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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The presidential debate

I think Obama did better with this one :) A first: the moderator fact-checked Romney in real time, telling him that he was wrong on an embassy-attack-issue comment he made.

6 Comments:

Anonymous Richard said...

Yes, feeling much better about things today :)

3:30 PM  
Blogger crystal said...

Me too - hopeful :)

3:58 PM  
Anonymous Henry said...

Hi Crystal. I'd say it was a very interesting "dog and pony show" - and I want to emphasize "show"!

While you believe the moderator was engaging in "on the spot fact checking" I saw it as clearly taking a side. In all sincerity, if she did the same thing to the President would you be applauding it so much?

Perhaps I am wrong, but I believe that moderators are supposed to be neutral and it certainly did not come off that way to me because her action was not done across the board.

Hope is all well - Henry

6:15 PM  
Blogger crystal said...

Hi Henry,

Thanks, I hope all is well with you too :)

Yes, to be honest, I would not have like it if she had corrected Obama on some assertion he made. It's just that after watching that first debate in which Romney lied so muc about his stances on issues (at least I believe he was lying), it was refreshing to have someone call him on it, for once.

8:51 PM  
Anonymous Henry said...

Hi Crystal,

In my experience, ALL politicians do whatever they must to obtain a person's vote and I think telling lies is probably very tame compared to what really goes on.

As far as being "called on it" - they were each doing a good job calling the other liar that it started to border on ridiculous!

Also, this is Candy's explanation: Listen, what I said on that stage is the same thing I said to you, actually, last night. What I was trying to do ... I was trying to move this along. The question was Benghazi. There is no question that the administration is quite vulnerable on this topic — that they did take weeks to go, “Well, actually, there really wasn’t a protest and actually didn’t have anything to do with the tape. That took a long time. That’s where he was going. That was his first answer. And then we got hung up on this, “Yes, he said. No, I didn’t. I said terror. You didn’t say terror.” And then there was this point they both kind of looked at me. You know, he was looking at me and the president was looking at me. And what I wanted to move this along — could we get back to this? So I said, “He did say acts of terror, called it an act of terror. But Governor Romney, you are perfectly right that it took weeks for them to get past the tape.

I guess some "moderators" aren't much different than politicians when it comes to veracity. :)

3:20 AM  
Blogger crystal said...

Yes, it was pretty mixed up. I find it hard to respect anyone who lies, though. They probably both stretch the truth at times but Romney has been making it into an art form :)

12:30 PM  

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