Presidents often struggle in first debates

Oct 2, 2012 Full story: USA Today 440

When President Obama steps onto the debate stage Wednesday night in Denver, he'll seek to avoid what might be called "incumbents opening debate syndrome." Presidents seeking re-election have often struggled in their first debates: Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush.

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#336 Oct 7, 2012
Cary L Nickel wrote:
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People who are truly "in the know" also know that the earth is a big place, with completely natural environmental processes in place, designed by the creator, which clean up the "messes" left by either man, or other natural processes.
Carbon based fuels are a finite resource.

If you want to avoid running out, you have to stop using them or kill a few billion people.

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Paris

#337 Oct 7, 2012
barefoot2626 wrote:
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In all fairness to Romney, he has not yet responded directly to any questions asked of him.
He wants to increase the deficit by $5 trillion dollars but will cover it with closing some loopholes that he won't mention now.
But- again, to be fair- we don't need to ask him which tax loopholes because if he would close all the tax loopholes, they would still not cover the five trillion dollar hole he plans to create.
Yawn, you mean what Obama has been doing for 4 years..........my my my how hypocritical of you.

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#338 Oct 7, 2012
Le Jimbo wrote:
<quoted text>Yawn, you mean what Obama has been doing for 4 years..........my my my how hypocritical of you.
L E you know by now it is O.K. if the loons on the left do it,but they will scream,stomp their feet and yell racism if you call Obama out on all of his failures.

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#339 Oct 7, 2012
Le Jimbo wrote:
<quoted text>Yawn, you mean what Obama has been doing for 4 years..
Yawn... think you can stay on topic even within the confines of the same sentence?

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#340 Oct 7, 2012
barefoot2626 wrote:
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Yawn... think you can stay on topic even within the confines of the same sentence?
Why should he? You never do Zippy.Oh,how silly of me,I forgot that there are two sets of rules with you dems,your way and noone elses.

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Paris

#341 Oct 7, 2012
barefoot2626 wrote:
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Yawn... think you can stay on topic even within the confines of the same sentence?
I win

“or Fox News”

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Vicksburg, MI

#342 Oct 7, 2012
Le Jimbo wrote:
<quoted text>I win
Winning an argument on the internet is like pissing yourself in dark pants, nobody notices and all it does is give you a warm feeling and a frightful smell.
Ravianna

Lincoln City, OR

#343 Oct 7, 2012
Is anyone going to watch the Vice Presidential debate? I probably will since I don't know much about Paul Ryan except that he came across as a details man when I watched Chris Wallace interviewing him.
Drink the hivE

New York, NY

#344 Oct 7, 2012
This Is Emotionally Thinking - Not Good...

http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m46oulNQRH1rp8...
see the light

El Paso, TX

#345 Oct 7, 2012
barefoot2626 wrote:
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Democrats are looking at the polls- and they aren't.
How can you not worry, the polls are lying to you people.

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#346 Oct 7, 2012
see the light wrote:
<quoted text>How can you not worry, the polls are lying to you people.
Right, all ten national polls are lying to us, it's a conspiracy... oh no! black UN helicopters!

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Paris

#348 Oct 7, 2012
Hypnotic Phantom wrote:
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Winning an argument on the internet is like pissing yourself in dark pants, nobody notices and all it does is give you a warm feeling and a frightful smell.
Obama gets up at the crack of ten, tapers off at noon and quits at four......what a man. Some are working three jobs to try and save their homes and feed their families........

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Paris

#349 Oct 7, 2012
sloopy21 wrote:
Presidents often struggle in first debates
Not like the BIG 0 did ...
Romney looked over at Obama during the debate and said, "Facts Got You're Tongue".

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Paris

#350 Oct 7, 2012
barefoot2626 wrote:
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Right, all ten national polls are lying to us, it's a conspiracy... oh no! black UN helicopters!
Mitt Romney has the support of 49 percent of voters nationwide, compared to 47 percent for President Obama, according to a Rasmussen poll based entirely on interviews conducted after the first presidential debate Wednesday.

Two percent of those surveyed prefer some other candidate and 2 percent are undecided, according to the first daily presidential tracking poll for Sunday.

The results are based on nightly interviews and reported on a three-day rolling average basis. The numbers show a modest bounce for Romney following his strong performance in the debate with President Obama.

“It remains to be seen whether (the bounce) is a temporary blip or signals a lasting change in the race,” the polling firm said.
Scott Rasmussen, the firm’s founder and president, notes “incumbent presidents often struggle in the first debate and do better in the second.”

The firm also released a poll Sunday showing Romney closing the gap on the president in 11 swing states.
In those states, Obama earns 49 percent support, compared to Romney’s 47 percent.

Rasmussen said the race is the closest it has been since September 29 and is Romney’s best showing since the middle of last month.
However, the survey is based on findings from the previous seven days, so most of the responses were prior to the debate.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/10/07/ra...

