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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

President Obama greets supporters. (Pete Souza/White House)

Susan Page, USA Today Washington bureau chief, talks about the presidential election, plus the battle for control of the House and Senate.

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Comments [38]

@JoeCorrao

"On domestic stuff they both think they can create jobs...they can't no gvt can, the can create busy work. Neither guy wants to shrink gvt."

Yet Obama HAS shrunk federal employment? How can that be?

What complete BS you are spouting on this. The Fed government directly creates jobs - soldiers, regulators, inspectors, IRS agents, etc. State and muni governments directly create jobs - cops, firefighters, teachers, etc. and the regulations and requirements that all branches of government make create the environment that CAN cause more domestic job creation. Ask Chris Christie about the 6K jobs that giving up the ARC tunnel cost NJ.

Oct. 26 2012 10:11 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

@Becky-

Since I find that you mentioned me in the posts this AM.....
No, I was NOT free to listen today and did NOT post...and Edward is NOT me.

Unlike you, an obvious affirmative-action hire (from your past bitter victim-mongering comments), I do not have a quota job like you where I can sit around on my fat butt and post on my company's time and money (also admitted in your past posts). You are an illiterate nonentity....and your employer deserves better.

Oct. 24 2012 05:28 PM
alice from SI

Here's that unfortunate rape comment and Gov. Romney's subsequent reaction to continue to support that candidate

http://jezebel.com/5954526/romney-says-he-still-supports-gop-senate-candidate-who-thinks-rape-is-something-god-intended

Oct. 24 2012 03:14 PM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

People have to register to vote.

Voter ID to verify that the person about to vote is the person who registered is a fair requirement - opposed by those who want to cheat.

Oct. 24 2012 11:54 AM
Chris

Chicago.

Vote Early. Vote Often.

Oct. 24 2012 11:52 AM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

The BS from Becky

"Conversely EDWARD "the only people opposed to Voter ID are those who wish to subvert the votes" in their favor.

Voter fraud my Aunt Fanny!"

Your Aunt Fanny would need Voter ID too.

To BK from Hobroken,

Good fences make good neighbors.
Good Voter ID make honest elections.

Oct. 24 2012 11:44 AM
The Truth from Becky

Conversely EDWARD "the only people opposed to Voter ID are those who wish to subvert the votes" in their favor.

Voter fraud my Aunt Fanny!

Oct. 24 2012 11:37 AM
BK from Hoboken

Edward- the state senator who sponsored the voter ID law in PA stood up in court and said that there had not been a single case of voter fraud in the state. This is scare tactics.
ALL THAT ASIDE, this is a moot issue. We already address voter fraud concerns via the provisional ballot. If a poll worker or observer has a concern, than the voter uses a provisional ballot. For voters in about 40 states this year, it really doesn't matter because that provisional ballot would not be needed to determine who wins the state. If it is a swing state, and then if it is close enough, them the voter would have usually a week or so to return with needed documentation. So again, how often will this issue even BE and issue? Stop the scare tactics. We all know who benefits- that same stupid PA legislator said the law would "deliver PA to Romney". At least try to hide your political ambitions. What an idiot!

Oct. 24 2012 11:33 AM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

Pinch said:

"Edward, you are soooo wrong. Voting should be the most accessible thing that Americans do."

Accessible for people with ID to prevent fraud, to prevent people from assuming the identity of other people.

The only people against voter ID are those who wish to subvert the vote.

Oct. 24 2012 11:09 AM
Thomas Pinch

Edward, you are soooo wrong. Voting should be the most accessible thing that Americans do. Our forefathers fought and died for that right, and you're not nearly the man to change what they won with their blood.

Oct. 24 2012 10:54 AM
BK from Hoboken

Edward- do you really think that there isn't some leaning by all media outlets to the left or right? Please. Everyone knows that the editorial board of the Times is liberal, the WSJ is conservative, and Fox is in the greatest denial ever that they are fair and balanced even though we all know they are conservative. No big deal. That is why people need to mix and match their sources of information. I read the WSJ, I listen here on NPR, I watch the BBC news, and I watch Jon Stewart skewer all of them ad yet somehow be more serious and rational than many (like the guys in Fox News who blamed the moderator for pointing out a Romney lie- lose the debate- blame the moderator! Lol!)

Oct. 24 2012 10:52 AM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

And a publication/media outlet that endorses a candidate, pumps out stories that advance their man and slams his opponent.

So much for fair and balanced and all the news they feel is fit to print.

Oct. 24 2012 10:43 AM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

ID is required to enter some buildings.

Voter ID should be required to vote.

Again, the only people opposed to Voter ID are those who wish to subvert the votes.

Oct. 24 2012 10:39 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

Ed, every paper/publication I know - their prejudices aside, has an editorial board that endorses candidates, this has been the case for more than a century - even you should know that.

Oct. 24 2012 10:37 AM
Seth Pickenstiff

No, Edward. Voter ID does not benefit All parties, and not just the homeless. And voter fraud is a trumpted up myth, and I'm sorry that you're being duped by the big-wigs trumping it up.

Oct. 24 2012 10:36 AM
Edward from NJ

Based on FiveThirtyEight's model, neither popular vote / electoral college split scenario is particularly probable -- 11 to 1 against either scenario. However, the popular vote splitting for Romney is 3.6 times more likely:

Obama wins popular vote but loses electoral college: 1.8%
Romney wins popular vote but loses electoral college: 6.5%

Oct. 24 2012 10:34 AM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

There needs to be Voter ID to eliminate Voter FRAUD.

Voter ID benefits all parties and hurts those who wish to manipulate elections.

