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The Brian Lehrer Show

Final Debate: Horses, Bayonets and More

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

President Obama and Mitt Romney traded barbs over Libya, Egypt, Iran, military spending, and more. Michele Kelemen, NPR correspondent covering diplomacy and the foreign desk, discusses last night's final debate.

→ Post-Debate Resources: Transcript and Audio | AP Fact-Check |  Live Chat Transcript

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WNYC News

Fact Check | Missteps in Final Presidential Debate

Monday, October 22, 2012

Voters didn't always get the straight goods when President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney made their case for foreign policy and national security leadership Monday night before their last super-sized audience of the campaign. A few of their detours into domestic issues were problematic too.

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Foreign Policy Experts Weigh in: What to Expect in the Final Presidential Debate

Monday, October 22, 2012

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President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney will tackle foreign policy issues in Monday’s third and final presidential debate – meaning a nuclear Iran, the future of Syria, negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians and China's relationship to the United States are all fair game.

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WNYC News

Green Party’s Stein Talks Arrest, Presidential Debates

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Most people would be hard pressed to name a candidate for president other than Democrat Barack Obama or Republican Mitt Romney, but a handful of other people are running for the country’s top elected office, including Jill Stein, Green Party candidate for president.

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The Takeaway

Recapping the Second Presidential Debate

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Two weeks ago, conservatives and liberals alike declared Governor Romney the undisputed winner of the last presidential debate, as pundits claimed he portrayed strength and confidence in the face of a timid and unfocused President Obama. But did he fare as well this time around? Or did President Obama bounce back? Josh Treviño, conservative pundit and former speechwriter for President George W. Bush, weighs in.

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The Takeaway

Independents React to the Second Presidential Debate

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

After the first presidential debate, we spoke to several independent voters throughout the country who have not yet decided who they will be voting for come November. Now, after the second presidential debate, we check back in with these voters to see what they thought and where they are leaning.

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It's A Free Country ®

Explainer: Is Oil Production Really Down 14 Percent?

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Mitt Romney was correct that domestic oil production decreased 14 percent in one year, but that's nowhere close to the whole story.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: Debate Reactions

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Last night's debate took place in the very-Blue state of New York, but both President Obama and Mitt Romney were trying to speak to the key voters in the critical swing states. You be the pundit: Who do you think won in the swing states? Post now!

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Presidential Debate, Round Two

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Anna Sale, It's A Free Country political reporter, reviews last night's town hall-style presidential debate.

→ Post-Debate Resources: Transcript | Fact-Check | Chat Transcript

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Debate Preview: Take Two

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Mara Liasson, national political correspondent for NPR, previews tonight's "town hall-style" presidential debate.

What advice would you give Obama and Romney in advance of tonight's debates?

→ Watch the Debates With WNYC: Pre-Debate Special at 8pm Tonight | Video and Live Chat | Play Debate Bingo!

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The Takeaway

Candidates Request No Follow-Ups in Town-Hall Style Debate

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

As the candidates prepare to face off again tonight in the second presidential debate, there is actually something the two men finally agree on: the format. Tonight's debate at Hofstra University is town-hall style, meaning all questions come from the audience. The campaigns have also agreed that the moderator, Candy Crowley, will not be allowed ask follow-up questions.

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WNYC News

Micropolis: For a Night, Hempstead Stands at the Corner of Obama and Romney

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Tonight tens of millions of viewers are expected to tune in for the second presidential debate, which takes place at Hofstra University on Long Island, in a town that rarely makes national headlines.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: Debate Role-Play

Monday, October 15, 2012

The second presidential debate will take place tomorrow night at Hofstra University. Listeners: want to play the role of Obama or Romney? If you are a Romney supporter and want to advocate on his behalf, or an Obama supporter who wants to play the role of the President, call 212-433-9692. Brian will ask a question, and our role-players will discuss!

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WNYC News

Romney's Debate Performance Swings Polls In His Favor

Monday, October 08, 2012

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In the five days since Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney was declared by many the winner of the first presidential debate, political watchers have waited to see if polls would shift in response to his performance. And, they did.

The Brian Lehrer Show

Jim Lehrer on Hosting Debates

Monday, October 08, 2012

Jim Lehrer, former PBS News anchor and author of Tension City: Inside the Presidential Debates, reflects on the presidential debates he's hosted, including the first Romney-Obama debate last week.

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WNYC News

Jim Lehrer Defends Debate Moderating Performance

Monday, October 08, 2012

It was Lehrer on Lehrer, when veteran PBS newsman Jim Lehrer stopped by The Brian Lehrer Show to explain the importance of presidential debates, stress the vital need for federal funding for public broadcasting and defend his own controversial moderating performance from the first Obama-Romney debate.

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The Takeaway

Don't Mention It: Gun Violence

Friday, October 05, 2012

Earlier this week, just hours before the first presidential debate in Denver, Aurora shooting victim Stephen Barton spoke out in a new ad, put out by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, asking the voters to pay close attention to how both candidates addressed gun violence.

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On The Media

The Post-Game Wrap-Up

Friday, October 05, 2012

The first presidential debate of the season electrified Romney's supporters and disappointed Obama's. Brooke looks at the reaction to the debate, and checks in on what the pundits are saying.

The Album Leaf – There is a Wind

 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Optics of Last Night's Debate

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Josh King, corporate communications executive, former director of production for presidential events in the Clinton White House and host of the podcast "Polioptics," picks apart the body language, stagecraft, and other subtle elements of last night's debate.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Politifact-Checking the First Debate

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Bill Adair, founder and editor of PolitiFact, provides a fact check of the first Obama-Romney debate, from claims about Romney's tax plan to Obama's health care proposal.

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