How much will the presidential debates matter?
September 20th, 2012
03:30 PM ET

How much will the presidential debates matter?

By CNN's Jack Cafferty:

As the clock ticks down to Election Day, the debates are the next big hurdle for the candidates.

Mitt Romney, who has had a rough few weeks to put it mildly, is under the most pressure to use the first presidential debate to turn this thing around. Some actually think October 3 is his last best chance.

Which is probably why he's been practicing a lot.

According to Politico, Romney recently did five mock debates in 48 hours. He's apparently told his advisers that it might be hard to win a debate against the president.

If you're on Mitt Romney's staff, the debates have got to make you at least a little nervous. Their candidate famously puts his foot in his mouth when he goes off prompter.

But the debates could also be a challenge for President Obama, who can give long-winded answers that sound more like a college lecture than a game plan for a second term. This is a man who once gave a 17-minute answer in a town hall meeting. The president can go on and on.

No surprise Team Obama was out lowering expectations this week, saying the president hasn't debated in four years, while Mitt Romney had lots of practice in the primaries.

We now know half the first debate in Denver will focus on the economy. Other topics will include health care, the role of government and governing. Pass the NoDoz.

Debates can be a defining moment for a presidential candidate, and October 3 will be huge.

Here’s my question to you: How much will the presidential debates matter?

Tune in to the Situation Room at 5pm to see if Jack reads your answer on air.

And, we love to know where you’re writing from, so please include your city and state with your comment.

soundoff (231 Responses)
  1. Phyllis G Williams

    How much will the presidential debates matter?

    I would imagine that every one has already made up their minds,
    but it will be good fun listening to a Leadership battle (smile)

    September 20, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
  2. KB and JB - central Florida

    How much will the debates matter? It depends on how many people continue to put faith in the current administrations mantra of "Deny, Distort, Deceive, Distract, Disrupt, (re)distribute..."

    September 20, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
  3. Tonybottomline

    For Romney, a chance to focus on Obama's Economic Record; For Obama, a chance to focus on Romney's Tax Returns.

    September 20, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
  4. Ed from Texas

    I think they will be critical for Mitt Romney's candidacy. At this point, he cannot win the electin unless he wins the debates.

    September 20, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
  5. jk in MN

    In light of how Mitt has conducted himself since the Republican convention, I don't think the debates will matter much. America has seen Mitt's true colors; publicly shooting his mouth off on a Middle East Situation before he knew the facts plus seeing how much disdain he has for those not as fortunate as he has been in that fundraising video. That is not how a lPresident of the United states should act – period! His campaign isn't overly concerned about facts; it will be necessary to have a fact checker in a referee's uniform on hand (maybe hire one or two of the locked out NFL Refs?), or any "facts" or statements he makes, can't be believed.

    September 20, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
  6. Thomas Archibald

    Candy Crowley to Obama= A famous ship sunk in the Atlantic in 1912 when it hit an iceberg, killing 1,502 people. What was the name of the ship?

    To Romney = Name the passengers killed!!

    September 20, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
  7. Loren, Chicago

    Only if a candidate makes a gaffe. While Romney is not as gifted an extemporaneous speaker as the President, he will be trained within an inch of his life to stay on message and point and even if some of his answers seem like non sequitors, most viewers won't understand anyway. As for the President, he is unlikely to be put in a position of saying anything controversial given the press favortism shown to date. Does anyone really expect the press to ask about campaign donations and legislative breaks given to those donors, or the lack of prosecutions from the financial industry shenanigans? Nope, expect worthless debates.

    September 20, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
  8. Brad, Portland, OR

    They'll matter a whole lot more to Romney than Obama. Right now, Romney comes across as a complete moron who hates half the American population, including senior citizens and US military, who receive government checks. And sadly enough, these are the people who are more likely to vote for Romney than Obama. He's really dissing his own followers as being losers.

    Romney better put on a good show, or he'll just confirm what everyone thinks of him right now, that he's just too stupid to be President. And George W. Bush set a very low bar for that already.

    September 20, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
  9. Pete in Georgia

    They will be HUGE....................but only if the questions are balanced and fair.
    The deception woven over the past 3+ years by Obama will hopefully be revealed and the TRUTH on many issues will then see the light of day.
    Fair and balanced ?
    Don't hold your breath.

    September 20, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
  10. Bob in Ohio

    A lot. All the late night comedians will have enough material from Romney and Biden to keep me laughing until the election is over. Laughter is good for the soul.

    September 20, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
  11. Jenna Roseville CA

    How much will the presidential debates matter?

    Oh I am so looking forward to the Debates between Obama and Romney.

    Obama is going to wipe the floor with him.

    Romney doesn't handle stress from the "little people" very well, just go back to the debates with the other GOP challengers..

    Let the games begin!

    Roseville CA

    September 20, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
  12. Doug Ericson

    The debates will only matter to the train wreck crowd waiting to see how many panic attacks Romney suffers. Doug, Pepperell, MA.

    September 20, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
  13. Stan

    They would actually mean something if the Green and Libertarian Party candidates participated also.

    September 20, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
  14. perry jones

    if they would answer the questions truh fully they would matter but as it is they matter not

    September 20, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
  15. calaurore9

    It will take a lot to change ingrained perceptions of these two men. Obama is a known quantity. Like him or not. Romney has emerged as a well-oiled weathervane. Even if he kills it during the debate (doubtful) he has little credibility left.

    Carol in Northampton, Ma

    September 20, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
  16. Joan Bach

    Debates will matter little....when all America "gets" the lies, and the incompetence personfied by this group in the Whitehouse; and the deleted clips from the Romney tapes it will be over. We are embarrassed to have been Democrats up to couple yrs ago. Amb Rice on five programs lying through her teeth Sunday.....attack on 9/11 and the details we knew "what was what" !

    September 20, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
  17. JM from DFW

    Mitt has already exposed his character.
    He will tell people what they want to hear.
    If our nation is willing to get an understanding, it will make a difference.

    September 20, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
  18. Baby in Florida

    It will matter zero on the election outcome. However, it will matter greatly on an environmental scale.

    Could this be what the Mayans were trying to tell us? All the resulting hot air generated by the debates will rapidly accelerate global warming, the ice caps will instantly melt, sea level will rise, the ocean currents will stall out, and we will all barely make it to the polls to vote before the whole thing collapses right on December 21. And wouldn't that be even more ironic since the Mayans were able to discern all this without even knowing what a republican or a democrat was?...

    September 20, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
  19. Kim, Dodge City, Kansas

    If both candidates were on an equal footing intellectually, it might mean more. Romney has actually managed to become worse in front of a camera, and lacks the human element required to connect with people. That complete lack of charisma is magnified on a television camera, so it will be even worse than the Nixon / Kennedy debates. Sadly, Republicans will vote for him no matter how poorly Mitt performs, because they aren't voting for Romney, they're voting against Obama.

    September 20, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
  20. Ed from California

    Romney's a train wreck. You're either for Obama or the Train Wreck. The battle is in Congress. More Teabaggers.......more of the same..... Rich getting richer, The Poor...aka The Middle-Class, moving back to moms....if.....they're even alive, or still have a place for them to live in. The Dems........lets hope they've learned their lesson this time?!?! And will focus on getting all of the outsourced jobs back. Getting manufacturing fired up again. Ending the trade imbalance with communist China. And fix our corrupt tax code that allows the "Job Creators" to create jobs in communist China and get a tax break to boot. That we in the middle class pay for. No more tax breaks for the "Job Creators" until they create jobs right here in America.

    September 20, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
  21. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    On a scale of one to 10, about a 20 and especially for Mr. Romney. I hope the moderators are tough on both of them but I really don't have a lot of expectations that either candidate will be truthful. I had my mind made up until realizing that some people consider me to be a victim so have changed my mind even though I've worked for 47 years and payed taxes every year here in the US.

    September 20, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
  22. VCULOU

    Jack, the first Debate will set the vote in concrete. Each side will accept their candidate as the winner and it will solidify their vote. Most of the independant voters in virginia are set in firm jello. They may jiggle a bit but they will not flow to another candidate. It is over in VA Obamas ground game has beat the TV assault. People to people contact did it.

    September 20, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
  23. Carla from Birmingham

    Comedy always matters to me. Considering that we have a clown like Romney as one of the participants, we should be in for some real belly laughs. Obama's work should be easy - all he has to do is show up. Plus, we can place bets on whether Obama can keep a straight face while Romney finishes destroying himself politically.

