questionsdid the debate sway your vote one way or the…

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The debate isn't even over yet.

But, no, I still don't like either one of them.

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@iggz: It is kinda nice to get a realtime ongoing comment. And I agree with you, neither is choice. But they are the choice we have to decide.

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No. Nothing will be said in the remaining 5 +- minutes that would change my vote. Nor will the talking heads who over-analyze every word.

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I didn't watch. I was shaving my back hair. Did I miss something?

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Nope. I'm still voting for the same person, and I'm glad he won the debate tonight.

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@iggz: Hi Iggz – My purpose and interest in posting the question is to see if either candidate has the ability to present themselves honestly [as possible for politicians!!] and convincingly to affect us; whether we be rock-hard decided one, undecided, or just don’t care. I know this reply is not the answer you asked for, but, my choice is for the voters of America to be confident in the information they have regarding the candidates so all of us can make our informed choice for President of our USA. I know I sound a bit over the edge on that, yet this election is much more important than my choice. It has to be Americas choice and I want that to be based on valid accounts.

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Nah. They're both a bad choice. Also, I don't think anyone "won" that debate.

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@thumperchick:

I am very much against romney, but I have to admit he did surprisingly well in that debate.

Of course both sides pretty much ignored the moderator. I felt bad for him.

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@thumperchick: There was a clear winner in the debate. Then, there was also Obama.

Even MSNBC was crowing about it afterwards.

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I'm just glad I had some shows on my DVR to watch.

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I'm voting for whomever is going to legalize Online Poker for the entire United States. Unfortunately, the Repubs talk about freedoms, yet it's the Dems that are working toward that freedom. (a freedom that most countries throughout the world have)

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@panthiest: @kmeltzer: It bothers me when someone blatantly talks over/ignores the moderator. As such, in my eyes, Romney lost a lot of ground for being a pushy/pompous jerk to the moderator. His behavior in the debate also makes me question his ability to negotiate foreign interests/policy with dignity and grace. So no, being pushy does not mean you won.
He finally told us a little more about his tax plan, but still can't tell you solid numbers on how it's going to work. No points there.
He loves talking about Massachusetts healthcare system but the reality is - it cost those taxpayers more than expected, too. So he still doesn't have a viable plan in place to repeal/fix Obamacare.
Actively cutting educational programming such as PBS is a bad move politically. Let alone the fact that their funding is but a small drop in a large bloated budget. He should've skirted that one.
Promising to keep our military "strong" and not cut funding to it is insane. (see below)

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Military - we need to bring a lot of our surplus troops home from bases in neutral/non-aggressive countries. Spending more on our military than education/housing/feeding the poor seems very out of whack to me.

Obama - was very relaxed. His passion from 2008 seems to have changed to confidence. He didn't give us anything new, at all.

No one won.

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@thumperchick: Yes, because Obama isn't pompous at all cough and has done a wonderful job negotiating (not apologizing, which he's GREAT at) with foreign leaders that he doesn't meet with.

If someone doesn't vote for someone because of how he "treated the moderator" during a debate, then they never were open to voting for that person anyways. May as well not vote for him because didn't like his tie.

EDIT: I'll also add, again, that Romney was the clear winner. He dominated the debate, even though Obama spoke for 4 minutes more than Romney did (that's MSNBC math).

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@kmeltzer: Please don't make the mistake of assuming that my voting choices are informed only by a single television broadcast. We can disagree, but no need to get insulting.

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@thumperchick: I didn't say it was how you make your decisions (although you're the one seeming to say it matters). I made a statement, if you took it personally, that's on you.

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* generic political thread reminder * - Thanks for keeping things civil and cool so far, folks :)

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Regardless of sway or who you like, I have to say that Romney was the better debater last night. He was confident, quick on his feet and sure in his answers.

Things Obama's camp will be working on:

Not saying 'uh' between every word
Not nodding in agreement and saying 'uh huh' when Romney is talking
Finding another debate coach

EDIT: Oh, and they need to replace Lehrer. He couldn't control either one.

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Lehrer had no control at all.

Moderators of presidential debates should have a switch that turns off the microphone of a candidate that tries to speak out of turn. And they should use that switch ruthlessly.

