CNN Profiles: The Candy behind the debate
October 15th, 2012
08:24 AM ET

CNN Profiles: The Candy behind the debate

By Michael Schulder, CNN

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(CNN) - We journalists aren’t allowed to root for Barack Obama or Mitt Romney in Tuesday night’s debate. But we can root for our own Candy Crowley.

We’ve been rooting for her for many years and she has never let us down.

Through all the presidential campaigns she’s covered, arriving at her hotel after midnight, night after night, lucky to get four hours of sleep, then putting in a full day covering another day on the trail.

Then she’d finish her day with what seemed to any editor like a perfectly crafted narrative written by a rested mind. But we knew better. We knew Crowley was a sleep-deprived poet.

But she’s not sleep deprived any more. Not now that she has her regular Sunday morning State of The Union talk show gig.

And she reveals to us, in this CNN Profile, that she now has another way of resting and reinvigorating her mind that she’s been using diligently for the past four years. Candy Crowley is not just a moderator, she’s a meditator. She tells us how meditation impacts her work.

iReport: What would you like to ask Crowley about the debate experience?

Crowley does not live in some constant Zen state – as you’ll learn when we ask her if she’s ever been knocked down so hard professionally that the felt she couldn’t get up.

She will tell us about the volumes of information she’s been packing into her mind.

As for us parents, she’ll give our kids who will be up watching the debate some special advice on how to judge Obama and Romney for themselves.

We should learn a lot Tuesday night, from the presidential candidates and their questioners in their audience. We’ll learn more with Candy than without her. As you’ll gather from this interview, she is one powerful synergist.

Editor's Note: Listen to the complete interview above and join the conversation below.

soundoff (263 Responses)
  1. Carole the English Teacher

    I'm more worried about the fragment masquerading as a sentence in the third paragraph of Schulder's posting. (And please don't tell me that it's a "stylistic frag." I know [and you know] that it isn't.)

    October 16, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kelly

      I thought I was the only one who caught that hairy phrase, tucked into a piece about how well Crowley writes. Unfortunately, the author's own ability gives him no license to critique others.

      October 16, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Lisa

    Candy, good luck tonight from a fellow R-MWC alum!

    October 16, 2012 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Lisa I agree Candy Crowley isb excellent.

      October 17, 2012 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  3. sunetra

    Why do we need to have embassies in countries that do not want us there ? Here is another way to chip away at our expenses.

    October 16, 2012 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kelly

      Embassies are not built for the host countries. They serve the interests of the guest nations and their citizens.

      October 16, 2012 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
      • Andy TX

        Embassies are there for strengthening ties between countries e.g Economically, politically,socially, culturally, etc.

        October 16, 2012 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Lomori Lokwen

    Economy questions: I heard that Romney has over $ 250 in off shore account in Switzerland ! Is it true? And if so, why not in U.S Bank?
    (1) Since Romney is one of the top one per cent rich, what tax rate would he propose ?
    (2) What is the definition of middle monetary wise for Romney if Obama's is $ 250,000?

    Enviromental: Romney wants to create North American Energy Independent by 2020 as far as he proposal:
    What safety plan does he have in mind should disaster occur like the B.P, or the Virginia, Utah, etc minning occur?

    Health care:
    Arccording to Obama care, every one must have healthy care and the mandate is what guarantees the coverage of pre-existing condition as well as other cost. For Romney, he wants to repeal the mandate and how would he cover for the pre-existing conditions which consume the highest fund? This is real people, if he cannot answer this simple questions, then he may claim the office but America will collapse again. Thanks

    October 16, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Nora Johnson

    Question for Candy to address to Romney:
    1. Regarding the right to life except in the case of incest or rape, what must incest or rape victims offer as proof of the crimes committed? Will proof (to obtain abortion) require filing with police, then court and ultimately trial and conviction? Is that the point at which a rape/incest victim is entitled to end her pregnancy? How many years will that be?
    2. Romney needs to learn what functions ERs provide. They do not provide chemo or ongoing care for chronic conditions or vaccinations for that matter. ERs will bill uninsured patients $6K for administration of 2 stitches. How does that help those who need health care?

    October 16, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Wade

    She is 100 % biased for Liberals, in love with Obama and has never told the truth about Obama . What more does anyone need to know?

