The next debate: What to expect

  • Article by: JOHN RASH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 19, 2012 - 7:47 PM

In Monday's debate, the moderator shouldn't let his journalistic instincts be tamed.

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ninetyninerOct. 19, 1210:19 PM

This race has never been close. The only reason that the lamestream media is saying it's close is because they get a lot more advertising dollars by keeping it a horse race. Obama will win it by a substantial margin because voters are not going to go back to the same economic policies of GW Bush that destroyed our economy in the first place.

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neptune1Oct. 20, 12 4:31 AM

@ninetyniner - If Bush's policies destroyed the economy, then I'd have to say Obama has just doubled those efforts. What has Obama done differently than Bush?

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one4thepeepsOct. 20, 12 7:53 AM

Make no mistake, if elected RMoney's plan to expand military spending by twenty percent (when the US spends nearly as much as the rest of the world combined) will lead to severe cuts to schools, seniors, and basic infrastructure. As he explodes the deficit by further cutting taxes across the board, including to the wealthy, we have to ask ourselves how many bombs do we need, how many jets, and how many destoryers? We have to ask ourselves how many wars do we need as RMoney rattles his saber at Iran and Syria and Russia, while promising a trade war with China that would destroy American jobs. This is a man who angered our closest allies within two days of traveling abroad. This is a man who spent the Vietnam War eating baguettes in a Parisian Cafe. This is man who would be both dangerous and disastrous to the future of America. Hopefully, Crowley doesn't let RMoney's lies go unchallenged.

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crash1Oct. 20, 12 8:59 AM

This is the most important of the debates, because foreign policy and the economy are conjoined twins. Listen carefully to what you hear.

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ivaro3Oct. 20, 12 9:36 AM

I hope Schieffer does indeed talk about China, India, Israel, and is pointed and doesn't let either get away with talking in generalities. I believe Schieffer at his best can be the moderator the upcoming debate needs.

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smdentOct. 20, 1210:51 AM

Let's see how many times Romnesia will shift his story this time.

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johneramone4Oct. 20, 1211:27 AM

"This race has never been close" It certainly isn't anymore. Romney is steamrolling his way to a landslide victory.

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crystalbayOct. 20, 1212:39 PM

"Romney is steamrolling his way to a landslide victory."............Denial isn't just a river in Egypt, sir! Nate Silver and Intrade have Obama winning the race at 70%. Every major electoral map web site has him with well over the 270 vote mark with Romney trailing 40-80 points behind. The only thing at this point which could tip things Romney's direction are the nation-wide schemes to suppress Dem votes. Never in the history of this country have we been witness to such blatant and undemocratic tactics by the GOP. This party is desperate to hand control back to those who nearly destroyed America four years ago and make sure that even more of the wealth transfers to fewer hands at the top. America cannot survive another disastrous Republican reign.

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GaviotaOct. 20, 12 2:07 PM

John Rash should get out of the house more. He's obviously speaking from ignorance when he claims that the recent commercial-free presidential debates have mattered far more than campaign ads. Television viewers in Ohio, not to mention in several other states, have been under a near-constant bombardment by political appeals. ▶There's good reason for the blitz: To paraphrase James Carville's coinage during the 1992 presidential campaign, it's the electoral college, stupid. ▶Both President Obama and Governor Romney must try to cobble together a winning electoral vote combination by adding as many of the swing states to their columns as possible to get to 270 or more electoral votes. ▶If Obama wins Ohio and its 18 electoral votes, he only has to win Iowa, Nevada and New Hampshire to give him 281 electoral votes. At this time, he holds a persistently strong lead in Ohio and his leads in Iowa and Nevada look fairly strong as well. ▶No Republican has ever won the presidency without winning Ohio. If Romney fails to take Ohio, he would have to win Florida (29 electoral votes), Virginia (13), North Carolina (15), Colorado (9), Iowa (6), Nevada (6) and New Hampshire (4). The latest opinion polls in those states suggest that winning them all would be very nearly impossible.

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dave9398Oct. 20, 12 4:55 PM

"America cannot survive another disastrous Republican reign" --- Would it be better under the Dems? We need a leader who can compromise that is definitely not Obama. The last 4 years have been a complete loss.

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