September 22, 2012 |
In next month's three presidential debates, President Obama and Mitt Romney will be asked a wide range of questions crucial to the future of America. But if history is any guide, they are unlikely to answer many of them. Even worse, most of us won't even notice. Listen carefully to the questions and responses and you'll understand. A candidate is asked a specific question: "How will you balance the budget?" The response is typically along the lines of: "Balancing the budget is critical to America's future, which is why I am committed to it!"
October 16, 1988
I was not impressed with Lawrence Christon's attack on the value of presidential debates ("The Shoot-out," Sept. 25). Although television debates are imperfect, I would much rather become educated about the issues and candidates from debates than slick 30-second television spots. REED MARKHAM Communications Arts Cal Poly Pomona
March 7, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- As Rep. Paul D. Ryan readies the new GOP budget, House Republicans are debating whether to apply the party's proposed Medicare changes a year earlier than planned, when Americans who are now 56 reach retirement age. No decision has been made, and Ryan declined to address the internal debate Wednesday. The party's earlier promise to keep Medicare unchanged for those 55 and older has bumped up against its vow to balance the budget in 10 years. The Medicare overhaul for the next generation of seniors will be a centerpiece of Ryan's budget -- and fodder for Democrats' criticism.
October 1, 2012 |
The presidential race enters its final, decisive phase with a distinct tilt toward President Obama and three debates looming as Republican Mitt Romney's best and possibly last chance to reverse the Democratic trend. After running neck and neck with Romney for months, Obama has opened up leads - some small, others more significant - in almost all of the eight states likely to decide the contest: Florida, Ohio, North Carolina, Virginia, Colorado, Iowa, Nevada and New Hampshire. Obama also leads in Wisconsin, the home state of Rep. Paul D. Ryan, the GOP vice presidential nominee, whose mid-August selection had erased the president's advantage there for a time.
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September 23, 2012 |
During the cocktail and dinner prelude to one of the last scheduled debates between the two hopefuls for Los Angeles County district attorney, candidate Alan Jackson, in search of a glass of red wine for his wife, approached his opponent, Jackie Lacey, to ask for the bottle on the table in front of her. As Jackson took the bottle, Lacey made a simple request: "Drink up. " No such luck for Lacey. The debate Wednesday - and another the following evening - were fairly staid and sober affairs.
September 17, 1992 |
The first debate of the 1992 presidential election was officially canceled Wednesday because the Bush campaign refused to accept the proposed format. The debate was to be held Tuesday in East Lansing, Mich., with a vice presidential face-off to follow on Sept. 29, and two more presidential debates in October. Each was to be loosely structured with a single moderator. The future of any debates is now unclear. President Bush has proposed only two, with a panel of journalists to ask questions.
October 4, 1996 |
Here come Bill and Bob. But so what? Televised debates are the ultimate fiction and the biggest redundancy of presidential campaigns. They are the big cliche, the icing on the tip of the rest of the iceberg you never see. The media love them, much of the electorate watches them. Ever growing in prominence since the pivotal Kennedy-Nixon debates of 1960, they are now the popular currency and Holy Grail of electioneering.