Obama expected to 'come out swinging' at Tuesday's debate
October 14th, 2012
03:26 PM ET
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Obama expected to 'come out swinging' at Tuesday's debate

Washington (CNN) - After near-universal bad reviews of his first presidential debate with Mitt Romney, President Barack Obama will bring more energy and passion to his second showdown with the GOP nominee, advisers to the president said Sunday.

Yet the come-out-swinging attitude many Democrats crave could be hindered by the debate's town hall format, which requires a likability factor not completely compatible with aggressive attacks.

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  1. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    The Bishop isn't the Bishop that Obama tried to show politness, he's found Bishop Romney to be a ball face liar and doesn't deserve to be treated polite. Romney will come out swinging to win but he won't do the same for 47% of the American people, he believes companies you work for should just go "bankrupt" and the rich should profit.

    October 14, 2012 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  2. Candee9091

    Obama should do better and be careful as not to be too "mean spirited" or Nasty. There is a fine balance.
    Afterall, Romney is being puppeted and formed by Karl Rove. Yes, the Karl Rove that caused a national security breech allegedly as he leeked a CIA name. Oh yes, and he still didn't learn as he is continuing to lie and repeat lies even though he knows they aren't true. Which is why Romney looks like a "flip-flopper". Yep, Romney looks a lot like the good ole boy George Bush of which many lies came out of that Era.

    Karl and Bush did the following:
    You lied about McCain. You lied about Kerry, you lied about 9/11. You lied about Saddam, you lied about WMD's, you lied about housing and you lied about the Banks and banking system.

    Don't be fooled America.....

    October 14, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  3. truth hurts

    Come out swinging? With what?! Four years of failure and NO plans for the next four years other than more of the same? Obama is an empty suit that has nothing but empty slogans and personal attacks ads on his opponent. Which pretty much sums up his last 4 years. Time for a REAL leader in the Whitehouse. Romney/Ryan.

    October 14, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  4. Sassafras tea

    Big O, just be yourself. Be authentic. Hit him over the head with the truth. Make them look in the mirror and see themselves clearly for the first time as wealth-seeking, pharisees (following the letter of God's law but not the spirit of it, it's intent). You got this far, so you must be a fighter. Giv'em Hell, Barry! O/B!

    October 14, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |

    God Bless the POTUS!

    October 14, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  6. La Chatte

    Come out swinging? I hope he doesn't confuse hitting the Repugs with a dance they do on Dancing with the Stars...

    October 14, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  7. Shaf

    I hope & pray Mr Obama will do super job on his 2nd presidential debate. It still bothers me why he neglected a lot of issues on his 1st debate. I'm upset, pretty upset. I remembered very well John Kerry did the same thing on his debate with George Bush jr and he lost that election. I hope Mr Obama won't disappoint us.

    October 14, 2012 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  8. CBR

    These debates are becoming more and more ridiculous. The candidates do not answer the questions based on their own input. They have people advising them on what to say, how to sit, when to smile, when to scowl, when to have that hand dog look, what information do give, what numbers to recite, etc., etc, and etc.

    Each of us needs to decide what we want over the next four years. Look at what is going on around you and asses our need. Every day we read of the deaths of young children, young women and men at the hands. We read about the abuse young boys took at the hands of people who were trusted by their parents. We see that there are not enough people who do the work to help people with problem.s Not enough social workers to oversee families in crisis, Not enough people to work with the homeless – both adults and teens. Not enough police and firemen. Too many members of the armed forces returning from deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan with injuries and post-traumatic stress. Too many people crying about the economy who seem to be able to buy the electronics and to pay for tickets to the movies and to sports venues, People are still shopping and spending money. Surely we could go on but the real issue is that not all of us are recognizing who is really having financial difficulty. We need to really assess our situations and then decide just where we fit into those pesky percentages. Most of us will find that we are doing fine – maybe not as well as a few years ago but still fine. Those who are not doing well need our support and she be given assistance by our government. We should be helping people to get back on their feet. This can not be done by money alone. We need to stop complaining about those who are getting assistance and help them to get off assistance. The blame game is not working but unfortunately the Republicans just continue to pick on these people by telling us that they are victims of the welfare state. Don't they wish that this was true then they would not have to be embarrassed when they use food stamps, stand in an unemployment line. etc. The 1% just keep giving to the pacs where their identity is hidden. They sure are not giving to charities, food banks, homeless shelters, job training facilities. We need to think beyond these debates and ads and make up our own minds.

    October 14, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  9. Squigman

    I hope he does a little better than last time, but I'd keep it low key. No need to shout when you're right. And there's no noise more irritating than a person shouting, when they are wrong. Arguing with idiots, never was attractive to start with.

    October 14, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  10. Phyllis G Williams

    Superstition says "people at the Top of a Ladder only fall, they cannot rise." Hope this will not apply to the President (smile).

