The return of the man former President Bill Clinton nicknamed “old moderate Mitt” to this week’s foreign policy debate reflects the climate of public opinion and the realities of a $16 trillion debt load as much as it demonstrates Mitt Romney’s presidential ambitions.
The last presidential debate of 2012 was supposed to be a sideshow.
Through summer and into autumn, the campaign’s script was all about the domestic economy, so this third face-to-face between President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney sounded like a snoozer on foreign policy.
The toil fact-checking requires is paying off.
No doubt chastened by post-first-debate reports that they have been fibbing, President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney mostly told the truth during the Oct. 16 debate, although the fact-checkers criticized them for leaving out the context that can turn a black or white truth gray.
As they prepared for tonight’s presidential debate, President Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney no doubt have had an image seared onto their brains, and perhaps onto their note cards: The scowling American middle class is sitting there, restlessly watching, drumming fingers on the table, waiting to hear the next class-saving promise.
After two of the four debates of the 2012 presidential season, what is most striking is how much of the response, as expressed in mainstream news coverage and social media, focuses on body language, demeanor, matters of etiquette, and whether a candidate was likable.
In the aftermath of the first 2012 presidential debate, President Obama and his supporters took every opportunity to explain that while the president admittedly had an off-night, the debate’s real story was that his opponent, Gov. Mitt Romney, was untruthful about his own proposals, particularly his tax cut plan.
WASHINGTON – A federal court has struck down new labor union election regulations, ruling that the National Labor Relations Board violated voting procedures when it voted to approve the rules.
WASHINGTON – In a memorandum to a panel of federal judges hearing a challenge to the federal health care law, Attorney General Eric Holder backed comments made earlier in the week by President Barack Obama that courts ought to tread lightly when considering challenges to laws passed by Congress.
WASHINGTON – With little chance of long-term federal estate tax reform passing in Washington any time soon, attorneys are again trying to plan as best as they can – not only for their clients, but also for themselves.
WASHINGTON – The National Right to Work Foundation has filed the first legal challenge to President Barack Obama’s recess appointments of three members to the National Labor Relations Board.