2012 Election Debate Week Preview
October 1, 2012 Leave a Comment
As a political “junkie”, it really doesn’t get more exciting than this. It’s really the first time the candidates for president of the United States will be in the same room let alone the fact that they get to argue with each other for two hours. Now yes I will agree with you the debates are not exactly exciting. Most of the time they are pre-scripted questions with pre-scripted answers but still its really exciting because
A) There is a chance something can be said that could completely change the tone of the election &
B) You have both candidates finally standing next to each other saying what they are going to do fix the country. It’s the first time where you can compare them side by side.
So as every network news anchor and political publication would have you believe, this is the most anticipated debate in AMERICAN HISTORY!!! Fox News would have you believe that these debates are the most important debates to ever occur in American history and CNN and MSNBC will have you believe that these debates are just another step towards the president winning his second term. All things considered these debates are undoubtedly important. Probably the most significant debates of this century thus far.
These debates are most important for Mitt Romney. The president does not have to hit a “home run” because he already has a petty significant lead in the polls and is dominating on the projected electoral maps. All of the pressure sits firmly on the shoulders of Mitt Romney. He needs to win big or put up a major showing if he is to carry any momentum into the next debates and get a much-needed bump in polling and electoral projections. If the president performs adequately or it is a draw between them it is a win for the president. Don’t get me wrong the president certainly cannot afford any missteps but barring any major “implosions” by the president all he really needs to do is show up and not say anything stupid. Romney on the other hand, every single word that he says will be scrutinized by everyone in the media, and will determine if and what kind of bump in the polls he will get.
Now the first debate is going to focus on Domestic Policy which is undoubtedly going to include questions about the economy, unemployment rate, healthcare and other controversial issues that the president takes a lot of criticism about. The blame Bush period is over now and he is going to have to answer how he is going to really stimulate recovery in his second term instead “throwing” money at the problems. That being said the president has proved that he is exceedingly good at pivoting around questions and falling back to his strengths. So Romney is going to need to focus on convincing us that his policies will work and how his are better instead of convincing us that the presidents are wrong. The country has already decided that if they like the presidents polices or if they hate them. So he is not going to convince people to believe what he has to say about the presidents policies, he needs to take advantage of the debates and finally present what he is going to do to turn the country around. People want to hear a real solution not “hope and change” but actual policy.
I will be giving you debate coverage every day this week leading up to the debate with predictions as well as post-debate analysis. The most important advice I can give you the reader is to watch the debates fully. Don’t rely on any of the major cable news networks to give you the highlights with their analysis. All they are going to do is take parts out of context, twist, and manipulate everything. They are going to show you only what they think is important or what they want you to think is important. The only way you will truly understand and know what you want to hear and what you think is important is if you watch the whole debate and then draw your own conclusions.