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Debate Preview: The Good, The Bad and The Expected

Debate Preview: The Good, The Bad and The Expected

President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney face off this week in the first of three debates prior to the November election. It’s a close race and both candidates have done their best to manage expectations heading into Wednesday evening’s performance. But with so much on the line this election, and with debates increasingly staged and strained at the expense of substantive policy battles, what should we expect to see Wednesday night?

This first debate will be hosted by Jim Lehrer of PBS’s Newshour. Lehrer will ask six questions, each followed by 15 minutes of debates between the candidates. Lehrer is a pretty even-keel moderator who has been known to ask difficult questions and press candidates for answers. How much of that we will see this first debate is an open question though.

This first debate will cover domestic policy issues, though that leaves plenty of ground to cover in just a few hours. For Romney, this is dangerous territory. His inconsistencies and outright flops and pandering on Obamacare, the auto-industry bailout and his infamous “47 percent” quote all have him set up for exploitation by a seasoned and polished President Obama.

But there are plenty of traps for Obama to fall into on these issues as well. Despite the popularity of the individual portions of Obamacare, the public still largely buys Republican talking points that health care reform is a drag on business growth. Conservatives will also try and use Obamacare as a wedge to attack the president on religious liberty issues, though this leaves them exposed to the numerous ways in which the GOP has gone after women’s economic rights. And without a doubt Romney’s single greatest task on policy and strategy will be to tie the Obama administration to a faltering economic recovery and claim it’s all his fault.

Whether or not Romney is successful with such a task will largely depend on how vigorously Leher and Obama push him for details and push back against Romney’s own inconsistencies and his record.

For Romney, the stakes couldn’t be higher. Polls have him consistently trailing the president. A poor performance Wednesday night–which could be measured by anything short of a win– could send donors packing it up for Senate and Congressional races they see as winnable.

But that doesn’t mean Democrats can get comfortable now. There’s a month before the election, and this is when many voters finally start paying attention. A poor performance, followed by a Romney-rebound could put Obama on his heels. Given the widespread voter suppression efforts in key swing states and that could be enough to tilt the election.

 

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2:33AM PDT on Oct 10, 2012

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Additionally, four of these men were formerly employed at Booz Allen Hamilton. Booz Allen, now owned by the Bush family friendly Carlyle group, also made voting machines for the United States military. Booz Allen was also the key subcontractor for the controversial PioneerGroundbreaker program, an NSA data mining operation that gathered information on American citizens until it was shut down and replaced with even more invasive successor programs like MATRIX and Total Information Awareness.

H.I.G. Capital employees have given $338,000 to Mitt Romney's campaign. That amounts to over $1500 per employee. Bain Capital, Mitt's former company, by comparison, only gave him $268,000. H.I.G. is the 11th largest donor to the Romney Campaign. Clearly they are working really hard for their man. It appears that they will work even harder on election night. Although not boisterously promising to deliver states where their machines are to Romney as Wally O'Dell of Diebold did for Bush in 2004, they can launder hundreds of thousands of votes and swing the vote in the crucial swing state Ohio.

Will Mitt's cronies steal our democracy the way they stole our jobs? Time will tell, but they have certainly positioned themselves to do so if they choose.


My question would be - exactly how dirty can these guys show themselves to be before they're disqualified from running for the U.S. Presidency or other public office?

Are there no limits at all?

2:31AM PDT on Oct 10, 2012

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In all 234 counties of Texas, the entire states of Hawaii and Oklahoma, half of Washington and Colorado, and certain counties in swing state Ohio, votes will be cast on eSlate and ePollbook machines made by Hart Intercivic. Hart Intercivic machines have famously failed in Tarrant County (Ft. Worth), adding 10,000 non-existant votes. The EVEREST study, commissioned by the Ohio secretary of state in 2007, found serious security flaws with Hart Intercivic products.

Looking beyond the well-documented Google choking laundry list of apparent fraud, failure and seeming corruption that is associated with Hart Intercivic, an ongoing Free Press investigation turned its attention to the key question of who owns the voting machine companies. The majority of the directors of Hart come from the private equity firm H.I.G. Capital. H.I.G. has been heavily invested in Hart Intercivic since July 2011, just in time for the current presidential election cycle. But who is H.I.G Capital?

Out of 49 partners and directors, 48 are men, and 47 are white. Eleven of these men, including H.I.G. Founder Tony Tamer, were formerly employed at Bain and Company, and two of those men, John P. Bolduc, Douglas Berman, are Romney bundlers along with former Bain and H.I.G. manager Brian Shortsleeve.

Additionally, four of these men were formerly employed at Booz Allen Hamilton. Booz Allen, now owned by the Bush family friendly Carlyle group, also made voting machines for the United States mi

2:28AM PDT on Oct 10, 2012

(continued - oops! The first line in my previous should have read: ...to make the electronic voting machines they're using, the ones with Bain people involved, appear to be producing achievable results, and then they need never worry about elections again.)


