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1 Obama crams for debates on Sun Sep 16, 2012 7:37 pm

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http://news.yahoo.com/obama-crams-debates-works-being-concise-183422800.html

Obama crams for debates, works on being concise
By Jeff Mason |

CHICAGO (Reuters) - On long flights to swing states in the West and late nights at the White House after his children have gone to bed, President Barack Obama is cramming like a student for a test that could determine his political future.

The subject? His opponent, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. The test? His face-off with the former Massachusetts governor at their first one-on-one debate next month.

With the race still tight despite Obama's slight lead in the polls, the stakes are high for both men to perform well at the three debates this fall and gain momentum toward sealing the November 6 election.

Forced to juggle his governing and campaigning responsibilities, Obama is squeezing in debate prep when he can.

"We don't have the same luxury that Romney does in terms of time," Obama's chief campaign strategist David Axelrod said.

That means Obama uses flights to Nevada, Colorado and other election swing states on Air Force One to read up on Romney's positions, or studies in the evenings at the White House when he's in town.

"He's spent a lot of time reading material and most of it is familiarizing himself with what Governor Romney said in this campaign," Axelrod said. "I mean, he's pretty conversant with his own record but he wasn't very conversant with Romney's."

Obama will sharpen his debating skills against Senator John Kerry, the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, who will play Romney in mock sessions.

Aides want him to work on being brief - a departure from his tendency to be long-winded, which can turn off TV viewers and make him look aloof.

"He's got to speak shorter, that's all," Axelrod said. "He just hasn't had to do that for the last four years so that's a part of the discipline of preparing for these debates."

Romney's sparring partner is Ohio Senator Rob Portman, who has played the president in several mock debates in recent weeks. Portman told reporters on Friday that Romney was "doing great."

ROMNEY NEEDS TO STRIKE BLOWS

Now that the two parties' conventions are over, the debates are the last high-profile, set-piece events left to shape the race for the White House.

The first encounter at the University of Denver in Colorado on October 3 will focus on domestic policy while the second, at Hofstra University in New York state on October 16, will allow audience members to ask questions. Vice President Joe Biden and Representative Paul Ryan face off in Danville, Kentucky, on October 11 in the only vice presidential debate.

The final match between Obama and Romney, in Boca Raton, Florida, on October 22, will focus on foreign policy, a strong point for Obama.

If polls stay the same until the debates begin, Romney will need to strike a rhetorical blow strong enough to reverse Obama's momentum. He gained some experience in doing that while knocking out a series of Republican opponents in a series of debates held during his party's primary elections.

"Romney is at a considerable advantage going into the debate because of the sheer amount of GOP debates he successfully navigated only months ago," said Republican strategist Ron Bonjean. "Although Obama is an incredible speaker, he doesn't often hold news conferences or allow himself to be challenged."

A one-on-one debate with the president naturally elevates the challenger, and historical precedence shows the incumbent often loses the first debate.

But Romney has disadvantages.

Voters view him as less likeable than Obama, a quality that could be magnified on the debate stage, and the wealthy former private equity executive is more prone to gaffes than his Democratic opponent. Romney challenged Texas Governor Rick Perry to a $10,000 bet during one of the primary debates, reinforcing an image of being out of touch with average Americans.

"Romney needs to ... show he's ready for prime time after multiple gaffes, connect with people in a genuine way and lay out actual plans for how he'd govern. So far, he's failed on all three counts," said Democratic strategist Doug Hattaway, a former adviser to Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign.

"President Obama will need to win back independents who gave him a chance in 2008 and re-inspire the new voters who turned out in great numbers to put him into office," he said. "The debates offer a good platform to do both."

Both campaigns are engaging in a familiar political strategy ahead of the debates: raising expectations for the other guy.

"Mitt Romney had many, many debates and he was very good in them," Axelrod said. "By and large when he needed to bring it, he did. He memorizes his set pieces and he delivers them well. He obviously has no hesitance at all about going after someone."

Romney already is predicting Obama will be less than truthful at the debates, sewing seeds of doubt in viewers' minds that Obama's words can be trusted.

"I think he's going to say a lot of things that aren't accurate," Romney told ABC's George Stephanopoulos last week.

"And you know, I'd be tempted to go back to that wonderful line by Ronald Reagan, 'There you go again.' But you can't use something that."

Obama's team has raised doubts about Romney's truthfulness, too, and former President Bill Clinton already used a version of Reagan's famous line to describe Republicans during the Democratic convention.



