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  • Donald Trump won the debate but had two big losses Sunday

    10/10/2016 2:09:53 AM PDT · by blueplum · 48 replies
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | 09 October 2016 9:30pm | By The San Diego Union-Tribune Editorial Board
    By conventional wisdom, Donald Trump entered Sunday night’s debate with a nearly impossible task: trying to rehabilitate his bid for the White House after the worst two weeks a modern presidential candidate has had. The tape that surfaced Friday of Trump talking in 2005 in disgusting, coarse fashion about women — what he considers a seduction technique sounds like sexual assault — broke the Republican dam and triggered a flood of GOP lawmakers abandoning his candidacy. Trump not only seemed to slow the bleeding, he might have stopped it. His demeanor and delivery were far better than in the first...
  • No ear mics allowed for debate moderators; But what about the candidates?

    09/25/2016 7:01:23 PM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 62 replies
    World Tribune ^ | 9/25/2016
    The presidential debate moderators will not be allowed to wear earpieces, according to published reports. But what about the presidential candidates themselves? A voter in Maryland wrote Federal Elections Commissioner Matthew Petersen on Sept. 8 seeking a "clear response" to that question. "I read reports that during the televised event questioning each of the candidates on their qualifications to serve as Commander in Chief, that Secretary Clinton had a microphone in her ear to receive prompting and guidance from advisers off stage," wrote Laurence B of Columbia, MD. [A check of his name and address at the Maryland State Board...
  • The Commission on Presidential Debates, Is It Really ‘Non Partisan’?

    09/05/2016 5:05:07 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 6 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/05/16 | Vincent Gioia
    Will Donald Trump be treated impartially in the debates moderated by Commission designated liberals, not likely. Can Donald Trump overcome the partiality, we will see? The debates between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are being organized organized by The Commission on Presidential Debates. The 2016 debates are already scheduled and the ‘moderators’ have been chosen. The commission is labeled as ‘non partisan’ but is it really? The mere fact that that three of the debates are ‘moderated’ by people from the three major news networks itself should be a clue as to the false ‘non partisan’ nature of the debates...
  • Who Should NOT Be a Presidential Debate Moderator?

    08/27/2016 1:44:28 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 80 replies
    Self | August 27, 2016 | PJ-Comix
    The Presidential Debate moderators have not yet been chosen. Therefore my question is who should NOT be a debate moderator? Not just somebody who has some bias but someone who under NO CONDITION should be allowed to moderate any of the debates. I'll lead off by naming two: 1. Shepard Smith---Not after what he said about Trump "trading in racism" this week. 2. John Harwood of CNBC---Not after he completely disgraced himself at the GOP debates last year.
  • He's in! Trump says he will participate in all three general election debates - (with conditions)

    08/09/2016 11:17:28 AM PDT · by cba123 · 69 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 9 August 2016 | Francesca Chambers, White House Correspondent For
    Donald Trump says he will 'absolutely' attend all three general election debates - under certain conditions. 'I'll have to see who the moderators are. Yeah, I would say that certain moderators would be unacceptable, absolutely,' Trump told Time magazine in an interview today. 'I want to have fair moderators … I will demand fair moderators.' Read more: Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
  • Breaking: Presidential Debates Schedule Released!

    Breaking: Presidential Debates Schedule Released! September 26: New York October 9: Missouri October 19: Nevada
  • Boom! Trump exposes Hillary campaign for trying to rig next debates against him

    07/29/2016 8:42:30 PM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 131 replies
    Boom! Trump exposes Hillary campaign for trying to rig next debates against him. Donald J. Trump / @realDonaldTrump: "As usual, Hillary & the Dems are trying to rig the debates so 2 are up against major NFL games. Same as last time w/ Bernie. Unacceptable!" 11:03 PM - 29 Jul 2016
  • 2016 Presidential Debate Schedule

    07/29/2016 3:17:23 AM PDT · by knarf · 73 replies
    Election Central ^ | July 29, 2016
    So much time between now and then.
  • RNC Debate Commission: No Leftie Moderators

