Skip to comments.Before Debate, Tough Crowds at the Practice
Posted on 09/29/2012 11:22:19 AM PDT by kristinn
In a conference room at the Democratic headquarters, President Obama has been preparing for the debate next week, but the reviews of his staff are already in. Too long, they tell him. Cut that answer. Give crisper explanations. No one wants a professor; they want a president.
Hundreds of miles away in New England, Mitt Romneys team has been working to make sure he avoids coming off as a scold. His sparring partner, Senator Rob Portman of Ohio, channeling Mr. Obama, has gone after him repeatedly, to the point of being nasty. The goal is to get Mr. Romney agitated and then teach him how to keep his composure, look presidential.
With more than 50 million people watching and the presidency at stake, the candidates will meet for their first debate on Wednesday at the University of Denver, and both are cramming like college students before an exam. But it is not enough to pore through the voluminous briefing books. Victory may come down to a single exchange, or a single impression, an answer that comes off as too edgy or, conversely, as too long-winded.
Mr. Obamas team records his practices to sharpen his responses so that they connect on a more visceral level with the television audience. One of Mr. Romneys aides calculated his words-per-minute rate in the primary campaign debates to break him of the habit of feeling that he needs to rattle off the most statistics.
Mr. Romneys team has concluded that debates are about creating moments and has equipped him with a series of zingers that he has memorized and has been practicing on aides since August. His strategy includes luring the president into appearing smug or evasive about his responsibility for the economy.
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Just channel Newt
Tough crowds at the practice, eh.. let me guess. The Nytimese say that Obama is being prepared to take the abuse from the right wing purveyors of hate, “teabaggers” — staff members shout the N-word and curse; throw pieces of watermelon at Obama. . . .
...and nobamanuts is neither.
Exactly...Romney doesn’t need to practice dismembering Obama with reality. He needs to practice how he will respond to moronic questions from the media-whores. When one of those imbeciles asks him why he wants to take away contraceptives, he needs to put on his best “ what-an-asshole-you-are” face before answering. Then respond that 48 million people are on food stamps...do you really think that’s the most important issues to those people? That kind of practice.
every 4 years
If he makes too many faces the media will call it “petulant”. Really, I don’t know what a Republican candidate could do to for the ‘rat media to admit they won a debate other than for the ‘rat candidate to just there and drool, and Biden already gets a pass on that one.
When Mitt gets Odumbo rattled, there will be clarifications for the next few weeks on what numbnuts really meant.
Lowering the expectations of Obama, because, because, because, he has just been to busy to practice. aka, (know what's going on, or remember what he has said before, or what his #1 Priority is?) Well, he could make it CLEARER.
Said they expect Romney to have some Zingers, sure hope so. I think they are concerned for their boy wonder.
Why, I'm already feeling sorry for Zero, poor BOY/s
All Romney has to do is let obama drone on then, when he is done or cut off point to Obama and say “what this man just said is bullshyt, and let me tell you why” then explain.
And here's how he should answer... "...first of all (DS), I'd do everything I could to get the MSM executives fired and have them replaced with Rational, Reasonable Journalists who care about the truth and wouldn't cover for a President who could not find it within himself to uphold our American values... What Would I Do DIFFERENTLY... hell, I will lead the way an American President is supposed to lead dammit, not from BEHIND! Then I'd surround myself with true American heros that believe in a strong America..." or something simmilar, but will he? we can only pray...
They will say that Obama being rattled was because Romney was over the top and frightened der fearless leader.
obama quit hissing your ssssssssssssssssssssss like some icky snake
Romney needs to ignore them and speak directly to the American public. Then, after the debates, his minions should be ready to roll on as many networks as possible to repeat and expand on what Mitt says, talking over the liberal commentators if need be.
Real good answer. Maybe you should be practicing with Romney.
Neither one of them will answer any questions posted before them, were you all born yesterday? The debates serve the candidates to make short speeches unrelated to the questions. That’s the way it’s always been. Prepare for hearing speeches, cliches, banalities, platitudes, shibboleths.
I would go with the Middle East and terrorists. Obama does not like to talk about terrorism...denies it!
(I can't stand Obama!)