    October 14, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  11. don in albuquerque

    You know I am still amazed when the Bagger Party comes out and says he did nothing but spend money for four years but accomplished nothing. Really? They must have never taken a political science course in high shool (or have the baggers already banned Poly Sci?) or they would understand that the Prez can actually do very little on his own without support of both houses of congress. And they swore to make him a one term president, and would have voted against or filibustered air being free, if he suggested it. Wasn't it the all powerful Rush who said right off the bat he hoped he failed, and thereby hoped the country failed. Must be something else other then being a Dem they don't like. Geee–I wonder what it could be.

    October 14, 2012 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  12. Dan B

    Don, he had 2 years of complete control in both houses. He could have made a law that said that all people who own dogs have to live in California, or something else stupid. He could've been productive, but of course for Obama everything will always be Bush's fault.

    October 14, 2012 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  13. Lost

    If anyone can pull off smooth, it's the President himself.....Cool Mr. O.

    October 14, 2012 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  14. MichaelO

    I would believe Romney if he wasn't proposing similar plans to the ones that nearly bankrupted the U.S economy. It is far easier to destroy than to re- build. It took George Bush less than four years to turn a surplus to a deficit, how long will it take Romney to turn a recovering economy back to recession?

    October 14, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  15. Gurgyl

    Obama–stress on 47% just like Joe, use all sentences like let Detroit obankrupt etc, England is not redy...

    October 14, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  16. Larry L

    The President needs to call them out when they lie. Rob-Me and Lyin' Ryan have built their campaign on distortions and lies – both quite comfortable in that role. He needs to directly challenge Romney on his serial flip-flopping – documented in dozens of recorded statements. Romney really is Mr. Etch-A-Sketch!

    The "you didn't build it" was printed on Romney's bus – a distortion of the truth used as a campaign symbol! Anybody with a brain understood the comment. The "Birther" crowd still uses the slogan even knowing the dishonesty associated with the distortion.

    The "$716 billion taken from Medicare" was yet another ridiculous distortion – with not one Medicare service forfeited and yet the savings ridiculed by Romney/Ryan. Saving is bad? Romneycare IS Obamacare – except he won't explain how we'd pay for it.

    Ryan's comment about the President not accepting provisions of the Bowles-Simpson study was particularly revealing – since he was the person who cast the vote to kill the initiatives!

    The Ryan Budget Plan will kill Medicare and Social Security. Neither Romney nor Ryan will answer direct questions regarding these programs but instead speak in fluffy generalizations. "B.S." – to quote Joe Biden.

    Ryan's comment in the debate about the renewable energy stimulus monies made him look foolish – when Biden reminded him of the letters he wrote ASKING for the money to create jobs! He should stick to lying about his marathon times – at least that's just about his need for self-esteem. Romney's comment on the same subject was an out-right lie. Fewer start-up companies folded under that plan than normally expected from Wall Street. Romney said "about half went under" when he knew the number to be 14%. The program was quite successful. Both are pathological liars and the President has no need to be respectful – this time..

    October 14, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  17. don in albuquerque

    @Dan B–Bush did very nearly crash the economy, happened to Japan and it took them ten years to come out of it. And even with both houses, have you never heard of the filibuster. Several Repubs proved that one person can hold up the entire govt. More filibusters then in the entire history of the move.

    October 14, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  18. suro

    Mitt – Here is a prediction. You might have won the battle but you are going to loose the war. You will eventually lose the presidential election, even if it is by the slimmest of margin to Barak Obama.
    Here are my 10 best reasons for why that is:
    1. You won the first debate because Obama did not think much of you, did not want to confront you and unlike you wanted to look presidential. That was a bad strategy of the Obama team. Make no mistake – that mistake will not be repeated again. I am sure you heard this before "Fool me once – shame on you, fool me again – shame on me"
    2. The good part is you won the first debate; Obama is going to come out ahead in the next two, just like Joe did. From here on down as you are challenged and your tricks of gaming the system are exposed – you have only one way to go and that is downhill
    3. You should know better not to mess with Big Bird, not to let Wall Street take Main Street for a ride and not to politicize issues of national interest.
    4. If you can't share your own taxes with the American people, there is no way you can share the details of your tax plan with the country that you have been touting whenever you get a chance. You know why that is – because you don't have the plan you say you have and you can't have one. I am sure your highly paid accountant has let you know that your arithmetic does not add up.
    5. If your experience in private equity qualifies you to be a job creator, then that would qualify Gordon Gekko to be even a better job creator than you are.
    6. You keep criticizing the stimulus just like your running mate Paul Ryan does. We learned the other day from the great Joe Biden that on several occasions Paul Ryan requested stimulus money for his district while criticizing it, every other day. What is that supposed to be if it is not utter hypocrisy?
    7. What about deficits and debts? You are so concerned about them and say it is all Obama’s faults. Have you ever thought where these debts have come from? The Bush tax cuts, the 2 wars that has not been paid for, the Medicare prescription bill. Who started all this? Where was the outrage when it all unfolded? You have supported and advocated the same policies which have resulted in all these debts and deficits. Have you told the American people how you are going to reduce the deficits just by spending cuts alone without depriving people of benefits who need it most?
    8. You raise a lot of questions without giving a single meaningful answer to any question that you yourself raise on the campaign trail.
    9. You are like a chameleon that changes color at the drop of a hat. There is no core of conviction for any issue there is. You have very effectively demonstrated your penchant for being a multiple choice candidate for every single issue there is. How long are you going to run your campaign as a series of unrelated episodes? You have been running your campaign by saying different things from one event to another. This has got to give and my bet is that it will.
    10. Till now you have been a follower of the tea party crowd so that you can become president – how can one expect you to be their leader if you are elected President? You changed your principles (if you had any) for them. They won't change their principles for you.
    Finally there is the ground game at which the Obama team just seems to be better.
    So there you go Mitt – It is not your turn. By all indications this country is headed in the right direction, the economic recovery though slow, has been built to last. For the sake of this country I hope Obama wins a second term and take this country to great heights.

