Up for Debate: Election questions unanswered

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 2:00am

Now, after all of the presidential debates are done, what questions remain for the candidates? Do you see either candidate riding any momentum out of the debates?

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206 Comments on this post:

By: Rasputin72 on 10/24/12 at 2:43

The only real question is "How many of the 47% in the swing states will actually vote.?"
These people are not known for personal responsibility or motivation

By: Ask01 on 10/24/12 at 4:17

If several polls I've seen are to be believed, most voter have already decided who will receive their vote. Supposedly this includes those in the much hyped "swing" states, rendering those states little more than media filler, and potential sensationalism pieces to keep audience attention for the interval leading up to the election.

I have a nagging filling the debates were little more than cheap fixes for political junkies and opportunities for the respective candidates to "preach to the choir," or party faithful.

Anyone not already decided at this point must be in a coma, suffering from head trauma, suffering advanced ADD, or other mental deficieny. This observation covers all political persuasions, no matter the party.

I believe many filling the 'undecided' block just don't feel like sharing their decision with pollsters. I hang up (loudly) on them when they call because I refuse to play their game.

What we really need in this country is a viable, respectable third party to shake up the two established parties, and force them to either address the middle ground voters go totally to the extremes.

Just my opinion.

By: gdiafante on 10/24/12 at 5:12

This is starting to remind me of 2000. I think it's that close. Let's hope, even as close it is (can be), the USSC doesn't appoint another President.

By: Captain Nemo on 10/24/12 at 5:45

Thanks NCP, we will hear the only question that can never be answered.

By: govskeptic on 10/24/12 at 5:49

Polls are just being completed for reaction to the third debate. It will be
interesting to see if the public enjoyed the behavior and argumentative
answers of the President as well as the press did. Two of the bigger
arguments of the night were one: Did Romney in his Op-Ed piece in the
NY Times of Nov 2008 " Let Detroit go Bankrupt", indicate the Federal
Gov should provide guarantees to the companies and their warranty
customers at the conclusion of a regular bankruptcy, and the answer is YES,
although Obama argued that he didn't. Second was the argument over
whether both had originally agreed that some troops should have been
left in Iraq. Again, the answer was YES, but that fell apart when the
Iraq government insisted those troops would be under Iraq"s command.

The tighter this election gets the more desperate and totally unconscionable
disrespectful and untruthful comments are coming from both the President
and Vice President in their public speeches and new ads. No low is
too low for this group from Chicago within the re-election team.

By: Captain Nemo on 10/24/12 at 5:53

By: Rasputin72 on 10/23/12 at 5:17
Only in America can a man driving a Honda CRV with 427,000 miles and a net worth of less than 150 000 dollars and an annual income of less than 60,000 dollars call a man like Mitt Romney an idiot and believe it.

How can anyone not love this country. I hope that after Obama wins this election that class warfare on the internet can continue. Heaven forbid the upperclass and the productive class having to subject themselves to the Obama voters in their neighborhoods and their social lives.

Now what brought this idiotic post?

By: yogiman on 10/24/12 at 6:05

In politics, a candidate is in the race to win and will answer any question the way they think the voter wants to hear.

But if given the opportunity to ask questions to a candidate, my question would be: Sir/Madam, are you Constitutionally eligible to be in this race and why do you refuse to prove you're eligibility? Why do you refuse to show a legitimate birth certificate to prove your eligibility and college papers to prove you wasn't a foreign student?

By: Captain Nemo on 10/24/12 at 6:07


By: bfra on 10/24/12 at 6:08

(double flush)

By: Captain Nemo on 10/24/12 at 6:11

Governor Romney; How long will it take you to go to war with Iran?

By: Loner on 10/24/12 at 6:11

Good morning, Nashville.

First the UFD topic:

What questions remain for the candidates?

