Barack Obama vs. Mitt Romney: Expectations develop for first presidential debate

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  • Kafantaris WARREN, OH
    Sept. 26, 2012 12:51 a.m.

    Aside from “coaching,” to prepare for a debate one needs to read, reflect, and most importantly, to write, and write -- starting with just about anything.
    Neither candidate can do this when bouncing from place to place, or when constantly at the beck and call of others.
    Both President Obama and Governor Romney should, therefore, tell their handlers to let them be -- so they can rest, collect their thoughts, and reflect on the issues facing our country.
    We expect a good debate next Wednesday and they should try to deliver.
    Despite the polarized electorate, this election transcends politics and is ultimately about the future of our country.

    Sept. 25, 2012 11:07 a.m.

    YES - The United States is better off now than it was 4 years ago - contrary to the gloom and doom spread by Mitt Romney and his handlers.

    Could it be better? Yes, if politicians from both parties would work together to solve problems.

  • Counter Intelligence Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 25, 2012 10:11 a.m.

    Because he was a failure as a president and could not be reelected on his own record; Carter spent the summer of 1980 demonizing Reagan as a warmonger and even in late October Reagan was behind. However; At the debates, Reagan gave people the comfort level that he was NOT the evil person Carter described and the tide shifted.

    Romney does not need to be Reagan (because Obama is worse than Carter); he merely needs to use the debates to get past the media filter and prove that he is a better statesman than Obama for undecideds to break his way.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Sept. 25, 2012 9:38 a.m.

    I believe Peter's principle is at work with this President. He even looks worn down and it is too much for him to run the business of the United States of America, even with all his lavish vacations for himself and his wife and daughters and plenty of friends. He has such a staff of his own plus the government and his personal Czars. He has given us so many international and national problems in his 3 1/2 years that it will take decades to settle those things. Leadership isn't something that is served on a plate. It is learned, lived and then earned from those you are leading. You have to have broad shoulders in any environment for that capability and not just elected to an office that is a very powerful office. People have given their lives for over 225 years to forward our country to show it cares about our way of living, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness with inalienable rights.

    God bless the citizens of the United States of America to go out and show that they want our country to survive another 225 plus years. Long live our standard unfurled.

  • no fit in SG St.George, Utah
    Sept. 25, 2012 8:50 a.m.

    Yep, Romney uses a teleprompter, as well. Technology has arrived! No one needs written notes any longer.
    Hope Mitt forgoes talking about airplanes, new designers adding windows that open, etc.
    Difficult to believe, with owning his own planes, that he did not understand the concept of pressurized airplanes.
    The man continues to show us he is just full of surprises.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Sept. 25, 2012 8:36 a.m.


    It's all in how the media gives perception to things, and people must see through the deceit.

    Some examples:

    * Obama spent four times more money on one vacation than Romney made in a year. Did he even pay one percent for income tax? No spin from the media.
    * Obama stated that he'd cut the deficit in half during his first term. He's responsible for a third of it. No media spin here either.
    * Obama first defined marriage as one man and one woman, then flipped flopped to supporting gay relations. Than he gives billions to countries who openly executes them. Hmm!
    * We must all sacrifice and tighten our belts. Than spends millions of our tax money for vacations, and golfing. No report of greed or wealth, as would have been reported on Mitt.
    * "I will not sign any non-emergency bill without giving the American public an opportunity to review and comment on the White House website for five days."

    Why is Romney held to a different standard?

    A wise person once said, "only believe twenty percent of what the media reports". The rest of it "you fill in the blanks".

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    Sept. 25, 2012 8:09 a.m.

    Is that a photo of president Obama in the Deseret News?

    The debate is the last chance for Mr. Romney to stage a come from behind victory. The polls show Pres Obama with a 70% chance of winning the election.

    It is not what PresObama has done that will win this election it is what Mitt keeps doing. He continually sticks his foot in it wherever he goes. It is fine that he pays 14% taxes while the rest of us pay more. He responds in a way saying he is entitled to the lower tax rate as he has spent the time making the money and figuring a way to avoid the taxes, the rest of us just pay.

    He goes overseas on a trip to get his name out and he nearly gets run out of Great Britain they don't seem to like being told how his olympics were run better than theirs. He managed to offend those in the middle east and stir up a hornets nest.

    I can only imagine what he would do if he really had the power, anybody remember Dan Quayle?

    Pres Obama will win because of Mitts missteps and bumbles.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    Sept. 25, 2012 6:27 a.m.

