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Quips, Slips and Gaffes in Presidential Debates

Stan_in_Texas Wrote: Oct 04, 2012 9:35 AM
"One reason debates matter, perhaps more than they once did, is that they are one of the few political events with a bipartisan audience." Actually, the reason this debate mattered is that it gave Romney a platform to dispute the lies that the Obama camp has been spewing through the left slanted media. People who had never heard adequate answers to the lies got a chance last night. Also, it was obvious that being confronted by an actual opponent instead of a crowd of adoring fans and a "journalist" who has thrills up his leg made Obama nervous, scared, uncertain, and actually seem small and insignificant.
AudiR10 Wrote: Oct 04, 2012 11:48 AM
Instructing the audience to keep quiet and sit on its hands was inspired. Without an audience of sycophants, Obama is nothing.
Account closed Wrote: Oct 04, 2012 11:25 AM
He destroyed Obama. The pics and the RNC ad say it all. Wookie looks bowl-legged mad.
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.