    September 20, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
  24. Lee, Wyoming

    The presidential debates will matter a lot. Those who still haven't decided who to
    vote for -- and intend to vote -- will want to take a look. Even those with minds
    made up may want to have their decisions confirmed. Those who have known
    from the get-go who to vote for - we're hoping for Sarah Palin-type entertainment!

    September 20, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
  25. Linda, St. Louis

    Not much. Despite Romney's continuous flip-flops, we know what he stands for. Nothing. Frankly, I'd rather see Romney's tax returns. Heck, he could be in the 47% of Americans that he will not represent.

    September 20, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
  26. Leta

    Coming Presidential debates this October, will be a huge advantage for President Obama. If I were Mitt Romney,

    September 20, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
  27. David, Tampa

    I'd rather watch grass grow but will settle for a beautiful sunset. I am proud to be an average American voter; among the ignorant and apathetic (don't know and could care less).

    September 20, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
  28. David Doherty

    A lot, apparently there's still a large portion of the country that still believe in Mitt. When you put the two together to go head to head it will become so apparent what a moron Romney is and what a disaster it would be for the country if he were to become President. Even the hardcore Conservatives will stay home on election day rather than waste the gas.
    Dave from NH.

    September 20, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
  29. Pete

    If virtually all actual voters haven't made up their minds before the debates even happen, then they haven't been paying attention for the past few months. Obama is the obvious choice for those who prefer integrity, intelligence, character and leadership in their President.

    September 20, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
  30. Koz

    It depends on what they both say, like if Mitt Romney and mostly the President says something that they might regret in the next 47 days, that would do some damage. If its them just saying the same things that they have been campaigning on for the last few months, they would be a great bore to most of the American people.

    September 20, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
  31. Tom in Desoto, TX

    These debates are utterly laughable and pointless. Only predetermined topics can be mentioned with answers TWO ENTIRE MINUTES long with a 90 rebuttal. No one will learn anything in two minutes. The process is absurd. More time will be spent looking for lint and a misplaced hair rather than saying anything substantial. Everyone knows what they are going to say so the debates are a complete waste of time. Both should sit down for a series of 4 hours debates of random questions. You want 4 years, I want 4 hours.

    September 20, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
  32. John McCormick

    Mitt Romney will have to bring on his "A" game in a serious way to overcome his "47%" gaffe.

    The governer was caught just like "Lonesome Rhodes" was in the classic film "A Face in the Crowd" when Patrica Neal turned on Andy Griffith's mic while he was live on TV and the whole country heard him spew all sorts of contempt for the average American – THAT revelation left a strong indelible imprint in millions of Americans.

    Mitt seriously needs to do and say something to at least distract the country from that video.

    It more than likely may be too late. But the Obama campaign can not afford to be complacent.

    September 20, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
  33. Linda, St. Louis

    Personally, I wouldn't miss being entertained by the "Grandfather of Obamacare". Watching him will be better than watching SNL and the title is far better title than the "grandfather of lies". "I'm for the 100%. -Mitt Romney

    September 20, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
  34. Thom Richer

    The presidential debates will be the end of any possibility for Romney/Ryan to win the election. The debates will be the deciding factor in Obama's winning a second term. The debates will expose, without further doubt, Romney's factual and real disconnect from the average or working class American. He has already shown quite clearly that he is not a man of ALL the people and voters will not elect another president who favors the 1% over the majority of Americans. The debates will prove his loyalty to royalty and his inability to EVER connect to the working class without any further doubt.

    Thom Richer
    Negaunee, MI

    September 20, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
  35. Overby

    But...Obama puts both feet in his mouth when he's off the prompter....Romney will come out on top.

    September 20, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
  36. John from Santa Maria, CA

    The debates will be a chance for Romney to present himself to the public while contrasting himself with President Obama. The problem is what will he present and what will that contrast mean to the American public, this is a forum where he can't just walk up to a microphone and say whatever comes to mind.

    September 20, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
  37. John from Alabama

    Jack: Debates are good to see how a candidate handles pressure. Can the candidates answer questions in a logical and precise manner. I believe the debates are Gov. Romney's last chance to clear up his comments about the 47% of the none tax payers. Plus his ideas about having no poor people in America only middle and upper income classes. "The poor will be with you always" so states the Bible, or at least my Bible. President Obama needs to state his plans to improve the economy and create more jobs. Gov. Romney will be asked about his tax returns, Swiss Ban Accounts, and accounts in the Cayman Islands. President Obama will be asked about the foreign policy in the Middle East.

    September 20, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
  38. Chuck Reichmuth

    None to me. I don't plan on watching any unless they allow Gary Johnson in.

    September 20, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
  39. Vito

    Let's face it Jack, the election was over when Mitt Romney was nominated by the Republican Party. No debate can change that.

    Vito-Bristol CT.

    September 20, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
  40. Terri R Austin, Tx

    The debates can be crucial provided the moderator asks some tough questions. I would like for Romney to explain his 47% comments without the spin that has been put on his answer. How can Ann Romney say the comments were taken out of context when the whole speech has been shown word for word. Personally, he insulted me very much and I am sure I am not the only one.
    It will be good if the debate is truly legitimate – no advance questions. I would like to see how Mr. Romney can handle himself without putting that silver spoon in his mouth. There isn't much room left as his foot is in it already.

    September 20, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
  41. Norman

    Hi Jack – How much will the presidential debates matter? They won't matter at all. CONGRESS run the country not the president.

    September 20, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
  42. Brian Samuels (Chicago)

    It's only going to count to Romney's donors. If Obama steamrolls him in the debate, Romney's billionaire donors won't waste another dime on him. Billionaires aren't interested in giving their money away if they are not going to get anything back. They didn't become billionaires by investing in losing propositions.

    September 20, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
  43. r.landschoot

    They won't!!!! Obama can sell refrigerators to Eskimos. Romney is dead in water, has no chance Best thing he could do is resign campaign save the money. And Obama isn't my choice either!!!!!!!

    bobl ocala, fl

    September 20, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
  44. Soutside Jim Of Chicago

    Like General George Armstrong Custer, these debates will be Mitt Romney's Little Big Horn last chance.

    September 20, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
  45. Terry in Virginia

    I love debates. Romney needs to stay focused, take deep breaths, and not get rattled. When he got rattled during the GOP debates, he made stupid comments, like the $10,000 bet. If Perry can fluster him that easily, Obama's going to wipe the floor with him. If Romney wants to avoid that, he needs to think before he talks and keep thinking while he talks. As to Obama, he needs to self-edit his answers. He tends to maunder after making his point. "There he goes again" is an endearing quality that only Reagan and Clinton can get away with. But the worst of all are usually the moderators. Some don't know when to shut up and let the candidates answer the questions. Others ask the dumbest questions, like Coke or Pepsi, boxers or briefs, cats or dogs - actually the moderators don't have the guts to ask that last one. Cats rule!

    September 20, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
  46. Karl in Flint, MI

    They don't matter to me since I already know Mitt Romney is not close to presidential material. As for the rest of America, I think it will be a reality check and hope it is the opportunity to show him up for the pathetic person he pretends to be and some of his FOX followers will finally realize what a loser they have chosen.

    September 20, 2012 at 3:27 pm |
  47. Bob from Bellmore Long Island, New York

    The debates will be the 'bane' of Mitt Ronmeys candidacy. It will all be over except the counting.

    September 20, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
  48. RickFromDetroit

    It won't make any difference to me since I already know what the candidates stand for and what both parties stand for, too. This debate is for people who don't follow politics and spend most of their viewing time watching the soap operas and movies. For the two political salesmen it will be an opportunity to convince the undecided voters that one or the other is the candidate for them.

    Obama can boast that he prevented another Great Depression that the GOP created while Bush was President, but his health care bill is going to be a hard sell since most Americans do not know what a disaster our current health care system is, and most won't find out until they have to use it. Obama will have problems explaining the sluggish economy with high unemployment.

    Romney can boast about what a successful business man he is, but he may have problems explaining how Bain is actually a Corporate Raider that "Rapes" businesses of every dime they have, and then leaves the employees with pink slips, while Romney makes millions at their expense. Romney will have a difficult time explaining why he is going to repeal Obamacare, when his Mass. health care plan implemented an individual mandate, the most unpopular part of Obamacare.

    Like most political debates, the winner will be nominated for an Academy Award.

    September 20, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
  49. Steve, Clifton, Virginia

    President Obama's long winded answers will give Romney an opportunity to change his positions on various topics and that could make for very fun and interesting debate....

