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VP Debate: Biden, Ryan at Each Other on Everything

Thursday, October 11, 2012

At odds early and often, Joe Biden and Republican Paul Ryan squabbled over the economy, taxes, Medicare and more Thursday night in a contentious, interruption-filled debate. "That is a bunch of malarkey," the vice president retorted after a particularly tough Ryan attack on the administration's foreign policy.

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Money Talking

Money Talking: What Business Leaders Want in the Next Presidential Debate

Friday, October 05, 2012

The first presidential debate between President Barack Obama and GOP challenger Mitt Romney focused on jobs and the economy but left some pundits asking for more specifics.

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The New Yorker: Political Scene

Hendrik Hertzberg and John Cassidy discuss the first debate.

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Hendrik Hertzberg and John Cassidy discuss the first debate.

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It's A Free Country ®

Obama's Debate Damage Control: Romney Was 'Artful Dodger'

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Following what is widely believed to be a lackluster performance by President Obama in his first debate with Mitt Romney, the Obama campaign has tried to undermine the accuracy of his opponent and explain glaring omissions from the president's arguments.

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: Cutting Funding to Arts isn't Good Business

Thursday, October 04, 2012

I can turn on the TV, watch Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, or I can drive over to the federally subsidized Kennedy Center and watch Dr. Lonnie Smith crush it on the Hammond organ with his trio.

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Play | Debate Bingo!

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Watching the debate tonight? Why not watch and chat with us while we play interactive debate bingo! Get a fresh card, fill in your tiles as the candidates (or moderators) call out your terms, and tweet out when you've got a winner. Got beef with what constitutes a tile? Come chat it out or hash it out at #debatebingo.

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Opinion: Santorum 'Disgusted' With Two-Player Debates

Friday, January 27, 2012

All four candidates had a good night. They each got in memorable lines or quips. Gingrich did not blow away the debate as he did in South Carolina. Romney exceeded expectations and seemed more confident again (as he was when he was the sure winner in about October or November ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

GOP Debate Number 9

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Lisa Lerer, political reporter for Bloomberg News, discusses last night's GOP debate - from Cain's defense of his character to Rick Perry's "oops" moment - and what it means for the field.

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The Takeaway

Presidential Candidate Gary Johnson on Last Night's Republican Debate

Friday, September 23, 2011

There was an additional candidate on stage last night in Florida, at the debate for the Republican presidential nomination. His name is Gary Johnson, and he's the former governor of New Mexico. Many people hadn't heard of Johnson before last night, but he's already presenting himself as a fiscally conservative libertarian with a proven track record of economic successes. How do his claims match up with reality?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Jim Lehrer: Inside Presidential Debates

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

As Republican candidates continued the fight for the nomination this week in another early Republican primary debate, former PBS News anchor Jim Lehrer, no stranger to the moderator's chair, joins us to discuss his career as an interviewer and his new book, Tension City: Inside the Presidential Debates, from Kennedy-Nixon to Obama-McCain.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Weprin-Turner Heats Up

Friday, August 26, 2011

Empire blogger for WNYC Colby Hamilton discusses this week's debate between candidates David Weprin and Bob Turner in the race for Anthony Weiner's old seat in New York's Ninth Congressional District.

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The Empire

Perkins Challenger Latches Onto Obama, Moves Away from Bloomberg

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Perkins, an early Obama supporter, not a big fan of charter schools. (Perkins' campaign web site)

Basil Smikle, the Democratic challenger to State Senator Bill Perkins, was on the defensive for a good chunk of their debate last night on NY1.

Smikle's challenge to Perkins is fueled in no small part because of the issue of charter schools: Smikle supports them; Perkins, for the most part, opposes them (although he did vote to raise the cap on them after changes to the law governing them were made).

Supporters for Smikle and Perkins line up pretty cleanly based on the education issue: charter school supporters are behind Smikle; public school advocates support Perkins.

Anyway, during the debate, Smikle - a political consultant running as a candidate for the first time - was on the defensive about who supports him.

“It’s insane to think the [New York] Post would urge me to run for political office. To put my life on the line, to open myself up," Smikle said at one point. The New York Post has waged a fairly intense campaign in favor of charter schools, and has given plenty of critical coverage to Perkins.

Smikle also sought to distance himself from Mayor Bloomberg, whom he worked for last year, and is an outspoken charter school supporter.

"I am not close to the mayor. I worked with him for one year. I’m actually a lot closer to the Clintons than I am to the mayor. I worked with them a lot longer," said Smikle.

Needless to say, the Clintons are much more popular in the Harlem and Morning Side Heights parts of the district. (The district also includes the Upper West Side - where I'd love to see polling numbers for Bloomberg and the Clintons.)

Later in the debate, Perkins took a swipe at Smikle for taking money from "hedge fund" managers who, as stories in The Times and elsewhere pointed out, often bankroll charter school efforts.

Smikle had an interesting response: associate those donors with Obama, a popular figure throughout the district.