    06/06/2014 1:47:18 PM PDT · by kingattax · 38 replies
    BREITBART TEXAS ^ | 1 Jun 2014 | by BOB PRICE
    HOUSTON, Texas—The Republican National Committee (RNC) has proposed major changes for the upcoming 2016 Presidential Primary Debates. The changes include reducing the number of debates and getting rid of the left-of-center moderators like George Stephanopoulos and Chris Matthews. The proposal passed by a vote of 152-7 according to Republican Party of Texas (RPT) Chairman Steve Munisteri. In a newsletter sent out to Republican activists and delegates in the run-up to next week’s RPT state convention, which will be held in Fort Worth June 5-7, Munisteri reported that he and the two Texas Republican National Committee Members, Dr. Robin Armstrong and...
  • Dr. Ben Carson on America’s Education Challenge

    10/29/2012 8:09:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies ^ | October 29, 2012 | Star Parker
    In the midst of the third presidential debate in Florida, which was supposedly about foreign policy, President Obama interjected a few words about American education. The rationale was not unreasonable. A better educated America will be a better performing and more internationally competitive America. “Let’s talk about what we need to compete….let’s take an example that we know is going to make a difference, and that’s our education policy,” said the president. Unfortunately, as is so often the case with what we hear from politicians, what we hear sounds so logical, so compelling. If only it had anything to do...
  • The Limits of American Power

    10/27/2012 2:53:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | October 27, 2012 | Caroline Glick
    Monday's US presidential debate on foreign policy came and went. And we are none the wiser for it. Not surprisingly, at the height of the campaign season, neither US President Barack Obama nor his Republican challenger Gov. Mitt Romney was interested in revealing his plans for the next four years. But from what was said, we can be fairly certain that a second Obama term will involve no departure from his foreign policy in his current term in office. As far as Iran and its nuclear weapons program is concerned, that policy has involved a combination of occasional tough talk...
  • To More and More Women, Romney Is the Safer Choice

    10/18/2012 12:35:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies ^ | October 18, 2012 | Michael Barone
    An interesting story from last winter: An email friend who lives in an affluent suburb far from Washington, a staunch Republican, was watching one of the Republican debates with his wife, a staunch Democrat. He was surprised by her response to Mitt Romney. "He's a grown-up. He's someone who is reliable," he told me she said. "People will feel safe if he is in charge." I've been thinking about that email in the wake of the first presidential debate on Oct. 3 and the vice presidential debate last week. (This is written on deadline before the Oct. 16 Long Island,...
  • Obama, Romney Get Feisty in Second Debate

    10/17/2012 3:59:46 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | October 16, 2012 | Guy Benson
    HEMPSTEAD, NY - President Obama was noticeably sharper and more aggressive in tonight's debate, as both candidates exchanged barbs throughout the evening.  Mitt Romney excelled by focusing on jobs, jobs, jobs, and repeatedly forcing voters to notice the canyon between Obama's rhetoric and his record.  Romney's strongest answer came after Obama attempted to apply lipstick to his failed record in office.  Romney unleashed a torrent of facts that pushed back forcefully against each and every one of those claims.  It should be cut into an ad as soon as possible.  Throughout the night, Romney was asked questions from the audience...
  • Will Romney Push Libya Issue Or Opt For Caution?

    10/16/2012 10:35:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | October 16, 2012 | Byron York
    DANVILLE, KY. -- In the closing days of the 2004 presidential campaign, the New York Times and "60 Minutes" reported that U.S. forces had lost track of hundreds of tons of dangerous munitions in Iraq. The story quickly dominated media coverage, and Democratic candidate John Kerry decided to devote the final stretch of his campaign to slamming President George W. Bush over the issue. "Our country and our troops are less safe because this president failed to do the basics," Kerry said on the stump, citing "incredible incompetence" in the Bush White House. "My fellow Americans, we can't afford to...
  • Obama Has Earned Next To Nothing In Life

    10/10/2012 2:45:19 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies ^ | October 9, 2012 | Douglas MacKinnon
    As much of the far-left mainstream media continues to panic over Mr. Obama’s abject failure of a first debate, they deliberately avoid doing their jobs and reporting the real reason for his totally expected performance. Said one Obama-fawning editor from The Atlantic magazine, “…The president appeared snippy, his eyes flashing angrily during those infrequent moments when he looked at his opponent, his lips pursed and upturned when he looked down…There was, in the expression, a mixture of annoyance, impatience, and dislike” The fact is that Mr. Obama was “snippy.” His expression did have a “mixture of annoyance, impatience, and dislike.”...
  • Image of the Day: The Empty Podium

