Presidential Debates


Tue October 23, 2012
Battleground Colorado

Post-Debate, High Profile Colorado Rallies Are Next For Both Campaigns

Colorado's famed Red Rocks Amphitheater, the site for Tuesday's Romney-Ryan rally.
Jim Bowen Flickr - Creative Commons

Fresh off last night’s third and final presidential debate on foreign policy, the battleground state of Colorado will be back in the national spotlight for the next couple of days.

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Mon October 22, 2012
It's All Politics

Media Circus: Tone Trumps Content In Final Debate

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 10:55 pm

President Obama and GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney walk away after they greet each other at the end of the third presidential debate in Boca Raton, Fla., on Monday.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

For most American viewers, including this one, much of Monday night's presidential debate on foreign policy was conducted as though it were in a foreign language.

References to Mali, to former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, missile shields in Poland, "status of forces" agreements — could only have befuddled the voting public.

It's not that the candidates invoked unimportant issues. And it's not that the two held so elevated a conversation mere mortals could not understand. It's that they were debating almost entirely in tone rather than content.

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Mon October 22, 2012
It's All Politics

Debate Takeaway: Little Daylight Between Obama, Romney

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 11:10 pm

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and President Obama shake hands with audience members following the third presidential debate Monday at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla.
Eric Gay AP

In at least one sense, the final presidential debate of the year looked a lot like the previous ones between Mitt Romney and President Obama.

Regardless of what they were asked, each offered talking points he had prepared and was determined to make. The candidates, not moderator Bob Schieffer of CBS News, set both the tone and the pace of the debate.

That included switching gears far from the nominal subject of Monday's debate in Boca Raton, Fla., which was foreign policy. The domestic economy received at least as much attention and verbiage as Iran, Libya or China.

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Mon October 22, 2012
It's All Politics

Facts Got Bent Again In Last Debate

Originally published on Tue October 23, 2012 8:55 am

Fact checkers got a shout out Monday night from President Obama when he declared that Republican challenger Mitt Romney had repeated "the biggest whopper that's been told during the course of this campaign."

"Every fact checker and every reporter who's looked at it, governor, has said this is not true," the president pointed out — correctly — during Monday's debate after Romney charged that Obama went on an "apology tour" during his first year in office.

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Mon October 22, 2012
Presidential Debates

TRANSCRIPT & VIDEO: The Final 2012 Presidential Debate

Screencap from the final debate between President Obama and Governor Mitt Romney. CBS' Bob Scheiffer moderated.

Transcript and video of the third and final debate between President Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney, October 22nd in Boca Raton, FL, moderated by Bob Schieffer.

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