President Barack Obama showed more punch in his second debate against Republican challenger Mitt Romney. Making up for his lackluster performance in the first debate, he likely re-energized the supporters who worried that another poor debate would end his chances of getting re-elected.
Romney delivered an assault on Obama's record with a litany of statistics. He also complained about following the rules of the debate while also breaking the rule about asking the other candidate questions.
Undecided voters asked the questions in the town hall style debate moderated by CNN's Candy Crowley. Rather than stand behind a podium the whole time, the candidates were able to walk around. At times, both candidates got into a heated back and forth, complete with finger pointing and accusations that the other candidate was not telling the truth. more >>
Now that Mitt Romney has pulled ahead or is within striking distance in virtually every swing state, the town hall debate tonight may become the most important event in President Obama's political career, according to political analysts.
Unless President Obama turns the tide back tonight, analysts say Romney is poised to continue a surge in the swing states that began as a result of his performance in the first debate.
Even Ezra Klein, one of the most articulate progressive bloggers in The Washington Post, asserts today, "Joe Biden did his job Thursday. But in the end, winning the election is up to the presidential candidate, not the vice presidential candidate." more >>
The vice presidential debate in Kentucky definitely provided a teachable moment for parents all across the country. Parents of all political persuasions in our nation tend to teach their children that it is right to show respect to others....and wrong to constantly interrupt people while they are talking. Many liberals and conservatives alike were embarrassed for Joe Biden, and even appalled at his level of condescending behavior toward Paul Ryan. It gave parents an opportunity to teach their children what not to do when discussing opposing ideas with someone.
If we were to poll Americans, my guess is that less than 10% of all adults would say they want their own children and teens to be that disrespectful toward others. Biden and Ryan obviously have very different views on various issues, but the vast majority of Americans seem to understand that Joe Biden's behavior was way out of bounds and a poor example for the youth of our country. Joe Biden would probably say that he aspires to be a role model for youth....but would he also say that he wants young people to imitate the way he treated Paul Ryan? I guess that is a question that only Joe Biden can answer for himself.
Perhaps Joe truly believes that manners do not matter anymore. I am sure his parents and grandparents didn't hold that view. It's one thing to have a strong disagreement with someone. It's another thing altogether to throw civility out the window. The question is this....do we care if our young people learn the value of respect? Or is that just another prudish value that we can let slip away along with all the other values which have been going by the wayside in our country in recent decades. more >>
Editor's note: In this series comparing the positions of both major party presidential candidates on a range of issues, each candidates platform will be described using information from the candidate's themselves, mostly from the candidate's websites. A candidate's description of their opponent's position will not be used. In describing the candidate's position, The Christian Post does not attest to the facts stated as part of the position.
On the issue of education reform both presidential candidates, President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney, tend to have more in common than on many other issues. There are some important differences, though, on student loans for college and the Common Core Standards Initiative.
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Three top Hollywood starlets appear in a new television ad criticizing GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney for his pro-life stance, and urge Americans to vote for President Barack Obama in the upcoming November elections.
"If you think this election won't affect you and your life, think again," says Scarlett Johansson, who most recently starred in the 2012 superhero hit Marvel's "The Avengers", and has been active in gathering support for Obama.
The ad, sponsored by Move On, a progressive liberal activist group, also features Eva Longoria and Kerry Washington, who each remind viewers that Romney has promised to cut funding to Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the country. Johansson notes that this will also hamper cancer screening programs that Planned Parenthood provides. more >>
The 2012 election is full of ads and speeches in which politicians use the words of their opponents against them. The opponents often counter that their words were taken out of context, that they did not really say what they were accused of saying.
Below are six of the most common examples of these accusations, followed by the quote in context. Readers can decide whether the quote is accurate, or taken out of context. Tell us what you think in the comments section below.
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