    10/06/2012 4:13:06 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies ^ | October 6, 2012 | Guy Benson
    The New Yorker goes Eastwood:   Back to you, Dirty Harry:  Full Clint Eastwood speech 2012 Republican National Convention RNC Mitt RomneyAs I mentioned last night, some liberals are pretty angry that Obama wasn't allowed to drag TOTUS onto the debate stage on Wednesday:   This is what Republicans are up against. UPDATE - Rasmussen's Saturday tracker shows a four-point bounce for Romney, who now leads 49-47 among likely voters nationwide.  The better news?  Only 2/3 of that rolling poll was taken after the debate, so he has room to expand his advantage.
  • The Great Debate

    10/05/2012 8:22:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies ^ | October 5, 2012 | Armstrong Williams
    Romney's stated policies in business during the first presidential debate: champion the growth and development for the middle class. Until now, Romney's position was widely perceived as one of the biggest enemies to the middle class. One of his most powerful moments during the debate was the contrast he illustrated between the president’s decision to finance the five big banks, while allowing small banks to fail across America. Some credit should be given to the president, however, for his short-term policies to save the banks, and the wise business decision to make interest from the banks that were save through...
  • Taking the Power Punches

    10/05/2012 4:08:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies ^ | October 5, 20, 2012 | Suzanne Fields
    When you write about war, Barbara Tuchman once told aspiring historians, write as though you don't know who won. That's hard to do. It's just as hard to write about which presidential candidate will win a tight race, or even a presidential debate. Who among the smug punditry would have predicted Mitt Romney's repeated knockdowns of Barack Obama in their first debate? The pundit buzz had been that the re-election of the president was inevitable; it was time to uncork the Champagne. The debate proved the celebration was premature. Some inevitable presidents have lost in the long run; some in...
  • Moderator Jim Lehrer the big loser after last night’s presidential debate (The Crying Left)

    10/04/2012 11:02:25 AM PDT · by Red Steel · 11 replies
    National Post ^ | Oct 4, 2012 1:21 PM ET | David Bauder, Associated Press
    NEW YORK — Jim Lehrer may be regretting his decision to come out of semi-retirement and moderate his 12th presidential debate. The veteran PBS anchor drew caustic social media reviews for his performance on Wednesday, with critics saying he failed to keep control of the campaign’s first direct exchange between President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney. The candidates talked over Lehrer’s attempts to keep them to time limitations, and his open-ended questions frequently lacked sharpness. The tough assessments crossed party lines: Republican commentator Laura Ingraham wrote on Twitter that Lehrer seemed “a bit overwhelmed.” Comic and Democratic activist Bill...
  • Quips, Slips and Gaffes in Presidential Debates

    10/04/2012 4:43:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | October 4, 2012 | Michael Barone
    Mitt Romney was 13 years old and Barack Obama had not been born when an energetic-looking John Kennedy, 43, and a tired-looking Richard Nixon, 47, walked into the WBBM-TV studio in Chicago for the first general election debate between presidential candidates. It is generally held that television viewers felt Kennedy won the first debate, while those listening on radio, unaware of Nixon's improvised makeup, felt Nixon won. That's probably overstated. Contemporary accounts suggest most viewers felt both candidates did well, while the single poll of radio listeners had a small sample possibly tilted toward pro-Nixon rural areas lacking TV reception....
  • Derelict in his Duties

    10/03/2012 3:02:00 AM PDT · by A'elian' nation · 6 replies
    It's 4 a.m. in the morning, and I'm tossing in bed thinking of tonight's presidential debate. Debate zingers are swirling in my dazed head. So now I'm up and doing my bit for the Pajama media. Unlike Reagan, Romney is not known for memorable one-liners. He needs to leave some out there on the debate floor. I'm no wordsmith, but these phrases have been dancing in my head. Tonight, at least one glove has got to come off. It's not enough for Romney to keep mildly saying that Obama is in over his head. I'm just going to throw out...
  • The Main Event

    10/02/2012 12:57:07 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | October 2, 2012 | Cal Thomas
    Mitt Romney's main advantage in his first debate with President Obama on Wednesday may be that the president will be speaking without a teleprompter. His second advantage is the president's record and how he has failed to fulfill many of his promises. While the president will probably recycle his class warfare themes, Romney should focus on the president's domestic failures and on Republican initiatives that have worked in the past. We Americans didn't just crawl out of a cave. There is history.He might start with what has happened since the 2010 election, which elected 17 Republican governors. According to a...
  • Debates go to Aggressor, Not the Aggressive

