How many questions will there be, and who chooses them? In this first, 1-1/2-hour debate, there will be just six questions, all focused on domestic issues. Moderator Jim Lehrer, of PBS Newshour, has already outlined what their basic thrust will be: three questions on the economy, one on health care, one on governing, and one on the role of government. Mr. Lehrer chooses the questions.
What are the rules of the debate? Each question will have a 15-minute period devoted to it. After Lehrer asks the question, each candidate will get two minutes to respond. After that initial response, Lehrer can ask follow-up questions to provoke discussion between the two. The candidates will also have two minutes for closing statements. The candidates cannot ask each other questions. Source: CS Monitor
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Post by Heit & Cheri @ 9:34:50 PM CDT
We’ve got Obama supporters feeling like Obama won the debate, and Romney supporters feeling like Romney won. Since we don’t support either of these jokers, consider our view. Romney did better for a few reasons. First and foremost, he spewed the rhetoric that people fall for better. He seemed more “presidential” because he spoke with authority. Obama seemed tired or just way too laid back–very little offense displayed.
Post by Heit @ 9:27:51 PM CDT
#debate2012 At least the middle class can say they have candidates who SAY they will fight for them–too bad for poor people. #thirdparty ?
Post by Heit & Cheri @ 9:25:23 PM CDT
#debate2012 Question: If elected, what would you do about the gridlock caused by partisan politics in Congress?
Post by Heit @ 9:23:16 PM CDT
#Romney to #Obama: You’re entitled to your own plane–and own house–but not to your own facts.
Post by Cheri @ 9:20:16 PM CDT
The moderator is clearly biased against #Obama–constant interruptions and whatnot. Maybe he’s trying to overcompensate so as not to appear to be easier on Obama.
Post by Heit & Cheri @ 9:19:02 PM CDT
#debate2012 Question: Does the federal government have the responsibility to improve the quality of education in America.
Post by Heit @ 9:14:43 PM CDT
Really?!? Abraham Lincoln?
Post by Heit & Cheri @ 9:14:11 PM CDT
Question: Do you think there is a fundamental difference between the two of you as far as how you view the role of the federal government?
Post by Cheri @ 9:13:12 PM CDT
LOL #Romney won’t let the moderator speak. He’s being VERY aggressive tonight. The Romney-bots will love that!
Post by Heit & Cheri @ 9:11:20 PM CDT
#debate2012 #Obama accuses Romney of not offering specifics on his plans, but in the debate, Romney has actually been more specific than Obama.
Post by Heit @ 9:02:02 PM CDT
#debate2012 Nice how Obama put the moderator in line. Just be fair. Don’t try to bully one candidate because a candidate is bullying you.
Post by Heit & Cheri @ 8:59:02 PM CDT
#debate2012 #Romney says he wants to craft a health care plan at the state level.
Post by Heit & Cheri @ 8:58:06 PM CDT
#debate2012 #Romney wants the Affordable Care Act repealed.
Post by Heit & Cheri @ 8:56:57 PM CDT
#debate2012 #Romney makes it clear that he plans to work for the benefit of corporations.
Post by Heit & Cheri @ 8:54:57 PM CDT
#debate2012 Question 4: What is your view about the level of federal regulation on the economy? To much or should there be more?
Post by Heit & Cheri @ 8:48:53 PM CDT
#debate2012 #Romney refuses to answer whether he supports a Medicare voucher system.
Post by Cheri @ 8:47:11 PM CDT
#debate2012 Obama called Romney out on his proposed voucher-based Medicare program. The idea is that seniors would receive a voucher to buy private insurance. Estimates are that it would cost seniors 6K/year.
Post by Heit & Cheri @ 8:41:51 PM CDT
#debate2012 Question #3: Do you see a major difference between the two of you on Social Security?
Post by Heit & Cheri @ 8:40:21 PM CDT
#debate2012 Romney: Obama gave 50 years worth of tax breaks to solar and wind corporations.
Post by Heit & Cheri @ 8:37:19 PM CDT
#debate2012 #Obama: Budgets reflect choices.
Post by Cheri @ 8:35:05 PM CDT
#debate2012 #Obama is not doing well in this debate. He needs to pick it up… IJS
Post by Heit & Cheri @ 8:33:43 PM CDT
#debate2012 #Romney says he doesn’t wanna raise taxes because they shouldn’t be raised in a bad economy.
Post by Heit & Cheri @ 8:32:12 PM CDT
#debate2012 #Obama points out that Romney refuses to sacrifice corporate profits for deficit reduction.
Post by Heit & Cheri @ 8:30:04 PM CDT
#debate2012 #Obama blames the deficit on the trillions of dollars in debt that the country had when he took office.
Post by Heit & Cheri @ 8:29:03 PM CDT
#debate2012 Romney Q2 answer: I’d stop PBS.
Post by Heit & Cheri @ 8:27:42 PM CDT
#debate2012 Question #2: What are the differences between the two of you as to how you would go about tackling the deficit problem in the country?
Post by Heit @ 8:26:41 PM CDT
Proof Romney simply wants to be in control: He overtalks the moderator and plays by his own rules–not that much different from the U.S. in terms of international law.
Post by Cheri @ 8:26:11 PM CDT
#debate2012 #Romney is coming to the debate with authority–overtalking the moderator and whatnot.
Post by Cheri @ 8:23:53 PM CDT
#debate2012 #Romney says his priority is jobs–get people earning more and paying more taxes.
Post by Heit & Cheri @ 8:22:49 PM CDT
#debate2012 #Obama makes the point that people like Donald Trump are “small business” owners.
Post by Heit & Cheri @ 8:21:32 PM CDT
#debate2012 #Obama says he is pushing for reverting back to Bill Clinton’s tax plan.
Post by Cheri @ 8:18:42 PM CDT
#debate2012 Is #Obama too tired? Did he get rest? He looks a bit unfocused and low energy tonight.
Post by Cheri @ 8:17:20 PM CDT
#debate2012 #Obama stays focused on the middle class. What about the poor?
Post by Heit & Cheri @ 8:15:58 PM CDT
#Debate2012 Romney says reducing the burden on middle income Americans can’t be achieved without reducing the burden on high income Americans.
Post by Heit & Cheri @ 8:15:31 PM CDT
#debate2012 #Romney: No tax cuts that increase the deficit.
Post by Cheri @ 8:13:03 PM CDT
#debate2012 Lehrer lets #Romney ask #Obama a question when the candidates aren’t supposed to ask each other questions according to the debate rules. :/
Post by Heit @ 8:12:34 PM CDT
If Obama keeps trying to play the center by using statements such as “where we agree,” Romney will eat him alive.
Post by Heit & Cheri @ 8:11:45 PM CDT
#debate2012 Mitt Q1 answer: 1) N. America energy independent 2) More trade 3) Skills to succeed 4) Balance budget 5) Champion small businesses.
Post by Heit @ 8:07:55 PM CDT
Mitt 1-ups Obama by telling a ‘personal’ story.
Post by Heit & Cheri @ 8:07:51 PM CDT
Obama says that some of the money saved from winding down two wars will be used to rebuild the economy. #debate2012
Post by Heit & Cheri @ 8:05:09 PM CDT
Question #1: What are the major differences between the two of you about how you would go about creating new jobs?
Post by Heit & Cheri @ 6:18:06 PM CDT
This debate is about domestic policy.
Post by Heit & Cheri @ 5:18:27 PM CDT
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