Is first presidential debate a 'turning point'?
All-Star panel weighs in
- Duration 5:39
- Date Oct 3, 2012
All-Star panel weighs in
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Nobody going to fix this much damage in four years.
But the president's economic plan is better in the short run.
Better in the long run and a vision we're all in this together is -- heck of a lot better than your on your own.
The American middle class is hurting you know why the American middle class is hurting.
Because the policies of Barack Obama is imposing on the United States haven't worked anywhere in the world they've ever been tried never.
Florida senator Marco Rubio and former President Bill Clinton too big campaigners for both sides.
Welcome to campaigners and we're back with the panel Jeff you listen to them on the stump those campaigns have to like when they're out in battleground states.
Which is why they sent them out there and president Clinton's time I think to Chicago headquarters of but the Obama campaign would like to have -- -- out there more of course is a lot of other things and -- -- but.
Not a coincidence he's in it New Hampshire today is gonna spend a lot of time in Florida I'm told.
Nevada as well and in places where the economy still needs so people need to be convinced that.
Economies to better -- -- -- mean he has really back campaigning aggressively from Iran but not in Florida sort of oddly he spends most his time.
Around the country -- it seems a little bit interest thing.
He's doing some of his own.
Work here at the same time though as well as campaign for governor Romney.
John do you see this debate as a turning point do you see it just as -- points do you think were adamant at a big moment.
And I think it's obviously a big moment he he can't have.
An event that is going to be watched by fifty million plus people.
Particularly those who have not decider tuned in yet and not have it not be a big deal.
It's in the interest of the Romney campaign be treated as if it were a big deal to make it a big deal so it's the last the last three debates of the last real national events and the presidential election.
Well I I think it's and it's a big moment but not necessarily a turning point he got two more of them still -- com.
And so you keep -- almost can't be a turning point because another one is coming along.
I do think that there's always the potential for that surprise that Ronald Reagan moment.
That you know quit the knows quite anticipating that seems to sort of you know grab the public's attention it can be for good or for ill and for both of these candidates the challenges really.
He relaxed enough and on your game -- off to get your message across and effective way but not so loose.
That you actually.
Trip -- your own tong and -- yourself a lot of harm and candidly it's been Mitt Romney -- had that problem.
In some of his.
Appearances lately and so in that regard I think if he makes it through and without doing anything that frankly it could be that he that alone puts -- back to me.
Brit one of nation watches the dynamic between the two.
And the what is not spoken just the body language.
Kind of the interaction.
What what are you looking for in the first thirty minutes let's.
Probably never -- these -- -- to get on stage event like want your choice for so -- -- -- -- to see how that plays out.
We can think of one debate where the body language between the two candidates made a difference and I was bush vs -- When gore acted sort of -- super silliest and condescending toward then governor bush.
And it played very badly with the public it to flow are very big was sighing and anyone arrested this base and then and in -- bush kinda looked at it.
That was a body language and there aren't many of us the truth is that as important as they aren't as many people watch them it's not usual for a debate really changed the trajectory of -- race.
But it can happen.
And that's why we're all be session tonight it could happen because of body -- It could have because of all the kind of spontaneous moments adjustment support could happen that over the course of the three debates the whole package of the public's impression of the two men is adjusted in such a way.
That one -- the other them emerges as somebody that they they're gonna vote than what it that they were undecided about first place.
And we don't know how that's gonna play out we don't know there will be a moment there may never be a moment there may be nobody left it may be kind of a nother debate -- you know I think can anybody remember anything from the debate for years ago between McCain and Obama -- certain.
They can't very little very you know I can't uneventful debates they happen.
And -- the first and we saw senator -- event at the time sort of hold his own with the older statesman.
A more experienced person on -- -- -- and by the start in that first debate calling him John.
We didn't call him senator to call them John that I did succeed as he called.
Mitt Romney Mitt or -- -- governor.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- It's pretty easy to get under President -- skin.
I think some.
From some of his challengers have said that before people who debated and so we'll see -- he's been well practice to not be smug.
And on the same time.
-- governor Romney -- mean he can't sort of call for help as he did during one of those debates during the primary.
What I would suggest to the president is.
Don't call admittance to have a -- that -- -- work out yeah.
I think it's interesting that Barack Obama has to practice really hard not to be smug.
And I think it really does show -- vulnerability on his part he's much less persuasive.
In public speaking than people think he is and then he thinks he is and that is something very -- his advisors clearly have a hard time explaining to him.
-- -- -- Shock and Jeff thank you very much that is it to the panel was stay tuned.