Oct. 24 2012 10:33 AM

@Robert from NYC

That's just wacky. Look how many voters STILL think that Reagan was a good President. Reagan gets a pass on his impeachable act. These voters think that Reagan cared about the country he led - not just part of it. His administration was the acceleration phase of our slide down to mediocrity.

@Edward

Would you say the same thing about the Wall Street Journal? Doubt it.

Oct. 24 2012 10:31 AM
fuva from harlemworld

Democrat/Republican equivalency with the bottom-feeding? Please.
Romney publicly embraced Donald "Birther" Trump. Romney knows a sizeable portion of his base are (racially) BASE, and he has played to it instead of calling it out.
And the media continues to not keep it real about this nonsense.
Hopefully, the next segment will set the record straight.

Oct. 24 2012 10:30 AM
Edward O'Connor from NYC

Brian, unfortunately you are so one sided and prejudiced for Obama and against Romney that I have to seriously question your ability to be an impartial reporter. While I understand that you have and should express your opinion on who you like, your show has become nothing more than a political soapbox for Obama. I would hope that you could present the good and bad of both sides of an issue as opposed to a single ended tunnel vision view point.

Just so you know I am leaning towards voting for Obama but am getting sick of the American press.

Oct. 24 2012 10:27 AM
Edward from NJ

@Doug, I don't know about "Presidents", but a fair number of democracies are parliamentary. They vote for members of parliament who in turn elect a prime minister. The electoral college is certainly much more arcane, and parliamentary systems have the advantage of allowing minor/regional parties to have a national voice.

Oct. 24 2012 10:26 AM

@RCUB the last deabte showed they agree on the "foreign policy" stuff, although didn't talk about our meddling in other countries affairs and a bunch of other stuff. On domestic stuff they both think they can create jobs...they can't no gvt can, the can create busy work. Neither guy wants to shrink gvt.

Oct. 24 2012 10:26 AM
Robert from NYC

It doesn't matter who of these two wins, not in the least. They ARE the same person with few differences although some important ones. In fact a Romney president might finally shake up the voter and non- to see just how bad his stand and policies are on those few social issues where he differs from Obama and bring about a great upheaval to clean out--like an enema--the chambers of congress and get the country back on track. The shock factor; something really bad has to happen before something is done to correct it. Politicians and the media have done their best and succeeded in confusing and dumbing down the population that it is almost criminal. I doubt it but maybe with Romney the voter and non- will come to realize the hole we've dug ourselves into and will crawl out into the sunlight. Be that said it doesn't matter to me who of these wins and so I will not vote!

Oct. 24 2012 10:24 AM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

When the NY Times endorses a candidate, then the NY Times loses all claims to impartiality.

Factor in who the NY Times endorses with how fair and balanced their reporting is.

Oct. 24 2012 10:23 AM
The Truth from Becky

EDWARD if that is your real name, you sound a lot like Martin Chuzzlenitwit, seems when he is not around you are. So that's all ya got? Truth hurts huh?

Oct. 24 2012 10:23 AM

Brian, its not just a few republicats in a strategy session. It’s in the GOP platform, women shall not be allowed to abort a by-product of rape

Oct. 24 2012 10:23 AM

@Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

>>Those who oppose Voter ID fear that they will not be able to manipulate the polls as they have in the past.

Requiring voters who have not changed address or polls since the last election is a complete waste of time. And it is a needless interference in their right to vote. Photo ID for first timers? No problem.

@JoeCorrao

Dream on. The difference between the candidates and the parties is unmistakeable.

Oct. 24 2012 10:22 AM
Seth Pickenstiff

Edward, that is just not factual. Voting should be the most accessible thing we can do as Americans. Even homeless who have no drawer or wallet to keep their papers should be able to vote if they are Americans (and probably veterans).

Oct. 24 2012 10:22 AM
Ellen from chelsea

here's the article about that 'documentary"

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/24/us/politics/strident-anti-obama-messages-flood-key-states.html?ref=us

Oct. 24 2012 10:20 AM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

The BS from Becky,

You must like Chicago rules.

In Chicago they vote early and often.

Oct. 24 2012 10:19 AM
Sonia from Manhattan

after 2000 election, Bush claimed he had a mandate even though he lost the popular vote, and Republicans kept telling Democrats, "Get over it, Bush is president." But if the reverse happens this year, and the Democrats tell the Republicans, "Get over it, Obama is still president," I don't see the Republicans being conciliating -- they'd be even MORE resistant to the president than ever.

Oct. 24 2012 10:17 AM
The Truth from Becky

For every one person who has decided not to vote to re elect the President, 2 new persons have been recruited to take their place! President Obama will win! Get in line or get left behind!

Oct. 24 2012 10:16 AM

WEll since they both want to do the same things its no big deal.

Oct. 24 2012 10:16 AM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

Voter ID benefits all parties.

Those who oppose Voter ID fear that they will not be able to manipulate the polls as they have in the past.

Oct. 24 2012 10:16 AM

Republicans keep the House? Why would you assume that? The President's "poor" performance has pushed up the need for Democrats to show up and vote. It could be a blessing in disguise. D's outnumber R's in most districts, if we split the I's we win!

Oct. 24 2012 10:16 AM

Brian -

The shenanigans over the re-count and the extra-jurisdictional interference by SCOTUS took 40 days. Of course, we knew that Gore won the popular vote.

Please ask about the mechanics of 'caging'. Greg Palast contends that Karl Rove, et al. have caged 22 million minority votes. If these voters use provisional ballots they still count, don't they?

Oct. 24 2012 10:13 AM
Doug from NY

Is the US the only democracy in the world that doesn't elect our President by popular vote? I don't feel my vote really counts.

Oct. 24 2012 10:13 AM
RL

4 debates = republicans 1, democrats 3. game over.

Oct. 24 2012 10:10 AM

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