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Blue State Politics: Who Will Win First Debate?

Like four years ago, the presidential candidates will likely have some verbal tricks up their sleeves. Who will win Wednesday's presidential debate? We want to know what Maryland thinks.

 

Remember Joe, the plumber? His story was a product of a presidential debate between candidates Barack Obama and John McCain four years ago.

He turned out not to be a game changer for McCain, who raised Joe as an example of what McCain said were Obama's wealth-distribution economic proposals.

But other historic debate moments have been seen as responsible for turning the tide for one presidential candidate or another.

Just the fact of his appearance on live television was seen as disastrous for Richard Nixon in his debate opposite the telegenic John F. Kennedy in 1960.

It took years for another candidate to get up the courage to go in front of a live audience of millions in a debate situation. That came when Gerald Ford faced Jimmy Carter in 1976. Ford's gamble backfired when he made the statement, "There is no Soviet domination of Eastern Europe" -- a comment pundits said may have cost him the election.

The list of gaffes and slipups since then is long, so candidates come prepared with expert-vetted talking points, rehearsed personal stories and anecdotes like that involving the wrench-packing Joe.

We can expect a practiced verbal exchange Wednesday night when President Obama and GOP challenger Mitt Romney face off at the University of Denver in front of an audience estimated at 50 million.

But occasionally in such debates, an adlibbed zinger will deal at least a momentary glance, such as the time Democratic vice presidential candidate Lloyd Bentsen told his opponent Dan Quayle, who had compared his own public service to that of President Kennedy: "I served with Jack Kennedy. I knew Jack Kennedy. Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine. Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy."

Let's face it, those are the moments we'll be watching for.

Just as McCain did in 2008, Romney has lauded Obama for a gift of oratory. Obama has been in this most sizzling of hot seats -- a live presidential debate -- on several occasions. It's Romney's first time out in exactly this scenario.

A lot is at stake.

In these last weeks leading up to the election, we've asked if you're better off than you were four years ago and whether a presidential contest can turn on one leak of a videotape.

This time we want to know who will face down the critical eye of the camera and win in the minds of the public on Wednesday? What does Maryland think? Tell us in comments.

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The first of three debates leading up to the election will be on domestic policy. For a full schedule and live streaming, click here. Looking for a debate-watching party?

Corbin Dallas Multipass October 03, 2012 at 01:57 AM
think of all the catfood i will be able to buy with all the gold i'll have, perfect for a post social security world
Justsaying October 03, 2012 at 02:06 AM
Apparently Mitt Romney is now less popular than… George W. Bush. That’s according to a new Bloomberg News poll, which finds that former President Bush has 46 percent favorable ratings and 49 percent unfavorable ratings among adults. By contrast, the current GOP presidential candidate Romney has a favorability rating of 43 percent and unfavorable ratings at 50 percent. President Barack Obama came in with higher favorability than both Republicans, racking up 52 favorable ratings and 44 percent unfavorables. Romney did, however, beat out Vice President Joe Biden‘s 42 percent net favorable ratings. The poll’s most favorable leader found was former President Bill Clinton, who polled at 64 percent favorable and 29 percent unfavorable. Coming in second was First Lady Michelle Obama, with 63 favorable and 29 unfavorable.
Shawn October 03, 2012 at 10:51 PM
Corbin I believe you are missing the point. The orchestrated collapse of the US$ is necessary to usher in another "multi-national" currency. (much like the euro) The ultimate goal is to have a one world currency and a one world government. (the new world order) The only way to make that happen is to remove the US$ as the worlds reserve currency. To accomplish that will require devaluing the US$ into oblivion. Gold / silver any hard asset could be a good hedge against hyperinflation. However just like Roosevelts executive order 6260 signed on August 28 1933 outlawing US citizens from owning gold, we are just one executive order away from being able to hedge what wealth you may have legally.
Richard Hertz October 04, 2012 at 11:54 PM
I'm glad to know that you can hear the race-card dog whistle.
Richard Hertz October 04, 2012 at 11:55 PM
Well, we know for sure that the Clown in Chief didn't have one last night!

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