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Quips, Slips and Gaffes in Presidential Debates

Beverly143 Wrote: Oct 04, 2012 8:23 AM
I watched and it was great. Obama was totally lost without his teleprompter. Romney schooled him like a teacher does an unruly student. He spanked Obama and spanked him hard. Obama's got nothing but the same tired rhetoric he had 4 yrs ago. No matter how many times he tried to get his talking points in, Mitt would call him out. I can't wait for the VP debates. It's going to be a battle of wits with an unarmed man. Should be very entertaining.
dfiscus Wrote: Oct 04, 2012 1:05 PM
Love that. Battle of the Wits and JOe Blowhard is only half prepared.
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.