I'd like to ask Bishop Romney why he believes that Israeli women have a right to choose; but American women have no such right. I'd ask Mitt if he would continue the massive US aid to Israel, even though the Israelis operate state-sponsored abortion "mills"....such aid violates the spirit of the Hyde Amendment and the Mexico City Policy. I'd ask Mitt why he believes that the state of Israel has a rright to exist, as a Jewish state, but the Israeli fetus has no right to life.....some 50,000 abortions are performed in Israel annually, but Mitt and his supporters have never questioned or criticized any of this...why not?

Do you see either candidate riding any momentum out of the debates?

The President scored big in the final debate; he has the momentum in the final stretch.

It would be altogether right, just and fitting, if Romney won the popular vote, but lost the EC vote. Perhaps, if both parties were to suffer this injustice, we might just see some reform of the flawed EC system....the Dems got the EC shaft in 2000, let the GOP get the EC shaft in 2012.

By: Captain Nemo on 10/24/12 at 6:26

Richard Mourdock: Even pregnancy from rape something "God intended


I don't know this man.

Mitt Romney-

By: gdiafante on 10/24/12 at 6:30

Gov, Romney wanted the bankruptcy to be privately financed, which was impossible at the time. I know you don't remember, but there was a credit crisis going on. In fact, if you really want to get down to basics, the entire umbrella of government bailouts that occurred under Bush and Obama were because private credit dried up and the only entitity that remained with the means to address the problem was the government.

GM was saved because the financial/economic system was anorexic and it was believed at the time that the system could not sustain such a failure.

It wouldn't have mattered who was President, either. It had to be done to avert a panic not seen since 1929. You can be a monday-morning QB all you want, but unless you put things in context, you're spitting in the wind.

By: Loner on 10/24/12 at 6:41


Bush & Cheney negotiated the Status Of Forces deal before Obama took the oath of office...Obama followed through on the US promises, although it is true that his Administration did try to finagle a way to garrison a fairly large number of combat-ready US troops in Iraq, as a residual US military presence....but the Iraqis said, "Raus!" So, we did.

Unlike the Bush & Cheney predictions, we were not welcomed as liberators when we invaded Iraq and we did not leave as a trusted ally and friend....the shoes thrown at President Bush were a fitting metaphor for how the average Iraqi feels about the USA.

The Ayatollahs in Iran were the primary beneficiaries of the forced removal of Saddam Hussein.

The flow of cheap Iraqi oil into the US economy is not working out as planned.

The cost of rebuilding what we destroyed in Iraq was the real shock & awe.

The families and friends of those killed in the counter-productive elective war will pay the emotional price for the rest of their lives.

In spite of all that...and the lingering war in Afghanistan, Romney assures PM Netanyahu that the US "has his back", should he decide to start another holy war in that god-forsaken region....Romney is ready to create another hell-hole in the Middle East...I say, "Go to Hell, Bishop Romney!"

By: Captain Nemo on 10/24/12 at 6:41

God’s daily work list

Start a new conflict in Middle East

Earth Quake in New Zealand

Tropical storm in Atlantic

10,001 rapes across the globe.

By: gdiafante on 10/24/12 at 6:43

If I could ask either a question I'd ask:

Mitt: Who are you? Are you the moderate you've been in the past or the extreme right idealogue you've been in order to get the nomination?

Obama: Do you realize that by dropping the ball in the first debate you've likely relegated yourself to a one-termer?

By: slacker on 10/24/12 at 6:44

The only thing left to ask about is.. will the extraterrestrial aliens, being unjustly held in area 51, be included in the Dream act?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 10/24/12 at 6:46

Good question, slacker!

By: Captain Nemo on 10/24/12 at 6:46

slacker he,he,he

By: gdiafante on 10/24/12 at 6:47

They let those aliens out years ago. I hear that one occassionally dresses in meat and sings...