    09/27/2012 5:43:46 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | September 27, 2012 | Matt Towery
    As a pollster, I understand how polling numbers can lead to the misimpression that televised debates never decide presidential elections. But I first got involved in competitive debate at age 14, and I was coaching state and national politicians in debate starting at age 20. My experience taught me that debates can be the difference. The key to winning televised presidential debates, and ultimately the election, is for a candidate to come across as being the "aggressor," rather than being "aggressive." It's an important distinction. The "aggressor" is the candidate who answers questions with forceful language and a laser focus...
  • In a First, Debates Give Presidential Candidates the Topics Ahead Of Time (Oct 3,16,22 & Oct 11-VP)

    09/21/2012 6:04:34 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 27 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | September 21 | Elizabeth Flock
    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...
  • Obama crams for debates, works on being concise

    09/17/2012 7:29:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Reuters ^ | 09/17/2012 | Jeff Mason
    On long flights to swing states in the West and late nights at the White House after his children have gone to bed, President Barack Obama is cramming like a student for a test that could determine his political future. The subject? His opponent, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. The test? His face-off with the former Massachusetts governor at their first one-on-one debate next month. With the race still tight despite Obama's slight lead in the polls, the stakes are high for both men to perform well at the three debates this fall and gain momentum toward sealing the November...
  • Shrinking from the Debate

    08/25/2012 4:33:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies ^ | August 25, 2012 | Bill O'Reilly
    A recent episode of the HBO program "The Newsroom" featured an expose of the lame presidential debate procedure we have accepted in America. The producer of the series, Aaron Sorkin, set up a confrontation between some Republican flunkies and the noble newsroom folks who wanted to change the debate format. Sorkin, a committed leftist, used the scenario to mock the GOP primary contenders, but the point is valid: The debates are largely a sham. First of all, the candidates don't have to answer the questions posed and often fly off into rehearsed bloviations that are as boring as they are...
  • Journo-Tools for Obama

    08/22/2012 1:37:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies ^ | August 22, 2012 | Michelle Malkin
    Can we stop calling the hosts of the presidential debates "moderators"? They're left-erators. It's time for the old media godfathers to end the pretense that they're fair and neutral observers of the American political scene. And it's time for the GOP to stop perpetuating these rigged exercises in futility. Last week, the Commission on Presidential Debates announced the names of 2012's chosen referees: CNN's Candy Crowley, PBS's Jim Lehrer and CBS's Bob Schieffer will preside over the three presidential debates; ABC's Martha Raddatz will host the sole vice presidential debate. While the debate panel trumpeted the gender diversity of its...
  • Presidential and VP Debate Ambush Schedule with Moderator Bias

    08/13/2012 6:05:23 PM PDT · by maggiesnotebook · 27 replies
    Maggie's Notebook ^ | 8-13-12 | Maggie@MaggiesNotebook
    The ambush schedule of presidential and vice presidential debates has been announced with moderator names: PBS' Jim Leher on October 3rd in Denver; CNN's Candy Crowley in Hempstead, New York; CBS' Bob Schieffer October 22nd in Boca Raton, Florida and ABC's Martha Raddatz meets the Veeps on October 22th in Danville, Kentucky. Sounds like another ambush in the making. Ryan will decimate Biden. By the way, in Chicago, Obama's hometown, The Won speaks at a fundraiser for "younger supporters" and the room is half empty. Here's some scoop: Photo: Mitt Romney - Paul Ryan Jim Lehrer (more on the Bush-Kerry...
  • Commission on Presidential Debates Announces Sites, Dates

    12/01/2011 12:10:57 PM PST · by jessduntno · 19 replies
    Commission on Debates ^ | Recently | Commission
    Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr., and Michael D. McCurry, co-chairmen of the non-partisan, non-profit Commission on Presidential Debates ("CPD") today announced sites and dates for three presidential and one vice presidential debates during the 2012 general election. The dates and sites are: First presidential debate: Wednesday, October 3 University of Denver, Denver, CO Vice presidential debate: Thursday, October 11 Centre College, Danville, KY Second presidential debate (town meeting format): Tuesday, October 16 Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY Third presidential debate: Monday, October22 Lynn University, Boca Raton, FL ...more at site...
  • Battle of the Spouses (let's really get to know the candidates!)

