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Why are the Obama Handlers trying to lower expectations for the upcoming political debates?

Steverno~POTL~PWCM~JLA 2012/09/19 07:46:07
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President Barack Obama's re-election campaign doesn't want to talk
about what the Democrat is doing to prepare for the fall debates with
Republican Mitt Romney. But aides are readily setting expectations -
and not surprisingly, they want to keep them low for Obama while
raising the stakes for Romney.

"While Mitt Romney has done 20 debates in the last year, he has not
done one in four years, so there certainly is a challenge in that
regard," Jennifer Psaki, Obama's campaign spokeswoman, said of the
president on Monday.

With Obama edging slightly ahead of Romney in public polling seven
weeks from Election Day, the three October debates could be one of the
Republicans' best opportunities to break through with voters. But the
high-profile events are just as crucial for Obama, who was an uneven
debater during the 2008 Democratic primaries.

In that way, some of the Obama campaign's tactical lowering of
expectations is also rooted in the truth. Aides say the structured -
and time-limited - nature of the debates isn't a natural fit for
Obama, who often is long-winded when answering questions during news
conferences or town hall-style meetings.

Obama's campaign purposely has been vague about how he is getting
ready for the debates and aides refused to discuss details of his
preparations publicly.

But those preparations are well under way. Obama has held multiple
practice sessions, some with Massachusetts Democrat Sen. John Kerry,
who is playing the role of Romney. One of the president's practice
spots is at the Democratic National Committee's headquarters a short
drive from the White House.

Romney, on the other hand, has not hidden that he's been in the midst
of intense debate preparation since early September. That's when aides
announced that the GOP nominee would spend much of the week of the
Democratic National Convention off the campaign trail huddling with
advisers in private debate sessions.

Romney got started early in part to help him get accustomed to the
one-on-one format he'll face next month. Most of his numerous debates
during the GOP primary featured several other candidates.

The Republican nominee is doing timed, mock debates with Ohio's
Republican Sen. Rob Portman playing Obama. Longtime adviser Peter
Flaherty is standing in as the moderator, asking questions about both
domestic and foreign policy.

Top Romney advisers, including strategist Stuart Stevens, longtime
aides Eric Fehrnstrom and Beth Myers, and senior adviser Ed Gillespie,
then dissect the sessions.

Among the locales Romney has picked for debate preps are a friend's
home in rural Vermont and a Marriott hotel in Burlington, Mass. Obama
may also practice at the presidential retreat at Camp David, besides
using DNC headquarters.

Obama's campaign has tried to use Romney's intense public preparations
to ramp up expectations for the Republican.

"We know that Mitt Romney and his team have seemed to prepare more
than any candidate in modern history," Psaki told reporters traveling
with Obama in Ohio on Monday. "They've made clear that his performing
well is a make-or-break piece for their campaign."

Romney's campaign countered Monday by noting that the president will
be the only one on the debate stage in November with experience in
three general election debates.

But the Republican nominee, a former Massachusetts governor, has tried
to tamp down expectations, too.

During a Friday night flight to Boston, Romney and Portman walked to
the back of the airplane to offer birthday greetings to two reporters
covering his campaign. "Can you tell us a little bit about debate
prep? How's he doing?" a reporter asked Portman. The senator replied,
"He's doing great."

Romney, laughing, quickly interjected. Turning to Portman, he said:
"Say nothing more."

The candidates will meet for three debates: a domestic policy debate
in Denver on Oct. 3; a town hall-style debate in Hempstead, N.Y., on
Oct. 16, and a foreign policy debate in Boca Raton, Fla., on Oct. 22.

Vice President Joe Biden and GOP running mate Rep. Paul Ryan of
Wisconsin will meet for one debate in Danville, Ky., on Oct. 11 that
will touch on both domestic and foreign policy issues.

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  • maquignon 2012/09/19 08:45:22
    The Obama Handlers are trying to lower expectations debates because....
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    Obama, in spite of the rumors to the contrary is not very bright. He does ok when he has a teleprompter but without his teleprompter he becomes a stuttering stammering blithering idiot.