By: Loner on 10/24/12 at 6:48

Captain Nemo has introduced a timely topic. The Tea-bagger candidate in Indiana's US Senate race, Richard Mourdock, has made a huge gaffe. I left the following comment on this WaPo comment board:


My WaPo Comment:

7:50 AM EDT

There is the potential for irony here. The GOP's zealous quest to replace a moderate Republican Senator with a tea-party extremist could very well backfire. Lugar's safe seat may soon be occupied by a Democrat ; this is poetic justice.

By: bfra on 10/24/12 at 6:50

Romney is a chameleon, he changes colors to match what the voters want at that particular time.

By: Loner on 10/24/12 at 6:55

Excellent question, Slacker...that one is on nobody's radar...it is, however, on the interstellar radar....the folks in the Alpha Centauri B solar system are growing impatient...they have been waiting 2,000 earth-years for a response to their demands....they may try a rescue mission...it's big news all across the galaxy...except for here...they are keeping it from us, of course.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 10/24/12 at 6:56

The question being asked is how a Mormon can represent “big tobacco” when the real question is why would a Mormon open hundreds or thousands of numbered bank accounts in “safe havens” and work with organized crime.

Then again, a study of both the CIA and FBI lends itself to tales of the “Mormon Mafia,” and their stranglehold on those organizations.

Anyone who comes against the Mormons and lives in the Western United States knows what real terrorism is like.


By: Blanketnazi2 on 10/24/12 at 6:57

The last thing Scott and Mitt Romney want is for people to know the deep and criminal links they have, nor how they have corrupted members of the Mormon Church in Michigan. NOT to mention the abuses they have put many Mormon children and women through in Michigan. Romney is unfit for the White House and dangerous to our nation.

By: slacker on 10/24/12 at 7:06

Mormon Mafia members in politics:
''Pretty Boy Romney''
''Handsome Harry Reid''
''Crooner Orin Hatch''

By: Loner on 10/24/12 at 7:07

Amen, Bfra....the POTUS job has evolved since George Washington's time....today, Mitt has the right stuff for the current job....he is a political chameleon...with situational ethics and an uncanny ability to self-bullshitize and to bullshit others....and he has the smile, the good hair, pearly white teeth and the right skin tone....and he can memorize and stick to any script that his handlers put before him....he could go all the way.

By: bfra on 10/24/12 at 7:11

Blanket - Interesting article! The righties on this board don't deal in facts.

Loner - Hopefully enough voters can see thru that camouflaged area for the real Mitt.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 10/24/12 at 7:18

lol, slacker!

bfra, it is interesting. That would explain why he doesn't want to show his taxes and why he has a problem with Russia.

By: BenDover on 10/24/12 at 7:19

We'll never get a 3rd party until the states pro-rate their electoral votes based on state popular vote, Ask01.

By: yogiman on 10/24/12 at 7:19

Romney is unfit for our White House and dangerous to our nation, B2? And Barry Soetoro isn't?

At least Romney is legally eligible to pull the stunt off and Barry isn't. Would you be willing to swear under oath Barry is a natural born American citizen? What could you present to prove it?

Maybe you should read a report on the number of radicals visiting the White House. Why would an American President visit so many radicals so often?


By: gdiafante on 10/24/12 at 7:21

[click] ..!.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 10/24/12 at 7:21


By: Blanketnazi2 on 10/24/12 at 7:21

ah.....much better!

By: bfra on 10/24/12 at 7:22


By: Captain Nemo on 10/24/12 at 7:24

Heap big (FLUSH)

By: yogiman on 10/24/12 at 7:26

Can anyone name any president who isn't, or wasn't a political chameleon? They are all "party" men.

By: Captain Nemo on 10/24/12 at 7:26

Bain was the name of the villain in the last Batman movie. The freaks on the right said it was and conspiracy to make Romney to look bad. However the movie was written and the character Bain was long before Mitt was running.

The Freaky fringe sees evil floating behind there eye lids.