And once it gets used three times on one candidate, a trap door should open up underneath that candidate making them vanish into an abyss below the stage. Then the other candidate gets to talk freeform until the one who fell can find their way through a maze back to the stage. THAT would certainly make them shut up!

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@mrgrogg: Will you please replace the moderator in the next debates? Though I think a tank of sharks with friggin lasers on their heads should be under that trap door. My sister and I were thinking a shock collar with a remote would be a great addition.

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@thumperchick: confidence? He didn't seem to have a clue! w/o a teleprompter he was swimming.

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@davidschronic: True. He doesn't do well without a script. He never has, though. Without a pre-written plan, he's full of "um" and distasteful jokes, so I expected the same last night. I guess that's why I wasn't as disappointed as some.

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I'm gonna go out on a limb and say that I back Romney 100%, In the last four years I think Obama has done the best he can but I really don't think it's good enough. I'm all about a smaller government and a better economy and I really think Romney has a real plan to get the American people working again. I think Romney being a successful businessman is a great attribute and the fact that the left is attacking that success is kind of weak. As far as the debate goes Romney just seemed like he really wanted to be there and I was way more impressed with his performance. I really thought it was going to go in the other direction and I was shocked that Obama did so poorly considering his track record. Oh well I guess we will just have to wait for next month and see what happens.

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Yep, not voting for either of those claptraps. Last time I checked peoples well being were more important than party affiliations, seriously who the (profanity) cares where a candidate stands on abortion or birth control; I thought we were electing someone to run the country not someone who has the most in common with their party's views.
The only one who stood out in my mind as a potential candidate for common sense was Ron Paul, as most of his policy's make sense. For example instead of perpetuating the debt brought on by the Federal Reserve, he wants to audit them and show the public how they have succeeded in making money out of thin air. Another policy that I'm amazed hasn't caught on like wildfire is he doesn't want to go to war for private interests. How is it that every single american behind him in saying that our troops lives are not worth the oil or whatever other resource we're are commandeering is beyond me.

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@jseureau: You're all about smaller government, but it's your position that the victim of a rapist should be forced by the government to bear the child of her attacker, under threat of prison? You want what's best for the economy, and you think that a plan whose specifics are shrouded in secrecy is better than a plan that has already gained back every job that was lost during the recession and then some? Obama's job in the past four years isn't good enough even though the DJIA has fully recovered and is now on solid ground instead of false inflation?

Wow. Obama's got a pretty tough crowd to please. Sheesh.

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The Dow may have recovered but unemployment still sucks.

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@andrewhallze: "who the (profanity) cares where a candidate stands on abortion or birth control[?]"

Well, at a minimum, the 50%+ of the population whose access to both could be affected by a candidate's choice of a Supreme Court Justice or two.

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@andrewhallze: I care where a candidate stands on any/all reproductive rights. My uterus has a bit of a vested interest in that debate...

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@thumperchick: i'm sorry it was the first issue that i thought of that either party interpretes a different way; I was just trying to say we need to elect someone who cares more about the people and their welfare than some corporate empire that polices the world. We can do better than either of the party's candidates that's all i'm saying i didn't mean to be offensive with the whole abortion comment, it's just rubs me the wrong way that a candidate that's taken seriously has to more or less adhere to a two party, two way of thinking agenda.

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Just as 50% of the populace might care about the composition of the Supreme Court...100% of aborted babies would probably care about the Supreme Court composition too if they had a voice.

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@mrgrogg: I'm sorry that we have different beliefs. I consider my self a Libertarian and I truly believe in a smaller government, I came from nothing and I've served my country in 2 different deployments I now have a great job and a wonderful family and the fact that Obama has caused so much more debt for our children it's a real concern. We really can't afford 4 more years of the same thing. Unemployment is at an all time high and nothing is being done about the jobs. I don't care about gay marriage and I'm pro choice. I'm also a proud American and I would die for my country, I doubt you can say the same.

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@hessem: Very sharp insight. In all of this hubbub I completely forgot about the SC. They go on forever after appointment. Do you or any of the Wooters above have anything to add? Furthermore, does anyone know if the SC will be brought up as a question or issue?