"Now, in terms of those who have donated who are in the financial industry, what’s interesting about those individuals is that the majority of them actually donated to Obama very early on in his campaign because they supported his position on education and on school choice," said Smikle. Those donors to Obama, says Smikle, are giving to his campaign, not Perkins.

Obama is a supporter of charter schools, and is, some say, helping realigning the Democratic Party on this issue.

But Smikle's attempt to latch onto Obama's coattails is interesting for other reasons too. Smikle worked for Hillary Clinton who, famously, ran against Obama in the 2008 presidential primary. Also, the first elected official in New York CIty to endorse Obama was a State Senator by the name of...Bill Perkins.

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The Empire

Lazio Won’t Debate Paladino on NY1 / YNN (What About YouTube Debate?)

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Rick Lazio will not debate his GOP rival Carl Paladino and is blaming…NY1.

The station tried scheduling a debate for this upcoming Monday but was unable to get Lazio to confirm to it.

Here’s how NY1 describes it:

The Lazio campaign sites a scheduling conflict, but NY1 first proposed this date to Team Lazio weeks ago and did not get a final answer until yesterday. NY1 also asked for alternate dates that would fit Lazio’s schedule, but his campaign never proposed any.

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Lazio’s campaign accused NY1 and [member station] YNN of being in league with Paladino but said in an email, “we look forward to debating Andrew Cuomo on YNN before November 2.”

FYI: today, Lazio is campaigning at the New York State Fair.

So, allow me to inject myself pointlessly into the debate about debates.

Since scheduling is difficult, what about doing what they did in the 2008 presidential debates: let's have readers post their questions to YouTube and I’ll post them on the blog. Then, if either Lazio or Paladino want to respond, they can upload their answers to YouTube as well.

Just an idea.

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Azi Paybarah

Who Wins Fights About Debates?

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

WNYC

I've been watching the Reshma Saujani and Carolyn Maloney's one-sided spat about debates. To help me understand the value of this fight in the grand scheme of things, Democratic consultant Michael Oliva offers his thoughts:

I've been milling this over in my brain.  

Has calling on a candidate, who is way ahead, to a debate, by the candidate who is way behind, EVER worked, because...
A) The candidate way ahead caved to pressure, debated, and did so badly they lost the election, or...
B) The candidate way ahead refused to debate, and received such bad publicity, they nosedived and lost
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I can't think of one instance of either A or B ever happening.
That's how you know it's the mark of death.  It's because a campaign is putting their emotion and frustration ahead of good strategy, because they feel they have exhausted all other options, even though they know the tactic won't work.  If the people COULD ONLY SEE how much better we are THEN they'd get it and vote for us.
...and even if true how many people ever even see?
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WNYC News

Comptroller Candidates Debate at WNYC

Thursday, September 10, 2009

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Four Democratic Council Members vying to be elected New York City Comptroller met for a final debate last night at WNYC's Jerome L. Greene Performance Space ahead of Tuesday's primary ...

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WNYC News

Mayoral Candidates Debate

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Two Democrats who want to unseat Mayor Bloomberg have debated for the last time before Tuesday's primary election. Both candidates agreed that the city should take greater control over the MTA, but differed on how to do that. City Councilman Tony Avella suggested scrapping the 2nd Avenue subway project:

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WNYC News

Public Advocate's Debate at WNYC

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

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The four major candidates for public advocate debated once again Tuesday night in The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space. They were all posed a hypothetical question about succession, in which the mayor suddenly resigned and the public advocate automatically succeeded him. ...

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WNYC News

D.A. Candidates in Heated Debate

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

The three Democrats vying to succeed Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau squared off in a debate at John Jay College last night.They fielded questions on high-profile cases from Etan Patz to the Central Park jogger to Plaxico Burress and on their legal philosophies on drug law enforcement and parole-versus-prison, among other topics. The debate featured some sparring between Cy Vance and Leslie Crocker Snyder who's been hammering Vance for weeks for spending the majority of the last two decades in private practice across the country.

"During NY's worst crime, worst, when everyone here was in danger and our kids were being assaulted, you were in Seattle."

Snyder, a former state supreme court judge, claimed to be taking on what she called the old boys' club in the city.

Vance accused Snyder of changing her positions since she ran against Morgenthau in 2005, saying at that time she supported the death penalty.

"How is the electorate to know what are your core legal values, and when they won't change and bend to political whims."

Vance has the support of Morgenthau in the election.

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WNYC News

Public Advocate Candidates: Activist, Tenacious, Persistent, Inclusive

Monday, August 31, 2009

election500Listen to the debate:

The four major candidates for public advocate faced off in a debate that was broadcast Sunday morning. Early on, Councilman Bill DeBlasio took aim at the front-runner, Mark Green, who held the job during ...

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WNYC News

Democrats Face Off in Primary Debate, But Target is Clearly Bloomberg

Thursday, August 27, 2009

The two Democratic mayoral candidates vying to prevent Mayor Bloomberg from winning a third term squared off in their first debate last night.

City Councilman Tony Avella took City Comptroller Bill Thompson to task for taking campaign cash from developers and money managers who also do business with the city's ...

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