    October 16, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. RAMAN


    October 16, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • rplat

      What's your problem, are you afraid he'll severely truncate all the give away programs and you'll be out in the cold. Unlike Obama, Romney can actually be trusted.

      October 16, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Harry101

      I think a simple yes will do.

      October 16, 2012 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andy TX

      Romney might be a good guy but there are lots of mobs in GOP such as Palin, Beck, Limbaugh, Brewer, Arpaio, Trump, Tea party, etc

      October 16, 2012 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Eric Russo

    If you want a headline question for tomorrow ask Romney if he believes in evolution or climate change. Republicans deny science for mainly religious reasons so he'll likely be boxed in on this question.

    October 16, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • rplat

      That's absolute nonsense.

      October 16, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  9. James Mapes

    I hope for CNN's stake that Crowley has some idea about how to be a moderator and not an aide de camp for Obama as he blathers on about hope & change while cutting Romney off like that shill in the VP debate. She'd have been the obnoxious one but was shown up by Biden.

    For many of us, Crowley is ging to form our current opinion of CNN. Mine has been very low for a decade or more, from their biased reporting way back in the Clinton years.

    October 16, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Howard

      I have watched Candy over the past year and she has become more Conservative. I watch her be disrespectful towards the president in interviews and be more critical of democratic members. Her pleasing voice towards conservatives and less confrontational should tell you what will happen tonight in the debate. I think CNN is vying for more of the conservative dollars spent on Fox.

      October 16, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
      • Harry101

        Yep don't wnat your news paper questioning the members of the DNC it makes them cons. Just asking a question or not buying the DNC line all the time does not make you a con it just means you want to know the story a little better I mean really do you not want the elected leaders put on the stop or only the GOP?

        October 16, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ted

      Candy has the future of CNN in her hands tonight. If she comes off ever so slightly protecting the Democratic President then there is no question in my mind that the nation will destroy the beast that has become CNN....

      October 16, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  10. B.

    It would certainly upgrade the debate process if we could finally get a scholar like Freed Zakaria, the one with a mind, act a moderator without a concern about partisanship!

    These debates have become a farce now..

    October 16, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chad

      Neither one of them would want Fareed. He likes to use cold hard facts and the two candidates seem to be very allergic to facts.

      October 16, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  11. faboge

    I like her despite her tea party leaning

    October 16, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Madaam T

      I like candy too, but you can tell that she is a republican and a tea party lover...but she is respectful though!

      I'll bet you she won't pin Romney down to explain how he will manage the deficit and cut taxes.

      October 16, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
      • Harry101

        Well thats because there is no firm plan at this time. Romney wants to let the congress and senate have some in put to the solution not just the GOP. To make a plan now would be insulting to those members who been in the process longer and could have some good ideas about how to make the policy or outline happen and work. They both want to keep the door open to ideas that they have not had a chance to hear yet. I think that good leadership.

        October 16, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Rhea

    I can't help but wonder if Hilary's taking the rap for Bengazi came the day before the debate for political purposes. Was she told to do this? I bet she was. And I feel bad because she has done an amazing job so far at Secretary of State.

    October 16, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Madaam T


      Clinton is head of the stste department and did not know there was a call for help..Fire the B....that denied additional troops!!! Not Obama's fault...not this time.

      October 16, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  13. dko1



    October 16, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nicole

      I want ANYONE BUT Obama! I made the mistake of voting for him in 2008 based on the B.S. he was running on and have been disgustingly disappointed. His attitude and arrogance is sickening and his record has been the worst I've ever seen. Romney is a decent man who has more experience than Obama did when he was elected. I am sick of his "celebrity" want a bee attitude – OBAMA NEEDS TO GO!!!

      October 16, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
      • Madaam T

        Your attitude for selecting Romney is the worst I have ever seen. The reason for selecting a President is based upon what he can do and has done for the country.

        Never mind, on second thought you are probably to uneducated to address the issue.

        October 16, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
        • Robert

          REAAALLLY... I bet you are one of those people who voted for him because he's black.

          October 16, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
      • Chad

        ??? Vote for a 3rd party then because Romney is a waaay worse choice than Obama.

        October 16, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • sally

      Dorko, do you REALLY think Obama is a Muslim. I hate stupid people!

