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Town-Hall Format Could Pose Challenge for Romney
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Posted on 10/14/2012 11:40:59 PM PDT by Arthurio

In his first debate against President Obama, Mitt Romney seemed to effortlessly pass his most critical test: appearing to undecided voters as presidential.

The Republican challenger was confident and relaxed as he stood behind his podium, narrowing in just 90 minutes a sizable “stature gap” between himself and the man who has been commander-in-chief for four years.

In Tuesday night’s second head-to-head contest, one of his new tasks will be something Romney has faced throughout the six years he’s essentially run for the nation’s highest office: demonstrating that he feels the pain of regular voters and is able to connect with them on a human level.

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1 posted on 10/14/2012 11:41:02 PM PDT by Arthurio
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To: Arthurio

OTOH: It could pose a challenge for Barry.


2 posted on 10/14/2012 11:44:30 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (This is America! Being dead is no excuse not to vote!!!)
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To: Arthurio

I look at it much more as an opportunity for Romney.

If he can overcome Bammy’s rudeness and Crowley’s double team and connect with voters, he will start to get some separation between him and the President.


3 posted on 10/14/2012 11:47:47 PM PDT by comebacknewt (Newt (sigh) what could have been . . .)
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To: Arthurio

Romneys inability to “understand” normal people has always been a media construct, not based in reality. Guaranteed he has dealt with 1,000 real people facing real problems for every ONE Obama has. This just by virtue of his positions in the church and business. He will be very natural here without them being able to edit him into the narrative.
Obama is the one who is utterly different.

Media lies are about to catch up with them again.


4 posted on 10/14/2012 11:51:33 PM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: Arthurio
Two men...well one and another who is a man child...unfiltered in front of undecided voters as well as the rest of the world. If six days of prep work produced the VP debate, and Kerry "helped" with Obama's last debate as well as this one, I feel very good about it. 😃
5 posted on 10/14/2012 11:56:11 PM PDT by dixiechick2000 (~~~RAGE ~~~ I haz it.)
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To: Arthurio

I could destroy Obama in a debate. It’s really not that difficult.


6 posted on 10/14/2012 11:56:52 PM PDT by wastedyears (The First Law of Heavy Metal: Not all metal is satanic.)
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To: Arthurio

Obama has a problem with the truth.


7 posted on 10/15/2012 12:00:34 AM PDT by Slyfox
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To: Arthurio

ah ah ah ah err ah I I I a ........bracelet too is sooooo smooth


8 posted on 10/15/2012 12:03:13 AM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Arthurio

Assuming that the audience is chosen fairly (and that’s a big assumption) I don’t really see the format as that big of a change from a normal debate format. These people can’t think up anything new. They are going to ask the same questions that always get asked, whether from Jim Lehrer or Joe the Plumber or whoever.

On the other hand, if the audience is heavily stacked with obamabots, it could be tough going for Romney.


9 posted on 10/15/2012 12:06:22 AM PDT by samtheman (Obama. Mugabe. Chavez. (Obamugavez))
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To: Arthurio

I don’t want someone who’feels my pain’. That was clinton propaganda and everyone knows it was as phony as the day is long. I want someone who will CURE my pain. I am sick of meaningless platitudes and slick rhetoric.


10 posted on 10/15/2012 12:08:47 AM PDT by MestaMachine (obama kills and none dare call it treason)
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To: Arthurio

here’s Odungo at a town hall meeting...(no teleprompter)

http://obamashlamadama.com/flake.html


11 posted on 10/15/2012 12:09:27 AM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Arthurio

There have been “townhall” format events before as part of this year’s primary process and Romney has done well in them. Personally, I hate the format (that pony-tailed guy in the 1992 debates with his whiny “What about OUR needs??” schtick made me lose my lunch) but the politicians seems to like it and Romney is no exception.


12 posted on 10/15/2012 12:09:35 AM PDT by Cincinatus (Omnia relinquit servare Rempublicam)
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To: Arthurio

“In Tuesday night’s second head-to-head contest, one of his new tasks will be something Romney has faced throughout the six years he’s essentially run for the nation’s highest office: demonstrating that he feels the pain of regular voters and is able to connect with them on a human level.”

Romney’s past suggests that he acts to alleviate the pain whereas Obama only FEELS the pain. I cannot recall any stories about Obama extending himself or contributing some sort of tangible aid to someone going through trying experiences.


13 posted on 10/15/2012 12:13:30 AM PDT by monocle
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To: Arthurio

In any 90 minute format, Romney will have the advantage since he will be the only candidate not jonesing for a cigarette after thirty minutes.


