Poll: Who will win Wednesday's debate?
October 1st, 2012
11:30 AM ET
2 years ago

Poll: Who will win Wednesday's debate?

Washington (CNN) - Two days before the first debate between President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney, a new poll indicates that most Americans see the GOP challenger as the underdog in the first showdown.

According to a ABC News/Washington Post national poll released Monday, 55% of likely voters say they think the president will win the debate, with 31% saying that Romney will be victorious. The findings on this question from the new survey are in-line with a CNN/ORC International poll conducted right after the Democratic convention earlier this month, where by 59%-34%, likely voters said Obama rather than the former Massachusetts governor would be more likely to do a better job in the October showdowns.
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For candidates, all debate prep, all the time
October 1st, 2012
09:17 AM ET
2 years ago

For candidates, all debate prep, all the time

(CNN) – Two days before the first presidential debate, perhaps it's no surprise how Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama are spending their day.

Romney will spend Monday in private meetings and debate prep sessions before heading to Denver for a campaign rally, his spokesman Rick Gorka said.
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Obama begins debate prep with Las Vegas rally
October 1st, 2012
01:21 AM ET
2 years ago

Obama begins debate prep with Las Vegas rally

Las Vegas (CNN) – President Barack Obama began his three-day debate preparation cram session by rallying voters at an outdoor event at a Las Vegas high school.

The president continued his campaign theme to create jobs, a key issue in the state of Nevada.

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Filed under: 2012 • Nevada • President Obama • Presidential Debate
September 28th, 2012
04:02 PM ET
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Romney debate challenge: High stakes, lowered expectations

Washington (CNN) – He's prepped. His campaign's armed with spin. All that's left for Mitt Romney to do is to step into the proverbial ring and verbally duke it out with someone his own campaign called a "universally acclaimed public speaker."

Romney enters Wednesday's debate in Denver down in swing state polls and trying to recover from his politically damaging comments about nearly half the nation being shoo-ins for President Barack Obama.

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Campaigns play debate expectations game
September 28th, 2012
12:44 PM ET
2 years ago

Campaigns play debate expectations game

(CNN) - The Obama and Romney campaigns are seeking to manage - and in some cases lower - expectations for their candidate's performance in the first presidential debate.

CNN obtained a memo on Thursday circulated by Beth Myers, an adviser to Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, that outlines several reasons why President Barack Obama may win the first of three scheduled encounters next Wednesday in Denver.

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Pre-game: Debate prep and punditry
September 24th, 2012
01:38 PM ET
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Pre-game: Debate prep and punditry

(CNN) – With nine days until the first presidential debate and candidates vying for the prized bloc of undecided voters, surrogates are playing a game of lowering expectations over which candidate holds the advantage going into the face offs.

However, according to a CNN/ORC International poll taken just after the Democratic National Convention, President Barack Obama has a 25 point 59%-34% advantage among likely voters over Republican nominee Mitt Romney when asked which candidate is more likely to win the debates.
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Gibbs: Romney has advantage in debates
September 23rd, 2012
02:00 PM ET
2 years ago

Gibbs: Romney has advantage in debates

(CNN) – A senior Obama campaign adviser said Mitt Romney has a leg up on President Barack Obama in the upcoming presidential debates.

"Mitt Romney I think has an advantage, because he's been through 20 of these debates in the primaries over the last year," Gibbs said Sunday on Fox News.
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Presidential Debate • Robert Gibbs
September 5th, 2012
04:46 PM ET
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Romney on message as he surfaces from debate prep

Woodstock, Vermont (CNN) - Mitt Romney offered a quick burst of public face-time Wednesday when he briefly surfaced from three days of intensive debate prep with advisers at a secluded Vermont home.

The former Massachusetts governor gave a smattering of television interviews and spoke briefly with reporters in his press corps during a three-hour excursion outside the private estate where he is staying.
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CNN Poll: What's most important to voters?
August 13th, 2012
04:23 PM ET
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CNN Poll: What's most important to voters?

Washington (CNN) - How important have vice-presidential picks been in past elections?

Fairly important, but not as crucial as the presidential debates, according to a new national poll released as the bipartisan Commission on Presidential Debates announced the moderators of this autumn's four general election debates.
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Filed under: 2012 • Candy Crowley • CNN poll • Polls • Presidential Debate • Vice presidential debate
Presidential debates to focus on foreign, domestic policy and undecideds
July 25th, 2012
04:59 PM ET
2 years ago

Presidential debates to focus on foreign, domestic policy and undecideds

(CNN) – The Commission on Presidential Debates announced the presidential and vice presidential debate formats for this fall's election season which includes both traditional moderator formats and a town hall of undecided citizens.

There will be three presidential debates and one vice-presidential debate beginning in October. All debates will take place between 9:00-10:30 p.m. ET.
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