    September 20, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
  50. Gigi Oregon

    Really not much. I watched the debates of the Republican hopefuls, watched the TV BIOS, Goggled, watched CNN, Fox and Local news. I'm done. As soon as my ballet arrives I'm voting for President Obama, voting against all Republicans running and mailing my ballot early. Next I'm saying a little prayer "Thank You Lord, that my vote for McCain/Palin didn't hurt President Obama's win". Mitt, the Flip Flopper is done. Can't trust a word he says...even his own party are hanging their heads one moment and then trying the bully games. I'm done.

    September 20, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
  51. Arlene, Illinois

    The first time Romney puts that silver foot in his mouth its " Kattey by the Door" for the Republicans.

    September 20, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
  52. DT - Saint Paul, MN

    It will actually matter a great deal. This will be Romney's last chance to give Republicans a single reason to vote for him. I hope he's prepared with more than just rhetoric.

    September 20, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
  53. Pat in Michigan

    A LOT. When President Obama takes the stage Govenor romney better be wearing his brown pants.The President is gonna eat the Govenor for dinner everytime. President Obama didn't get the office just because he is black. He is one smart cookie and will easily show how inexperienced the Govenor is.

    September 20, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
  54. Martha Brooks

    Who knows? But it will be fun to see which candidate is most prone to foot-in-mouth disease. My money is on the Ken doll.
    lMartha, Rew, PA

    September 20, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
  55. ken, atlantic city, nj

    The facts don't matter to the media or the obama supporters so the debates wil have no affect.

    September 20, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
  56. Mike C.

    The debates will be a snoozer if it's only Obama and Romney participating. But if Gary Johnson and Jill Stein are included, the Q&A will be a lot more honest and interesting.

    September 20, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
  57. BrainTurnedOff

    We should get rid of the debates. What about a singing contest instead. Or a 1-to-1 basketball game. Or a bowling competition. Anything that is better than umpteenth repeat of the same old rehearsed arguments we're tired to hear.

    September 20, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
  58. Wilhelm in Las Vegas

    Romney could close the current gap with Obama IF he has an exceptional performance in the debates BUT I really don't think he did that good against Gingrich in the Republican primary debates. ONLY reason he is the nominee is because he outspent everyone else and that field was SO weak. Obama isn't Santorum, Bachmann, Paul or Gingrich and IF the moderators ask Romney ANY questions related to his numerous gaffes, he will be doing the Ralph Kramden "hommina, hommina, hommina"

    September 20, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
  59. Jim in Denver, CO

    The will only matter to me for the laugh factor. And I think I'll be laughing at Romney a lot more than I thought. Smart man who let's his mouth get him into trouble. As the British said "Mitt the Twit".

    September 20, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
  60. chris

    it just depends on if the questions we want asked get a serious answers that effect us the overtaxed americans

    September 20, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
  61. Jim Charlotte NC

    A big difference. Romney can start telling people what they want to hear instead of telling them what they can expect if Republicans take control.

    September 20, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
  62. David Utah

    The debates are important for getting those on the fence to wake up and smell the coffee, and to encourage everyone to vote. Plus it will be interesting to see if Romny inserts foot into mouth a little deeper.

    September 20, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
  63. Tom Bulger, Canandaigua, NY

    You're not worried that Romney might put his foot in his mouth are you, Jack?

    September 20, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
  64. gilles mauviel

    Mitt Romney is good for his family as long as they do want he wants;a little spoiled bully spoiled by the good years and now he is stuck between religious faction groups that does not recognise his cult ,sect or what you call religions for the fortunates . To be president you have to be legally elected by the majority mostly the middle class, which he surely not represent by his comments on the working americans.

    September 20, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
  65. Lar5

    Which of his many positions on all subjects will Romney pick during the debates?. His position on the 47% of yesterday or that of today. His position on immigration last month or tomorrow. He might even flip flop during the debate. As for talking points, he has many and they vary from day to day.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
  66. Robert in Florida

    Dear Leader will actually have to answer hard questions just like Romney. We'll see if the media lets him get away with smoke and mirrors again. Which is bigger the national debt or the Presidents ego?

    September 20, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
  67. Joe - New York, New York

    It matters a lot to me Jack. We have a betting pool at work on how many flip flops Mitt will do during the debate.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
  68. Dave, Kissimmee, FL

    To me, not a bit. I already know who Romney is and I don’t like what I see – at all (I’m an old school Republican). I’m not thrilled with Obama either, but what choice do I have?

    September 20, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
  69. Curtis in Philadelphia

    The debates won't matter Jack. A lot of Republicans made up their minds on who not to vote for the day after McCain lost in 2008. This will be a base election, coming down to which party gets their base to the polls.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
  70. Paul in NC

    If Mitt Romney actually believed in something or stood for something he wouldn't have to practice. All Obama has to do is reiterate what he has been saying since 2008 to win the debates convincingly. What really matters is how many voters will be paying attention and doing so with an open mind. Very few, I suspect.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  71. Jeannette, Toronto

    The Debate will be, the final straw between President Obama and Mr. Mitt Romney. As it will show who is suitable for the position of 'Chief.' Someone, for 'All the People' of The United States of America; or the other guy.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
  72. mjcharron

    The debates are more important than the political jabs they've been taking at each other since Romney was the favorite republican.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  73. Al from orlando

    I fear that Romney will sell one of Al Sharpton's bridges to our president.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  74. Dan from Stewartstown PA

    With any luck, Mitt will follow his usual pattern of changing his positions so frequently that he sounds like a laughing stock. Maybe, just maybe, He'll leave the door open for Pres. Obama to remind most Americans how much the "trickle on" theory helped them when it was tried before.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  75. kramden11

    The debates will not matter at all if the media do what they always do...instant polling, instant analysis and instantaneous reaction( that CNN has done) to every word spoken. If the press can restrain itself(which it won't) it might allow viewers to form their own opinion. In THAT case, they would matter.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  76. Sylvia from San Diego

    From my perspective, it will not matter at all. There is nothing that Obama can say, promise or do that will make me vote for him again. Fool me once, shame on you, Fool me twice, shame on me!!! I hope the rest of America feels the same.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  77. Bob Miller

    I hope someone asks Romney what his real first name is...he's managed to avoid most questions or tries to take all positions on all questions depending on the room. I think most of us have made up our minds. If not, we have been asleep at the wheel for the past two years.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  78. Tom in Illinois

    The debates will be big because the news media won't be able to filter out what the canidates say. The voters will be able to actually see the whole debate instead of what the new media wants us to see or hear.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  79. Bill

    I think the debates will matter a great deal. People who have not decided and people who are on the edge even though they say that they have a favorite can definitely be swayed by this debate if one person shows expertise over the other on live TV.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  80. Katherine roskam

    Not a wit.Nothing Mitt says could ever allow me to vote for him and look myself in the eye!

    September 20, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  81. Karthik (Rockville, MD)

    They would matter only if Romney performs. If he keeps lying then it won't

    September 20, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  82. KA from California

    It matters if you have not decided yet. I think most people already made up their mind.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  83. Karthik (Rockville, MD)

    Obama is a good debater (He gave hillary run for her money). I think they do not matter as Romney cannot get bounce from it

    September 20, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  84. Al from orlando

    An item to be mulled over is whether the undisireable 47&% will provide fodder for the Rmney versus world WAR

    September 20, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  85. jeff

    It will matter because we will get a chance to see how much BS Romney will attempt to get past the American people and the "fact-checkers" he so greatly holds in contempt.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  86. AJ, Rocky Hill CT

    A lot if Romney continues with the lies he is campaigning with and the President does not put him in his place. Not much if Romney tells the truth about himself, his world view, and his plans for the nation's future. The President will coolly and calmly take him apart.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  87. Steven

    With all the intense preparation, each side will likely perform without incident. Unless there are some major embarrassing mistakes, the debates will have little effect. Less than 3 to 5% is said to be undecided in this election. Obama enjoys a small but unbending lead. Debates will not make or break this election.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  88. steve k.