    Were you talking about the posts here or the candidates themselves when you wrote about "childish banter and empty political propaganda"? The debates are likely to be so much spin and accusation, followed by endless fact-checking that is no more reliable than the original statements.
    Debates are screen tests on oratory and the ability to think on your feet. Other than that, they are worthless. If a candidate wants to put forth a plan, he can do it with a white paper on the Internet. Instead, the websites pitch stylized flags and ask for donations. Don't bother trying to get a straight answer about an issue from the candidates. It's all hype.

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, UT
    Sept. 24, 2012 11:15 p.m.


    In 2008, Obama said the following:

    "I will not sign any non-emergency bill without giving the American public an opportunity to review and comment on the White House website for five days."

    "No political appointees in an Obama-Biden administration will be permitted to work on regulations or contracts directly and substantially related to their prior employer for two years. And no political appointee will be able to lobby the executive branch after leaving government service during the remainder of the administration."

    To achieve health care reform, "I'm going to have all the negotiations around a big table. We'll have doctors and nurses and hospital administrators. Insurance companies, drug companies -- they'll get a seat at the table, they just won't be able to buy every chair. But what we will do is, we'll have the negotiations televised on C-SPAN, so that people can see who is making arguments on behalf of their constituents, and who are making arguments on behalf of the drug companies or the insurance companies. And so, that approach, I think is what is going to allow people to stay involved in this process."

    "No more secrecy."

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Sept. 24, 2012 9:10 p.m.


    Wouldn't it be great if a lie detector could be attached to both candidates?

  • Kalindra Salt Lake City, Utah
    Sept. 24, 2012 8:14 p.m.

    the comments on this thread represent everything that is wrong with our current political environment. childish banter and empty political propaganda are no way to debate and decide our countries future.

  • peter Alpine, UT
    Sept. 24, 2012 7:17 p.m.

    FT, yep, I heard that BO might opt out of the debate to perform on American Idol to sing the blues.

  • AZRods Maricopa, AZ
    Sept. 24, 2012 6:21 p.m.

    fathero'4, I'd like to hear what Obama has to say about any of the items you list.
    After 3.5 years and trillions of dollars lost I'm still waiting to hear ANY specific plan he has for the economy.
    Or how he'll deal with immigration after his politically motivated plan runs out.
    So far the term leading from behind, or waiting for things to decline in Syria, try being pro active and be a leader.
    That's what I miss most during the past 4 years. No leadership. And the world sees it too.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Sept. 24, 2012 6:07 p.m.

    It will be interesting to see the Obama Teleprompter person trying to input the variety of unprepared answers into the system. I wonder if the right letter will be put into the right envelope. I will be interesting to watch. It definitely won't be as easy for the President to debate like he did with one of the most dedicated military officers of the Vietnam era who gave his all for his country but was injured inside, bodily and every other type of punishment those people could dish out to Senator McCain. However, he has suffered much and this President still can't comprehend how much people give for their country and not bleed it to death.

    Our nation should still have people that serve others become our top elected officials. When the Constitution of the United States of America was written with blood, sweat and tears, it was understood that people dedicated to our country would be the only ones who would run for that high office. I was really shocked when First Lieutenant Bush got out of the military due to helping his father in politics. However, he did make it to that point and gave something

    Sept. 24, 2012 6:05 p.m.

    I just want to see Romney talk specifics about anything. Anything at all. Not attack Obama, or talk about what Obama has done wrong, but very specifically what he would do. What tax loopholes would he close? What would he do with troop levels in Afghanistan? What is his plan for dealing with the rising tensions in Syria? Will he support Bashir al Assad, or will he support the Syrian rebels? What is his plan for the next round of START treaty negotiations? What approach will he take with the Likud group in Israel? What is his plan with regards to working with Christine Legarde to form a IMF agreement with Greece? How does he plan to work with democrats in the senate? What, specifically, does he plan to change with medicare? Will he keep the Part D prescription drug benefit?

    It is easy to stand up there and trash talk the other guy. Anyone can do that. I want to know what his specific plans are.

  • Schwa South Jordan, UT
    Sept. 24, 2012 6:04 p.m.

    President Obama will have the advantage if for no other reason than he speaks the truth.

  • Blue AZ Cougar ,
    Sept. 24, 2012 5:22 p.m.

    I'm actually looking forward to the debate. It's a rare occasion to get two opposing politicians in the same room and make them talk in a civilized, orderly manner. One of the few times we get to step away from the rhetoric-littered campaign ads and see them respond real-time. I think the debates this year will probably carry more weight than they have in years past.

  • louie Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 24, 2012 4:39 p.m.

    I prefer re-runs of "I Love Lucy"

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    Sept. 24, 2012 4:03 p.m.

    Does anyone know if American Idol is on the night of the first debate? If so, BO may be in trouble.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Sept. 24, 2012 3:43 p.m.

    GO O!!