      October 16, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chad

      1. He is not a muslim. Do you have any factual evidence to support this? I'll answer for you: no you don't because there is none.
      2. I want a leader. A business man is concerned about profit not people.
      3. He is not a communist. Look the word up in a dictionary and look up some real communists in a history book.

      October 16, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Don C.

    Will President Obama ask for Secretary Clinton's resignation?

    October 16, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  15. conservative1

    All of you left-wingers at CNN are for that lame brain, Obama. Who's kidding whom?

    October 16, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • sally


      October 16, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
      • Madaam T

        Sally Please,

        Candy is a republican and a straight-up tea party drinker! President Obama does not have a chance...but I hope he just takes it.

        October 16, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
      • Harry101

        I agree but I think Ronmey has to over come that Bias if he wants to be president. He knew the MSM was in the DNC"s pocket when he started this adventure. Besides it does not matter what she thinks it matter that he handle the pressure and the people watching see it.

        October 16, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  16. war on women

    I worry about Romney's, Ryan's and Akin's position on abortion and redefining rape. I fear that if my daughter and other females around this country get raped they find out that they can't get an abortion, even when the woman’s life is in danger. They have flip flop so much I just don't believe them at all. I want the truth. I truly believe Romney would say anything to get elected and that scares me to death. Thank you!

    October 16, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • DB

      You better be worried! Romney is one scary Dude and will stop at nothing to get elected and will his wrath on all of us middle class fools if we elect him.

      Lets talk ethics: This guy is so upfront he won't even show his tax returns before 2010. If he has nothing to hide or be ashamed of, why won't he disclose them? His comment about the 47% is the REAL Romney. He thinks retirees, vets, students, and the under-employed are a bunch of losers sucking the system dry. He has one motive: enriching himself and his eletist friends, and telling women what they can and can't do with their own bodies. He will support the repeal of Roe vs Wade.

      He debates he won't raise taxes for the middle class, yet his proposed plan will take away the last great tax deductions for the middle class: deductions for interest and property taxes are just two of them. But of course he won't give us any specifics on how much lower the tax rate will be. Don't believe him, he is going to destroy the middle class. Don't forget, he wants to permanently repeal Estate taxes. That will really help the middle class.HELLO, this will save him and his upper 1% cronies Billions of dollars and he wants to pay for it on the backs of the middle class by cutting Social Security and Medicare, and cutting back on education. Yes he is a danger to women and the rest of us.

      October 16, 2012 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bet

      Romney already stated that he supported abortion in certain cases, rape among them. It doesn't matter what a presidents thinks about abortion, they can't outlaw it all by themselves and they know that. A president, as well as all citizens, should be allowed to have their own beliefs. Our country has many members of the "belief" police, telling us what we can and can't believe in. And this made up "war on women" is sooooo stupid.

      October 22, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  17. dandy2

    If Candy Crowley's behavior becomes inappropriate tonight, as I expect if will, the Presidential Debate Commission should have her replaced while the debate is taking place. There is an agreement and she should abide by it like all others did. She is a big negative for Romney and a big supporter of Obama, just as she was her Sunday show slipping in support for Obama on several circumstances..

    October 16, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • sally

      What are you talking about. You think the PBS moderator did Obama any favors as he continuely let the mitt man run on and on with no respect shown when the moderator repeated asked to move on to another topic. Grow up!

      October 16, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
      • Nicole

        Sally – you must have been watching a different debate! That's what a moderator is supposed to do NOT be biased and continually cutting off one candidate or the other like Martha Raddatz's continued siding with the airhead Biden! I voted for Obama and realize what a horrible mistake I made so I feel I have every right to say what I don't like about him and his failure as a President. Romney won that first debate on facts and looked like a President which is more than I can say for the other person opposite him who looked like it was beneath him to have to stand up there! Get Obama out!

        October 16, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
        • jakibro

          Nicole: You REALLY think any of those things Mitt was spouting were facts??? We had our fill of Mitt in Massachusetts. The man is nothing but spin and cares nothing about the citizens of the state. The only way he performs is being forced by whatever party is in control. Since the RNC platform has identified all it's priorities regarding abortion, gay rights, religion, evolution, etc... you can bet Mitt will be their lap dog and not for the normal citizens of this country. Get ready for a rough ride for the average American.

