3Qs: Who won the first debate?

October 5, 2012 by Matt Collette

Alan Schroeder, a pro­fessor in the School of Jour­nalism in the Col­lege of Arts, Media and Design and one of the nation's fore­most experts on pres­i­den­tial debates, offers an analysis of the first of three match-​​ups between Pres­i­dent Barack Obama and chal­lenger Mitt Romney.

Who do you think won this debate? Why?

won because the pres­i­dent did not come to the debate pre­pared to fight. missed oppor­tu­nity after oppor­tu­nity, while Romney was more focused and forceful in his delivery.

How might this debate shift the nation's political dialogue going forward during the presidential campaign?

Polit­ical jour­nal­ists now have a come­back story on their hands, which is some­thing they love. The spot­light will shift from Romney and his cam­paign woes to Obama and his need for improve­ment. Already the cov­erage is depicting Romney as the golden boy of pres­i­den­tial .

What questions remain for the coming debates? What more must each candidate do to make his case to the American public?

The next debate, in the town hall format, involves both inter­na­tional and domestic issues, which will expand the con­ver­sa­tion to topics that did not get dis­cussed in Wednesday's opener.  Obama will need to draw a much sharper con­trast with his oppo­nent.  Romney will need to use the town hall set­ting to show that he cares about average voters—some­thing he has had dif­fi­culty with in the past.

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3.4 / 5 (5) Oct 05, 2012
If Romney would have lost the debate, how would the media react? Even this article shows bias for Obama....

But Hey, Physorg like the rest of the media supports Obama and will do everything in their power to try to get him re-elected.
3 / 5 (2) Oct 05, 2012
Debates matter not at all. What was said by the candidates does in the same sense that anything they say matters.
Interestingly, Romney committed to things that do not bode well for all but the filthy rich. Remove the home interest deduction? Stupid. Sure, take it away from people who are deducting interest on second and third and tenth houses, but leave the middle class home owner the deduction for his primary residence.
We need to examine the consequences of candidates statements and judge accordingly.
2.3 / 5 (3) Oct 06, 2012
If you see a bias, maybe it's because you're biased.

Consider this "Polit­ical jour­nal­ists now have a come­back story on their hands, which is some­thing they love. The spot­light will shift from Romney and his cam­paign woes to Obama and his need for improve­ment."

If this were unbiased, it would mention the "underdog story" as well as the "comeback story." And notice that this says journalists are focused on "Romney and his campaign woes" and will be focused on "Obama's need for improvement."

The emperor, without his teleprompter, was wearing no clothes. A good article on this is at http://online.wsj...pOpinion

No wonder Obama wants to use his teleprompter during the debate, but then it wouldn't be a debate, it'd be free advertising for both, and reveal nothing about their capabilities and thinking.

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