2012 US Election

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Election Debates’ Verdict: Obama wins Third Presidential Debate

Election Debates has declared Barack Obama the winner of the Third Presidential Debate. [Watch the debate] Though the panel was split on the winner, all judges agreed it was a close debate – and for substantially the same reasons. The main reason for the tightness of this debate was a lack of real debate. From … Continue reading

Hume: Obama wins Third Presidential Debate

Winner: Barack Obama Scores: Obama 74 | Romney 73 Judge: Andy Hume Reasons: Barack Obama emerged as a narrow winner from the third and last Presidential debate, but the casual viewer may have been the loser after watching a pretty uninspiring 90 minutes that was long on rhetoric and consensus, short on genuine clash or … Continue reading

Berglund: Obama wins Third Presidential Debate

Winner: Obama Scores: Obama 75 | Romney 74 Judge: Fenja Berglund Reasons: I have reservations about seated debates, which can blur the boundaries of who has the floor as well as making it more difficult for speakers to hold a commanding presence.  Both speakers proved me wrong in this debate, with the format (and perhaps … Continue reading

D’Cruz: Obama wins Third Presidential Debate

Winner: Obama Scores: Obama 77 | Romney 75 Judge: Ray D’Cruz Reasons: President Obama won this debate because he was able to challenge Governor Romney’s changing positions on key issues. He undermined Romney’s strategy of neutralising as many difficult issues as possible, though his clumsy manner as he swung wildly at Romney early in the … Continue reading

Harvey-Smith: Romney wins Third Presidential Debate

Winner: Mitt Romney Scores: Romney 77 | Obama 75 Judge: Neill Harvey-Smith Reasons: I score it a narrow win to Mitt Romney, whose superior manner and improving confidence edged a disappointing debate. This is a debate that Obama supporters will think Obama won and Romney supporters will feel that Romney won. Romney appeared to have … Continue reading

Election Debates’ Verdict: Obama wins Second Presidential Debate

Election Debates has declared President Barack Obama the winner of the Second Presidential Debate. [Watch the debate] In what was a robust exchange in a town hall format, both speakers went on the offensive. Governor Romney largely continued the themes of the first debate, while Obama was more succinct and aggressive this time around. On … Continue reading

Hume: Obama wins Second Presidential Debate

Winner: Obama Scores: Obama 84 | Romney 79 Judge: Andy Hume Reasons: Barack Obama came through a lively and at times bruising debate with Mitt Romney and emerged as a clear winner, due not just to his own strengths but also his opponent’s errors. The President was on the offensive from the earliest moments of … Continue reading

Jocic: Obama wins Second Presidential Debate

Winner: Obama Scores: Obama 77 | Romney 76 Judge: Wayne Jocic Results: This debate had no obvious winner. The variety of questions and the confusing spectacle of interaction between the candidates meant that neither could establish a clear advantage. On the central economic issues, the candidates were evenly matched. Mitt Romney was superior on jobs. … Continue reading

Where to from here for the Presidents’ debate strategy?

Opinion by Ray D’Cruz There was something about President Barack Obama in the first presidential debate against Governor Romney that reminded me of his third presidential debate against Senator John McCain. In my adjudication on the 2008 debate (admittedly a dissenting one) I commented: “Obama’s calmness bordered on indifference. Obama’s manner seemed to suggest he’d had … Continue reading

Election Debates’ Verdict: Biden wins the Vice Presidential Debate

Election Debates declares Joe Biden the winner of an engaging and compelling Vice Presidential Debate.  [Watch the debate] Biden, like Mitt Romney in last week’s debate, took control of the debate. While his overtly aggressive manner may have thrilled some and alienated others, it was ultimately his superior matter that won the night. The panel … Continue reading