14 posted on 10/15/2012 12:16:54 AM PDT by sockmonkey (Of Course I didn't read the article. This is FreeRepublic, afterall.)
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To: MestaMachine

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMJM4GoDOXM


15 posted on 10/15/2012 12:21:43 AM PDT by Arthurio
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To: Arthurio
I think that this next debate is Romney's to lose, but he definitely can lose it with less than a top notch effort. Romney has the indisputable advantage that 0bama has the worst record as president since the Great Depression, but everything may hinge on Romney making clear to the audience, virtually with every sentence, that this is the case, and that 0bama's lies and extravagant promises in no way compensate for this.

Also, Romney needs to do a more thorough job trashing 0bama's record, which includes detailing his hard Left background, his lemonade-stand level understanding of economics theory, and his refusal to take responsibility for anything that goes wrong. This is a virtual gold mine that Romney hasn't even scratched the surface of, and if he seriously wants to win the remaining debates, Romney needs to fully exploit them to make clear 0bama's complete unsuitability to resolve America's economic, social and foreign policy crises, much of which 0bama himself is responsible for perpetuating or exacerbating during the last four years.

Romney additionally needs to do a better job inoculating himself preemtively against 0bama's lies and distortions about himself and Republicans in general which includes misrepresenting and lying about his economic, social and foreign policy plans, and making false accusations of Republican 'extremism'. One way Romney could do this is to remind 0bama and the audience that Democrats thought Romneycare was so 'good', that they bastardized it for a Federal health care plan. And so on and so forth.

Again, Romney will be doing the Republican Party and America a huge disservice if he doesn't forcibly makes these kinds of points.

16 posted on 10/15/2012 12:27:34 AM PDT by Post Toasties (Leftists give insanity a bad name. 0bama: Four years of failure and fingerpointing.)
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To: Arthurio

I hope Romney doesn’t wander around the stage while Obama is answering. I remember McCain doing that and he looked like such a dufus. That townhall debate was when I began to have the sinking feeling that Obama really would win the 2008 election... I hpe Romney and his team have thought this through and come up with a good strategy for the last two debates. We can’t take anything for granted and just coast at this point, but stay strong and principled.


17 posted on 10/15/2012 12:33:31 AM PDT by Unam Sanctam
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To: Arthurio

If any of these debates are Obama’s it will be this one. I expect the final debate to be a replay of the first. I think some here are way over confident in Romney in not only the town hall format, but Romney’s need to walk a tightrope between his own indistinguishable (from Obama) social policies, and a stance conservative enough to not bleed conservative votes. If there is going to be a Dolesque, “I haven’t read the platform.” comment, it will be during this debate.


18 posted on 10/15/2012 12:35:57 AM PDT by Melas (u)
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To: Melas

Agreed. The town hall format is tailor made for leftists. Whiney “what are you going to do for *ME*???” type of questions from “undecided” voters who are more likely plants, plus very short answer and rebuttal format. The less there is an actual debate, the more easy it is to drop liberal talking points and platitudes, and then we’re off to the next inane question.

Romney was able to smoke Obama in the last debate because it had a more open Lincoln-Douglas type of format. Obama couldn’t just ramble for a couple of minutes and then off to the next question.

Hopefully Romney will be well prepped for this new format.


19 posted on 10/15/2012 12:47:00 AM PDT by Arthurio
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To: sockmonkey

Kool!


20 posted on 10/15/2012 12:54:29 AM PDT by 867V309
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To: Arthurio

Interesting thing is Rob Portman was on Bill Cunningham’s radio show Sunday night, and Cunningham asked Portman to tell Romney to mention that both of Obama’s budgets were voted down by 100% of the Senate, getting 0 votes. Portman said it was a good suggestion and he would tell Romney to bring that up. I definitely was disappointed that, as far as I remember, that fact hasn’t been mentioned in the 2 debates so far. It shows a president who is either so incompetent or so extreme that he can’t get anyone else in the government to sign off on his economic proposals.


21 posted on 10/15/2012 1:02:25 AM PDT by JediJones (ROMNEY/RYAN: TURNAROUND ARTISTS ***** OBAMA/BIDEN: BULL $HIT ARTISTS)
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To: Arthurio

I also hope Romney links Fast & Furious and the Benghazi attack together to show that Obama has managed foreign policy so haphazardly and inattentively that he either doesn’t know what his own government agencies are doing overseas or he has failed to provide them with goals and direction that make any sense at all.