          October 16, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
        • sally

          Nicole, the job of the moderator is to control the debate not let one participant run all over the moderator AND the other participant.. Granted, Obama had a bad night, but Mitt talking completely over the moderator was inappropriate. It was like we had no moderator at all.

          October 16, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Constance

    Please ask Mr. Romney these questions:

    What did he actually do to turn around the Salt Lake City Olympics? Did he use some of his own money to make sure it was successful financially? How does he think his techniques there would apply to the Presidential office?

    When he tried to spread the Mormon religion in France during his two-year mission, did he speak French fluently? What did he learn about the French culture that might affect his possible role as President of the United States?

    October 16, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nicole

      Constance WE are not voting for a candidate's RELIGION for the Presidency here so your questions you want answered are irrelevant and seem to be missing the ENTIRE point of what is at stake for Americans!

      October 16, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  19. buzz

    and what did George Bush do in 8 years nothing except: started 2 wars, helped the rich get richer/including himself, appointed biased supreme court justices, left with a cool trillion surplus left the country with a trillion dollar deficit. The only thing I like about him is he's staying the hell out of politics, we don't see him or hear from him. Americans really are stupid to vote for lying flip flopping war monger Mitt Romney. Just like he and his dad never served in the military neither will his five sons and grandsons. Cowards

    October 16, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Timmy

      Obama ever serve? We are still fighting a war on multiple fronts, so though he didn’t start it, he isn’t doing much to end it.

      October 16, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
      • sally

        We are out of Iraq and if Mitt has his way we will be fighting in Iran soon while BeBe and Isreal sit back and let our young men and women die not theirs. I am sick of being the policemen for the world!

        October 16, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe G

      What a privileged childhood to be able to escape the Vietnam war by having to go to France and ride a bike in the name of the Mormon religion for two and a half years. Isn't it odd how this person of privilege can say he love this country and escapes his duty to the united states by not going to war and protesting for the war.

      October 16, 2012 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  20. MW

    Please keep both candidates remarks on the question asked! I am so tired of the canned responses given by the candidates and often times they do not even address the question. I know you can do it, Candy. Make these 90 minutes worth my time as I am holding my mail in ballot until after this debate. Thank you

    October 16, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Alex

    How about "Why haven't we got your Tax returns for last 10 Years Mr. Romney? Are you hiding something from us?"

    October 16, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Timmy

      I am sure Romney will show more tax records as soon as Obama shows his college transcripts and proof of citizenship.

      October 16, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
      • sally

        Where are you from, the planet of Kolob hanging with Joseph Smith? Obama was born in the US. My guess is his college transcripts are significantly better than Mitt's...you don't get to be head of the law review with bad grades. The real truth is Mitt has hidden his real money in order to cheat the American government out of much needed money.

        October 16, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Millie

      4 million to charity as well . Has anyone else donated money to charity???

      October 16, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
      • jakibro

        Donating to the Mormon Church is NOT the same thing. That's his fee for the privilege of belonging... just like Scientology!

        October 16, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
      • Howard

        To Mormon charities only and that should tell you something.

        October 16, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
      • sally

        To Mormon charities. Not exactly the United Way!

        October 16, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
        • Harry101

          Well Sally do you know The charitys the churchs suports? I would bet not. As for the united way are you sure the mormons don't give money to them? I bet not. I guess we should all just give to those you approve. Kind of high minded of you.

          October 16, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nicole

      Alex give me a break! Wake up and smell the freggin toast buddy. Where are Obama's records from his past? Romney gave all the records he needed to give and have you somehow forgotten about Kerry's wealth, JFK's, etc. so give it a rest and concentrate on the REAL ISSUES LIKE THE COVER-UP IN BENGAZIE as well as so many other "issues" that might just be the ECONOMY AND OBAMA'S FAILURES!

      October 16, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Luke

    News Flash; Romney Death threats on Twitter.

    www . infowars. com /obama-supporters-threaten-to-kill-romney-if-he-wins-election/

    October 16, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  23. pc

    You aren't allowed to root for a candidate CNN? Your news coverage would beg to differ, you are a liberal shill.

    October 16, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  24. lauradet

    I can't believe they selected Candy. She is the biggest (not calling her fat) conservative on CNN.

