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by Jon Gordon, MPR News10/22/2012 11:52:06 PM
Tonight's moderator is Bob Schieffer of CBS News.
by Jon Gordon, MPR News10/22/2012 11:55:27 PM
Greetings. I presume I'm the first one in the room here for the live blog of the final debate. I'll be honest with you: I'm here for the entertainment. It's not that I can't handle deep philosophical discussions about important issues of the day, it's just that this isn't NewsHour on PBS; it's two guys trying to get control of a media narrative, and you do that with an eye on theater, not policy. This debate tonight is about foreign policy. So we can pretty much figure that the Benghazi terrorist attack will be on the lips -- probably constantly -- of Gov. Romney. And we presume President Obama will remind us that Osama bin Laden is dead.
by Bob Collins, MPR News10/23/2012 12:32:23 AM
But, of course, this will be about who stumbles or who provides the uncomfortable moment which will frame tomorrow's coverage. "Who won the debate?" will be the constant question because, after three years of this campaign, this isn't going to be the week the horse race coverage takes a back to seat to theater.
by Bob Collins, MPR News10/23/2012 12:34:14 AM
At the hall in Florida now, the usual suspects -- the Presidential Debates Commission -- members are taking their bows and reminding people to shut off cellphones, and especially don't tweet. The Star Tribune, by the way, did an interesting article today that only thinly hid a "how social media is ruining political debates." "People don't watch and react to debates in 2012 the way they used to," said Paul Levinson, a Fordham University professor and author of the book "New New Media," which examined social media and culture, including the 2008 election. "Now you're watching the debate and you have your smartphone, your iPad, your laptop in your hand and you're busy tweeting about what you're seeing and hearing."
He says it like it's a bad thing.
by Bob Collins, MPR News10/23/2012 12:37:07 AM
Of course during the debate -- again -- we'll be tossing in links to fact-checking articles that are being put together as the debate proceeds. And we want to hear your comments -- preferably your perspectives. How does a particular issue affect your life. We really want to hear your stories. Got an opinion on an issue being discussed? How do you come to it?
by Bob Collins, MPR News10/23/2012 12:40:59 AM
Here are your presidential debate bingo cards, courtesy of the Dallas Morning News. You get a card, you get a card, you get a card, and you get a card. We're bringing families back together here.
by Bob Collins, MPR News10/23/2012 12:44:05 AM
Nice moment. There are T-shirts that the students at Lynn University have, where the debate is being held, has a T-shirt that says "we've never heard of you either."
by Bob Collins, MPR News10/23/2012 12:46:53 AM
And we learn that the correct pronunciation of the city where Lynn University is located is Boca Ra-tone. No classes at the school today...
by Bob Collins, MPR News10/23/2012 12:48:31 AM
We are at the stage of the campaign where candidates are paying attention pretty much only to the swing state. That is to say: a voter in Florida is more important than you, assuming that you're in Minnesota. If you're in Wisconsin, though, it's a different story. On CBS this morning, a Republican strategist said whoever takes Wisconsin AND Ohio, wins. But... about that Florida voter...
by Bob Collins, MPR News10/23/2012 12:53:53 AM
Face to face: It's the final Obama-Romney debate - why is this story (found on the MPR News site) written in the past tense?
by Joe T10/23/2012 12:54:39 AM
It's a placeholder story. It'll get updated once the debate starts. For the most part, it's just background noise.
by Bob Collins, MPR News10/23/2012 12:56:04 AM
Good evening everyone. I'm back again looking to check the "truthiness" of candidate statements. If you smell something fishy raise a flag. I'll track down some information to weight against the statement.
by Michael Olson, MPR News10/23/2012 12:57:51 AM
Towering over the candidates is the huge, and oddly inaccurate icon of the Great Symbol of the United States. They might as well have put the Bob's Big Boy statue up there.
by Bob Collins, MPR News10/23/2012 12:58:09 AM
A stunningly narrow range of issues for foreign policy. As Bob mentioned earlier, need journalists who 1) have some actual expertise on the issues at hand, or 2) work outside of Wash DC
by MikeB10/23/2012 12:58:28 AM
Indeed, you're correct. Foreign policy hasn't really been part of the campaign; it's a complex issue in a format in which neither candidate is particularly helped by teaching complexities.
by Bob Collins, MPR News10/23/2012 12:59:20 AM
Bob Schieffer is in his chair and unless I missed something -- and I probably did -- he didn't say much -- if anything -- to the audience. And here we go.
by Bob Collins, MPR News10/23/2012 1:00:40 AM
So, basically, Schieffer is conducting a Face the Nation.
by Bob Collins, MPR News10/23/2012 1:02:56 AM
Immigration, global financial regulation, Latin America, the EU,.....
by MikeB10/23/2012 1:03:02 AM
Reversing the previous debate, O bama with the blue tie, Romney with the red (with American stripes). The gentlemen are seated tonight. So we've had podiums, bar stools, and now chairs.
by Bob Collins, MPR News10/23/2012 1:04:08 AM
No surprise. First question is about Benghazi.
by Bob Collins, MPR News10/23/2012 1:04:27 AM
Bob, is there a way to increase the size of the box for running comments? Can only see or ot two at a time
Obama counters with an explanation of tens of thousands of Libyans marching after the attacks in Benghazi saying "America is our friend." "Your strategy has been one that has been all over the map," he says to Romney.
"My strategy is to go after the bad guys... to kill them...." Points to Obama for getting romney to say 'kill them" after his signature line was "we can't kill our ways out of this mess."
by Bob Collins, MPR News10/23/2012 1:09:27 AM
Romney cites a U.N conference that recommended keying foreign aid....helping nations create civil societies. But paints picture of Mideast as chaotic.
by Bob Collins, MPR News10/23/2012 1:10:29 AM
What symbol is on Romney's flag pin?
by Joe T10/23/2012 1:10:31 AM
It's the Secret Service flag pin.
by Bob Collins, MPR News10/23/2012 1:10:40 AM
Okay, Romney now talking cultural diplomacy and economic development--just the stuff conservatives worry about funding.
by Sherry Gray10/23/2012 1:10:46 AM
(Mali isn't in the Middle East... get a globe)
by Cynthia Gaetani10/23/2012 1:10:49 AM
go after the bad guys" is not a foreign policy strategy--is Muslim extremism our biggest foreign policy issue, really
by Sherry Gray10/23/2012 1:10:52 AM
by Bob Collins, MPR News10/23/2012 1:12:29 AM
Can't kill our way out...except when we want to kill the bad guys? Did Romney flip-flop within the same answer?
by Bob Cudahy10/23/2012 1:12:43 AM
Obama's bringing up all the changes and misinformation Romney's brought up in the past.
by mombalabamba10/23/2012 1:12:46 AM
Good job by Schieffer. Good sparring going on so he throws a couple of minutes. Interesting defense by Romney. Says "attacking me" isn't the answer.
by Bob Collins, MPR News10/23/2012 1:13:23 AM
Romney mentions "clear eyes." The obligatory Friday Night Lights reference.