Skip to main content

Hello friends!

We’ve all seen the polls.  We’ve gone from an almost sure win, to about a 60% chance of a win in the presidential election.  There’s been a lot of sadness and doubt going on here.  I should know.  I’m one of the ones dealing with those feelings lately.  I think some people have been giving good advice on how to deal with those feelings.  Phone bank, canvas, talk to your friends and neighbors.  Make sure they vote!  

Now, I know what comes next.  “It won’t be enough if the president doesn’t do well enough on Tuesday.”  Well now, I believe that does have some truth to it.  However, I have great faith in my president.  He’s hunkering down doing debate prep as I write this.  He’s got Clinton and Springsteen set up to campaign for him in Ohio.  He’s going on the Daily Show on Thursday.  He’s got his amazing wife, Smilin’ Joe, and Joe’s wife Jill all out campaigning for him.  Yes, I’d still like him to knock it out of the park on Tuesday.  With that it mind, I’ve got a list of things he should do during the debate to firm up his base, win back independent voters, and showcase Romney’s turd of a record.

#1.  Bring up women’s issues.

The only time women’s issues have been brought up was at the end of the vice presidential debate when the candidates were asked about how their religious views (Catholicism) impacted their views on abortion.  Almost everyone says Biden won that question saying that his religious views should not impact another woman’s choice.  Obama needs to bring up the fact that Romney supported the Blunt amendment, that he wants to overturn Roe Vs. Wade, that he thinks birth control should not be available on health insurance without your boss’ permission, that he waffled on his views.  This is a winning issue for the president!  Women want to like Obama, but when he doesn’t talk to them as a group, like he didn’t during the first debate, it doesn’t look good.  Go after Romney on this, Mr. President!  Go after the whole Republican Party on this!

#2. Remember names, use personal stories.

This is a town hall debate.  Don’t underestimate Romney.  He’s done these plenty of times in the recent past.  Thankfully, the president is pretty good at these as well.  How can he gain an advantage?  Remember the questioners name.  Use it in your answer.  Talk about the individual families you’ve met on the campaign trail.  Talk about your own personal struggles growing up or before you had money.  Talk about your family.  Don’t just give a scientific or encyclopedic answer like the last debate.  It won’t work here.

#3.  Talk about the economic improvements of the last month!

We’ve had lots of reports of economic improvement in the last few weeks.  Drop in unemployment rate to 7.8%, lowest amount of people asking for unemployment checks in a long time,  home prices going up, home sales going up, manufacturing doing okay, consumer confidence at 4 year high…  All this is at his disposal.  Use it to show we’re turning another corner.  Make people know that you know that they probably haven’t felt this yet, but that things are getting better.   Also make sure they know that Romney, while governor, was responsible for one of the worst rates of job growth in the United States.

#4.  Go for the younger voter, not just seniors.

Your biggest fans are younger voters.  The problem is getting them to go vote.  This will be easier to do if you actually talk about things that matter to them, like Pell Grants and getting engineering and science degrees.  Now, they may not come up in the questions, but that’s never stopped a candidate from going off on a tangent in these things.  Do it!

#5.  Don’t be afraid to multi-point your answer.

Now, by this I mean work other issues into your answers other than the issue questioned if possible.  If asked about Medicare, don’t be afraid to do a shout out to those below 55 who would be effect by the Romney/Ryan Medicare plan.  Talk to those 50-54 year olds who will have the worst luck.  Talk about how younger people will no longer be guaranteed Medicare, who will have to pay more out of pocket.  When asked about Iran, make sure people know that Romney seems to want to rush into wars whenever we’re offended.  Make a Bush comparison (But do so sparingly, please.)

#6.   Show Romney for what he is.

If you do this right, you can force conservatives to look at Goode or Johnson instead.  You can get your independents back.  Show that you can’t trust Romney.  That he’s made so many flip-flops that he doesn’t even know where he stands at any given time.  (Bring up the abortion flipflop from last week.)  Make him make sense of himself.  Bring up 47%, and ask why it took him like 17 days after it was made public to apologize for it.  Bring home that it wasn’t a misspeak.  Remind people he stood by it at first.  Remind people of what he said when he was in the primary.  Bring up immigration views!  That’ll bring up your Hispanic support!  Don’t worry what conservatives will think of your views on the subject, you won’t win them anyway.

Oh, and a point to bring up to you guys.  

#7.  Don’t let the conservatives spin the debate results.

This happened after the vice-presidential debate.  Remember?  We all thought Biden won.  Then the news people said it was a draw.  The conservatives said Ryan won and that Biden was disrespectful.  We can’t let that happen again.  We need to be behind the president if he does well.  Go to twitter.  Bombard the news stations twitter accounts.  (Remember that after debates, they do the twitter crawls on the bottom of the tv screens too.)  Make sure everyone knows not to trust the CNN poll, as it’s been rigged both times this year.  Post to Facebook!  Make sure your friends know we won.  Remember, a conservative will gloat on Facebook in a heartbeat.  Don’t be afraid to do so as well.  

Those are my points to Obama.  I hope he does these things, as they seem common sense to me.  Anyone got any other ideas?  Are my points good ones?  Let’s have a discussion here.  I’m starting to have a good feeling about Tuesday.  

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site