    09/23/2011 9:54:44 PM PDT · by baa39 · 7 replies
    personal | Sept. 23, 2011 | baa39 (vanity post)
    By now these debates are getting boring. We know where all these people stand on every major position, we know their ideas, their weaknesses, etc. Several of them have been around for years. How about a fresh perspective? A way to get insights and even revelations that moderators just can’t dig out with their canned questions? I suggest the next debate be “THE BATTLE OF THE SPOUSES” and the participants will be the candidates’ wives (and/or husbands if applicable). We could ask personal things like: Are you, as his wife, his "moral compass"? Is he really a nice guy? Does...
  • Michael Medved: Winners (Romney, Bachmann) And Losers In The GOP Debate

    06/15/2011 11:58:35 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 50 replies
    Townhall ^ | June 15, 2011 | Michael Medved
    The headline for the big GOP debate should read “ROMNEY SOLIDIFIES HIS STATUS AS FRONTRUNNER” but the appropriate sub-head may prove even more significant in the long run: “Bachmann Makes Energetic and Well-Received Debut.” At this point, no one should doubt that the feisty congresswoman from Minnesota will emerge as a major contender—certainly in Iowa (where she was born and raised, and where her evangelical fervor will rally Mike Huckabee’s currently unfocused cadres) and, if she wins there, then most likely in the rest of the country.
  • Iowahawk: It's Debatable (The Lincoln-Douglas Debates - as designed by CNN)

    06/14/2011 3:27:04 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 9 replies
    Iowahawk | June 14, 2011 | David Burge
    JEBEDAIAH BURGUNDY Welcome to Springfield and the 1858 debate for the United States Senate seat from the great state of Illinois, brought to you by the Sangamon County Picayune-Gazetteer. We have a full agenda of issues to discuss so let us proceed directly to the introductions. Continued
  • The second debate (live)

    10/07/2008 6:14:01 PM PDT · by robomatik · 267 replies · 10,591+ views
    video stream ^ | now | all of us
    Just wondering how FReepers are reacting to the debate. I didn't see a thread devoted to the second debate.
  • Corrected transcript of the September 26, 2008, Presidential Debate

    09/28/2008 2:43:44 PM PDT · by J. E. Quidam · 256+ views ^ | 28-September-2009
    I found several errors in the available transcripts so, for those who are interested, I posted this corrected version.
  • Live Debate Thread

    09/26/2008 6:18:55 PM PDT · by Obadiah · 385 replies · 18,027+ views
    Within | 9/26/08 | self
    This is a live presidential debate thread.
  • Voters See Media's Prez Debate Moderators as Biased for Barack

    09/24/2008 7:25:25 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 20 replies · 135+ views ^ | 09/24/08 | Warner Todd Huston
    Once again Rasmussen Reports presents evidence that more and more Americans are coming to the realization that the media is biased to the left. This time Rasmussen's polling results shows that more Americans than ever think the folks chosen from amongst the Old Media to moderate the upcoming presidential debates are biased in favor of Barack Obama. Earlier in the month, Rasmussen found that 50% of their respondents feel that the media is trying to help Obama get elected while only 11% felt the media was trying to help McCain win. This time Rasmussen finds that 56% feel that the...
  • Is 'aloof' Barack Obama over-prepping for the first debate?

    09/23/2008 12:52:36 PM PDT · by Schnucki · 9 replies · 101+ views
    Telegraph Blogs ^ | September 23, 2008 | Philip Sherwell
    If Barack Obama doesn't do well in Friday's first presidential debate with John McCain, he won't be able to blame a lack of preparation. In fact, over-preparation could be more of a problem for a man who is a fine orator but a less skilled debator. The Democrat has already headed to Tampa, Florida, to hole up with his advisors for several days of prepping on foreign policy and national security matters - the subject matter for the Mississippi debate. The Republicans are already mocking Sen Obama's "foreign policy camp". In fact, I'd think there's a real danger that all...
  • **CNN's six "undecided voters" were all Democratic operatives**