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  • sglmom 2012/09/22 09:26:15
    The Obama Handlers are trying to lower expectations debates because....
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    They KNOW already .. he's unable to communicate effectively .. even with a teleprompter already set up with the questions and answers written out ..
  • Muver 2012/09/19 21:15:36
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    And it begins. I have been saying over and over, that the Dems would have tricks up their sleeves, dirty tricks, lying tricks, Trojan horse tricks...just what they know how to do best... and he has had nearly four years to perfect his arrogant, lying, persona,,,I doubt he even believes the crap he spews...how does he keep from laughing,,,,by telling himself "If I lie enough, if I bullpoop enough," they will come....the sheep will fall for my
    wolf in sheeps clothing act...because they will actually think I am one of them, that I actually care about them....how will I keep from laughing out loud.....Hummmmmm
  • keeper 2012/09/19 21:07:57
    The Obama Handlers are trying to lower expectations debates because....
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    If his handlers set the bar low, they can crow when he does mediocre.
  • Magus BN-0 2012/09/19 19:40:05 (edited)
    The Obama Handlers are trying to lower expectations debates because....
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    Expectations are so low for Romney that he could have a terrible performance and still be seen as "exceeding expectations". Rather like how it worked for Bush in 2000 and 2004. Obama's team naturally wants to change that.
  • kitkat42 2012/09/19 19:35:10
    Obama will dominate the political debates because....
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    Because Romney is going to spend his time trying to remember where he stands on any subject that comes up. He's changed his stance so many times, he's bound to get very confused.
  • Max7 2012/09/19 19:31:22
    Obama will dominate the political debates because....
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    I don't think that the handlers for Obama is trying to lower the expectations of the debates, Romney is the one who still has not said what he would do, all he say's is that he's going to do better than Obama, he should be specific and put some titles to what he's going to do. Ever since the olympics, all Romney has done is say things and then apologize, or make excuses for what he has said. Say what you want, but Romney is a piece of work!
  • Q 2012/09/19 19:29:16
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    Why would he want to show his cards to the Romney Campaign? Mitt Romney is the candidate who desperately needs an outstanding debate performance to stabilize his recently floundering presidential campaign.
    mitt romney candidate desperately debate performance stabilize floundering presidential campaign
  • kevracer 2012/09/19 19:24:46
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    for the same reason Romney claimed several weeks ago that Obama would lie to lower the bar
  • Jessie M 2012/09/19 19:17:56
    The Obama Handlers are trying to lower expectations debates because....
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    They already knew the Romney will eat him up and sh*t him out.
  • **StarzAbove** 2012/09/19 19:15:21
    Obama will dominate the political debates because....
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    If this is true, good move on the president's part. Why give away your strategy.
  • Icono1 2012/09/19 19:10:20
    The Obama Handlers are trying to lower expectations debates because....
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    His track as president really sucks for one. For the other he has no plan other than what we got in the first four years so what is there to talk about?
  • mac9 2012/09/19 16:17:51
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    Because with Obama he has nothing to contribute.
  • Louisa - Enemy of the State 2012/09/19 15:11:00
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    If I could answer correctly 50% of the political questions on SH I would every bit as qualified as obama to become president!

    I don't know the answer to this. But I personally suspect that obama doesn't really want to be re-elected. He HAS to give his run a show of enthusiasm because he owes that to his contributors. But I think he would be just as happy to cut the strings to his puppeteers and reenter private life where the criticism isn't so rampant. After all, once removed from office WHO of us is going to be interested in what he's doing or even HEAR his name again!!

    I'm an outta sight, outta minder!!
  • Bob DiN 2012/09/19 14:57:20
    The Obama Handlers are trying to lower expectations debates because....
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    The know Barry is stupid and Mitt will catch him in his lies.
  • Cleaver62 2012/09/19 14:30:55
    The Obama Handlers are trying to lower expectations debates because....
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    Obama vs. Romney in a debate is like putting Mike Tyson up against a person with no arms in the boxing ring. How can you have a decent debate when your opponent doesn't know anything. Obama is going to wipe up the floor with Romney who wouldn't know a fact or the truth if it hit him in the head.
  • Stevern... Cleaver62 2012/09/19 19:19:11
    Steverno~POTL~PWCM~JLA
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    I guess we will see if your prediction come true!

    BTW the "Obama will dominate the political debates because...." answer would been more appropriate place to categorize your comment!
  • Cleaver62 Stevern... 2012/09/19 19:19:57
    Cleaver62
    I didn't see that question. I will have to look for it.
  • Stevern... Cleaver62 2012/09/19 19:27:40 (edited)
    Steverno~POTL~PWCM~JLA
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    Actually it's one of the three voting blocks you have to check off.Before adding a comment to this poll question!
  • Muver Stevern... 2012/09/19 21:08:48
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    LOL, we know why....
  • Stevern... Muver 2012/09/20 04:29:47
    Steverno~POTL~PWCM~JLA
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    Here I thought that placing that comment selection on this question was petty nice & even-handed from me.I even found a Obama as Superman graphic for my progressive Obama Kool-ade drinking friends!

