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Presidential candidates to face off in first of 3 debates

October 3, 2012

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The campaign that seems to have lasted forever enters its homestretch. Tonight marks the first of three presidential debates (8 p.m., ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, Univision, CNN, C-SPAN, CNBC, Fox News, MSNBC) between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney. For the record, the first Republican primary debate of the 2012 election took place on May 5. Of 2011!

Tonight’s event, at the University of Denver, will be moderated by veteran PBS newsman Jim Lehrer and will focus on domestic affairs.

The debate offers Romney a chance to introduce — or, reintroduce — himself to voters who have yet to focus on the race or make up their minds. Over the years, debates have provided challengers the opportunity to appear “presidential” and more up to the job than the incumbent. Or at least more likable. That was the case in 1976, when President Gerald Ford stumbled on issues of foreign policy, giving Democratic challenger Jimmy Carter an opening. Four years later, Carter seemed ill at ease compared to a confident Ronald Reagan, who assured voters that he was more than a genial Hollywood star. Romney’s supporters find the 1980 analogy apt because, just like Reagan, he is facing a president beset with a bad economy.

Glancing back at the year of the Carter-Reagan election, you can now see that even the prime-time television zeitgeist was moving in Reagan’s direction and beginning to tout his pro-prosperity mantra.

For years, television programs had celebrated the everyman. From Ralph Kramden to Archie Bunker, the average guy was king. The middle class was depicted as a kind of paradise. Even an all-powerful sorceress like Samantha Stephens on “Bewitched” wanted to join. The rich, when they were depicted at all, were pitiable, effete and detached, like the Howells on “Gilligan’s Island.”

Tonight’s other highlights

• Miami boot camp begins for a lucky few on “The X Factor” (7 p.m., Fox).

• The newcomers head to the mall with their alien friends on “The Neighbors” (7:30 p.m., ABC).

• Dean returns from purgatory on the season premiere of “Supernatural” (8 p.m., CW).

• “Life After Top Chef” (9 p.m., Bravo) debuts.

• “Food Paradise” (10 p.m., Travel) celebrates bacon.

Comments

justfornow 1 year, 6 months ago

I bet President Obama himself and beatrice votes for Gov. Romney after the debate last night. lol

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tange 1 year, 6 months ago

Mitt was STELLAR! He looked right at me. ME! And then he promised ME the MOON! So, I'm pretty sure he has a rocket... and, you know... with that Willie-Wonka-like demeanor of his... I can't wait to land, pull off my helmet, and bury my face in what must be cookie dough ice cream!

/ gives me the willies just thinking about it!

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justfornow 1 year, 6 months ago

Just turned to MSNBC and they are already going into overdrive blasting Gov. Romney, too funny. What a joke MSNBC is as a news organization.

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atiopatioo 1 year, 6 months ago

Tweet...looks like Mitt took Obama for a ride in the country with him strapped to the roof of the car.

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atiopatioo 1 year, 6 months ago

At least Obama has Biden as a firewall.

Check out Bill Marr and Ed Schulz tweets....stunned at how bad Obama did.

Break down.... Chris Mathews looks like he is balling on MSNBC.

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ljreader 1 year, 6 months ago

Obama wants more specifics from Romney. I would've liked more specifics about Obamacare, not the "we just have to pass it and find out" (because nobody read it) bit- especially when we'll be finding most of it out after the election (by design). By that logic, we should just elect Romney and find out how that goes. BTW, Romney rocked it.

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justfornow 1 year, 6 months ago

I'd say no. The 47% vote is already locked up.

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justfornow 1 year, 6 months ago

If tonight is any indacation this election just turned. MSNBC has some serious work to do, about time someone took President Obama to task. Well done Gov. Romney.

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justfornow 1 year, 6 months ago

i'm feeling embarrassed for Obama, nice job so far Gov. Romney explaining your positions and ideas. More of the same from President Obama.

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grammaddy 1 year, 6 months ago

A little mid-week comic relief.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 1 year, 6 months ago

These debates are mostly a sham. They're primarily sponsored by Anheuser-Busch (now a foreign owned corporation,) and are tightly controlled by the Democratic and Republican Parties, who consciously exclude 3rd party candidates, handpick the moderators, and tightly control the content of questions that can be asked, and the format in which they can be asked.

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