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We need to temper our expectations for the next debate based on the structure f the debate format. While we all would like to see President Obama replicate VP Biden's performance. the Town Hall format is not conducive to such behavior. I want to see President Obama answers to be thought and substantive, respond to the Challenger forcefully and Riposte (fencing term-immediate attack) when confronted with a falsehood, while remaining presidential. He will be answering questions from the audience and should be more relax and confident, since he will not be required to look at the challenger.

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  •  BO needs to be himself (3+ / 0-)
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    Hatrax, Gooserock, LiberalTill IDie

    Biden works for Biden. The President is greatest when he projects confidence and hope. He needs to OWN his successes and tell us why the economy is getting much better. Sure he also has to deflect Mitt's lies but being positive about his own record is more important in the town hall setting..

    •  You said it all (0+ / 0-)
      The President is greatest when he projects confidence and hope. He needs to OWN his successes and tell us why the economy is getting much better.
      Obama seemed uninspired and not convinced of his own achievements in the first debate. If he's going to display this level of malaise, its going to be very hard to convince others to vote for him.

      I think the massive change in the polls since the debate was alot of people concluding "How could he lose to Romney THAT bad?". This is a Romney who ran in 2008 to no excitement and lost to McCain. This is a Romney who at times during this run was losing to people like Herman Cain, Michelle Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, and Donald Trump. For crying out loud! There is no way anyone was expecting Obama to struggle against this guy in the debates. The fact that he did sort of through everyone for loop and started the questioning of Obama. At times Obama was even trying to show common ground with Romney. Big mistake! People don't like Mitt Romney! When Obama points out that he agrees with him, it softens Romney in the eyes of the voter. Obama's whole debate was a study in political tone deafness.

  •  Town Hall is Better for an Obama Who Does Well (0+ / 0-)

    working big crowds.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Fri Oct 12, 2012 at 07:54:55 PM PDT

  •  it's a good venue for some things.... (0+ / 0-)

    He can certainly defend his record and present a positive, forward looking vision.  He can't really bash Romney too much, but Romney can't bash him too much either.  

    The Town Hall "debate" is the time for Obama to defend his record and accomplishments, present a strong vision for the second term, and remind America why we love him.

    The worst outcome for our side is that Romney effectively "hugs" Obama on all issues and maintains current status quo of the race.

    ...

    Taking Romney to the woodshed will have to wait for the FP debate. For pete's sake, they've shown all the material they've got and I doubt Romney can do better with it than Ryan did.

    •  What's going to be tough are audience questions. (0+ / 0-)

      This is CANDY CROWLEY we're talking about. A GOP lackey. If she is in any way responsible for the questions asked by the audience, it's going to be an Obama beat down. I'll be truly shocked if there are ANY tough questions for Romney.

  •  The President and Joe Biden have very (1+ / 0-)
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    different positions, so don't be looking for a Romney smackdown from the President. I am remembering his town hall with McCain, and I think that is where he was the strongest, that is when he made the "I will go into Pakistan to get Bin Laden" comment. It is also where McCain called him" that one." In my opinion, it was also where McCain looked like a cranky old man. If Romney tries too hard he will fail. I don't think this is his favorite type of setting.
    Obama realates better to people than Romney does, and it is sincere, so I think that is a one up for him, this time. We will see, his back is up against the wall, and if past is any indicator, he seemed to do really well in these situations in the past, but we just don't know, Pull out that HOPE.

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