    Obama as Superman
  • Muver Stevern... 2012/09/20 15:50:01
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    I am beginning to see, that even among the most intelligent of them, is still stuper-pidity....:D
  • Muver Stevern... 2012/09/19 21:09:27
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    Amen, and obviously a political genius....LOL
  • Dwight PWCM 2012/09/19 14:24:54
    The Obama Handlers are trying to lower expectations debates because....
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    They can't lower mine much more.
  • dispatcher 2012/09/19 14:14:17
    The Obama Handlers are trying to lower expectations debates because....
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    Because obama can't think for himself , if there is note teleprompter to read he is a babbling idiot... here is a prime example of the blithering idiot in a public setting with nothing to read
  • dispatcher dispatcher 2012/09/19 14:15:13
  • The Obama Handlers are trying to lower expectations debates because....
    One of Y'shua's,דָּנִיֵּאל
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    NO TELEPROMPTER...and he really doesn't do well EXTEMPORANEOUSLY..HE STUTTERS and SPEAKS IN CIRCLES and A VAGUENESS..lots and lots of empty words that sound like he is SAYING SOMETHING SMART and INTELLIGENT but isn't, he speaks political double speak. Obama is a street thuggin con man like the Clintons and he is good at it POLITICAL DOUBLE SPEAK; but in the LONG RUN, FOLKS WILL HAVE TO USE COMMON SENSE and READ BETWEEN THE LINES and WORDS. If the viewers do READ and REALLY LISTEN, they will see his bogus claims and see his lies..IF THEY USE COMMON SENSE...IF...
  • mk, Smartass Oracle 2012/09/19 14:11:23
  • V~POTL~PWCM~JLA 2012/09/19 14:04:15 (edited)
    The Obama Handlers are trying to lower expectations debates because....
    V~POTL~PWCM~JLA
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    The high point of Obama's term is the death of Osama bin Laden. Not much to debate about how to deal with terrorist leaders -- kill them.

    After that, Obama's record will keep him on defense throughout the debate. It's not like he has success to report on the economy, jobs, taxes, or the deficit. Holder's DOJ is a perpetual embarrassment on many levels. Foreign policy was OK for a while, but now it's getting out of hand. Libya and Egypt are shaping up to be copies of Carter's fiasco in Iran. Israel may go to war with Iran any day now. They are compelled to finish off the Iranian nukes that Obama is too timid to touch.

    Carter got slaughtered in the 1980 debate, largely because he was finally held accountable for his record in office. Obama's media buddies can't protect him as they normally would.

    The sales pitch that worked at the DNC will not hold up anywhere near was well when most of the audience consists of taxpayers -- the makers instead of the takers. Even if Obama's base tunes in to watch the debate, he will be distancing himself from the them. Not much chance of winning independent votes with promises of tax-and-spend.
  • Boo 2012/09/19 13:54:20
    The Obama Handlers are trying to lower expectations debates because....
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    They expect that Romney will wipe the floor with Obie.
  • Red_Horse 2012/09/19 13:51:28 (edited)
  • robert.goldsmith.14 2012/09/19 13:30:13 (edited)
  • kevjon 2012/09/19 13:28:32
    The Obama Handlers are trying to lower expectations debates because....
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    Why? Because they have nothing to run on, and you watch just how the moderators lean towards Obama and ask stupid questions that have nothing to do with the economy. Our country has become a nation lead by an Inquirer mentality versus what we used to be. Every thing that comes out of this administration is nothing but drama and nothing about the economy.
    Couldn't we say that we have adopted Hugo Chavez style politics?
    The debates are going to be a joke and the world will see just how dumbing down America has failed us.
  • Artist~PWCM~ 2012/09/19 13:09:47
    The Obama Handlers are trying to lower expectations debates because....
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    I doubt Romney will get to answer three questions because obama will monopolize all the time not answering his softball question.
    "Mr President, what kind of dog did you get for your daughters?"
  • HOMBRE Artist~... 2012/09/19 16:01:23
    HOMBRE
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    Dont forgetr this hard question for Obama
    Whats your favorite color?
  • Artist~... HOMBRE 2012/09/19 19:16:30
    Artist~PWCM~
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    Gray, in his case...
  • Risk 2012/09/19 13:06:25
    The Obama Handlers are trying to lower expectations debates because....
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    Because he's going to look like a stuttering fool !

    obama stutters
  • mimi 2012/09/19 12:56:12
    The Obama Handlers are trying to lower expectations debates because....
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    Because they KNOW he's going to lose - big time!
  • Racefish 2012/09/19 12:43:36
    The Obama Handlers are trying to lower expectations debates because....
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    His experience only goes as far as appearances on Liberal TV shows. I heard they wanted Oprah, Letterman, and Leno, to be the moderators.
  • Concerned Citizen 2012/09/19 12:30:36
    The Obama Handlers are trying to lower expectations debates because....
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    Gee,....obie's going to be all dressed up and with no place to go!

  • GANGA~Patriotic Revolution ... 2012/09/19 12:24:34
    The Obama Handlers are trying to lower expectations debates because....
    GANGA~Patriotic Revolution BL-100+
    +7
    They are betting against him! Demwits don't miss a chance to
    make money for themselves!

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