrogation, when Wolf Blitzer, along with the liberal hag who co-”moderated,” and Chris Coons were all simultaneously shouting questions at Christine O’Donnell.

With this lineup of 0bama-worshipping kneepadders as “moderators,” I can envision them trying to pull the same crap on Romney.


7 posted on 09/21/2012 6:11:45 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Record high turnout is our hope for sending 0bama home. Pray hard!!!)
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To: PghBaldy

Later, the Commission on Presidential Debates announced that teleprompters may be used. /s


8 posted on 09/21/2012 6:12:42 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: PghBaldy

Ha! We’re being set up, big time! Why do Republicans agree to these liberal debates? Why don’t they insist on a debate hosted by conservative radio? Fools.


9 posted on 09/21/2012 6:13:06 AM PDT by ryan71
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To: PghBaldy

Has NBC declared Obama the winner yet?

Pray for America


10 posted on 09/21/2012 6:13:24 AM PDT by bray (If you vote for a communist what does that make you?)
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To: ILS21R

After Letterman caught Obama off guard on the national debt, I’m not surprised.”

...can you give a web site or thread to see or read about that? I missed it.


11 posted on 09/21/2012 6:16:08 AM PDT by albie
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To: albie

http://www.google.com/#hl=en&sclient=psy-ab&q=obama+can%27t+remember+national+debt&oq=obama+can%27t+remember+national+debt&gs_l=hp.3...1792.14752.0.14896.44.31.6.7.10.2.233.4245.1j29j1.31.0.les%3B..0.0...1c.1.4y42x14xov8&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&fp=8f6a380074f83e6a&biw=1440&bih=712


12 posted on 09/21/2012 6:21:41 AM PDT by ILS21R (The time is nigh.)
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To: PghBaldy

I’m convinced Obama will be given questions in advance.


13 posted on 09/21/2012 6:27:34 AM PDT by mimaw
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To: PghBaldy

“What the commission didn’t say is that this may be the first time in history (BOTH) presidential candidates have been given the topics of a debate ahead of time.”

Had to insert “BOTH” cuz we all know that Obama had the topics from his media bubbas last time...oh, and this time I’m betting he has the specific questions! Is anyone surprised? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller???!!!


14 posted on 09/21/2012 6:29:29 AM PDT by sassy steel magnolia (USAF life and Navy wife...God Bless the USA!)
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To: PghBaldy

Need more time to program the teleprompter?


15 posted on 09/21/2012 6:30:59 AM PDT by showme_the_Glory (ILLEGAL: prohibited by law. ALIEN: Owing political allegiance to another country or government)
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To: PghBaldy

They let Romney have them too?


16 posted on 09/21/2012 6:31:06 AM PDT by Yaelle
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To: ryan71
Ha! We’re being set up, big time!

Exactly. Remember, Big Ears hasn't had any sort of debate in 4 years, whereas Romney went through the primary debates.

This is designed to help Dumbo and negate any advantage Romney might have in this area.

17 posted on 09/21/2012 6:35:34 AM PDT by THX 1138 ("Harry, I have a gift.")
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To: PghBaldy

They’ll probably give Romney the wrong questions.


18 posted on 09/21/2012 6:37:48 AM PDT by crosshairs (America: Once the land of the free. Still the home of the brave.)
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To: PghBaldy
Oh, goody. This will give them time to craft answers like:
Yes, you asked what my administration will do to create jobs. Well, the first thing would be to create a friendlier environment for our Muslim neighbors.
IOW, they will just pretend to answer the question, and then they will launch another topic which is what they wanted to talk about in the first place. Obama will have an easy time of this because he does this all the time. This will give his team a chance to put his words into the teleprompter. Romney, on the other hand, seems to be a truthful man who plays by the rules. He will find this awkward.
19 posted on 09/21/2012 6:39:21 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic (Joe Biden is reported to be seeking asylum in a foreign country so he does not have to debate Ryan.)
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To: All

They will give obama the real questions, with answers, and probably give Romney other topics they don’t plan on actually using...


20 posted on 09/21/2012 6:39:48 AM PDT by uncle fenders
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To: ILS21R; PghBaldy

This is being done to protect Obama, who is dumb as a post and ignorant to boot, a condition he does nothing to remedy.

It’s a pity Romney is such a dull speaker. I’d like to see somebody like Newt Gingrich tear apart Mr. Teleprompter.


21 posted on 09/21/2012 6:49:49 AM PDT by livius
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To: PghBaldy

Of course, this will help the Boy President because he can’t function without TOTUS. He told Letterman he didn’t know what the national debt was. So naturally, they will have the ventriloquist’s dummy ready to blab his way through the pre-digested questions.

Were I Romney, I’d ask if I could follow up with a question or two. What could the Leftist media hack in charge have to say about that? It would look bad to say, “No you can’t because the Bamster hasn’t had time to rehearse his answers to any questions other than the ones we handed out.”


22 posted on 09/21/2012 6:50:05 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: major-pelham

That question will fall under any or all four categories. :)


23 posted on 09/21/2012 7:18:13 AM PDT by RitaOK ( VIVA CHRISTO REY!)
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To: txrefugee

It matters not what the questions will be and if barry has them ahead of time - the little twit will have an ear piece shoved so far into his ear canal feeding him all the answers/sound bites the mope could never give on his own.

I do not believe a single solitary ‘ummm, uhhh, aaaaannnnd’ that comes out of his pie hole.


24 posted on 09/21/2012 7:18:46 AM PDT by AllAmericanGirl44 (Fluck this adminstration of misfits.)
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To: mimaw
I’m convinced Obama will be given questions in advance.

Heck, he'll probably be given the answers in advance too!

25 posted on 09/21/2012 7:25:16 AM PDT by meyer (It's 1860 all over again - the taxpayer is the new "N" word)
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To: PghBaldy

There’s no doubt in my mind that Obama wouldn’t have had the questions ahead of time anyway.

His handlers and MSM collaborators would have made sure of that. Money, favors or promises would’ve traded hands...the deal would’ve been done.


26 posted on 09/21/2012 7:25:56 AM PDT by moovova
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To: moovova

Just because Obummer got the questions does not mean he did not also get the answers. He needs all the help he can get.


27 posted on 09/21/2012 9:36:28 AM PDT by DaveA37
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To: PghBaldy
The debates have been a friggin farce, ever since the League of Women Voters were replaced by the CPD.

For a complete, unbiased discussion, see

As Obama, Romney Hold First Debate, Behind the Secret GOP-Dem Effort to Shut Out Third Parties

http://www.democracynow.org/2012/10/3/ahead_of_first_obama_romney_debate
28 posted on 10/03/2012 9:25:48 AM PDT by defeat_the_dem_igods
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