    The debates will matter for public perception of Romney, not so much for the President. If Romney does not stumble, it will be considered a victory for him. If the President can make Romney stumble and allow him to make bad answers, Obama will win. Romney has to appear presidential to people and has to show poise or the Obama team will continue showing that Romney is out of touch with people, which has been proven to be right after Romney's disastrous few weeks. They will matter for the 5-10percent of independents, but they won't matter to the 47 percent already backing Obama, Romney needs to show he cares for all.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  89. Linda Harper

    The debates won't matter too much – after this past week, most have made up their minds who they'll vote for. People will tune in for the show.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  90. Gerald in Tampa

    Without these debates the candidates remian surrounded by friends and people that buy anything they say, no matter how ridiculous it sounds to us independent thinkers. There will be no where to hide when the President has to account for his performance as a President leading a recovery effort, while Mitt Romney will have to explain why we should not believe he's just running to get the rich even richer. They'll probably be more explanations from both candidates to the American people than there will be debating amongst the candidates themselves.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  91. Michael

    The debates will matter in that Obama is in a position to deliver a knockout punch despite being outspent. If he does not deliver that knockout, he leaves the door open for Romney, especially in the key battleground states. Remember, Romney does not need to win the popular vote to defeat Obama, but he does need to win the close states.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  92. Nick-o

    please give me a president that can speak from knowledge and not rely on prompters all of the time.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  93. Steven

    San Jose, CA...
    The image Mr. Romney has painted for himself is that he's ice cold and disingenuous. He's from the old boys' club of 'You scratch my back, I'll scratch yours." From what I assess, his answers are irrelevant to most, apart from perhaps the O'Reilly Blowhards – and more about the sincereity. The "Victims" tape, where he has proven that this wasn't an inelegant wording, but rather that he genuinely dismisses half the country as victims. He needs to show that he actually cares about people that have nothing to offer him from a business perspective. And for the love of Christ, let me hear no mor nonsense about what's on his iPod.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  94. Terry, Chandler AZ

    For most of us the debates will not matter as we will think our candidate was the winner of a debate. The small percentage of voters who are undecided (and I cannot understand how anyone can be undecided) may be influenced by the debates. But, for those few people, I think they will be influenced more by campaign ads than by a debate. Or they could be more influenced by the manner in which a certain candidate feels about a certain percentage of the voters.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  95. Larry in Houston

    How much will the presidential debates matter ?
    Answer : Romney HAS to win the First Debate, no if's / and's / or but's about it. He also Has to win the Other 2 following debates, otherwise he's not going to make it. If Romney is smart, he would be getting on the horn to the Newtster, so he can get a few tips. I think he may end up nudging Obama out for the win, come November 6th. no matter what the polls say. Polls are great when you're talking about governor's races / congressmen & women / senators, and other political races, but not the presidential race, because there are way too many variables to contend with. I remember in 1980, when most polls had Carter ahead by 4 or 5 points, then another poll had them at a dead heat, well, guess what happened ? Reagan defeated Carter by a landslide. That's what I think Romney will end up with, ( a squeaker) with Obama. Sort of like when Romney won Michigan. (barely)
    Vote Democrat – 2012 (for the "working" middle class)

    September 20, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  96. Name*Joanna, Ft Mill SC

    Debates (yawn...) I think I'll curl up with a good book.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  97. Gary H. Boyd

    With all the screw-ups Romney's made so far, the debates will be his last volleys before he runs out of ammunition. If he's so stupid he can't understand his mis-fires over recent weeks, he'll probably load his gun with blanks at the debates and lose 'BIG TIME". On the other hand, if he's as smart as he claims to be, he needs to come out with guns blazing. (Hypothetically, of course).

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    September 20, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  98. Al from orlando

    Three of the six segments of the debate will be on the economy. Our's or the Chinese?

    September 20, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  99. Melissa HW

    Would matter more if Gary Johnson was at a podium as well...that would make it more informative and more interesting. Otherwise, same old stuff over and over again.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  100. Jake in Omaha

    Willard I am hoping that you will release 10 years of tax returns before the debates. I starting to think you have something to hide.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  101. Amy Mitchell

    I hope they won't matter much. It's disconcerting to think a person could base their vote on a snappy sound bite that "wins" the debate.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  102. Paul C

    I think the results of the debates will be a huge factor for voters in determining the next president. Romney must hit it out of the park in order to capture voters attention. He can't afford a draw. He must win significantly. voters must walk away "believing" in his vision for our country.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  103. Ed G., Seattle WA

    I think the debates will be huge. Romney can shoot himself in the foot in front of a friendly crowd. I can't wait to see him under pressure. Plus the man has nothing to say except that Obama's plans haven't worked, so let's use the plan Bush used to start the recession.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  104. David B.

    I am from Phoenix, AZ. I think that most people have a good idea where the candidates stand on the Issues. To me the debates are not necessary since I have already made up my mind and will vote for Obama. I do not want to go back to the Huge deficits that the Republican party Presidents create and on Social Issues I am Purely a Democrat & have no use for the conservative agenda being shoved down my throat.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  105. Name*hank savannah ga

    it should matter if people want to vote with their minds and heart instead of hate.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  106. db-texas

    Form over substance. If we could get either one of these two to give us a plan that had some merit, we could form an opinion. This pagent er I mean debate with the current crop of moderators pandering to the sensational will almost give us a non-answer about something we don't care about. I would not like to hear about previous tax records, anybodys birth certificates, or what they think about a current princess's breast. I, for one, don't find the press ability to ask a pertinent question any more of a possibility than trying to get 'news' organizations to quit talking stupid crap that the rest of us are interested in. Maybe we can find a grown up in the room, but I won't hold my breath.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  107. Doug Addeo, Boca Raton, Fl

    I think the debates will be very important since the undecided will most likely make up there minds from the results of the debates. This presidential race will be close and the debates will show the contrast of the candidates positions and show what direction each candidate will take our country in at this crucial time. I hope people tune in and pay attention.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  108. JJC

    The current divisions in this country make it less about swaying voters and more about getting them to actually vote. Most people already know who they will be voting for. The real question is, will they vote or will they simply head home after work and watch TV? Look at the actual percentage of eligible voters who actually vote and you will understand it is mostly about the turn out of your voters.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  109. nancy

    Yes. It'll show how inept the GOP's "settle" candidate is. I would be embarrassed to be Romney. He was never a full-fledged front runner in the GOP's long cattle call of candidates. The GOP settled for him. He's unfit. He might be a great father. Presidential material? Puh-leaze!!

    September 20, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  110. Al from orlando

    I think the debate will matter. The president will be blue versus a man of many colors that include a pink shade of red with
    a black base

    September 20, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  111. Richard

    Jack, you state that Romney has had a rough couple of weeks, what about the president? While the mid-east is in flames and our Ambassador is dead he goes off to Vegas for a fund raiser. He claims the attack was not a terrorist attack and only today finally admitted it was. When Netanyahu wants a meeting Obama is too busy but has time for Letterman as Iran get How can he even show up let alone win. Jack you must have lost your mind, a tough week for Romney, how about 3 years and 8 month of hard times for the American people under this President.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  112. Heather Jones

    No, because the people are not allowed to hear ALL the candidates speak. Gary Johnson and Jill Stein should be in the debates at the very least. Instead, the debates will just be more two-party pandering. The red pill and the blue pill have both bittered; it's time some fresh perspectives.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  113. Steve in Rochester, NY

    The debates won't matter much in a positive way, but if one (or both) stumble, it will hurt them. This is their opportunity to lose – I wish this wasn't so, but this is the way the game is played now.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  114. Rob-Texas

    Huge, If Romney doesn't make any mistakes. The out of work people in the US will get up early to vote Obama out. Since he is no FDR.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  115. Foreverwar

    Romney has taken so many different positions on everthing, he should just get up on the stage and have a debate with himself.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  116. Linda C. in Memphis

    This will probably be another opportunity for Romney to do the typical foot-in-mouth symptom. This really is a class war so it depends on how many people choose economy for the rich versus those who support women's rights. My worst fear is that people are afraid of the economy even if they are not rich because of the catastrophic debt we now have.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  117. Steve

    The debates don't matter. It will just be a re-hash of all the rhetoric we've already heard for the past year or more. The only way to get a truly different perspective and force Obama and Romney to answer the tough questions is by adding Gary Johnson to the debates. Otherwise it will be a pointless exercise that we've already seen and should be tired of by now.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  118. Mike Danahy

    I think at this point it would be a lot more entertaining to have Romney debate himself, seeing that he's held a dozen positions on each topic. At this point I think most American's have made the decision that Money Boo-Boo is not Presidential.

    Mike in Los Angeles.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  119. Kyle, Bowling Green OH

    I doubt the debates will have much effect on the overall poll results. By this point, undecided voters have been so inundated with negative ads, news storys touting the mistakes of the candidates, and soap-box lectures very few of them will tune in to watch and most will put off the final decision until election day.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  120. Mo from Colorado Springs CO.

    Of course the debates don't matter. Over the past couple of weeks Governor Romney has not only shot himself in the foot, but he has reloaded and fired again.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  121. Ed in Reno, Nevada

    Honestly, the debates won't matter that much. The only people who will watch the debates are smart enough to know who they want to vote for already and the debates are not likely to change their opinions of either candidate much. The vast majority will vote, if they vote at all, based on the perceptions and beliefs they already have without watching one minute of the debates. Unfortunately the ads and the media have given voters everything they (think) they need to know about the candidates...how sad is that?

