The first debate – SBS @ 11:00 am

Here is the format:

Topic: Domestic policy

Air Time: 9:00-10:30 p.m. US Eastern Time [11:00 am – 12:30 pm in eastern Australia]

Location: University of Denver in Denver, Colorado

Sponsor: Commission on Presidential Debates

Participants: President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney

Moderator: Jim Lehrer (Host of NewsHour on PBS)

The debate will focus on domestic policy and be divided into six time segments of approximately 15 minutes each on topics to be selected by the moderator and announced several weeks before the debate.

The moderator will open each segment with a question, after which each candidate will have two minutes to respond. The moderator will use the balance of the time in the segment for a discussion of the topic.

The transcript: The full transcript of the debate.

[Thanks Gab and Token]

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270 Responses to The first debate – SBS @ 11:00 am

  1. Token

    I’m slugging it to pinata-Jon Green on Twitter for that amazing article you’ll see at The Dumb.

  2. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    Freedom ,liberty, religious freedom and the rightful powers of the state?

    Yep, all in there. What a blast. Pride restored in America at last.

  3. Obama was crisp and effective when he debated McCain. The latter seemed, from what I saw, to be almost senile at times. I had the passing thought that he might have been trying to “throw” the debate and the election. He was that bad.

  4. Alex Pundit

    From Andrew Sullivan’s blog,

    10.29 pm. How is Obama’s closing statement so fucking sad, confused and lame? He choked. He lost. He may even have lost the election tonight.

    Now they know what it’s like to have someone who sucks at debates getting clobbered. At least, it hasn’t happened to their side for yonks.

  5. JC

    Obama Phone Lady versus Angry White Man with a Gun

    You are so true to type Guiseppe

    It was the Kenyan who said we bring a gun Mel, you mentally disturbed dickhead.

  6. Alex Pundit

    BTW JC,

    You’ve earned a great deal of respect. I remember you saying more than a year ago that it had to be Mitt. We all wanted a ‘more conservative’ candidate, but in the end, none of them could have done what Mitt did tonight.

  7. Rex

    so he quoted a famous movie line?

    Why you so angry Guiseppe?

  8. Fisky

    We all wanted a ‘more conservative’ candidate

    Who’s “we”? 🙂

  9. Alex Pundit

    Practically everybody. Were have you been the last two years?!


  10. Fisky

    No, you said “We all”. Not me. I supported Romney.

  11. JC

    Lol.. I did alex. I always liked Mitt as the GOP candidate. We have to be realistic and set our sights to realizable levels.

    I wanted a North East Republican to have a shot and he was the best one in the group I think.

  12. JC

    so he quoted a famous movie line?

    Why you so angry Guiseppe?

    Angry? Really? Fuck off Mel go do catholic hour somewhere, you two bit grub.

  13. Rudiau

    For those, like me, who were wondering here is the rest of the Debate Agenda.

    VP Debate – October 11, 2012
    Topic: Foreign and domestic policy
    Air Time: 9:00-10:30 p.m. Eastern Time (11-12:30 AEST)
    Location: Centre College in Danville, Kentucky

    2nd Pres. Debate. – October 16, 2012
    Topic: Town meeting format including foreign and domestic policy
    Air Time: 9:00-10:30 p.m. Eastern Time (11-12:30 AEST)
    Location: Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York

    3rd Pres. Debate. – October 22, 2012
    Topic: Foreign policy
    Air Time: 9:00-10:30 p.m. Eastern Time (11-12:30 AEST)
    Location: Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida

  14. Fleeced

    … his lying and his cruel assault on Big Bird

    Bwahahahahaha… so unhinged.

  15. Tim

    If I was on the Obama team I’d be pushing to get Gary Johnson into the next debates. Doesn’t matter that it would put Obama into 3rd place, they could peel off part of Romney’s vote. And if Romney refused to front on those terms they could just have Obama & Johnson. Which would still work.

  16. Jeremiah

    Nice work dot, I used to enjoy creaming the idiots on all the abc forums, bloody time consuming though. But there’s something so ever satisfying about the squishing sound that you can imagine as their brains implode.

  17. Which would still work.

    Would it? Or would it be so much like shoving tied-up Christians down the throat of a toothless lion that even the most ardent thrill-down-the-leg Obama supporter must grasp the point that it was a setup?

    If Romney can keep doing what he’s doing, and if Ryan can nail Biden’s scrotum to a cross, Obama will go to pieces psychologically. Whether this will give Romney the victory, I don’t know. But I’m sure the adoring masses will be less likely to vote for Obama if he’s publicly running around in circles biting his own arse, and in a voluntary electoral system like America’s, that might be more than enough.

    The fact that for the first time, Obama’s supporters have collapsed in a WTFpile of disbelief at their Anointed God’s performance speaks volumes. This may be the reason Romney has not until now dropped the campaign money bomb – he’s been hoping the debates would yield ripe fruit in footage terms. If so, it could go down as one of the most brilliantly run campaigns in political history.

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