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Romney vs Obama, Second Debate

Updated on January 30, 2013
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Romney vs Obama, Round 2 - Will it be fodder for the media or will we finally get what we need to make our decision?

The Round 2 debate has already become a media circus over the moderator's ego running wild. One would think a journalist would understand the power of a press interview.

The networks have been engaged in crucifying Candy Crowley, the CNN journalist who will moderate the debate. Crowley reportedly mistated her authority to interject comments into the debate and the media went wild. Hopefully Corley will leave her ego at home and let the candidates debate the real issues. Time is too critical now to let superficial events derail this debate.

Hopefully, the Round 2 debate will be more than just political entertainment. Both camps have something to prove. Neither candidate received glowing reviews after the first debate. Is there hope that we will see a real debate during Round 2? We can hope.


Voter conversations are focusing on two primary questions as we approach debate time.

  • Which Romney will show up, the moderate or the conservative?
  • Will Obama bring his personality or will he appear distracted and despondent again?


Neither candidate can risk a repeat performance of the first debate. Viewers can hope for a charged and aggressive effort to sell a plan for the future from both candidates. Chances to sway public opinion and win votes are dwindling.


The Debate Forecast:

Obama will probably bring his A game to this debate but it will be so well scripted that it will bear little resemblance to the personable candidate many fell in love with in 2008.


Romney will most likely tell more truths than he did in Round 1 to avoid being slaughtered again by the fact checkers.


Crowley may be more subdued than she would have been without the recent criticism. If she steps over the line, her career and reputation could suffer. She won't let that happen so expect her to be a little less colorful than normal.

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Add Hillary to the mix.

There will be another undercurrent to this debate. Was Hilliary Clinton the sacrificial lamb when she took responsibility off of Obama for the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens in Libya. As Secretary of State, of course Clinton bears some responsibility. The entire country is saddened over the death of Ambassdor Stevens but playing the blame game in the public eye doesn't seem necessary, does it?

How will this play out in the Round 2 debate? Will the Romney camp use this to tout their claim that Obama is no leader? How will Obama counter if they do? With so much at stake and his obvious reliance on Bill Clinton to rally support, one would expect him to have Hillary's back. It should be interesting.

Hope

Time is running out for us to make our decision. There are many questions left unanswered from both candidates. According to the polls (if you have any faith in polls), these two guys are neck and neck. What do we need to hear tonight? Hopefully the audience will be well balanced and the questions will be serious and address the issues we care most about, the economy, jobs, Medicare, and taxes. We need real answers now, not more political rhetoric. If neither candidate can provide real answers tonight, it may not really matter who wins in November. We'll all lose.

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Follow up, the morning after

The debate is over and the media is buzzing. Romney exhibited some rather extreme bullying, was disrespectful both to the moderator and the President, and made a major mis-speak on the recent events in Libya. He also presented a fairly clear picture of how he perceives women as little less than domestic machines who also participate in the workforce. Obama, was clearly defensive and focused. In perhaps his best moment, he demonstrated profound indignation that anyone would politicize the death of US diplomats at the hands of terrorists.

Candy Crowley did a fair job of maintaining order but the got railroaded on a couple of occasions. The debate audience got the short end of the stick. Many did not get to ask their questions as a result of the continued posturing by both debators. Still, it was a decent debate.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Gee, thanks picklesandrufus (giggle)! Thanks for reading. Like you, I'm ready to move on and deal with whatever we end up with.

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    picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

    Good description of the political atmosphere and the candidates themselves. Romney continued to be an unappealing bully and Obama did a much better job this time. Will be glad when the whole thing is over. Nice job on this hub.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hey xstatic! I totally agree. It was messy and hot-headed and I thought it should the true character of both men. I was glad to see Obama bristle when he felt Romney had politicized the event in Libya and Romney was his typical bully self. You're right, Candy Crowley did a good job. Two down, one to go!

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    Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

    Well, it happened and they fought like dogs, maybe roosters? Anyway, Obama was armed and dangerous this time, and won I think. This one had to be that way since both needed to be combative I guess. I thought Candy Crowley did a good job with difficult debaters, and was right to correct Mitt's misstatement about the "terror" statment by the Pres in the Rose Garden.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Good afternoon tillsontitan! Thanks so much. I agree that this is a most important election and perhaps the most frustrating. We need a change for sure but there are no choices on the ballot, in my opinion. I agree with Obama's vision but we need some serious action between now and the "vision". I really appreciate your overly generous compliments. lol

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi Audrey. I agree that the debates are as much about "action" as they are about words and I think we should all be concerned over this election. Thank you so much for your kind remarks and, for visiting and reading.

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    Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

    Alas, I think your hub was better than the debate ;) Many questions are still left unanswered from both candidates...I think it is not possible to get a straight answer from any politician.

    You, however, have given straight answers and logical explanations.

    Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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    Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

    I think one of the greatest things about the debates is not what is said, but how it is said--all the subtext that underlies the statements made--I do think that which ever side a voter ends up on, we get to see the person--and that is so valuable. I thought you handled this hot topic with poise and delicacy--Brava

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Got it! Thanks!

