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Final presidential debate: Unanswered questions
The Cornfield Preview of the 2nd Presidential Debate
Tonight President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney go head-to-head once more in the 2nd Presidential Debate. Already there is controversy stirring over the debate which will not air for another 8 hours. But the controversy is not about either of the candidates, but rather about the moderator, Candy Crowley.
Crowley will be the 1st female moderator of a presidential debate in 20 years. She is also only the 2nd woman to take on this task. Crowley, as many may know, is a respected political reporter and host of CNN's State of the Union each Sunday morning.
Both campaigns have raised issue with some of the remarks she has made in promos for CNN leading up to the debate. The campaigns say that Crowley should be there as pretty much a bystander or a traffic cop keeping the debate moving, but not doing any follow-up questioning. The debate is a town hall format with the questions comng from about 80 undecided voters. Crowley, however, sees it as her responsibility to follow-up or make sure the candidates answer the questions posed by the voters.
I believe Crowly should stand her ground and when needed to dig into the candidates' responses especially when those responses tend to be more deflection than answering what is asked.
As to the debate itself, let's first break down the details and what others are saying we should be on people's radar during the face-off.
Second presidential debate (October 16, 2012, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY)
The second presidential debate will take the form of a town meeting, in which citizens will ask questions of the candidates on foreign and domestic issues. Candidates each will have two minutes to respond, and an additional minute for the moderator to facilitate a discussion. The town meeting participants will be undecided voters selected by the Gallup Organization.
The Associated Press offers these 5 points to consider:
1. A REBOUND?
2. MAN OF THE PEOPLE?
3. MORE CIVIL?
4. THE PEOPLE SPEAK
5. MORE THAN WORDS
You can read there breakdown of the points at: http://commercialappeal.com/news/2012/oct/16/5-things-watch-presidential-debate
The Washington Post's The Fix gives these insights:
* Can Obama find a groove?
* Obama’s ‘porridge’ question
* Winning once is hard; winning twice is harder
* WWCCD (What will Candy Crowley Do?)
* The town hall test
The Fix's thinking can be read at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2012/10/16/what-to-watch-for-in-the-second-presidential-debate
Then we have these suggestions from CNN:
1. Connecting with the audience
2. Find a warm place
3. Getting women's issues into the conversation
4. Strong performance pays off -- literally
5. Watch out for the wild card
More on CNN's take: http://cnn.com/2012/10/16/politics/debate-five-things/index.html
What I will be hoping to hear tonight:
1. What about Benghazi and Hillary? - Will any of the audience or Romney bring up the issue of the intelligence failure that lead to the murder of 4 Americans and reaction to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton falling on her sword for the Obama Administration?
2. The 47% - Will the President or any of the audience question Romney on his remarks about the 47% which he stated in a secret video that he is not "worried about"?
3. Jobs - Will the undecided voters press the candidates on how they will go about creating jobs in the US and get the economy moving at a more robust pace?
4. Medicare and Social Security - Will the questioners hit both candidates on specifics to reform the programs to ensure viability for future generations?
5. Specifics - Will either of the candidates provide more specifics on what his administration hopes to accomplish over the next 4 years?
Those are the points which I hope to hear addressed in tonight's debate.
I think it is highly unlikely that the debate will have a clear-cut winner, but most likely will be claimed a win by both sides. Personally, I think the most likely outcome will be a draw.
I do not believe that there will be much notable difference in the polls than what we have been seeing over the last 2 weeks. This race will most likely go to the wire and be a photo finish.
From the Cornfield, there's my preview. What's on your mind as we wait for the debate to kick off at 9 p.m. ET?