Presidential Debates

Obama choked. Big time.

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I realize Romney lied, over and over. I realize that the Democrats are trying to point that out, and the president is trying to spin his way out of it. And some people actually think Obama "won" the debate. But debates are about image as well as substance, about appearing confident and presidential -- and speaking in a way that reaches the average undecided voter. That means using stories and simplifying things and delivering information in an understandable, linear way. Romney did that, beautifully. Obama did not.

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Why the debate will be meaningless

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Other than not making any stupid mistakes, the presidential candidates have one goal for the Oct. 3: "debate" -- and it's the reason not much of substance is going to come out of either one's mouth.

See, this isn't a national campaign at this point; it's all about winning over a few hundred thousand undecided voters in about nine states. Which means that Romney and Obama are going to be talking to a few hundred thousand people mostly in Pennsylvania, Florida, and Ohio.Read more »