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Blue State Politics: Who Will Win First Debate?

Like four years ago, the presidential candidates will likely have some verbal tricks up their sleeves. Who will win Wednesday's presidential debate? We want to know what Maryland thinks.

 

Remember Joe, the plumber? His story was a product of a presidential debate between candidates Barack Obama and John McCain four years ago.

He turned out not to be a game changer for McCain, who raised Joe as an example of what McCain said were Obama's wealth-distribution economic proposals.

But other historic debate moments have been seen as responsible for turning the tide for one presidential candidate or another.

Just the fact of his appearance on live television was seen as disastrous for Richard Nixon in his debate opposite the telegenic John F. Kennedy in 1960.

It took years for another candidate to get up the courage to go in front of a live audience of millions in a debate situation. That came when Gerald Ford faced Jimmy Carter in 1976. Ford's gamble backfired when he made the statement, "There is no Soviet domination of Eastern Europe" -- a comment pundits said may have cost him the election.

The list of gaffes and slipups since then is long, so candidates come prepared with expert-vetted talking points, rehearsed personal stories and anecdotes like that involving the wrench-packing Joe.

We can expect a practiced verbal exchange Wednesday night when President Obama and GOP challenger Mitt Romney face off at the University of Denver in front of an audience estimated at 50 million.

But occasionally in such debates, an adlibbed zinger will deal at least a momentary glance, such as the time Democratic vice presidential candidate Lloyd Bentsen told his opponent Dan Quayle, who had compared his own public service to that of President Kennedy: "I served with Jack Kennedy. I knew Jack Kennedy. Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine. Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy."

Let's face it, those are the moments we'll be watching for.

Just as McCain did in 2008, Romney has lauded Obama for a gift of oratory. Obama has been in this most sizzling of hot seats -- a live presidential debate -- on several occasions. It's Romney's first time out in exactly this scenario.

A lot is at stake.

In these last weeks leading up to the election, we've asked if you're better off than you were four years ago and whether a presidential contest can turn on one leak of a videotape.

This time we want to know who will face down the critical eye of the camera and win in the minds of the public on Wednesday? What does Maryland think? Tell us in comments.

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The first of three debates leading up to the election will be on domestic policy. For a full schedule and live streaming, click here. Looking for a debate-watching party?