Obama lead grows, Romney still in striking distance

2 Re: Obama crams for debates on Sun Sep 16, 2012 11:16 pm

SSC


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Maybe he should make his primary concern the safety of the country first.

3 Re: Obama crams for debates on Fri Sep 21, 2012 9:54 pm

gypsy


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Love Bill Clinton..loved this quote from Reagen::


And you know, I'd be tempted to go back to that wonderful line by Ronald Reagan, 'There you go again.'

Obama's team has raised doubts about Romney's truthfulness, too, and former President Bill Clinton already used a version of Reagan's famous line to describe Republicans during the Democratic convention.



Obama lead grows, Romney still in striking distance


4 Re: Obama crams for debates on Fri Sep 21, 2012 11:42 pm

SSC


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Heaven forbid anyone would doubt Clinton's honesty or Obama's words from 4 years ago. SMH

5 Re: Obama crams for debates on Sat Sep 22, 2012 12:05 am

gypsy


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Winners ,Truth prevails,,yes I believe in Obama!!
destruction, from repugs no I don't

6 Re: Obama crams for debates on Sat Sep 22, 2012 12:08 am

SSC


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Lies from Clinton heard them already, no new taxes, cut the deficit, create jobs...haha

7 Re: Obama crams for debates on Sat Sep 22, 2012 12:16 am

gypsy


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I love that I am not prejudice

I also love that
Barrack,,is for the people..

8 Re: Obama crams for debates on Sat Sep 22, 2012 11:03 am

SSC


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Prejudice because Obama is black ??? Oh please Gyp stop with the race card, it isn't about race it is about failure. With his back ground surrounding himself with radicals, slowly but very intentionally moving this country to socialist control, positioning people for his benefit, ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, his lack of intestinal fortitude to counter the Muslim attacks on our own people. Apologizing to the world every time he turns around thus giving us a sign of weakness. Out of control spending, borrowing 700,000 million from Social Security which there is no set plan to pay back, imposing an IRS lean on between 6-9 million if they do not insure themselves. Allowing illegals to remain in this country 11 million. Killing natural resources , causing huge layoffs for regulations that are impossible to meet. Yeah he is a great guy. If by some chance he is re elected 4 more years will bring this country to their knees. Those who think he is the saviour will be the ones to suffer the most. Questions of medical care and what cutbacks will be put into place, some signs of that happening already, people depend of SS what if benefits were cut along with Medicaid, medicine prices sky rocketing, many will no longer be covered. Obama is a one-way train wreck and the worst is to come. Redistribution of wealth a very scary thought but his strong belief.
Give me some examples of what he accomplished BEFORE being elected president, is there business experience, financial experience, foreign experience, before his senate seat, just what had he done in life ???

9 Re: Obama crams for debates on Sat Sep 22, 2012 12:51 pm

gypsy


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I believe I have never see such hatred for a president,and the blatant lies they have created and a congress that won't even try to work with this president,yes, I believe it is because he is Black~ and everyone that has created these lies and hate ,in the old days would be called treason.. I think some people just can't except that he is very intelligent and a very caring and loving person.. a great leader,he fought the odds he put himself through college,became a lawyer, helped people in organizing and community service,he ran for president and won,he inherited a awful mess, and is working to make it better, and he has.. I cannot think of one good thing that the former president did for our country,he left a train wreck!!



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10 Re: Obama crams for debates on Sat Sep 22, 2012 12:57 pm

SSC


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Again using the race card but no answer to my question.

11 Re: Obama crams for debates on Sat Sep 22, 2012 1:04 pm

gypsy


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I love it when a point wins..it is so nice to be able to totally ignore someone who is hate filled ,and has no good thoughts,it is wonderful that we live in a free country, when we can have chose.

12 Re: Obama crams for debates on Sat Sep 22, 2012 1:20 pm

SSC


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He worked as a community organizer, a civil rights attorney for organizations such as Acorn, and a constitutional law teacher.

Gyp you mistake hate for disgust, I don't hate Obama, I have no respect nor trust in him, he has shown me nothing but debt and hardship for this country. Since you couldn't answer my question on his work history I did it for you, kinda slim pickins and not impressive to say the least.
You did not win, you presented nothing . You once again avoided the questions.


13 Re: Obama crams for debates on Sat Sep 22, 2012 1:23 pm

gypsy


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As I said hatred will consume a person,words spoken , exude hate it is very visible.. on another note~ what did Bush do for our country? create two wars and kill many innocent people,also put our country in greater danger..put us in a deep recession if we vote for romeny he will do that also

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