    October 16, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Cln

    Candy, please ask Governor Romney if he believes there should be winners and losers regarding health care in the US. I hope his answer is no, but if it is no, then what is his plan? I don't think he has one.

    October 16, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Mahshid

    Candy, please ask governor Romney what does he mean by telling people "we are going to take the country back" ????
    Have we been invaded by some foreign forces or foreign invaders that we don't know,,,,,!,,,,

    October 16, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  27. WSG

    I wish people would really look at the facts instead of yelling "I didn't get my share" over the past 4 years. I hear the Romney commericals on TV and have to throw up! Raised taxes on Small Businesses? I own a small business but no tax increase. Raise taxes on Middle Class? Duh! Did you forget the tax break on Social Security? For Individuals 4.2% instead of 6,2%!!!! Also Romney states he will be tougher on China! Is he going to pull his offices of Baines Capital out of Shanghai, and Hong Kong, which now belongs to the Peoples Republic of China? The 47% statement he made in priviate, then said he worded it "not so eloquently", and now to turn it around to say he cares about everyone 100%! I personally do not feel he won the first debate because the media said so. He flitted like a hummingbird from nervousness and evaded most of the questions. I have watched Candy on CNN may years and I feel she is up for the job, just wish I could be at the townhall meeting to ask Mr. Romney these questions! Wake up America

    October 16, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • ben

      Do you think this is a recovery? He has had 4years. We cant keep shoveling the blame on GWB2. (even if GWB2 was a total tool) We can't keep on with this stale economy. Why cant we give someone else a shot?

      October 16, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

        We will give someone else a shot. That will be Hilliary Clinton in 2016. Mitt Romney says there are 23 million Americans unemployed and the recent reduction of the unemployment rate of 7.8% does not help the person who is currently unemployed or his neighbor who is still unemployed. Well, that's true. But Romney also said that as POTUS, he'd create 12 million jobs by the end of his first term. However, that still does not address the remaining11 million Americans that Romney would leave unemployed or their neighbors. And by the way, if Romney was to be elected and he's able to create 12 million jobs by end of his first term it would be only because the economic crisis has been stabilized and because he did not inherit two wars and did not have to deal with a divided congress that said they wanted him and the country to fail.

        Obama/Biden 2012...


        October 16, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
        • pc

          Unemployment went down slightly because people stopped looking for jobs.

          October 16, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
      • WSG

        Do I think this is a recovery? Hell No! I am owner/shareholder in an Industrial Electrical Design and Manufacturing Company that has had to loose over half of our employee's because of the International trade law. 95 % of our work was in Steel Manufacturing. Where have are Steel Mills Gone? The few left in our area (Ohio) are foreign owned. American Steel Companies can not compete with the garbage that is imported from China and other countries. I have traveled for extended periods to parts of China and Taiwan, Mexico and Europe. I have seen first hand the product from China and Mexico and Taiwan. Where do our Corporations buy their steel. China and Mexico. It is the greed for their pockets that they use cheap labor and cheap product to build our cars and buildings and roadways. Do you blame Obama for this? I think this started in the 1980's and 1990's. So like everything else, we think a president can change this is four years? People want to switch in the middle of the recovery plan and put a man in office that would not know the truth if it hit him in the face. Always in a hurry. In four years we will say, "What a mess, let's get someone else!" I am neither Republican or Democrat. I am for the person. You can't expect any President when all the decisions are shot down by a congress of the opposite Party. Until Republicans and Democrats decide to work togeather there wll be no recovery.

        October 16, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  28. AC

    Candy, keep your opinion to yourself. Let the people ask the questions and the candidates answer them. No one cares what you think. You are not running for office. If you want your opinion to matter than run for the office yourself and take the heat associated with running.

    October 16, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chuck Hendrix

      Crowley is the moderator. The questions will be decided upon by the Commission for Presidential Debates, a panel of non-partisan news people that were agreed to upon by both sides. See how freaking little you know when the only news source you view is Faux,, er I mean Fox.

      October 16, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
      • pc

        She stated in an interview that she would confront the candidates about their answers. This is against the rules of the debate and both sides said so. See what you miss when all your news comes from CNN the liberal shill.

