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October 5th, 2012
10:39 AM ET

Howard Kurtz and Lauren Ashburn discuss the aftermath of the presidential debate

With 32 days until the election, both President Obama and Mitt Romney have changed tactics and adjusted comments in an effort to win the election. Romney re-adjusted his comments about the “47%” in an interview with Fox News late Thursday. Similarly, President Obama tried to re-energize his campaign after negative reviews on his debate performance on Wednesday. Howard Kurtz, host of CNN’s Reliable Sources, and Lauren Ashburn, contributor to The Daily Beast, join “Starting Point” to weigh in on the candidates shifts.


Filed under: 2012 Race • Politics • Presidential Debates
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  1. Jan M Eaton

    I caught the show this morning and listened to the discussion. I have to say the discussion was disappointing. I think it is the responsibility of every reporter to check and report the facts, not opine or make excuses that there are just "too many to check." I have always understood that to be a reporter's job.
    I also agree that the president was not on top of his game, but the president has been busy working for the American people. Romney has been able to have far more debate practice with those seemingly unending series of republican debates. Not excuses, simple facts.
    I think the press has been highly disrespectful in the all too common habit of referring to the president by only using his last name. He should be referred to respectively as Mr. President, The President, or primarily as President Obama.
    One last note, the rules of order in debate seemed to have been thrown out enirely. The biggest problem was Romney. He repeatedly ignored the question posed and spoke about what he wanted. He very disrespectfuly spoke beyond his allotted time, ignoring the mediator's attempts to break off or wrap up. I saw the the mediator's expessions of frustration several times as Romney railroaded right over the top of him.

    October 7, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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