    October 14, 2012 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  19. Tim

    we are 100% behind you President Obama, because we support a womans right to choose, because we see the economy improving, because we don't need any more of our soldiers dying for the 1%, because Osama is dead and Detroit is alive! Because your wife doesn't fear for you mental well being if you are elected president, because you aren't hiding your tax returns and god knows what esle, because you are not looney, because you don't send our jobs overseas, BECAUSE WE TRUST YOU!!

    October 14, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  20. NameDr Isaac ILEVBAOJE

    It will be landslide & resounding victory for Obama. Listening to Romney is boring & monotonous for me! He hardly ever makes any statement without mentioning JOBS indicating his emptiness! Besides he hardly provides specifics as a deliberate ploy to cajole Americans! Additionally Romney vacillates on virtually every issue!

    October 14, 2012 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  21. onlyfacts

    Truth Hurts, same old Fox news talking points; "empty suit", "four years of failure", "no plans". I guess you don't realize what a fool you make of yourself, repeating empty phrases you've heard "somewhere". We were as close to a depression as you can get without calling it one. Americans stocks are making more now than before Obama. Corporations profits are at an all time high. Thousands of jobs were saved when Obama saved GM. The stimulus created or saved over 1 million jobs. (Google, CBO, US Census, Labor Statistics). Then google, Paul Ryan's 02 stimulus speech. Try to post some facts that prove your baseless claims. But you'll have to turn off Fox first, you won't find any facts there!

    October 14, 2012 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  22. Larry L

    @Dan B

    Don, he had 2 years of complete control in both houses. He could have made a law that said that all people who own dogs have to live in California, or something else stupid. He could've been productive, but of course for Obama everything will always be Bush's fault.
    Bush? I didn't think Republicans were allowed to say the "B" word. Obama inherited the terrible economy and recession from Bush – get over it. It's a fact – the man was a moron.

    The President also inherited a Senate that filibustered 137 times – over three times the previous record and completely trashed the process of government. Laws don't get passed when half of the Senate wants to obstruct all progress. The Senate even filibustered their own initiatives – approved in committee and then blocked before they would come to a vote. Mitch McConnell promised obstructionism and delivered. That was his only "accomplishment".

    Could a coach have a good game plan when half of the team was trying to lose? The Tea Party Republicans worked against all efforts to improve the economy – just as they planned from the very first day of the President's Administration. That meeting was held and that was the stated goal. Look it up. Republicans planned obstructionism to get control of the House and it worked! Patriotic? Hell no. It's low-grade domestic terrorism but you right-wingers gave them high scores for not compromising. You lapped-up the sound bites from Fox News and held America hostage with your Grover Norquist pledges – resulting on our lowered S&P rating. Is the slow recovery Bush's fault? No. It's your fault.

    October 14, 2012 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  23. The Unsub

    He'd better knock Romney out or he will lose!

    October 14, 2012 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  24. Gurgyl

    Obama accomplished
    1. GM save Bin Laden dead
    2. Healthcare law passed
    3. Fin. Reg. reform passed.
    4. DADT passed.
    5. Consumer protection
    6. Iran war ended
    7. Kids healthcare passed.
    8. All pre-existing pts covered. List is long., goes on, on, on, and on.

    October 14, 2012 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  25. Jean Blaise

    I think during the first debate, The Predident was too polite with Gov. Romney. And he paid the consequence. I hope he will be act like a real President for the next one. Good look to him, love forever

    October 14, 2012 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
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