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    David Stillwell 4 years ago from Sacramento, California

    images must come from a source that allows you to share the image... either wiki commons, or flicker, etc. Any old image on the internet is not up for grabs and many are copyrighted. It is very important that you only use images that are public domain, creative copy, or that are your own... or that you use with permission of the author, such as you did in the barn hub. Not using public domain pictures would be the same as... me borrowing all of your hubs and publishing them elsewhere with a few of my photographs.... The source rule would link back to what each individual image held in terms of copyright. Just because we can link them altogether does not make them free.... most copyrights state "in part" which means... no.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi Daven! 30 in 30 huh? I did 100 in 120 so I think I could do it. I'll dig around and see what the rules and details are. I just might try it. You're pretty good at tossing out challenges. :-) I'll let you know what I decide.

    One other question: You saw the image I had put together on this one. I couldn't find a way to credit the source for the three images when they were compiled into one jpg file. Is there a protocol for doing that or does the source rule prevent using an image that is a composition of three separate images?

    Thanks Daven!

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hey Mhatter99! I watched too and really felt the same as Fox. I do think Obama showed some backbone when he told Romney that his reference to the death of Ambassador Steven was offensive. The other observation I made is that Romney reallydoes seem to enjoy bullying and I'm not sure how well that would work when there is already a divided Congress. It was an interesting debate. Why can't you vote? Are you being serious?

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    Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

    The debate has just ended. FOX news (in SF) says the winner was the candidate a voter was initially for. Me... I am for the new "protest vote". But I can no longer vote.

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    David Stillwell 4 years ago from Sacramento, California

    Lrc7815: That is because it is easier to write what we know... the more you practice other styles of writing the easier they will become. Hubpages has a 30 hubs in 30 day challenge...It can be a great tool to polish one specific styles of writing. At first the hubs will probably be poor... but by the end they should be very good if not great. If you decide you'd like to do the 30/30 challenge... expect to delete all by about five of your hubs.... not a money making experience but future hubs will likely earn more....

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Thanks xstatic. I agree with you and I'm not undecided either. I think it is a clear choice and am terrified that Romney will win this one. Well, terrified may be too strong a word. lol

    I had asked davenmidtown to critique some of my writing. I am so new and want to learn. This was a fun challenge for me because I am far too opiniated and it's hard to rein in sometimes. I don't know enough to have an opinion on the question issue but thought I'd give it a try. My personality has a tendency to ask questions that makes people think for themselves.

    I really appreciate the comment and extension of this conversation.

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    Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

    I suspect the Pres will "bring his A game" alright, and with a town hall setting srcipting will be difficult. I think he will do very well. As for Romney, I predict he will continue saying whatever he thinks will get him to the White House, fact checkers be damned. Few "undecideds" will look for the proof of what is said tonight unfortunately, but will take things as they are said. Of course, I am not an undecided voter.

    A very good primer here, and I don't think you need to answer questions that you pose, personally.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Daven, I really appreciate the critique. You have no idea how helful it was. I have done a bit of editing and am much happier with it. I have to be honest though, I write from the heart. I am a better emotional writer than I am a "news" reporter. I challenged myself to do this based on your comments this morning. I really do appreciate your input. It was difficult to keep "me" out of it but I think I accomplished it.

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    David Stillwell 4 years ago from Sacramento, California

    Lrc7815... Much better in the writing it was like reading a real news article.... and not that crappy fluff on google news or yahoo news... Photo's need to be cited properly... refer to the learning center but the general recipe is Author, CC*****, location. Photographs that are not cited properly are used illegally and your hub could be pulled. If you ask questions make sure that you provide an answer to them... or clearly state that you are leaving it up to the reader to answer. dmt.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hello Carol7777! Thanks for visiting agin. We all have the right to choose,don't we? I just hope the majority make an informed choice and don't just pull a lever.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi Bill. Yes, it is important. Neither candidate excites me but, one scares me more than the other. My decision is also made but I have friends sitting on the fence. If I stay in touch with what is happening, I have a better chance of making a rational plea. This was one of those hubs I had no intention of writing but as the day came to a close, I felt compelled. I hope to understand that compulsion at some point. lol Hope you and Bev have a terrific evening. Enjoy the peace and quiet.

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    carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

    We are looking forward to seeing what is going to transpire. Is there going to be a teleprompter there? I know that is impossible as things change as they go along. You did a good job in getting us all to think ...

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi Rich. I know you're right. But come on, you don't want to be a part of media history in the making? DVR'ing it seems like cheating. Politicians take the easy way out. Are you running for office? lol

    I'm too invested to miss the live version. My friends are so tired of my efforts in persuasion and would never let me live it down if I wasn't engaged during the live coverage. Enjoy your evening and hey, thanks for the read and comment.

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    Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

    Nice summary of coming events, Linda! I have the feeling this is going to have a huge audience, but I won't be one of that audience. I have already made up my mind and nothing that happens in this debate will have any bearing on my decision.

    Is this election important? I want to believe it is; I really do!

    bill

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    Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

    Linda - I'm afraid it's going to be another game of tennis with the ball of blame and ineffectiveness being hit back and forth. There may be some arguing if the ball hit within the lines at times, but, the volleys will be similar to before. Obama will give a better performance this time as I'm sure he's been coached well, and Romney's got the best instructors money can buy. I think I'll DVR it and watch it later, when I'm busy doing something else! Good promo! Up & Interesting!