The University’s souvenir bag, given to all journalists, campaign staff, and campus visitors, had a series of “Presidential debate 2012 items” that were “Made in China.”
Republican nominee Mitt Romney was proclaimed the winner of the Oct. 3 presidential debate by wide swaths of the media, while President Obama’s performance was criticized by his own allies. On a policy level, however, Romney’s comments on Medicare, health care in general and taxes appeared to represent a significant shift to the center – and away from the alliance he’s tried to nurture with the tea party movement. This, more than Obama’s downcast demeanor, is likely to carry real implications for the rest of the presidential contest.
No one loves top five lists more than Politico, so naturally that talented startup in Rosslyn, Va., weighed in with the five watch-fors at tonight’s presidential debate in Denver. You can read the Politico story here: http://politi.co/Vw5WP4
According to Politico, the first watch-for is whether Mitt Romney can “win” the first half-hour. We’re going to flag this one as a bogus metric. Turning points in debates can happen at any time and are more likely on the back end, as the discussion heats up and the debaters get frazzled. The first half-hour will see both candidates at their most poised and rehearsed.