    11/18/2007 10:42:09 AM PST · by Syncro · 368 replies · 1,954+ views
    Directorblue ^ | November 17, 2007 | Doug Ross
    Saturday, November 17, 2007 CNN's six "undecided voters" were all Democratic operatives    UPDATES BELOW - CNN hits bottom and digs: All six debate questioners appear to be Democratic Party operatives. So much for "ordinary people, undecided voters". To paraphrase Junior Soprano, CNN is so far up the DNC's hind end, Howard Dean can taste hair gel. In a nutshell, CNN's six "undecided voters" were: A Democratic Party bigwigAn antiwar activistA Union officialAn Islamic leaderA Harry Reid stafferA radical Chicano separatist Wow. This looks "rather" like a scandal. Hot Air: ...You’d think the network’s audience might want to know who...
  • Media Matters Warns Blitzer (List of "Don'ts)

    11/15/2007 12:31:24 PM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 69 replies · 68+ views
    National Review Media Blog ^ | November 15, 2007 | Greg Pollowitz
    Media Matters has issued a list of "don'ts" for tonight's CNN debate: Don't contradict your own reporting and suggest that Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) "cash[ed] in" on a stock deal in which he lost $13,000.
  • Clinton Looks to Rebound (Wolf pushes back?)

    11/15/2007 11:37:59 AM PST · by OSHA · 27 replies · 27+ views
    The ^ | Nov 15, 2007 2:04 PM | by Bill Sammon
    WASHINGTON (Map, News) - Coming off the worst two weeks of her campaign, presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton returns to the debate stage today with hopes of regaining her footing. But the topic that knocked her off stride in the last debate — driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants — is back in the news and likely to resurface when the Democratic candidates face off in Las Vegas. < snip > “This campaign is about issues, not on who we can bring down and destroy,” a senior Clinton aide told cyberjournalist Matt Drudge. “Blitzer should not go down to the levels...
  • EDITORIAL: Onstage at UNLV - But will the voters really learn anything?

    11/15/2007 7:18:35 AM PST · by Nevadan · 14 replies · 51+ views
    Las Vegas Review-Journal ^ | 11-15-07 | Editor
    Seven Democratic presidential hopefuls are scheduled to gather at UNLV's Cox Pavilion this evening for another debate. The event is sponsored by the Democratic National Committee and will be aired live on CNN and KLAS-TV, Channel 8. Despite the appearance of spontaneity, it will be a highly scripted affair in terms of who is allowed to ask what of the candidates. That's unfortunate. (See our lead letter to the editor, at right.) Voters, regardless of their political affiliation, deserve honest answers to pressing issues, not rehearsed responses to pre-determined queries. For instance, it would be instructive to watch the Democratic...
  • Clinton Now Under Pressure To Bounce Back Against Foes

    11/14/2007 9:41:48 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 44 replies · 254+ views
    NY Sun ^ | November 14, 2007 | RUSSELL BERMAN
    WASHINGTON — The pressure will be on Senator Clinton at the Democratic presidential debate tomorrow as she tries to bounce back from a weak performance last month that has cut into her lead in the polls. Her top rivals, Senator Obama and John Edwards, head into the Las Vegas forum confident that their increased criticism in recent weeks finally has begun to inflict damage on Mrs. Clinton's campaign, which had seemed unstoppable earlier in the fall. Messrs. Obama and Edwards have painted her as a creature of a corrupt corporate culture in Washington who is more concerned about her political...
  • Hillary Flips Over her Debate Flop

    11/06/2007 10:48:14 AM PST · by FreeManDC · 26 replies · 227+ views ^ | November 6, 2007 | Carey Roberts
    What are we to make of a presidential candidate who portrays herself as strong and independent, a courageous exemplar to the members of her gender -- but at the first hint of criticism collapses as the pitiable victim of gender politics? Last Tuesday Hillary Clinton delivered a horrendous performance at the Democratic debate. She claimed she wanted to end the war in Iraq -- and in the next breath explained that as president, she would continue to guard our embassy, provide training, and continue to wage the fight against Al Qaeda. As far as allowing illegal aliens to get a...
  • Behar Suggests Republicans Too Busy at 'Klan Meeting' to Attend Minority Debates

    09/19/2007 10:23:16 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 58 replies · 212+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    A presidential election must be approaching: liberals are playing the Republicans-are-evil-racists card. People will recall the notorious NAACP commercial from the 2000 campaign suggesting that, for the sin of failing to adopt a hate-crimes law to its liking, George W. Bush was the equivalent of someone who dragged a black man behind his car on a chain.On today's "View," Joy Behar [file photo] offered a similar slur: GOP = KKK.Talk had turned to the fact that most of the Republican presidential candidates declined to participate in two Latino-oriented debates held earlier this year. The leading candidates have now indicated that...
  • Obama expects to improve in next week's debate