    September 20, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  122. Connie in Tennessee

    I think for any voter that is undecided by then, the debates will matter a great deal. With Romney's history of flipflopping, it should be interesting. Obama will win by a landsllide!

    September 20, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  123. sonny chapman, Villie Platte,La.

    Not much, unless Obama has a stroke during the debates.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  124. AJ

    I think they can only help the President. Mitt has shown how skilled he is at putting his foot in his mouth. His next gaffe will be to say that he "only cares for the 1%"

    September 20, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  125. Rick - Washington, PA

    Jack – They will matter a lot IF, and that's a big IF, the candidates will quit feeding us the bull and tell us specifically what their plans are. They need to quit worrying about the polls and tell us from the heart just how they will LEAD this country on a positive path forward. We are big boys – we can handle the truth – we know we are in trouble – and we know EVERYBODY is going to need to pitch in and sacrifice. We all in one way or another helped create this mess.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  126. Phil, Philadelphi

    Presidentil debate wont matter. The trial is happening now and Romney is stumbling and bungling which should be sure failure. There are no amount of one liners or tones of voice that will be able to erase his no policies, failure going abroad, secret disgrace of Americans, no release of taxes..... Debates serves as momentum boosters but if you have had major negative momentum, it is almost impossible to makeup that ground.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  127. MGS

    Yes. Obama should be able to show that Romney is an out of touch plutocrat, and has historiclaly been a mean-spirited bully.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  128. Frank Poynton from Los Angeles

    The upcoming debates now only matter to the extent that they are part of the process in the race for the White House. Other than that there is no way Romney is going to be believable. No matter how much practice Romney gets he is unbelievable in both the literal and figurative sense. And he can't fake that.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  129. Mark from New Jersey

    Barring a major mis-step by Obama, not much. Those that want to vote for the 1%, for those that have all but permanently subverted the democratic process, those that don't care about secret tax returns and the economic treason of stashing money in a myriad of foreign accounts, and those that have been fooled by Fox News will vote for Romney. The other 60% of us will vote for Obama.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  130. Mike Steadman

    The fact of the matter at this point is that most of America is going to determine who is telling the truth during the debates. They will matter because most of the country is still hurting in a big way.
    It is amazing to me that Rommney is not leading by 20 points. The election is his to lose.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
  131. Marc in Toronto

    If the moderators ask the tough questions Jack it should expose Romney for what he has proven himself to be time and time again – a serpant with a smile – someone that will say anything to close a sale – someone who has lied and changed positions so often he doesn't even remember who he is or what he stnads for.

    I have a hunch he will get softball questions that let him continue his trend. It's simply amazing that over 45% of Americans could even consider electing a leader that has no morale compass.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
  132. Robert O. Kan, Baltimore

    It will matter: regardless of the subject matter people will be able to judge the charisma and/or lack thereof of the candidates.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
  133. Colin Morgan

    Considering the nonsense coming out of Romney's mouth lately, his best option for the debates would be to fake laryngitis and not show up at all.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  134. Gary Johnson

    The debates will matter if the Dems and the GOP allow other choices? God knows we need another choice right now.
    Let Gary Johnson join the debates, allow the American voters know that there are other choices other than the two extremes of the two major parties.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  135. Mary

    No, the debate won't matter. I vote OBAMA all the way! President Obama is a gentleman, a statesman and a bright person. Romney has to rehearse his debates over and over again to be spoon fed and to memorize how he should talk, what he should say and how he should look and not make a slip of the tongue for the 100th time. Just like a student who wants to get an A grade, memorizing stuff without understanding it. When you let Romney on his own, he flips..........does not know what to say, says the wrong things and embarasses and undermines the American Great People. Jac, who will be his tutor when he gets a call at 3:00 AM in the morning? When he does not rehearse he fails every time. What a baby! We want this for president?
    Poor republicans............they have to vote for him because they just don't want OBAMA in the White House......how ignorant is that? OBAMA for AMERICA

    September 20, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
  136. Steven

    With all the intense preparation, each side will likely perform without incident. Unless there are some major embarrassing mistakes, the debates will have little effect. Less than 3 to 5% is said to be undecided in this election. Obama enjoys a small but unbending lead. Debates will not make or break this election.

    Queens, NY

    September 20, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  137. Donaldo in ATL

    Only if the questioners ask questions that can not be addressed by talking points. How about a real genuine discussion,where tlalking points are not allowed, most Americans are over all of this, they have heard over and over the same thing from both parties. How about some genuine fresh ideas.........that would be a long time coming......

    September 20, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
  138. Mike in Texas

    I think they will help those who haven't already made up their mind. I hope that most of the undecided can finally believe that Romney is not believable. He changes more than the weather. If he is in trouble he changes his stance on issues. Why believe someone who only tells people what "he thinks will get their vote." He is not interested in being President, he only wants the job for his resume.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
  139. Dave S

    In this election cycle, it appears both candidates are counting on 51% of Americans having some form of retrograde amnesia.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
  140. Lloy Kalispell, MT

    The debates always matter. This year they matter more than ever. We'll be looking in to see if any of the mud that Romney, Rush and Co. continuously throw at President Obama has stuck. We"ll be checking to see if the slimey mud Romney continues to pour on himself will ever wash off. More than the practice sessions, Romney needs a few days under a very hot shower.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
  141. Ian in MN

    If you look at polling data for the 2008 election you'll see that McCain and Obama were actually quite close at about this same time that year going into the debate. In fact McCain even had a slight edge at one point. After the first debate Obama's numbers sky rocketed and never looked back. This election will probably be over on Oct 4th if it's not already barring some kind of Romney miracle.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
  142. Bernie of Lowell, MA

    I know what I want to hear: how much Mitt has squirreled away in foreign bank accounts, where the $716 billion is really coming from.... I seriously doubt either candidate will tell the truth. Wouldn't water-boarding both candidates be better than a debate?

    September 20, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
  143. David from Pittsburgh, PA

    Politics has become just another sport to many people. We don't watch football games to figure out which team to root for, we watch in the hopes of seeing our team clobber the other. Some people may truly listen to the debates with an open mind, but most people will just be watching for those moments when their candidate gives the other a verbal beating.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
  144. Katy Heys

    The debates will matter, but Mr. Romney has had a lot self inflicted damage to overcome. His campaign has been a slow progression of faux pas and worse. Starting with Mr. Romney's refusal to disclose his the Tax Returns (with Ann helpfully chiding the American public by saying that we've already told "you people" everything we're going to, then and moving along to insulting our biggest ally and other countries overseas. And who could forget those Statesman like remarks Mr. Romney made about Libya while our ambassador and others were murdered and then came the "47%" speech where Mittens pretty much told 1/2 of America that they could forget about President Romney doing anything for them – which caused Ryan to opine that Mitt was "inarticulate". Debates? Who know?

    September 20, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
  145. Marc

    I work for a very large Fortune 500 Company. Senior management here is working furiously 24X7 to outsource every single last office job and support function overseas. They laid off about 150 people 1 day last week and within 48 hours, all of their offices/cubes were filled with Indians(from India) stacked 3 to a cube for $12.00/hr....
    Obama will romp in the debates but he doesn't know what to do about this type situation and Romney, well what I see is what he did for a living every day before deciding to become a politician.
    Until there is a turning out of ALL incumbents in Congress, I don't think these presidential debates mean squat.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
  146. Tranquility7

    Oh this debate matters and I can't wait! President Obama, will show the U.S. not only his wisdom, compassion, and experience not only as a "community organizer" but all his collective skills as a Law Professor, Head of the Law Review and POTUS to wipe the floor with Romney. Romney's wavering lies, flip-flops, stutters and off topic blather will get him nailed into a corner complete with a dunce hat. It will be quite interesting to see if Romney sweats and inserts his foot into his mouth again!

    September 20, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
  147. William Demuth

    I will enjoy them, but I am sure my poor Yellow Lab shall not.

    All that Dog Whistling is going to give her a headache!

    Pompton Lakes New Jersey

    September 20, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
  148. johnnytrigger

    The debates will matter more than ever if they invite Gary Johnson. Then you can expect a substantial, adult conversation on many important issues about the future direction of America, including many issues Obama and Romney simply will not talk about like civil liberties, fiscal responsibility and ending corporate-driven govt policies.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
  149. Lou

    They will only matter if either candidate self destructs: if Romney opens mouth and inserts foot, if Obama lectures. If neither one does something dumb, viewers will only come away with what they came with.

