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Say No to Feisty Liberal Moderators

rbarton Wrote: Oct 24, 2012 8:50 AM
Brett, while Bob Schieffer may have done a not too bad job of moderating, he absolutely did, IMHO, serve up a "gotcha" question or two to Mitt. The most potentially damaging was the one about, "if you got a call from Israel saying they were on their way to bomb Iran, what would you do"? Thank God Mitt either had the intelligence or had prepared for that question in his debate practice to give the great answer he did, which was something like, "that call would never have to be made because our relationship and communication would be such that I would have known about their actions beforehand. I think this was a deliberate attempt by Schieffer to get Mitt to say something catastrophic to his election chances. Does anyone agree?
Illbay Wrote: Oct 24, 2012 2:06 PM
Of course. But as you aptly point out, if that was Schieffer's intent, it backfired on him big-time.
dahni Wrote: Oct 24, 2012 11:24 AM
Actually I thought it was a good question; it was just Romney's turn to respond first, I believe. I liked the question, and both responses. I did laugh when Obama said that 'he had Israel's back' (something like that). I'm nervous about having Obama behind me for any reason...
michigander4 Wrote: Oct 24, 2012 9:12 AM

It didn't strike me that way at the time because Romney answered perfectly. But on reflection, I think you're absolutely right -- Schieffer was trying to set him up. If Romney had himmed & hawed or seemed uncertain about his answer, it would have been devastating for him.
Joe579 Wrote: Oct 24, 2012 12:25 PM
jwarrior1 Wrote: Oct 24, 2012 8:56 AM
Absolutely, Obama, Axelrod or RAHM BO could have written that question to get their liberal foot in the door to force a ROMNEY IS a FILL IN THE BLANK. ROMNEY was too smart for Oblame o and his liberal tag team. ROMNEY 2012 and 2016 against the Hildabeast. Mark my words Satan is moving in the Hildabeast and getting ready for the 2016 race. This one is already one and done for the obummer.
In the final debate, liberal CBS anchorman Bob Schieffer did it right. He moderated without asserting his own political opinions. Indeed, if this was all you had as a compass, you'd never know where he leaned. It was a welcome change from the Raddatz and Crowley libfests.

On the morning after the debate, CBS invited Fox's Bill O'Reilly to discuss the debate performances. Interestingly enough, he faulted them all, while CBS's Charlie Rose defended them all.

Rose tried to suggest these debates reveal something more than policy differences, they reveal demeanor and temperament. "Well, then let's have Dr. Phil interview...