    05/28/2007 5:14:49 PM PDT · by Baladas · 12 replies · 516+ views
    CNN ^ | May 28, 2007 | Mike Roselli
    DARTMOUTH, New Hampshire (CNN) -- Sen. Barack Obama said Monday that he expects his performance in next week's presidential debate to improve from his first head-to-head match-up with the other Democratic contenders last month in South Carolina. "I assume it will get better as time goes on," the Illinois Democrat answered after being asked whether he expects to receive better reviews at the New Hampshire Democratic presidential debate being held Sunday, June 3rd at Saint Anselm College in Manchester. The South Carolina Democratic presidential debate was the Illinois senator's first such event and his performance was rated by political analysts...
  • Do We Really Want a President Who Is Afraid of a Cable Network?

    04/10/2007 3:39:26 PM PDT · by buccaneer81 · 35 replies · 2,592+ views
    Men's News Daily ^ | April 10, 2007 | Doug Powers
    Do We Really Want a President Who Is Afraid of a Cable Network? April 10, 2007 Fox News is Democrat Kryptonite. They run from this monster like Michael Moore from an approaching salad bar. Why? Democrats say that Fox News is biased. Fine, let’s run with that assumption for a moment. If Fox News is such a politically biased joke, then you’d think the candidates would relish an opportunity to appear on their air and demonstrate that fact to the world. After all, somebody who wants to be president can’t be seen running from a tough challenge — can they?...
  • Hillary Won't Do Fox Debate Either

    04/09/2007 7:51:07 PM PDT · by blogblogginaway · 104 replies · 2,225+ views
    The Politico (via Dridge) ^ | April 09, 2007 | Ben Smith
    The third shoe drops: Hillary's not doing the Fox News/CBC Debate either. Clinton spokesman Blake Zeff emails, "We're going to participate in the DNC-sanctioned debates only. We've previously committed to participating in the SC and Tavis Smiley debates." No word yet from Kucinich and Gravel, or the other campaigns, or from Fox, which could presumably do an empty podium hour and confirm to its viewers that Democrats are, in fact, the cowards it's often portrayed them as. Sounds win-win to me.
  • Clinton, Obama just say no to Fox [Presidential debate thrown into jeopardy]

    04/10/2007 6:01:21 AM PDT · by PajamaTruthMafia · 51 replies · 1,589+ views
    Variety ^ | 4/9/07 | MICHAEL LEARMONTH
    Both Sen. Hillary Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama said they would not participate in a presidential debate sponsored by Fox News Channel, throwing the event in jeopardy. The two senators joined former Sen. John Edwards, who announced on Friday he would not participate in the debate, one of four being held by the Congressional Black Caucus Institute. The Congressional Black Caucus contracted with Fox to co-sponsor two of its debates -- one Democratic and one Republican -- and gave the two others to CNN. But now the top three Democrats in the race have said they will not participate in...

    10/21/2004 5:40:55 PM PDT · by TurtleStink · 26 replies · 778+ views
    Drudge Report ^ | 10/21/04 | TurtleStink
    Drudge ran a story that this morning after shooting a goose, Kerry said he was too lazy to carry his kill because he was "giddy" over the Red Sox and couldn't focus. I could not help but remember the second Presidential debate when he said this in response to the environmental question..... GIBSON: Senator Kerry, minute and a half. KERRY: Boy, to listen to that -- the president, I don't think, is living in a world of reality with respect to the environment. Now, if you're a Red Sox fan, that's OK. But if you're a president, it's not. He basically said that...
  • Watch Kerry's "but;" therein lies the truth

    10/11/2004 5:26:01 AM PDT · by wai-ming · 17 replies · 658+ views
    Presidential debates | October 11, 2004 | John F. Kerry, quoted from the debates
    In his speech, John Kerry uses the word "but" a lot, which has the effect of negating whatever he has just said. Here are a couple of examples from the debates: John Kerry: "No president, though all of American history, has ever ceded, and nor would I, the right to preempt in any way necessary to protect the United States of America.But if and when you do it, Jim, you have to do it in a way that passes the test, that passes the global test where your countrymen, your people understand fully why you‘re doing what you‘re doing and...