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Debate Prep 2012

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Mitt Romney and Barack Obama (Getty Images)

The Presidential candidates meet in Colorado tonight for the first of three debates. Robert Draper, contributor to GQ and The New York Times Magazine, dissects the pre-debate prepping and posturing and discusses his GQ feature on what to look for from Obama and Romney.

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Comments [42]

Anna from Eastchester NY

Romney has been prepping for weeks.
For the 47%, tax returns etc
There is no advantage in letting, Romney
Give a strong comeback response
to those issues.
Let them hang in the air.
This was the same panic we had with Senator
Clinton. Obambi accusations as he was perceived
As to soft.

Oct. 04 2012 10:31 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

"The stock market benefits those with money in the game. How many people on food stamps are in the stock market?"

And Romney/Ryan are going to change that?

"More people are on Food stamps because they don't have JOBS, or a job with a living wage. Working at McDonalds isn't a career. How much should a McD employee get paid for filling a box with tasty French fries?"

So - are you saying Obama, Romney should be "more of a socialist" and raise the minimum wage?

The Keystone pipeline was proposed to take oil from Canada to refineries on the gulf coast - for export - to China, Europe, or any market willing to pay top dollar. That oil is a pain in the A*** to refine. It was not designed to lower gas prices for Americans, and if you think any differently - I have a bridge to sell you.

I had no idea that Solyndra's failure impacted the US economy in any significant way.

Oct. 03 2012 11:56 AM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

ANNONO, I understand you don't like facts confusing your fantasy.

Oct. 03 2012 11:34 AM
Anonymous from Manhattan

Just what I thought "EDDO", you are all search engine! candidate romney will lose because of he has not laid out a clear path to wholeness for Americans.

Oct. 03 2012 11:30 AM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

I am grateful that President Obama cancelled his campaign pledge to close Guantanamo.

I'm guessing that once he became President, he was shown some facts that changed his mind.

Oct. 03 2012 11:24 AM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

Anonymous from Manhattan

"ED, anyone can google the info you have posted below, I ask you again, please list the attributes of candidate romney."

Please list the accomplishments of candidate obama that qualify him to be reelected.

Oct. 03 2012 11:20 AM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

Anonymous from Manhattan,

Hey, I know you. You're in Manhattan.

Oct. 03 2012 11:14 AM
Anonymous from Manhattan

ED, anyone can google the info you have posted below, I ask you again, please list the attributes of candidate romney.

Oct. 03 2012 11:12 AM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

Anonymous from Manhattan,

I'll paraphrase Nancy Pelosi.

Pelosi: "We Have to Pass the Bill So That You Can Find Out What Is In It"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hV-05TLiiLU

Elect Romney to find out what's in him.

Oct. 03 2012 11:11 AM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

'Ed, - no retort to the stock market, jobs, or gas?'

More people are on Foodstamps because they don't have JOBS, or a job with a living wage. Working at McDonalds isn't a career. How much should a McD employee get paid for filling a box with tasty French fries?

Gas? Obama nixed the Keystone pipeline project.
Solyndra was a bust.
US dependence on Middle East oil is up.
Healthcare costs are up.

The stock market benefits those with money in the game. How many people on foodstamps are in the stock market?

Cost of a college education is up. Where were the OWS protestors demonstrating at Columbia over tuition increases?

Buy AAPL.

Oct. 03 2012 11:07 AM
The Truth from Becky

The stock market is up...again.

Oct. 03 2012 11:06 AM
Anonymous from Manhattan

This is the problem with the repubs et tu "EDWARD" you can tell us what you don't like about the President but, you can't tell us what in the romney plan we should be so excited about.

Oct. 03 2012 11:05 AM
Anonymous from Manhattan

The ignorance and hate spewing talking points coming from edward from wash, sound a lot like martin chuzzlenitwit. We get it, you don't like the president now what else? Why don't you, "EDWARD" posts the intentions of mitt your candidate de jour?