cynthia October 02, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Frank, my name is not Cindy. I NEVER claimed that HS was an objective news reporter or even a reporter. It was clearly meant to show how ignorant the American people are. If you listen you will hear for yourself. I will not respond to anymore of your comments, it is a waste of my time.
Richard Hertz October 02, 2012 at 04:39 PM
"Take your blinders off Frank. Obama is one of the worst Presidents we've had in over 50 years." tcmitssr: you accidentally wrote "one of the worst" instead of "the worst." Also, you accidentally wrote "in over 50 years" instead of "ever."
Steve October 02, 2012 at 04:46 PM
.......and you would be wrong. The President currently ranks as the 15th BEST President all time according to Presidential scholars. http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0710/39283.html
concerned October 02, 2012 at 06:12 PM
It is very strait forward Frank. You just don't want to acknowlege it.
concerned October 02, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Hey Fran, try commenting like an adult. Although, I don't think you are capable because your arguments are without base and full of bias.
cynthia October 02, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Okay Frank, I couldn't resist the bait! But now you are getting personal, when you mention loud, obese black people, you are talking about my sister-in-law! And she is a homosexual too! Be careful.
eagleflyfree October 02, 2012 at 07:14 PM
Here's how the debate will be conducted. Moderator: Mr. President who won the 1959 World Seriies? The President, Uhhh MMM the Dodgers. Moderator: Governor Romney, name the coaches, the team, their positions and birthdays.
Steve October 02, 2012 at 07:25 PM
Do you think Rmoney is going to hit the spray booth before this debate?
Terminator October 02, 2012 at 09:34 PM
Steve, your comments about Romney are shallow at best. Why don't you comment about Biden's hair plugs, botox, fake tan and stupid comments? A heart beat away from being the President should make anyone vote this idiot into retirement to the funny farm.
Steve October 02, 2012 at 09:45 PM
MItt is a very shallow man. Dyed hair, botox, fake tan... what is the guy worried about? http://thegloss.com/beauty/mitt-romney-tan-fundraiser-182/
Terminator October 02, 2012 at 10:00 PM
Do you think Obama had his teeth whitened? Do you think he dyed his hair in 2008? You must be a beutician. LOL Your side always votes for what you think is the prettiest candidate. Shows what your values are.
1ke October 02, 2012 at 10:11 PM
Mitt is really Willard. Your side always votes for rats. And guys with the nickname for Richard. Nixon. Cheney. Armey. Lugar. Shows what your values are.
Steve October 02, 2012 at 10:22 PM
America needs a President to look like a real man and real men don't get their hair dyed, manicures and Botox. Good Grief! Do you think Putin worries about any of that stuff? It reeks of pure Narcissism..
Terminator October 02, 2012 at 10:23 PM
1ke, you must be Steve's alter ego. Look up rat in the dictionary and it will say " see Clinton"
Terminator October 02, 2012 at 10:33 PM
Steve, every time your fingers hit the keyboard, you make yourself look like a complete fool. Next, you will want to have a penis measurement of the candidates. You already have an obsession with underwear. You are one strange dude. I think you should shut your PC off and go back to one of your favorite peep shows on Rt#40 and report on what physical attributes turn you on. You may find someone to write in on your ballot that looks more manly than Obama. LOL
Steve October 02, 2012 at 11:14 PM
Not any old underwear, Magical Underwear that gives him Super Powers. That's just a little odd for someone wanting to be President of the United States.
Terminator October 02, 2012 at 11:21 PM
I'll take super powers over your crush, Putin, who fakes all his photo ops.
Shawn October 03, 2012 at 12:46 AM
It is unsettling reading many of the above posts. It appears the majority of posters actually believe one political party is better than the other, yet are more than likely totally unaware of the bipartisan commissioned looting of the American people by the federal reserve to the tune of $40 billion a month with no end in sight. (hyperinflation will result) The stock markets are hitting all time highs with practically no volume (a red flag for a market correction..aka crash). An unregulated derivatives market that has been exponentially growing since the 2008 sub prime mortgage debacle instead of being fixed. (bankers and politicians are growing their wealth with complete disregard to the American people) All the pieces are in place for a currency crash that will financially destroy the majority of Americans both conservative and liberal alike. The problems the USA faces has been caused by both political parties. No matter who wins the 2012 elections the USA is financially doomed. That's what happens when a criminal banking cartel buys both political parties. After all when they own both parties, they could care less who wins the elections. He who controls the money controls the nation. PLEASE WAKE UP!
Chris W October 03, 2012 at 01:05 AM
Warning warning warning Ron Paul bot in the house.
cynthia October 03, 2012 at 01:09 AM
Frank, I just could not give you a pass on your last comment, "Teabaggers have some very strange obessions." What are you talking about? Just so you know, teabagging is a term commonly used in the homosexual community to describe a sex act in which testicles are inserted in someone's mouth. What does this have to do with anything listed in this post?
Shawn October 03, 2012 at 01:14 AM
Ron Paul has no chance of becoming President, and even if he could get elected he would be unable to stop what is about to take place. Please do not be discouraged Chris, and there really is no need to refer to yourself as a Ron Paul bot.
Corbin Dallas Multipass October 03, 2012 at 01:38 AM
shawn what should we do when the inevitable crash comes? I'm thinking: buy gold?
Corbin Dallas Multipass October 03, 2012 at 01:45 AM
i am excited for baseball trivia debate 2012 hosted by espn
Chet Brewer October 03, 2012 at 01:45 AM
jn no there job isnt to get him out, their job is to govern as a minority or majority party and they sorta kinda forgot that. The republican Parties behavior the last 12-14 years has bordered on treasonous. ( T reason , sedition mean disloyalty or treachery to one's country or its government. T reason is any attempt to overthrow the government or impair the well-being of a state to which one owes allegiance; the crime of giving aid or comfort to the enemies of one's government.)
Chet Brewer October 03, 2012 at 01:48 AM
hey ostalin, get out your tinfoil hat
Corbin Dallas Multipass October 03, 2012 at 01:57 AM
think of all the catfood i will be able to buy with all the gold i'll have, perfect for a post social security world
Justsaying October 03, 2012 at 02:06 AM
Apparently Mitt Romney is now less popular than… George W. Bush. That’s according to a new Bloomberg News poll, which finds that former President Bush has 46 percent favorable ratings and 49 percent unfavorable ratings among adults. By contrast, the current GOP presidential candidate Romney has a favorability rating of 43 percent and unfavorable ratings at 50 percent. President Barack Obama came in with higher favorability than both Republicans, racking up 52 favorable ratings and 44 percent unfavorables. Romney did, however, beat out Vice President Joe Biden‘s 42 percent net favorable ratings. The poll’s most favorable leader found was former President Bill Clinton, who polled at 64 percent favorable and 29 percent unfavorable. Coming in second was First Lady Michelle Obama, with 63 favorable and 29 unfavorable.
Shawn October 03, 2012 at 10:51 PM
Corbin I believe you are missing the point. The orchestrated collapse of the US$ is necessary to usher in another "multi-national" currency. (much like the euro) The ultimate goal is to have a one world currency and a one world government. (the new world order) The only way to make that happen is to remove the US$ as the worlds reserve currency. To accomplish that will require devaluing the US$ into oblivion. Gold / silver any hard asset could be a good hedge against hyperinflation. However just like Roosevelts executive order 6260 signed on August 28 1933 outlawing US citizens from owning gold, we are just one executive order away from being able to hedge what wealth you may have legally.
Richard Hertz October 04, 2012 at 11:54 PM
I'm glad to know that you can hear the race-card dog whistle.
Richard Hertz October 04, 2012 at 11:55 PM
Well, we know for sure that the Clown in Chief didn't have one last night!

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