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  •  Wrong and wrong (2+ / 0-)
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    CoolAqua, RomneydoubleTax

    Many more people will see the ads than the debate, especially among undecided voters.

    And what he said about Romney's lack of specifics was far clearer, and better, than your example.

    •  Well, in the spirit of the president's (1+ / 0-)
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      post-partisan utopia ...

      Fuck it.

      My last word:

      It was estimated that 30-50 million people would be tuned in to tonight's debate.

      "Tuned in" is the key. The ads this late in the cycle are little more than background noise. "Oh, there's another Romney ad. There's another Obama ad. Honey, where's that remote?"

      TV ads are important, and they have their place, but I sincerely doubt (with a polite smile) that they have the power to influence those remaining undecideds as much as 90 minutes speaking before a captive, enthused audience.

      Debates are hardly (almost never) game changers in terms of shifting voters' predispositions, but whiffing on the opportunity to brand your opponent as a snake oil salesman, the first time he's being substantively presented to millions of voters, is dumb.

      Reread my original comment, imagining Obama delivering it with his trademark smile and good humor.

      The podium is yours. I yield the balance of my time.

      Don't ask if I'm better off now than four years ago. Ask if I'm better off than I would have been under four years of McCain.

      by WisePiper on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 10:42:01 PM PDT

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    •  ??? 60 million watched debate. How many non- (0+ / 0-)

      partisans and undecided watch web ads?  Come on.

      The GOP says you have to have an ID to vote, but $ Millionaire donors should remain anonymous?

      by JVolvo on Thu Oct 04, 2012 at 11:51:07 AM PDT

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