Oct. 03 2012 11:02 AM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

Brenda,

Pelosi: "We Have to Pass the Bill So That You Can Find Out What Is In It"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hV-05TLiiLU

NOOOO!!!

FIRST you read and understand the Bill. Debate the merits.

I read that the Bill was 1,000 or 8,000 pages. No one can be expected to read the Bill. It would have to be farmed out to 100 informed people, who summarize and then the 80 summaries would be summarized.

Oct. 03 2012 10:54 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

Ed, - no retort to the stock market, jobs, or gas? So you bring up food stamps?

When 700,000 are being lost a month in 2008/9 and people no longer have credit cards/home equity to tap into from the crash - there will be more people on food stamps in the following years. Logic

Oct. 03 2012 10:52 AM
fuva from harlemworld

Who really requires debate prep is THE ELECTORATE...

Before every presidential debate, the networks should run a short informational breaking down "the pivot" and other shady debate tactics, and listing the current substantive issues...

Oct. 03 2012 10:45 AM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

More people on Foodstamps today than in 2009.

No job, no income, higher CPI, higher inflation.

The 1992 Clinton/Gore slogan was "TIME FOR A CHANGE".

In 4 years, if a Romney administration turns out to be as much of a failure as the last 4 Obama years, Romney would be out too.

Oct. 03 2012 10:44 AM
Edward from NJ

If Romney whips out one of his talked-about, pre-planned "zingers", Obama should respond, deadpan, "That was a pretty good zinger, Mitt."

Oct. 03 2012 10:43 AM
Asaf Soof from Union Sq

Obama needs to reach to middle class Republicas and remind them that their party is not supporting them, that Obama care is benefiting them as much as Democrats - in short - Obama needs to embrace them into the fold

Oct. 03 2012 10:42 AM
Brenda

How does the called know Congress did not read the Obama Care bill? Isn't this what WE pay them to do? If they did not do their job, then they should not get it that job back. On the other hand, it is their job to make sure they read everything and negotiate balanced decisions with the Administration, not to block everything because they dislike the Administration. This congress is sickening.

Oct. 03 2012 10:42 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

Ed, I had no idea she was still on the air, I prefer Hannity.

Oct. 03 2012 10:42 AM

Great call Regis...there will be no talk about things like the NDAA, killing Americans, repaelling the Patriot Act, the Wars, (and much more),

Oct. 03 2012 10:42 AM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

If Obama can't use his teleprompter at the debate, he'll be adrift at sea.

Sheldon, Try to wean yourself off of Amy Goodmans "Socialism Now!".

Oct. 03 2012 10:36 AM
dara from manhattan

Are moderators to blame for allowing candidates to "pivot" the debate or dodge questions? Why aren't they more adamant about answering the questions? British reporters are better than our American counterparts about calling interviewees on this in the news. And even in parliamentary debates, politicians themselves call each other out on BS.

Oct. 03 2012 10:31 AM
Sean from Red Bank

If Romney has to think too much, it will be over. His handlers have him so twisted around over the last year he doesn't know who he is. He needs to connect to the American people in a way that makes them know him. The ultimate goal for him is not about policy, but about making a connection in an honest, genuine way. He should acknowledge that the president has more personality than he does, but right now the country doesn't need personality it needs a leader.

Oct. 03 2012 10:30 AM
Amy from Manhattan

Can't help noticing that--well, Mr. Draper just said it: none of those "memorable" quotes was exactly substantive.

Oct. 03 2012 10:30 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

Ed, At the time of Obama's inauguration, we were losing 700,000 jobs a month, the entire credit markets had frozen up, how many jobs are we losing a month today? You do the math.

Gas prices were lower in 2008/9 because the West was too broke to buy any. Are you saying Obama, Bush or any US President has control over world oil markets?

Where was the stock market in 2008/9? Were is it now? Why don't you (and Hannity)bring that up anymore?