    September 20, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
  150. Dan

    The debates will not matter. No matter what happens, the MSM will declare Obama the winner and the race will keep its current trajectory.

    September 20, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
  151. Jano in Florida

    Are some of these folks trying reverse psychology by insuating that President Obama will be given preferential treatment when being questioned by the various morderators? I believe that the majority of the voters have already decided who they will vote for. The debates will be strictly entertainment with each of us pulling for our candidate. There is really nothing new to discuss. Romney's opinions will be decided by what seems best politically at the time.

    September 20, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
  152. Emma in Baltimore

    They matters if the candidate makes a major gaffe - that can boot a leading candidate out of the race. Other than that, it'd be nice to see actual answers to the question given, instead of the usual evasive maneuvers. You'd think they'd want to answer the questions as specifically as possible to defend themselves against all the negative attacks that have defined them thus far - but I guess there are somethings they just want to keep hidden.

    September 20, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
  153. Annette from Florida

    Obama will be calm. Then wait and watch for Romney to blow like a volcano! He will whine and chatter never making any sense or point. He may have been practicing for 7 years but us not prepared for a debate with Obama!

    September 20, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
  154. AJ, Indiana

    At this point, Romney speaking will only detract more voters. With all of their unbiased, hateful, racist bashing of Obama over the past few years, the GOP managed to make this competitive over the past 6 months.

    Then Romney openned his mouth. The results speak for themselves. The more he talks, the more he loses. He would be safer to withdraw from the primaries. At this point, each candidate has about 47% of the vote. The independents and undecided 6% have learned quite a bit about R-Money in the last few months. While they may not like Obama, they know voting for Romney would be like returning to the stone age.

    September 20, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
  155. Matt

    Coming soon to the debates,

    Question for Romney: Who is the leader of Bolivia?
    Question for Obama: What is your favorite color?

    September 20, 2012 at 5:03 pm |
  156. Mr. D

    Romney's last stand. Let's see how good he is with his back to the wall. The debates, however, could be a waste of time, as have the campaigns in general. Most people probably know by now who they are voting for. Let's get it over with and get the country going again. Meanwhile, I'm going to Disneyland.

    September 20, 2012 at 5:03 pm |
  157. joshua

    If less than 50% of the questions during the debate are about our economy, then we will all know the questions were rigged to help obama. If we hear more than 1 question on birth control, it's rigged. If we hear more than 1 question on gay marriage, it's rigged. If we hear more than 1 question on global warming, it's rigged. If we hear more than 1 question on allowing women on the front line of combat, it's rigged. All good questions, but not the most important question facing Americans over the next 4 years.

    September 20, 2012 at 5:04 pm |
  158. Richard Texas

    It will not matter unless they have something to say that we have never heard before and it will do something to make our lives better. I suspect though that both of these clowns will attempt to baffle us with BS and dazzle us with their intellect that has been scripted by someone else entirely.

    September 20, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
  159. Gary in IL

    They wont matter because no candidate is actually required to answer the question. They usually go like this: Moderator: "How do you plan to resolve the remaining issues between Israel and Palestine?" Candidate: "I would like to thank my wife for picking out my tie, and all of you in the audience for noticing my tie. Now about my health care plan . . . " Moderator: "Thank you." They rehash their stump speeches. No fact checks are done during the debate so candidates can say whatever they want. The debates are a joke.

    September 20, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
  160. Jack, Lancaster, Ohio

    Mr. Cafferty:

    The debates are most important to the candidates and their party minions. But for me I am thankful for the media to publish their air times as then I can deal with the lawn mower (no spark) the wife's car needs front brake pads, the stairs are squeeking, and the cat is sick, you know, important things ! Thanks Jack.

    September 20, 2012 at 5:10 pm |
  161. Mark.....in Houston

    Jack.......How much will they matter. Probably not enough to keep Obama from being elected. Republican let swing states know this better than anyone, why else would they be trying to remove as many Democratic leaning voters from registration lists as possible? To prevent voter fraud? That's a joke, they know the only way their party can win is to prevent the opposition from voting.

    September 20, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
  162. judy from arizona

    YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Let's not believe that this is a "slam dunk" for Obama. He plays a mean game of basketball, & he'll score a great victory, yet we need to press on for the people who really pay for this nation............... THE MIDDLE CLASS!

    September 20, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
  163. Chris in Austin

    You know, I'm tired of hearing nothing but excuses from Obama. I'm surprised he didn't downplay his impending debate performance on Bush. Oh, wait, he still may if he blows it...

    September 20, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
  164. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I always look forward to what complaints, if any, the candidate(s) have about the time, the question, and most of all how unfair they feel they were treated by their opponent and the person(s) asking questions.

    September 20, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
  165. Dan from Duluth

    Very little at this point. Romney has shown his willingness to say whatever it takes to anyone to please the crowd. It will be difficult for him to shake this perception with the likely scripted responses he will have ingrained into his mind.

    September 20, 2012 at 5:13 pm |
  166. JB

    Only if they include Gary Johnson in the debates. Otherwise you'll have two candidates lying through their teeth who are trying to hide the fact that they are in agreement on many things including a broken drug policy, unconstitutional legislation and actions, massive spending and debt, policing the world, etc.

    September 20, 2012 at 5:13 pm |
  167. landofgreatness

    Will the debates matter?

    My friends, let’s put this race into a new perspective shall we?

    Below are the 10 battleground states that will determine the election. Romney will need to win MOST of these to get to 270 electoral votes to win the presidency.

    Florida = Elec Votes: 29 Nate Silver Probability Analysis: 57.0% chance of Obama win
    Ohio = Elec Votes: 18 Nate Silver Probability Analysis: 73.5% chance of Obama win
    Virginia = E Votes 13 Nate Silver Probability Analysis: 68.4% chance of Obama win
    North Carolina = EVs 15 Nate Silver Probability Analysis: 74.8% chance of Romney win
    Colorado = EVs 9 Nate Silver Probability Analysis: 61.5% chance of Obama win
    Iowa = EVs 6 Nate Silver Probability Analysis: 70.5% chance of Obama win
    Nevada = EVs 6 Nate Silver Probability Analysis: 82.9% chance of Obama win
    Wisconsin = EVs 10 Nate Silver Probability Analysis: 82.5% chance of Obama win
    Michigan = EVs 16 Nate Silver Probability Analysis: 94.6% chance of Obama win
    Pennsylvania = EVs 20 Nate Silver Probability Analysis: 92.8% chance of Obama win

    Now before my Republican neophyte friends out their bash Nate Silver for being some no nothing liberal propaganda pusher you should know a few things about him and you should research him.

    He is pretty widely considered to be a genius at probability analysis. I would post his Bio, but why bother. You are going to bash him (and me) with vitriol in any case. And if you have any intellect at all you can research him for yourself.

    Democrats: The only thing that could screw up this election for you is that you do not “take some responsibility for your lives” (as Mitt Romney would say), and go out to VOTE! VOTE! VOTE!

    September 20, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
  168. David Merson

    Can the false consciousness of the republicans be unseated in a one hour debate? Does a bear vote in the woods?

    September 20, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
  169. Anton Dubinski

    This election is already over. Obama has 242 rock solid electoral college votes already and only needs 28 more from the remaining swing states.

    September 20, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
  170. Meg, Pennsylvania

    Actually I am more excited to see the Vice Presidential debates between Biden and Ryan. Aren't you? They are a lot more fun to watch on television and have a tendency to say some really, really stupid things.

    September 20, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
  171. twiddly in golden, co

    Obama will win regardless, but the debates could change which party controls house and senate.
    If Mittens really screws it, then it could be a landslide bigger than 2008.
    He's the new Palin, the gift that keeps on giving.

    September 20, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
  172. AJ, Rocky Hill CT

    Just petitioned the NFL to move the Patriots-Ravens game to October 3rd evening.

    September 20, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
  173. Max (Los Angeles, CA)

    Considering recent events in the campaign, I think the debates present a considerable downside to Romney. It is true what pundits and aides say: Romney needs a huge bounce, and the debates COULD provide it. However, I think he really only has a shot at winning undecided voters and due to recent gaffes, they are both rare and quite suspicious of him. He needs a rockstar performance to move the polls, and its unlikely he'll get it. On the other hand, Obama has the opportunity to call out Romney for his shortcomings: his waffling, his lack of specificity, the controversies surrounding his campaign performance, Libya, and the 47% etc. Voters are paying attention to these issues right now, and Romney has not been good at explaining himself. Romney has always seemed the amateur when placed next to President Obama and I don't see how that changes now.

