Ready, Set, Spar: Final Presidential Debate Tonight

Tonight’s your last chance to see Barack Obama and Mitt Romney face off in the third and final presidential debate. Bob Schieffer will moderate. What do you think will happen? Any more binders full of women gaffes? Who do you predict will come out stronger this round?

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27 COMMENTS

  1. Not worth wasting my time. I already know who I am voting for and I don’t think anything in these prepared responses to prepared questions is going to change my mind. The election will come down to the same few votes and the same swing state or two as it always does. Business as usual.

  2. The content’s needed to sell media ad space, give talking heads 5 minutes of time, provide FB postings, etc.

    They should have Gary Johnson and Jill Stein on stage to give us something to think about.

  3. ROC, you might have a point.
    George W Bush once said, “Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?” (Florence, S.C., Jan. 11, 2000) and the American people still voted him in, twice.

  4. Spiro, enough.

    Is this where I mention Obama’s 57 States?

    At any given time, anyone running for President, or writing here may make a mistake. That you, 12 years later still mention it without remembering Rev. Wright, say, is telling.

  5. I still await, and anywhere or anytime, not just during this debate, someone asking Obama why he’s voted merely “present” so many times both as an Illinois state senator and a United States senator. That Obama used the refuge of a “present” vote seems to indicate he doesn’t take the process of actually representing his constituents seriously, after all.

    Aren’t our elected representatives logically expected to vote on issues as a key facet of the democratic process? If they don’t. can we then assume they’re guilty of the worst form of political, even of moral, cowardice?

    The moderating is much better tonight so far, by the way. If Martha Raddatz had simply told Biden to stop mugging and playing to the galleries (seemingly to galleries full of the sort of people who take Steven Colbert too seriously at that or, worse, people who take Spiro T. too seriously) during his debate with Ryan, for example, and Candy Crowley hadn’t so suspiciously just wished “to move things along”…..

  6. I believe, cathar, that you could be our best candidate here on Baristanet with regard to “…voting merely ‘present…’ Lately it seems you are composing your entries while in that semi-conscious transition state we all share as we drift off to sleep.

  7. That you, 12 years later still mention it without remembering Rev. Wright, say, is telling.

    CAN’T CRITICIZE ONE PRESIDENT WITHOUT CRITICIZING OBAMA. prof has spoken.

  8. Dear prof,
    “Enough”? Nope.
    I have no compunction saying that Reverend Wright, despite being a loudmouth, has had zero impact on the quality of our lives as Americans. Bush, on the other hand, crippled the nation. It’s no wonder The RNC chose Clint Eastwood over Bush as the special guest speaker in Tampa.

  9. On both side of the aisle, if they can’t take the time to vote and represent the people that elected them then they should be tossed. I do understand conflicts of interest etc . may arise but for some of these clowns to be missing 50% and more votes is disgraceful. It’s woirst when your there and can’t take a stand, once again, that goes for both parties.

  10. “Bush crippled the nation” Really? I recall this country and people doing quite well under Bush for 7 years until the Dems took control of the Congress, Senate and Pelosi, Reid , Frank and the crook Dodd took control of it’s finances. It still amazing Dodd isn’t in the clink along with Corizine.

  11. Yes, herb, he did. Hence his absence at the 2012 RNC Convention in Tampa, and his lack of campaign stops with Mitt. Even your side of the aisle is embarrassed by his very presence.

  12. I recall this country and people doing quite well under Bush for 7 years until the Dems took control of the Congress, Senate and Pelosi, Reid , Frank and the crook Dodd took control of it’s finances.

    You have a pretty short memory then. In Bush’s first term the U.S. lost more than 1.6 million jobs overall, and more than 2.4 million jobs in the private sector. Under Obama’s first term, 740,000 jobs were lost in total, 161,000 in the private sector.

    We were also hit by a few terrorists when Bush was president. Perhaps you’ve heard about that? I would assume if four dead Americans in Libya are Obama’s fault, then sure 3,000 dead Americans in America can be laid at the feet of the then-president.

  13. Ha ha Nick, Whoa, Your comparing the two attacks. Well not only have you reached a new low but you have no idea what you are talking about. This election isn’t about Bush and I do love that you libs still suffer from (BDS) Bush Derangement Syndrome….but 4 years of this guy’s failing policies all have contributed to where we are today and it isn’t a good place. No worries though he’ll be voted out soon and the you libs can do what you do best continue to whine.