        October 16, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  29. J0nx

    I don't understand how someone who's actually named Candy (I mean REALLY??) and who looks like that could ever rise to such a position in a media conglomerate. Boggles the mind.

    October 16, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Enoughsaid

      Spoken like a true American – Did you ever think she got to where she was because she is a good journalist – writes well, investigates well, etc....I know imagine that?

      October 16, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Veena Mandrekar

      Candy looks like a very intelligent person and a professional journalist.... and that is how she got to be where she is. What a lucky thing for our democracy! I wish these people who concentrate on the superficial had a larger vision. Candy, I hope you hold their feet to the fire tonight

      October 16, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Matt Richley

    I would like to ask Mitt Romney, how much of the $13 million he made last year and only paid 14 percent in taxes on did he use to create new jobs for unemployed Americans?

    October 16, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

      According to Romney's campaign staff, he gave millions of dollars to charity. Yes he did. Two million to host a party in the French Riviera, one million to host a bash for the rich and famous in Monte Carlo, 800,000 to host a wine and dine for the extravant in the Hamptons, 1.5 million to host a dipsy doodle in tincle town for the senile chair-talking moron and friedns and three million for a home to house homeless horses. Let's see if you can do the arithmatic.

      October 16, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
      • Chuck Hendrix

        It is not a donation. The money he "donates" to the Mormon Church is called tithing. He has no choice but to donate what he does to remain in good standing with the Mormon Church. He does not "give" more than he has to under the Mormon religion. Care to try again you simple minded sock puppet?

        October 16, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
        • sally

          I would not consider giving 10% of your money to the mormon church so they can spend that money in CA to fight gay marriage.

          October 16, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      He employed a full presidential campaign staff...

      October 16, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sore keester

      Out of the Trillions spent in the so-called "recovery"...how much went to jobs? The banks all paid back their foreign investments and are not releasing funds to the average person. I can’t get a loan to start a business which would in fact create jobs. The auto industry…did it create jobs? Maybe in Mexico where they assemble the cars, but then again we have no money to buy them. All I can say is, it’s been 4 years and I am in the worst financial situation of my life. I have been out of work on and off, and have watch numerous people sit collecting unemployment for over two years and not bothering to look for work. I am going to take my chances with Romney, Obama can keep the change.

      October 16, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    According to the mainstream media, Mitt Romney has gained significant ground in the national polls overnight simply because the President didn't go on the offensive enough.

    So let me see if I get this right...

    Mitt Romney has gained significant ground in the national polls overnight simply because President Obama didn't attack him on Bain Capital? On shipping American jobs overseas? On laying off American workers? On paying way less than the middle class and hiding his funds in offshore accounts? On calling for the auto industry to go bankrupt? On saying that he likes to fire people? On saying that its not his job to worry about 47% of the American people? On saving he's not concerned about the poor because there's a safety net? On not supporting equal pay for equal work? On Massachusetts finishing 47th in job growth? On saying its not worth moving heaven and earth to find Bin Laden?

    So doesn't President Obama get any credit at all for stabilizing and growing our economy? For saving the auto industry? For creating 5.2 million private sector jobs? For saving 2.1 million public sector jobs? For reducing the unemployment rate to 7.8%? For making healthcare affordable for all Americans? For reforming Wall Street and safeguarding against another catastrophic economic meltdown? For ending the deadly and costly Iraqi war? For setting a deadline to end the Afghan war? For strenghtening our national security by getting rid of OBL and other al Qaeda operatives? For restoring our image, trust and credibility abroad? For being an advocate and champion for the middle class, for seniors, for women, for students, for our men and women in uniform and for all Americans as a whole?

    Never mind the polls...Obama/Biden 2012 by a LANDSLIDE!

    October 16, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ann Nichols

      It goes without saying that President Obama should receive credit for all of the things which you have listed. But just for a moment let's think about the first debate issue, the seeming nonchalant attitude of the President. I think that he, President Obama, simply did not want to come right out and say what he was obviously thinking. In a debate situation, there always has to be a modicum of decorum. If you think, or even if you know, what the other person is saying is bs. you really cannot verbalize that opinion. I never liked the debate venue precisely because it has a tendency to repress truth. Perhaps, the President should just come out swinging this time. One thing that we do know about the american people, they love a good fight. Stay tuned for round two.