    September 20, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  174. Ed NY

    Of course they matter, it kind of brings out the candidates TRUE colors, answering questions from us, the american people...and it will be a golden opportunity for Mitt Rombey to look straight in the camera and apologize for his looking down on the middle class, that is if that would matter!

    September 20, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  175. Michael

    I think these debates will play a larger role in swaying voters than in elections past. Each side certainly has a larger percentage of voters who are galvanized and will not change their minds in the least. However, I do believe there are some on both sides that want to support their candidate and give him the benefit of doubt at every turn, but still have reservations.

    I base my position on the fact that the polling results have gotten more erratic. I know polls are meaningless until the last couple of weeks leading up to November 6. The wild swings, though, lead me to believe that there is a significant block of "leaners" that are vacilating one way, or the other.

    Therefore, I believe the debates will play a role with these voters as the candidates will need to pass the eye test. Body language and tone will be HUGE.

    September 20, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  176. Matthew

    The debates will have a HUGE impact on the presidential election. Romney can lie all he wants during primary debates and television interviews, but when he's finally alone on stage with Obama, the facts will do the rest.

    From Los Angeles

    September 20, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  177. Robert H. Pike, Homestead, Fl

    You said it well when you pointed out it's Romney's last, best chance. If Romney actually takes pride in being Grandfather of Obama care, and admits (fip-flop) that Redistribution is what governments do, he might win a few swing votes. But if Obama replies with short, smart quips, Mitt's toast.

    September 20, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  178. Carroll Day

    Huge! Romney must win and win conspicuously. An Obama win or a tie means Romney will continue to swirl around the toilet bowl as the water flows out.

    September 20, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  179. Justin Walker

    The debate matters for Romney. With all of his gaffs I feel this is his last chance to pull some independents. His best hope is if Obama just tries to tread water in typical Democratic political style; then it could open a window for Romney to win the debate. Honestly, I can't see Romney not dropping another gaff during this. I think you can put a fork in his campaign if so.

    September 20, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  180. Robert

    Jack, if we are dealing with intelligent conversation, I would say there is ZERO way the debates should matter, the curtain should fall on Romney's chances. I find it incredulous that we still hear GOP pundits repeatedly saying he just needs to show who he really is, he needs to show strength, he needs to show (fill in the blank.) Mr. Romney has shown who he is, a nice guy who is incapable of leading this country. Myself, I am sticking with a KNOWN in President Obama. I do believe the economy is going to come back, we have turned the corner, reached the bottom. My bet and hope is on the guy who is TRULY inclusive of ALL Americans.

    September 20, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  181. DT

    Given the Blunder's by the Romney campaign–especially the secret video where he disparages almost one-half of the nation as shiftless, mooching losers–this election should already be over.

    That said, the debates will allow President Obama to demonstrate his superior leadership and sane, rational responses to America's most difficult domestic and foreign issues. Whereas Mitt Romney will need to have a breakthrough moment merely to divert attention away from his countless mis-steps and bungled mis-statements!

    September 20, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  182. Joe Denver CO

    Should they matter? Yes
    Will they? Probably not.
    After Romney's "47%" comment, and, in the last election, President Obama's "Spread the wealth around" comments to "Joe the Plummer", we have an amazing opportunity to debate the fundimental differences in the classis fiscal differences between "conservatives" and "progressives". Sadly, as in all political gamesmanship, the honest and open debate of ideas is a side note to "gotcha" moments. We should debate policy, we'll end up talking about gaffes and gotchas.

    September 20, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  183. Angela University Place Washington

    Oh Its "gonna" matter...Its "gonna" Matter! I have snacks drinks and favorite chair reserved and it going to be good!

    September 20, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  184. Ceil

    They matter a great deal! There is so much back and forth. We need to see if Romney can stay on his feet with tough questions – so far not so much!

    September 20, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  185. David Burta

    Debates impact? I think it comes down to one thing...Which of the two can keep their foot (feet) out of their mouth!!! Thus far it looks like Romney will be far more podiatrically challenged, but Obama does have an occasional "kick". I'm voting that they'll both be so wary of "open mouth, insert foot" that the debates will be generally vacuous.

    September 20, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  186. Linda, St. Louis

    Nothing to the 47% of Americans Romney won't represent. To the victims and freeloaders, the elderly Social Security recipients, working poor, military and students who are Amerrica's takers according to Romney, why would the debates matter? Hey Mitt, at least prove you are not in the 47%! How about those tax returns?

    September 20, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  187. Scott in Jersey City


    How can you possibly call these upcoming soundbyte festivals debates? So long as the Democrats, Republicans and the press collude to exclude third parties from being able to make their case to the American electorate, we might as well be watching Coke vs. Pepsi commercials.

    September 20, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  188. BJ Blinston

    85% of people in this country have made up their mind. Another 10 – 12% are more than likely leaning one way or another. That leaves 3 – 5% who might be persuaded based on the debates. One wonders though if that remaining 3 – 5% will even watch the debates or if they will be so disenfranchised with the whole process that they will enter the voting booth with a dart to choose.

    September 20, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  189. Jason sappington

    They mean everything. The liberal media reffuses to hold the President accountable and would rather spending all day talking about how bad a week Romney is having...it's up to Romney to lay the facts out. 46.7 million Americans on food stamps (most in history) 8.8 million Americans on disability (most in history) and 106 million American households receiving government assistance (most in history)...there is just a few examples. If Romney goes easy he loses...simple as that. Either way we are heading over the fiscal cliff. We should have listened to Ron Paul...we will pay the price.

    September 20, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  190. hugmamma

    The differing styles of Obama and Romney will be interesting to watch. No doubt how well they do...appearance-wise and otherwise...will figure prominently into our judgment. My bet's on Obama.

    Better a professorial diatribe...than a candidate with a permanent political stutter.

    September 20, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  191. Jyothi, St.Louis,MO

    Presidential debates are only last chances for the candidates to make their case. The debates would not affect their chances of winning as much as their performance during the campaign and conventions and their responses to happenings during the election season. Besides, the talks in the debate are limited to answering the questions being asked. That would avoid some slip-of-tongue mistakes that Romney is used to.

    September 20, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  192. Vick Florida

    Jack, I do not think it will matter that much, most people I know have already decided. I do not think Mitts gaff is that big of a deal the republicans do not think it is important. It would take something really big to matter!

    September 20, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  193. Yuri

    They will matter. I intend to watch and dvr each and every debate between Obama and Romney so I could watch in vivid detail, in high definition how Obama chews out Romney on everything, how he schools him like a little girl, how he makes a grown man reduced to a soup like state because he is at a complete loss for words. I very much predict that Obama will own Romney so bad that it will make even republicans vote for Obama. Romney's message has always been the same: "If you put me into lion's den with Obama... I will be the most qualified guy to beat him". Republicans weeded out crazy lady Bachman, crazy man Santorum, said good bye to only guy on the ballot who knew a thing or two about china, got rid of texas cowboy and the funny man... in the end stands Romney... alone in the lion's den and big lion Obama is salivating.

    Ohh boy this will be a good one.

    September 20, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  194. Troy in Austin

    Jack I think they will be very telling, let's see how the rhetoric plays out face to face! I think we will see the fur fly! I think the Lawyer will out speak the business man.

    September 20, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  195. Marjorie

    I would rather see Romney's tax return....there in lies the truth and the character of the man,...Period!

    September 20, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  196. Zil Zerimar

    For me the debates don't matter. After Mitt Romney trash talk 47% of Americans me included, I made up my mind. Mitt Romney is really really good in TRASH TALK.

    September 20, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  197. Phyllis Blalnchard

    It all depends on which Romney shows up and if our President keeps it short and sweet when he lays out is plans for the next four years.

    September 20, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  198. Richard

    The debates will seal the election of Barack Obama. With Romney's penchant for making mistakes when speaking non-scripted, Obama will get him flustered, and talk Romney under the table.

    September 20, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  199. Casey from Atlanta, GA

    Probably more than they should. It's a sad testament to the short-focus, superficial manner in which many voters base their support. Determine what is most important to you personally, research the candidates true position and past actions, and make your own decision. Don't rely on talking heads for influence.

    September 20, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  200. William Herman

    Obama will smash Romney. It's already a done deal in my books!

    September 20, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  201. Paul, Houston. TX

    Presidential debates should not determine the presidency by itself. We should look at each candidate as a whole of what they stand for and what they can do that is realistic other than promises that sounds to good to be true. We destroy our own company by picking candidates based on who can debate the best because there are too many unkept promises and promises that cannot be done by the candidates who only speak to get votes.