  14. I would assume if four dead Americans in Libya are Obama’s fault, then sure 3,000 dead Americans in America can be laid at the feet of the then-president.

    No, I lay the blame on the terrorists for the terrorism. And I think Dubya acted in accordance with what he was told by our intelligence people at the time.

    I, too, think we were better off under Bush although he certainly had his flaws. Our dollar went further, unemployed people were not unemployed for 1-2 years with no hope in sight, there weren’t as many people on welfare, food stamps, etc. I know I sound like a broken record but I don’t remember a time in my short life where I’ve felt so hopeless and helpless. I am usually not a Debbie Downer (sorry Debbie!) but I am a realist. Yes, we are still a great country but open your eyes and ears. Talk to people who have been out of work for more than a year. Talk to people who must decided whether to put gas in their car or food on the table. Talk to people who have lost their home to a foreclosure or who are on the brink of doing so.

    As for aggression/terrorism around the world and on our shores, it’s not a matter of if, but when. And our current President continues to arrange the deck chairs on the Titanic.

  15. Whatever happened to the inept one’s pleasant demeanor? The poor guy looks so uptight these days. So desperate, so bitter, so petty. His jab attempts were just so unpresidential and Romney stuck it in his face with “attacking me is not an agenda” and ” Attacking me is not talking about how were going to deal with the challenges that exist in the Middle East”. Man did he make the inept look bad. The inept one has nothing to run on so he takes shots at the challenger, which is usually the other way around. How many times did he have to “spike the Bin laden football”?

    It was clearly obvious that Mitt Romney is much more presidential and the inept is in way over his head and thats why he will be elected the 45th on Nov. 6th and you people know it.

  16. Snort, herb, are we talking about demeanor now? What’s next? Whether he shaved without nicking himself? This just in: herb says the the inept one is inept with a razor, too.

  17. Our current president is the one who got Bin Laden and has a nuanced foreign policy – sabre rattling and sucking up to Bibi is not a great foreign policy plan.

    Are we better off – well we were on a roll after eight years of Clinton and yes, the country was pretty much wrecked by their policies of cutting taxes while waging two wars, one of which turned out to be a foreign policy idea that Cheney and Rumsfeld went after with such zeal that they constructed a false reason to go into Iraq when they should have been concentrating on Afghanistan and Pakistan.

    Not to mention an unbridled financial industry – that had done away with post depression era regulations separating banks from investment firms – that went on a sugar rush of mortgage lending to anyone with a pulse and then packaged and sold those loans as investments knowing they were bad and in the case of Citi, even hedged against them!

    If we are not better off, it’s because the current administration has a big hole to dig us out of, much like Clinton did in the 90’s, and by the end of his second term we had a surplus and we were all better off. We’re making our way out of the mess, slowly, and I would not want to see the same failed policies that put us here back in place next year.

  18. Your comparing the two attacks. Well not only have you reached a new low but you have no idea what you are talking about.

    I’m very sorry I compared two terrorists attacks. I forgot about the national law saying no one is allowed to blame Bush for a terrorist attack on our soil, while Obama is to blame for one that happened in Libya.

  19. Officials on Monday said voters who had received the letters thus far are white, registered Republicans who consistently vote in elections.

    OH NO! Not white Republicans! They’re not supposed to get these letters!

    Seriously, though, I’m not sure why you’re painting this like it’s some kind of sophisticated effort at voter fraud. This is along the same lines as sending robocalls telling people Election Day has been postponed for 24 hours, right?

  20. I’d be more concerned about a candidate’s family having an ownership stake in company that manufactures voting machines.

  21. The inept one has nothing to run on so he takes shots at the challenger, which is usually the other way around.

    Yes, I remember how nice Bush Jr. was to John Kerry, and Bush Sr. to Clinton. It was like they were all best buds!

  22. How many times did he have to “spike the Bin laden football”?

    Presidents have been trying to “get” bin Laden since 1996. Both Clinton and Bush Jr. failed. It’s not even clear that Jr. tried, but if he had and succeeded, you can bet the airwaves would have been blanketed with him and his allies touting the achievement.

    Hell, when we “won” the Iraq War he flew a damn plane onto an aircraft carrier to celebrate the momentous occasion. You think he wouldn’t have spiked a football over bin Laden’s head? Please.

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