By: Captain Nemo on 10/24/12 at 7:26


By: bfra on 10/24/12 at 7:28


By: yogiman on 10/24/12 at 7:29

You all seem to be sh!tting a lot with all of your flushes. What kind of crap is Barry feeding you that you're swallowing? It must be some good tasting goo goo to you.

By: BenDover on 10/24/12 at 7:30

Loner said, "The President scored big in the final debate; he has the momentum in the final stretch."

I think you're wrong there along with the other comment someone made about the last debate being about pandering to the base.

Romney passed on a half dozen soft-balls where he could have pinned Obama to the wall in favor of trying to shatter the stereotype of him Obama and the Media has tried to create as a war-mongering hawk. I remember because I was yelling at the TV in my best WTF? tone.

In retrospect Romney was trying to assure the moderates that he will lead in a calm, thoughtful, even-handed manner and based on the focus groups of undecided voters it would seem he was successful.

Intrade's got Obama down to 55% today... that's down about 5 points in 24 hours.

As for winning the popular vote and not the electors, I just don't see that scenario playing out. It's pretty clear Mitt will sweep the smaller states where the 2 elector per state bonus kicks in so I just don't know how the math could work of him winning the popular vote and losing the election (but I have not really put a pencil to it either).

By: gdiafante on 10/24/12 at 7:38

You actually watched the last debate? That's sad. Especially with a game 7 going on...and MNF...and reruns of something, anything.

I've never believed that independents watch the debates, usually just the bases. Oh sure, they may tune in for a few minutes, but quickly find out that it's nothing worth wasting two hours of your life that you will never get back.

If I wanted to waste time that badly I'd go shopping with the wife.

By: Captain Nemo on 10/24/12 at 7:38

More troll dropping, but we have the Tec-knowledge, and the equipment and the termination to (FLUSH) freely and at will.

Best of all it works.


By: Loner on 10/24/12 at 7:39

Slack...you left out some other members of that notorious, Washington-based Mormon gang:

Mike "the Crapper" Crapo, the US Senator from Idaho.
Mike "Homer the Hammer" Simpson, a US Rep from Idaho.
Raúl "Mad Dog" Labrador, a US Rep from Idaho.
Rob "the bomber" Bishop, a US Rep from Utah.
James "Diamond Jim" Matheson, a US Rep from Utah.
Jason "Mex" Chaffetz, a US Rep from Utah.

Note: Both Chaffetz and Labrador are Hispanic Mormons...they make excellent window dressing for the race-based faith...a few Hispanic tokens is all they need to BS most Americans into thinking that the Mormons are open and tolerant people.

I may have left a few out.. Thank God, Wikipedia identifies the religions of these jokers.

By: Captain Nemo on 10/24/12 at 7:40

I hear that!!

Mrs. gdia-

By: gdiafante on 10/24/12 at 7:41

In retrospect Romney was trying to assure the moderates that he will lead in a calm, thoughtful, even-handed manner and based on the focus groups of undecided voters it would seem he was successful.

WIth Romney, the "undecided" means GOP. Remember, they aren't very thrilled with the guy, that's why I think debates are mainly for the bases. But I get what you mean. Again, it reminds me of 2000 with Bush...all they asked is that he didn't embarrass himself, just to keep it close by election day...that's what that last debate was for Romney, and I think it worked.

I could absolutely see it go either way at this point. It shouldn't really surprise anyone, we're a divided nation.

By: bfra on 10/24/12 at 7:41


yogi did get 1 thing right, the flush is for inane s**t put on the board

By: slacker on 10/24/12 at 7:42

Characteristics of an undecided voter:
Believes he was adopted
Has doubts, he picked the proper spaghetti sauce
Unsure on right turns and left turns
Ask gas station attendant if he should get regular or premium
Constantly looking at his shoes

By: bfra on 10/24/12 at 7:43

If anyone thinks Romney didn't have his orders before the last debate, they really are naive!