    September 20, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  202. Carmen Perri

    Unfortunately the debates will matter more than they should. When considering the complexities of being president of the United States of America and the tit for tat way the debates are conducted, I'm seldom impressed with any candidates performance. Who says a good debater will make a good president anyway.

    September 20, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  203. ug

    The debates are going to matter more than anything now...

    September 20, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  204. hugmamma

    Sorry...forget to say that I'm from Seattle.

    The differing styles of Obama and Romney will be interesting to watch. No doubt how well they do...appearance-wise and otherwise...will figure prominently into our judgment. My bet's on Obama.

    ...better a professional diatribe...than a candidate with a permanent political stutter.

    September 20, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  205. Bob in Ohio

    America has two favorite pastimes, baseball and politics. Even if you hit a home run in your last three at bats of the year your average will only go up a percentage or two. I'm afraid it's too late for Mitt.

    September 20, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  206. calvin

    None just like 2008 the press has set the stage for a Obama win.no matter if Obama got on the t v and said i will make this a commuiust state the press woukd back him. like now all we hear i is the 47%. they took and edit tape and made it a hit for obama overlooking tape of Obama saying he will make this a coummuist state just like mr wright.

    September 20, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  207. richard phillips

    Only if Obama blows it big time. Obama is expected to win, so Romney will have some wiggle room. But he's so far behind right now, that he needs a win. The only way he gets a win is if Obama has a meltdown and admits to being a Muslim.

    September 20, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  208. Thanh L.

    With the polarized views of the two candidates, their occasional gaffes, the fluctuating polling numbers, and how divided the nation is on current economic, social, and international diliemas, I believe these presidential debates coming up will be a VERY important factor in determining the next President. We are all waiting to see live on television who will make the next talked about gaffe!

    September 20, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  209. Thinker

    Always fun to see the spin masters turn their candidate's dismal showing into a victory after the debates. Given Romney's innate ability to mess up, his apologists will be dizzy.

    September 20, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
  210. JG

    I don't think the debates will have much of an impact. Mitt has already started the self-destruction. Strap him to the roof...

    September 20, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
  211. I.O Alaska

    Yes it will matter to the 1% who have not already made up there minds. The debates by the way are just for the pundits to have something to talk about and fill up the 24hr news cycle

    September 20, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
  212. Phyllis Blalnchard from Gilbert, Arizona

    For political junkies like me, I will be listening to every word with batted breath. But for the majority of listeners, hopefully, they will see what I've been seeing since the primaries, the multi-faced Willard Mitt Romney. I'm just curious which Romney will show up for the debates.

    September 20, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
  213. Todd from Alabama

    I was concerned about the debates for the prez because how do you debate a guy that disregards facts and repeatedly displays different points of view on almost every topic? But after the Boca video I'm not as concerned because what little credibility Romney had is gone. The debates won't matter as much now. This race is Obama's to lose.

    September 20, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
  214. Jeffrey Washington state

    For some time now we have been watching two grown men fight like 3 year old children. Who would have thought it would be the standing president and the opponent. Highest office in the land? respect, trust, honesty? I have seen better behavior
    at a daycare center. Perhaps Obama and Mitt could use a "time out" or better yet, a wooden spoon to their backsides.
    Both have lost the privilege to be president of anything, more or less of these United States. It's embarrassing! We don't need the debates..we need someone who can actually run this country. I think however, there may be no one.!

    September 20, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
  215. Mark Cullinane(Boston)

    The Presidential debate will matter a great deal to the voting public choosing to tune in. As with most elections, the airwaves are full of empty promises and nasty innuendo that lot's and lot's of money have bought and paid for. Really tragic when it's all added up, some might even say wasteful, but this is politics american style.
    When the debate is over and done, and the next one scheduled, I believe the answer that will be loud and clear....is that the 47,48, or 49 % of Americans who support President Obama, are dependent upon government for everything and who supposedly pay no income tax....will be reminded on live television of just what a boob Romney is, and how completely out of touch he is with working and middle class Americans. Oh, and please stop referring to him as governor,he is a former governor and very soon to be a former presidential candidate.

    September 20, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
  216. irving

    I know all I already needed to know along time ago. Thanx to channels like CNN

    September 20, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
  217. Chad in Seattle

    I'm sure the debates will not change too many minds out there, I've tried to give Romney a chance, I tried to watch the RNC convention but just can't stand the negativity. As well I'm sure some may have tried to give the president a chance after the GOP primary season but found they just don't agree with his views. What would make it interesting is if Americans would give a third party a chance. Still though, I can't wait!

    September 20, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
  218. Rick, San Diego

    Well, Jack, did the debates between Obama and McCain matter? I bet most current voters can't even remember them. Why? Because they had already made up their minds on their candidate of choice. Same here in 2012.

    September 20, 2012 at 5:39 pm |
  219. Carole in West Palm Beach

    Sure the debates matter! While our presiident may tend towards loquacious, he is genuine, knowledgeable, and likeable. Romney tends towards the absurd, ridiculous and phoney. Romney has shown is true colors. His mother was Pro Choice. He father received government assistance. Heck, were they alive, they wouldn't vote for him. Mitt was born wearing silver flip-flops

    September 20, 2012 at 5:40 pm |
  220. Stephen

    Very few people are persuadable, and the debates will be preaching to the choir. It's going to come down to who gets out the votes and where, and a good GOTV effort absolutely favors Obama.

    September 20, 2012 at 5:40 pm |
  221. Mike T.

    They should but this crap of having "balanced questioners" is ridiculous. That leads to "softball" questioning designed to make the candidate of choice look good. Let the American public ask ALL the questions and let a truly neutral, well-known figure select the questions from those submitted based on a reflection of significance to the people.

    September 20, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
  222. Saboth

    All Obama has to do is stick to the facts: This economy is a result of Republican policies, not his. He's been trying to fix it, but a Republican House will pass no legislation. The economy is better today than it was 4 years ago. No way you can dispute it. Any time Romney attacks our economy, all Obama has to do is point out it was Romney's party that got us into this mess, and it's Romney's party that has prevented a recovery. When Obama goes on the attack, he merely points out Romney wishes to go to war with Iran, and deregulate banks again, which is what caused the financial mess in the first place. Don't bother going into long speeches about hope and dreams...just point out this whole thing was due to Republican policies and he's successfully starting to turn it around. We just need to get rid of the do-nothing Republicans in Congress (and they can take their pledge of allegiance to Norquist with them on their way out too).

    September 20, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
  223. Richard

    The debates only matter as a great source of entertainment value. As Romney has now totally imploded, I only watch as I would the last round of a fight to see the badly beaten fighter finally hit the canvass.

    September 20, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
  224. JDinHouston

    Will the debates matter? No. Just listen to a Romney spokesman "let me clarify the clarification of the out of context words that we clarified early to clear up an inarticulate clarification to the inarticulate statements Romney made when he was clarifying his position on previous statements he made to clarify his position."
    And that's before the debate! Imagine how much clarification will be needed after each debate, probably as much if not more than was needed at the GOP convention.

    September 20, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
  225. the_dude

    The debates dont matter they wont be changing anyones mind at this point.

    September 20, 2012 at 5:44 pm |
  226. Ali

    No matter how big the lie...from the liberal mainstream media and obama camp; repeat it often enough and the masses will regard it as the truth. The facts don't matter to them so the debates will not matter.

    September 20, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
  227. kinglywarrior

    If the only knock against the President is that his answers can be too long, I think we know how this is going to go...

    September 20, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
  228. pad

    They will matter only if they answer the questions. Like how are going to cut spending and pay for the war.They just start talking about ome other BULL..

    September 20, 2012 at 5:51 pm |
  229. john murphy scobey montana

    It will matter to the folks who want to vote Romney but don't know if it will be Massachusetts Mitt, Tea Party looney Mitt, or the hybrid that's emerging now. Will they have a choice, with some kind of multiple choice ballot?

    John Murphy
    Scobey, Montana

    September 20, 2012 at 5:52 pm |
  230. Edward G

    I believe the first debate will be highly significant in allowing voters, especially swing voters and the undecided, to see a side by side comparison of the two candidates, that will be free of distracting spins.

    September 20, 2012 at 5:53 pm |
  231. Armando in Tampa

    Not at all. the only way I would vote for Romney is if gave me a million dollars. If iI had million dollars in my pocket I would be a Romney fan but I don't I have ten dollars and I'm going to give it to Obama. Yes my vote can be bought please tell Romney he has the money but not the votes.

    September 20, 2012 at 5:53 pm |