22 posted on 10/15/2012 1:05:10 AM PDT by JediJones (ROMNEY/RYAN: TURNAROUND ARTISTS ***** OBAMA/BIDEN: BULL $HIT ARTISTS)
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To: Arthurio

Plus, and this is a point that I’ve freely conceded in conversation with my liberal friends. Economics is Obama’s weak suit, and the first debate was all about economics. While I expect Romney to do well in the final debate, I don’t expect him to equal his performance in the first debate. This middle debate, he just has to not blow it, and this format will be a minefield for Romney.


23 posted on 10/15/2012 1:12:24 AM PDT by Melas (u)
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To: Arthurio

I am fairly certain I could out debate Hussein, get him flustered, and look “presidential” doing it..


24 posted on 10/15/2012 1:29:56 AM PDT by cardinal4 (If Baraq Hussein Obama had a son he would look like Rageboy)
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To: Arthurio

It would be quite interesting to see just how much Obama can support his “Islamofascism” without ever referencing to it.

It would be a low but legal blow to the body if Romney mentions the word.


25 posted on 10/15/2012 1:36:54 AM PDT by Eye of Unk (OPSEC)
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To: Eye of Unk

If 0bama is wearing that gold ring, it would be interesting if Romney casually asked him what the inscription on it says. Supposedly in Arabic: ‘There is no God but Allah’.


26 posted on 10/15/2012 1:50:05 AM PDT by Post Toasties (Leftists give insanity a bad name. 0bama: Four years of failure and fingerpointing.)
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To: Eye of Unk

If 0bama is wearing that gold ring, it would be interesting if Romney casually asked him what the inscription on it says. Supposedly in Arabic: ‘There is no God but Allah’.


27 posted on 10/15/2012 1:50:05 AM PDT by Post Toasties (Leftists give insanity a bad name. 0bama: Four years of failure and fingerpointing.)
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To: Eye of Unk

If 0bama is wearing that gold ring, it would be interesting if Romney casually asked him what the inscription on it says. Supposedly in Arabic: ‘There is no God but Allah’.


28 posted on 10/15/2012 1:50:05 AM PDT by Post Toasties (Leftists give insanity a bad name. 0bama: Four years of failure and fingerpointing.)
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To: Eye of Unk

If 0bama is wearing that gold ring, it would be interesting if Romney casually asked him what the inscription on it says. Supposedly in Arabic: ‘There is no God but Allah’.


29 posted on 10/15/2012 1:50:10 AM PDT by Post Toasties (Leftists give insanity a bad name. 0bama: Four years of failure and fingerpointing.)
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To: Post Toasties

Sorry about repeats. ISP trouble.


30 posted on 10/15/2012 2:00:42 AM PDT by Post Toasties (Leftists give insanity a bad name. 0bama: Four years of failure and fingerpointing.)
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To: Arthurio

Who writes this tripe? Like Obamugabe is some kind of gem in interpersonal communication.


31 posted on 10/15/2012 2:11:39 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: Melas

Foreign policy is supposed to be Obama’s strength?!


32 posted on 10/15/2012 2:22:59 AM PDT by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: Melas

...”This middle debate, he just has to not blow it, and this format will be a minefield for Romney”...

Who lets these leftists set up these debates anyway? It seems that corruption reigns in the media conglomerates everywhere you look. The real threat to civilization is this kind of corruption and not things like global warming, etc. This is the kind of pollution we should be worried about.


33 posted on 10/15/2012 2:26:00 AM PDT by jazzlite (esat)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

He doesn’t need to feel anything. He simply needs to speak to them as an adult to an adult and not respond to their situations with promises of government largesse.


34 posted on 10/15/2012 2:28:15 AM PDT by gotribe (He's a mack-daddy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AV415yit7Zg)
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To: Post Toasties

...”Again, Romney will be doing the Republican Party and America a huge disservice if he doesn’t forcibly makes these kinds of points”...

Exactly right!


35 posted on 10/15/2012 2:28:33 AM PDT by jazzlite (esat)
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To: skr

Nope, a liberal form of populism is his strength. You’ll see it Tue with all the pro-choice, pro-gay, social-justice rhetoric on full display. We can pretend it’s universally disdained, but outside of conservative circles it is not. Even in conservative circles, the level of contempt over said issues is directly proportional to the age of the person in question. It doesn’t get much press, but we haven’t seen a generation gap like we have today since the 1960’s.


36 posted on 10/15/2012 2:51:53 AM PDT by Melas (u)
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To: Post Toasties

Sounds like a stupid thing to say to me. Unless you KNOW that’s what the ring says. Do you KNOW for certain that’s what it says? If I were Romney, I’d want something a lot more credible than wing nut daily before I made a public challenge.