So the post debate numbers will be higher for Romney based on early sampling.

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#351 Oct 7, 2012
Le Jimbo wrote:
<quoted text>Obama gets up at the crack of ten, tapers off at noon and quits at four...
PS: draft dodger romney has been on vacation for five years

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Calls to several Presidential libraries reveal that President Obama’s predecessor, George W. Bush, was on vacation more — 1,020 days — than any U.S. President since Herbert Hoover and possibly more than any other President in history.

Even President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who was in office 12 years from 1933 to 1945, was on vacation less days than President Bush at 958 days. Calls to several Presidential Libraries reveal that no President can come close to Bush’s 1,020 days on vacation in an 8 year period. Even Lyndon Johnson, who spent 484 days at his ranch in Texas and at Camp David during his presidency, came in under Bush’s vacation time. Some claim the cost of Bush’s frequent trips to Crawford, Texas cost taxpayers upwards of $20 million, but the numbers are hard to confirm.

A recession started in 2001 as Bush took office after 22 million jobs were created during the Clinton Administration from 1993 to 2000. Bush began wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and presided over the loss of 4 million jobs. The debt when Bush left office was $10.6 trillion. In 2005, the Washington Post noted President Bush’s frequent vacations in a piece titled Vacationing Bush Poised to Set a Record as Bush took the longest single vacation — 5 weeks — of any President in 36 years.

President Bush spent 32% of his presidency on vacation.

Bush passed Reagan in total vacation days in 2005 with three and a half years left in his presidency. Reagan spent all or part of 335 days in Santa Barbara over his 8 year presidency. Bush spent 487 days at Camp David during his presidency and 490 days at his Crawford, Texas ranch, a total of 977 days.

When you add the days President Bush spent at Kennebunkport, Maine, he spent a total of 1,020 days away from the White House — close to 3 years. At 1,020 days, Bush was close to being on vacation more days than President John F. Kennedy’s total days in office (1,036). Representatives at the Nixon and Johnson Libraries indicate those two Presidents were on vacation less than 1,000 days during their terms.

President Obama has been on vacation 78 days from 2009 to 2011. At the three year mark into their first terms, George W. Bush spent 180 days at his ranch in Crawford, Texas and Ronald Reagan spent 112 vacation days at his ranch in California. Of course, staff was around all three Presidents on vacations and all White House aides argue that the commander-in-chief is never “out of touch” with work.

Calls to the Eisenhower and Truman Libraries reveal that those Presidents were not on vacation for more than 1,020 days. Eisenhower was on vacation for 456 days during his 8 years in office. When asked on whether President Herbert Hoover’s vacation days could be over 500 for 4 years a historian at the Hoover Library said,“No chance. Everyone agrees he was a grinder — he was the kind of guy for whom a vacation was rare — his vacation days were less than 50.” Hoover was in office from 1929 to 1933. Frequently Hoover either drove himself on brief trips or was driven by a military attachment or took the train.

President Obama was on vacation for 26 days during his first year in office (2009). Ronald Reagan spent 42 days on vacation during his first year in office (1981). President George H.W. Bush was on vacation less than his son, 40 days, in 1989, his first year in office. President Obama was on vacation less in his first year in office than the previous three Republican Presidents.
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Paris

#352 Oct 7, 2012
Ravianna wrote:
Is anyone going to watch the Vice Presidential debate? I probably will since I don't know much about Paul Ryan except that he came across as a details man when I watched Chris Wallace interviewing him.
Biden has asked for 6 days off just to prepare..........no wonder Libya is such a mess. Suposed to be President and Vice President and can't even get up and discuss what you already should know for the positions. After Obama's preformance, Biden ask if he could just forfeit.
conservative crapola

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#353 Oct 7, 2012
rugby's foreign policy consists of hand-written notes passed to him from rover and the Iraq, neo-con fun bunch.

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#354 Oct 7, 2012
conservative crapola wrote:
rugby's foreign policy consists of hand-written notes passed to him from rover and the Iraq, neo-con fun bunch.
Romney's position is to quit giving billions to those that hate us and shoot us in the back. Novel idea huh.

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Paris

#355 Oct 7, 2012
After Obama's performance, can you understand why he don't meet with world leaders.........they can't stop laughing. Why can't the president talk naturally without a teleprompter. Being a communicator is in his job discription and says he should know and be able to discuss matters pertaining to his performance and his duties. He should also be able to articulate his plans and solutions.........Romney did, and looked Presidential, Obama didn't. Have you seen the DNL skit....pretty well sums it up.
gossamer

Warren, MI

#356 Oct 7, 2012
Strugle? It was worse than that.

Obama seemed to change physically during the debate. He looked like the Grinch at times.

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