2012 US Election

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Election Debates’ Verdict: Romney wins First Presidential Debate

The Election Debates’ panel has declared Mitt Romney the winner of the First Presidential Debate. The panel was split 5-1 in favour of the Republican challenger. Both speakers provided a clear contrast in the first of their three debates: Romney punchy, Obama meandering; Romney aggressive, Obama passive; Romney confident, Obama ponderous. In the end it … Continue reading

Jocic: Romney wins First Presidential Debate

Winner: Mitt Romney Scores: Obama 73 | Romney 78 Judge: Wayne Jocic Reasons: Barack Obama lost this debate. At its best, his manner was calm and conversational, and a brief smile and a chuckle about timing were appealing. Yet his predominant human quality was weariness. This weariness left Obama struggling to defend his presidency. On economic matters, … Continue reading

Greenland: Romney wins First Presidential Debate

Winner: Mitt Romney Scores: Obama 79 | Romney 81 Judge: Sam Greenland Reasons: The debate featured a refreshing level of engagement between the two principals, who preferred responding directly to their opponent over spouting rehearsed talking points.  It suffered badly, though, from a failure of the moderator to maintain order or to keep to time, which both … Continue reading

Jarvis: Romney wins First Presidential Debate

Winner: Mitt Romney Scores: Obama 76 | Romney 78 Judge: Jason Jarvis Reasons: I give this debate to Mitt Romney because he was superior in manner (style) and matter (substance).  While I am not sure that this debate was a “game changer” for Mitt Romney, he certainly exceeded expectations and held his own on the substantive … Continue reading

Lising: Romney wins First Presidential Debate

Winner: Mitt Romney Scores: Obama 78 Romney 79 Judge: Ian Lising Reasons: Math, common sense and history Through the first exchange, Governor Romney seemed to take control by introducing direct clash in the round whereas President Obama was a bit vague and nonresponsive. This quickly changed when both candidates evaluated the Governor’s tax plan. In a way, the … Continue reading

Berglund: Obama wins First Presidential Debate

Winner: Barack Obama Scores: Obama 80 | Romney 78 Judge: Fenja Berglund Reasons: Barack Obama won this close debate by engaging more effectively with his opponent’s assertions while using facts to defend his own. Obama and Mitt Romney were both impressive in style, with both finding the all important balance between being folksy and statesmanlike, and … Continue reading

Harvey-Smith: Romney wins First Presidential Debate

Winner: Mitt Romney Scores: Obama 72 | Romney 81 Judge: Neill Harvey-Smith Reasons: A clear win. Mitt Romney grew in confidence and succeeded in putting across a moderate, bi-partisan image. Overall, Romney made clearer contrasts, conveyed greater passion and used better examples and metaphors to shine light into the bog of numbers. Barack Obama explained, … Continue reading

Advising Romney: what the challenger needs to do to win the debates

In the second of two opinion pieces, Andy Hume, debate coach and former world debating champion, provides advice to the candidates on what they need to do to win the upcoming US presidential debates. Yesterday, it was President Obama. Today it’s Governor Romney. Governor Romney, Your opponent has a small but persistent lead in most … Continue reading

Advising Obama: what the President needs to do to win the debates

In the first of two opinion pieces, Andy Hume, debate coach and former world debating champion, provides advice to the candidates on what they need to do to win the upcoming US presidential debates. First up, it’s President Obama. Mr. President, In 2008, you were generally felt to have had the better of your election … Continue reading

Better get used to silent audiences if you want to beat Obama

Ray D’Cruz Republican hopeful Newt Gingrich honed a key message since the South Carolina debates: only he can beat Obama in the presidential debates. Until last night’s debate, the message worked well. It combined one of Gingrich’s perceived strengths (debating) with the issue that matters most to Republicans (beating Obama). But the case for his superior … Continue reading