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Are Presidential Debates Always
a Waste of Time?

Reason, by Ronald Bailey

Original Article

Posted By:zoidberg, 10/24/2012 8:21:25 AM

President Barack Obama and former Massachusettts Gov. Mitt Romney are the Tweedledee and Tweedledum of American foreign policy as the final televised debate of the 2012 presidential campaign proved. (Snip) In the third debate, Obama and Romney mimicked the Looking Glass twins by largely backing away from real confrontation. With very slight differences in emphasis, the two agreed that Iran can’t have a nuclear bomb; Israel is a great friend; American troops will withdraw from Afghanistan by 2014; Pakistan and Syria are a mess; economic growth at home will make America strong abroad; and China should “play by the rules.”

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: msctex1, 10/24/2012 8:27:07 AM     (No. 8957423)

For the first time, people got to see just who and what Obama truly is.

So, no. Obviously not.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: billp, 10/24/2012 8:44:10 AM     (No. 8957481)

Clearly, when the media and your opponent have used every opportunity to denigrate you, a debate, where you actually have a chance to let the people see beyond the nightly news (the biased veil) is worthwhile.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: ebolamadcow, 10/24/2012 9:00:38 AM     (No. 8957529)

Apparently they are, if the negro loses.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: pursuitoftruth, 10/24/2012 9:02:38 AM     (No. 8957532)

The Bible says, "Agree with your enemy when he is in the way." Obviously, Romney did this and it worked to totally unmask Obama. It worked!

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Reply 5 - Posted by: southernboy, 10/24/2012 9:15:59 AM     (No. 8957575)

If the debate is being watched by someone who has been enveloped in a feather comforter for four years, and this is the first time they are aware of politics…and believed everything Obama said, the race might be a toss-up. One has to be aware of the real events to know that Obama was lying through his teeth about his position on Israel, his record on the economy, his position on sequestration, etc. For any truly aware, it was a peek into the real nature of the man, and it was not a pretty sight. The facial expressions alone should be a warning. That wolfish grin is the stuff nightmares are made of.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Mobyclik, 10/24/2012 9:25:47 AM     (No. 8957605)

Only the media and obamobots would now consider the debates a waste of time. For millions of sane Americans, they were a wake-up call to the lies and attacks by obama and his biggest allies, the media. In that regard, Romney was the HUGE winner.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Teleologicus, 10/24/2012 9:57:52 AM     (No. 8957720)

The writer has missed the point completely. This is one of the several deficiencies of an approach to human affairs that is restricted to a narrow and frequently sterile rationalism. For the heart, as Pascal wrote, has reasons that reason knows not of. The tunnel vision of people like the writer makes them miss the forest for the trees.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: killerbee, 10/24/2012 9:58:24 AM     (No. 8957723)

20 primary debates were a waste of time. The presidential debates have been the only way that Mitt Romney was able to introduce himself properly to the American people.

The debates are crucial for working around (or attempting to work around) the Democrat owned media.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: tomishere, 10/24/2012 11:06:05 AM     (No. 8957849)

I don't think the primary debates where a waste of time at all. They more than anything else helped Romney hone his debating skills, so thanks Newt, Rick, Michelle, Herman.

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