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Why didn’t Obama mention the “47 percent”? (VIDEO)

Denver – One of many headscratchers after President Obama’s listless, unfocused debate performance Wednesday was why he didn’t hit GOPer Mitt Romney with Mitt’s infamous “47 percent” remark. It’s only a centerpiece of Obama’s campaign and one of Romney’s biggest gaffes of the year. Obama’s campaign manager Jim Messina’s answer: It didn’t come up. Huh? […]
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Unloved, battered going in, Romney vastly exceeds expectations

The first 2012 presidential debate will be forgotten in 20 years, but Americans will have a far more positive impression of Mitt Romney when they vote five weeks from now, according  to passionate and dispassionate observers who watched Romney and Obama on Wednesday night. The debate had few memorable “zingers” but it did feature a challenger […]
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Live from the “Duel in Denver” Spin Room: Joy in GOP-ville as Romney gets TKO on Obama (VIDEO)

Denver, Colorado — Republican pundits and Romney insiders are barely containing their joy in the wake of Wednesday’s presidential debate, which was widely scored a TKO for GOP candidate Mitt Romney — by just about everybody. We hit the”spin room” to find some pretty big smiles on the faces of the Republican pundits. And tellingly […]

Single words help define the first presidential debate

You don’t need pundits or polls to determine what the focus of the first presidential debate was all about. In a single glance, the word clouds tell the story of last night’s debate. What was the #1 word used by Mitt Romney? “People.” This from the man who has long been criticized for his inability […]
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Silent Jim Lehrer is latest Twitter trend

Debate host Jim Lehrer could barely get a word in during the first presidential debate, and it seems that’s enough for a Twitter handle these days. A SilentJimLehrer had hit 7,000 followers moments after the debate, but if you were looking for witty remarks, you weren’t going to find them. The Twitter account, which mirrored […]

5 hits and 5 misses in the first presidential debate

Hits: 1. Mitt comes out swinging. Supposedly, Romney got no sleep Tuesday night. But the President was the one who looked tired. Romney started out with a lot more zip and Obama seemed tired and tentative in the first segment regarding jobs and taxes. He repeated himself several times without providing more explanation. Advantage: Romney. 2. […]
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Orrin Hatch: U.S. a “laughingstock” internationally under Obama (VIDEO)

Denver – Just spent a few moments with Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch – a longtime friend and supporter of fellow Mormon Mitt Romney. Hatch said he likes Obama personally, but he is a “terrible president.” And yes, he said he thinks the just-released 2007 video of Obama talking about the federal response to Katrina is […]
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So what do you do when your candidate blows a gaffe. A pro explains (VIDEO)

Denver— The most freaked-out people watching a presidential debate are the handlers. The communications folks/flaks/press secretaries/strategists who spent weeks game-planning the debate, crafting the zingers, mapping out every moment. But you can’t plan for everything. So what do you do when your candidate blows a gaffe? What do you say? We, at SF Chronicle/SFGate.com’s Shaky […]
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Video of Obama 2007 speech is mostly a re-run (VIDEO)

Denver —  The 2007 video of then-candidate Barack Obama talking about race and the federal response to Hurricane Katrina that the Drudge Report poses an intriguing subplot to Wednesday’s debate. Will it make it into the conversation? Only if moderator Jim Lehrer brings it up. But Mitt Romney won’t. Here’s a couple reasons why: 1. It […]
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Handicapping CT-SEN: The crucial week ahead

We’re all about one-stop shopping here at CT Politics. So from here on out through Election Day, we thought we’d give you a weekly primer on the latest polling data in the battle royale between
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