37 posted on 10/15/2012 2:56:03 AM PDT by Melas (u)
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To: Arthurio
More interesting will be the background checks of all those "undecided voters" that Gallup found for the townhall debate.

I wonder how many donated to 0bama?

Or how many got questions handed to them from the 0bama camp?

38 posted on 10/15/2012 3:01:13 AM PDT by airborne (MY HEROES DON'T WEAR CAPES. MY HEROES WEAR DOG TAGS ! ! !)
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To: Melas; Arthurio

What I think folks missed in the aftermath of the first debate and are still missing is how difficult it is for the president to debate on his record. There is not a lot of good there to discuss.


39 posted on 10/15/2012 3:03:40 AM PDT by John W (Viva Cristo Rey!)
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To: Doogle

Later


40 posted on 10/15/2012 3:23:37 AM PDT by I_be_tc
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To: Arthurio

Questions for Romney are likely to be of the “gotcha” type while Obama gets the softballs. Then any partisanship can be blamed on the crowd rather than the moderator......


41 posted on 10/15/2012 3:28:47 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Jab him with a harpoon.....)
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To: Arthurio

The format may not favor one candidate over the other, but it does favor conservatism over leftism in a big way. This is why Romney won the first debate, and it will be no different in this one.

The case for leftism has always needed revisionist history, pretzel logic, and obsucrantist rhetoric to maintain viability. This administration has put leftism into practice, and the predicted pain is all around.

Obama can be agressive all he wants, but style can only win among the brain-dead vote that he already has. He must sell the benefits of collectivism to those he’s attempted for months to convert, and he hasn’t made the sale.

Romney will win again. Easily.


42 posted on 10/15/2012 3:53:25 AM PDT by wayoverontheright
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To: John W

But lying comes so natural to him, AS it did to BITE-ME.


43 posted on 10/15/2012 4:02:49 AM PDT by BilLies (The Progressive Liberal American Press will be the death of freedom in this country.)
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To: Arthurio
A “challenge”? Just picture a room full of ObamaPhone recipients and ponytailed 50 year old guys asking “why do you hate working Americans so much?” or “how long will it take you to start a nuclear war in the Middle East?” Then add to that lesbians fornicating with each other in the aisles.What could *possibly* go wrong for Romney?
44 posted on 10/15/2012 4:42:16 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Ambassador Stevens Is Dead And The Chevy Volt Is Alive)
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To: comebacknewt

Candidates can say anything they want in response to questions. Why would a “town hall” format make any difference ?


45 posted on 10/15/2012 4:52:42 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (In the game of life, there are no betting limits)
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To: Arthurio

Barf alert! My 2 cents predicts many of these questions will revolve around “what the government can do for me”.


46 posted on 10/15/2012 5:10:15 AM PDT by kenmcg (t)
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To: kenmcg
My 2 cents predicts many of these questions will revolve around “what the government can do for me”.

Exactly! I'll lay odds the ponytail guy from 1992 in Richmond will be there.

47 posted on 10/15/2012 5:19:01 AM PDT by Marathoner (If the bastard were to win reelection, let America burn. IDGAF anymore.)
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To: Arthurio

I’m sceptical about how balanced this will be.

1. Candy Crowley already said she’d hijack the conversation once a question has been asked. And she’s a lib.

2. The audience will allegedly be made up of undecided likely voters chosen by Gallup. Doubtful. Most likely lib activists claiming to be undecided.

3. It’s not beyond the realm of possibility that Hussein will be sporting an earpiece to receive info from his handlers.

All we can do is pray and have faith that God is in control.


48 posted on 10/15/2012 5:21:31 AM PDT by MayflowerMadam
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To: jazzlite

“Who lets these leftists set up these debates anyway?”

Brent Bozell was on Hannity last week. He said he has “no sympathy” for the GOP when it comes to these lib-led debates. If I understood correctly, he said that the lawyers for both sides meet and agree on the moderator(s). So our side concurs with the moderator and our guy gets browbeaten. If that’s truly how moderators are selected, our side is just stupid.


49 posted on 10/15/2012 5:31:14 AM PDT by MayflowerMadam
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To: Arthurio
...demonstrating that he feels the pain of regular voters and is able to connect with them on a human level.

Barry has no connection to "regular" people. There are two groups of people to him - those supporters that he can exploit to promote his agenda and those opposed that he can attack as being against his "helpful" policies.

50 posted on 10/15/2012 5:32:30 AM PDT by NewHampshireDuo
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