John - 1 day ago - readersupportednews.org
Romney bundlers are also in the electronic voting machine business. This appears to be a
repeat of the the infamous former CEO of Diebold Wally O'Dell, who raised money for Bush
while his company supplied voting machines and election management software

Links to: http://readersupportednews.org/news-section2/318-66/13716-focus-vote-counting-company-tied-to-romney

Vote Counting Company Tied to Romney

By Gerry Bello & Bob Fitrakis, Free Press

29 September 12


Several Tanker trucks full of political ink have been spilled on Mitt Romney's tenure as a vulture capitalist at Bain Capital. A more important story, however, is the fact that Bain alumni, now raising big money as Romney bundlers are also in the electronic voting machine business. This appears to be a repeat of the the infamous former CEO of Diebold Wally O’Dell, who raised money for Bush while his company supplied voting machines and election management software in the 2004 election.

In all 234 counties of Texas, the entire states of Hawaii and Oklahoma, half of Washington and Colorado, and certain counties in swing state Ohio, votes will be cast on eSlate and ePollbook machines made by

2:22AM PDT on Oct 10, 2012

Nils L., Romney and the Republicans involved in the election-stealing know that they only need to fool enough of the people long enough to make the electronic voting machines they're using, the ones with Bain people involved, and then they need never worry about elections again.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/mckaycoppins/how-romney-packed-the-univision-forum

How Romney Packed The Univision Forum

Tense moments as the campaign demands to bus in supporters and to retape an introduction. “A little bit of disrespect,” complains Univision's Salinas.
McKay Coppins BuzzFeed Staff


http://www.bradblog.com/

VIDEO: Brad on Thom Hartmann TV With the Latest on the PA Photo ID Ruling and the GOP Voter Registration Fraud Scandal
By Brad Friedman on 10/3/2012 11:20am PT
I had a lot to pack in to about 4 minutes on Thom Hartmann's Big Picture TV show last night, but I did my best, including a tasty new morsel on Florida's criminal investigation into the GOP Voter Registration Fraud Scandal that I was able to obtain just before air, and which I haven't yet broken elsewhere...

http://www.care2.com/news/member/797865952/3461528


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Dirty Tricks? - Vote Counting Company Tied to Romney


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John - 1 day ago - readersupportednews.org
Romney bundlers are also in the electronic voting machine business. This appears to be a
repeat of the the infamous former CEO of Diebold Wally O'Dell, who raised money for Bush
while his company supplied

6:45PM PDT on Oct 6, 2012

Why would Daryll want to stop lying? It would improve his reputation and credibility if he did that. That isn't his intent Lee.

He's trying to show us how quickly one can stomp on one's own reputation and keep it in the gutter to support an ideological view and dogma that shuts off intellect and sacrifices truth at every step.

5:25PM PDT on Oct 6, 2012

Darryll G - where's your other brother? Btw, what ARE you talking about? Perhaps you didn't understand what was said in the debate which comes from Romney's own tax policy plan and the analysis provided by by the Tax Policy Center (which is bi-partisan) shows Romney's plan would cost the American tax payer over 5 trillion dollars (which, by the way is what Obama said; "5 trillion"). Again Darryll, the Tax Policy Center came up with those figures used by Obama! Obama didn't lie so stop lying Darryll.

9:15AM PDT on Oct 6, 2012

i wonder if i saw the same debate as you, yes Romney told some lies, but what about Obama's lies, start with the 7 trillion dollars he says Romney's plan will cost, NOT, go to factcheck.org and read about what is true or not, unless your head is buried in the sand and you don't care about the truth

5:57PM PDT on Oct 4, 2012

Couldn't see this one but hope to see the next one.

9:13AM PDT on Oct 4, 2012

Romney was hardly presidential. A rah rah business sales pitch was delivered by a man who knows he has to lie to sell his pitch. It was a personality sales pitch.

He showed that he could BS in a positive sounding manner.
Unfortunately most American's are spending the time investigating this stuff as much as people on Care2 are. Oh there are other blog sites that get into this as well so more Americans than ever before are really looking at this stuff. But is it enough?

There are people who vote social meaning do I like the guy? It also means they aren't really looking at what he is saying or the fact that he is lying. In that light the Mormon did well. He sold people a false bill of goods but made some think he has a go getter personality.


8:16AM PDT on Oct 4, 2012

The moderator was terrible in terms of holding the debate to order. I guess it is a tough position to be in facing two presidential candidates one of whom is a standing president. How does one have the temerity to stop either.

Many GOP folks are heartened by Romney’s aggressiveness and insistence on not running rampant. They are also heartened by the fact that he could tell more lies without making a host of gaffes. So he scored a point for being animated, finally, but not adult. It would appeal to those who are sports minded and who will cheer anything that attacks the enemy. He still lied and flip flopped again. Obama didn’t call him on it as much as I thought he should have.

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