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No Bump For Obama from Third Debate

President Obama was widely held to have won Monday’s third presidential debate with Gov. Mitt Romney, but a new poll conducted entirely after the encounter shows the president getting little to no benefit from his performance. According to the latest Rasmussen daily presidential tracking poll, conducted Tuesday through Thursday, Romney now leads Obama by three points, 50-47 percent. In a poll completed Monday and released

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Rasmussen Poll: Romney Won the Debates

A new poll by Scott Rasmussen gives Gov. Mitt Romney the title as overall winner of the three debates. The survey found that 49 percent think Romney won compared to 41 percent who said President Obama did. Apparently, despite Obama’s victory – according to the polls, not according to me – in the third debate, voters remember the first encounter, when Romney by universal agreement

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Obama Flubs: U.S. Has More Bayonets Today Than in 1916

President Obama erroneously asserted during Monday night’s debate that the U.S. military has fewer bayonets than it did in 1916. In fact, the armed forces likely possess more than three times as many of the weapons as they did before the U.S. entry into World War I. The error is significant because Obama sought during the debate to portray himself as having an edge on

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Romney’s Brilliant Maneuver

Gov. Mitt Romney today pulled a bold move in the final debate with President Obama, opting for relatively limited verbal combat with his opponent while instead showcasing his knowledge of foreign affairs, adopting a presidential demeanor, and offering a sense of optimism for the future. This strategy was the political equivalent of the Muhammed Ali Rope-a-Dope against George Foreman in the heavyweight boxing championship in

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Bush’s Role in Obama’s Foreign Policy Successes

Think about it for a moment. We’re going to be hearing during tonight’s debate about two things President Obama bills as his banner foreign policy achievements – killing Osama Bin Laden and ending the Iraq War. But it turns out George W. Bush shares success for the former and is owed most of the credit for the latter. It was the capabilities built by Bush

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Debate School at Camp David

President Obama is saving taxpayers some money of the kind they shelled out for his previous debate prep sessions in Virginia and Nevada, heading for Camp David for the weekend today to study up for the third and final debate, which will be in Boca Raton, Florida on Monday. Obama heads down to Florida Monday and then Tuesday will campaign in Florida and Ohio.

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White House Dossier Transcribes the Debate! Sort of.

This is a very special White House Dossier transcript of the second presidential debate. Please excuse us if it’s not a perfect rendering, but we believe it is basically accurate. ******* Candy Crowley: I want to thank all of you here at Hofstra University for joining us for the second debate between the presidential candidates, Councilman Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama. The debate will

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Crowley Lends Support to Obama’s Benghazi Deception

As predicted by many on the right, presidential debate moderator Candy Crowley of CNN Tuesday evening came to the aid of President Obama, lending clear support to his effort to deceptively suggest that he had on Sept. 12 characterized the Sept. 11 attack on the Benghazi consulate as terrorism. Obama noted during the debate that he had referred to the incident as an “act of

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Obama Given Edge Over Romney in Post-Debate Polls

Both the CBS and CNN post-debate snap polls gave President Obama an edge over Gov. Mitt Romney, though Obama’s victory was so narrow it’s not clear whether it will help him make up the drop in the polls that occurred after his disastrous performance in the first debate two weeks ago. CBS found that 37 percent believe Obama won the debate compared to 30 percent

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Crowley Won’t Follow Debate Contract

Presidential Debate moderator Candy Crowley today reiterated that she plans to ask the candidates follow up questions after audience members have put a topic on the table. Only, the contract between the two campaigns envisions her doing nothing of the sort: The moderator will not ask follow-up questions or comment on either the questions asked by the audience or the answers of the candidates during

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Obama: “I Feel Fabulous”

President Obama today proclaimed himself in good spirits as he prepared to depart the Virginia resort where he has been prepping for his debate this evening with Gov. Mitt Romney. Obama bantered a bit with reporters has he strolled by for a photo op along with White House political adviser David Plouffe and former White House Communications Director Anita Dunn, who played moderator Candy Crowley

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Report: Biden Lied Repeatedly During Debate

Wanted to make sure you saw this report in National Review on Vice President Joe Biden’s serial mendacity. A lot of people compared Biden’s demeanor during the debate to The Joker in Batman. Apparently, though, he had constructed all by himself a new Batman nemesis: The Liar. Biden lied repeatedly during the debate, according to National Review, which judges his misstatements to be dishonesty because

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