Come on ED - stop watching Hannity.

Oct. 03 2012 10:29 AM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

Seth, Not only better MPG, but less gasoline is used because fewer people drive to work - because they are unemployed!

Pass on your better MPG talking point to the Obama debate team. It will help them.

Oct. 03 2012 10:27 AM
Christine from Yorktown

Thomas, it IS true. You can put your head in the sand but we cannot sustain rising costs of healthcare, the increased costs of entitlements including the costs to care for the aging population while shipping jobs overseas and funding multiple wars. Its not feasible. How do you imagine this gets paid for? Increased taxes on the 1%. You can take ALL their money and it won't pay these bills.

Oct. 03 2012 10:27 AM
Thomas Pinch

Christine,
"all indicators say we're "headed to Greece" "
- that's just not true. flatly, not true.

Oct. 03 2012 10:23 AM
John A.

I would appreciate challenges in all three debates on the use of civilian killing outside of a declaration of war, the muted part of the story of Drone use.

Oct. 03 2012 10:22 AM
Thomas Pinch

Edward,
Rich people are richer now than they were in '09, so another of your points doesn't hold up. They just point to a win for Obama.

Oct. 03 2012 10:21 AM
Sequoia Millen-El from New York City

Ask about the history of The Commission on Presidential Debates and The League of Women Voters.

Based on the history of the debates and the format, it seems somewhat fraudulent. The questions are known beforehand and surprise questions are not permitted.

Corporations are funding the debates. CPD Co-chair Frank Fahrenkopf is the former chair of the Republican Party and the nation's leading gambling lobbyist, as head of the American Gaming Association.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/10/02/4874024/according-to-open-debates-three.html#storylink=cpy

Oct. 03 2012 10:21 AM
Christine from Yorktown

Thomas: I think you're missing that big bill hanging out there to pay. Maybe we're crawling up the hill (though you can't tell by the NY unemployment rate) but we've got a huge debt hanging over us and all indicators say we're "headed to Greece" and I don't mean on vacation. HC costs are rising (Obamacare just moved the bill from place to place) and the entitlements and military spending are crushing.

Oct. 03 2012 10:20 AM
Seth Pickenstiff

Edward, gas prices may be higher now, but the increase in fed' mpg standards means we need much less of it. It's a net win for us.

Things are better.

Oct. 03 2012 10:19 AM
Josh from Brooklyn

In the Republican debates, I sometimes saw Romney get persnickety in a way I found unattractive when others would violate the debate rules, interrupt him say. Should Obama try to provoke this response in him to make Romney unlikable?

Oct. 03 2012 10:17 AM
Christine from Yorktown

Oh please: they all "conceal themselves." The words "genuine" and "politician" don't go together. The Presidency is just the top of the heap. I wonder what a really good debate without all the hype, polish and practice was like back in US history. Much more interesting than this pre-planned stuff I suspect.

Oct. 03 2012 10:16 AM
The Truth from Becky

I will be waiting to here romney's details on how he plans to turn the economy around. I bet you $10,000 it doesn't happen.

Oct. 03 2012 10:16 AM
Thomas Pinch

The economy may not be getting better fast, but every indicator, including today's ADP numbers, show that things are getting better and better. Why would we want to change that??? We're doing a lot better than almost ever European country. Slow and steady wins the race!

Oct. 03 2012 10:15 AM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

Sheldon, Is the US economy better today than it was in 2009?

Gas prices higher or lower than 2009?
Unemployment higher or lower than 2009?
People net worth higher or lower than in 2009?

Oct. 03 2012 10:15 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

What's your point ED?

Oct. 03 2012 10:11 AM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

FLASHBACK: Obama: My Presidency Will Be 'A One-Term Proposition' If Economy Doesn't Turn In 3 Years

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCN5-ovvFL0

Oct. 03 2012 10:08 AM

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