      October 16, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Jano

    On the partiality of Candy Crowley, if you average the folks responding that think she is playing favorites with President Obama and the ones thinking she is leaning toward the Republicans, I believe it would be about 50-50. That means in my opinion, that she is neutral. I have always respected her reporting and never thought she was biased. I think it will be a good debate!

    October 16, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • HC

      I absolutely agree with you Jano! It sickens me to read blogs saying horrificly irrelevant and nasty things about her. She is none of those things, of course. She is a terrific journalist, true to her craft and one who never forgets to do her homework before a critical assignment. I expect she will stay strong against the cowardice of each set of campaign organizers, ask her follow up questions and yield a great deal of impartial learning moments about each candidate.

      October 16, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Chuck Hendrix

    I would ask of both candidates: Who are the 47% that have no tax liability. Can you break it down by "category", and do you believe like many people are lead to believe, that they are lazy leeches?

    If neither of them can respond with facts and figures, neither is qualified to be President.

    For the record and because I seriously doubt many people that throw that rhetoric into the discussion have ever researched it some of the FACTS of who they are and why they have no tax liability are as follows:

    1. Enlisted Military Personnel serving in a combat zone. (rather strange somebody running for President would let anyone refer to them as "lazy leeches" much less say he doesn't care about them.) They are exempt from the requirement to pay Federal Income Tax.
    2. Senior citizens working part-time to supplement a meager SS check. (not sure how anyone could come to the conclusion that a senior citizen working past retirement age could be lazy). They do not earn enough to have a tax liability.
    3. Students working part-time while attending school full time. They work part-time to try to pay for schooling and sustenance ( again I have a problem with people claiming they are lazy leeches, they are going to school and working and that makes them lazy? In what alternate universe?). They do not earn enough to have a tax liability.
    4. The disabled. (Maybe they should be euthanize that way they do not cost anyone any money and they wouldn't have to modify buildings to allow them equal access).
    5. The underpaid. In the last 20 years, earnings for Corporate officers, CEO's, and stock holders have increased by over 400%. During the same time frame, labor wages have gone up an astronomical 12%. Wages have not increased at the rate of inflation. Each and every year the labor force's income has declined when inflation is factored in for the past 12 years. Not so for the wealthy. (Perhaps if some of the "earnings" were shared with the labor force, they would have a tax liability and spend more money. What do you think?). They do not earn enough to have a tax liability. They work full time. Some have more than 1 job, but because they do not "earn" enough to have a tax liability, they somehow are lazy leeches?
    6. The unemployed. No doubt there are people that will take advantage of any "program" Government or otherwise. However, because a person can not find a job, that is not proof they are lazy. It is proof that we are in trouble.

    Think about these people the next time you want to throw about the rhetoric.

    October 16, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe Reynolds

      Your rhetoric is not working....sorry! Check the polls. People are beginning to see through this "class warfare" BS!

      October 16, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • KG

      I think President Obama stated he would fixed most of the problems you have mentioned. He has only made them worse. And if given a chance, more than 47% of the people will rely on hm and the people of his "party". That would be the plan. Can't vote out the people that give you the check. I have a few relatives that love him for that very reason.

      October 16, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tommy Thacker

      Please think about your comment. Romney made a comment that he should not have made but all politicians do that. But in saying that how many people are here in this country that do not work or pay taxes and never will because they don't need to because someone (this country) will take care of them ?
      Please look at todays CNN page. Nancy Pelosi tells the the truth about Medicare. Read the article and then explain the difference between the "Affordable Health Care Act extending Medicare nearly a decade" and if "Romney's plan will end it in 2016". A decade is only ten (10) years. 2011 to 2016 is five (5) years. Not much difference is it. At least Romney is trying to do something different and Obama does not even talk about it or have a plan to address it.
      Please stop drinking the kool aid and wake up people. Obama does not care one ounce about you or this country. His plan is working just fine. The downfall of the United States of America !!

      October 16, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
      • Chuck Hendrix

        You are entitled to your opinion even if it is based in total ignorance.

        October 16, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Jerry Lemieux

    Candy Crowley, like the rest of the CNN staff, is just another Obama sycophant. So instead of watching the debates, I'll break out a DVD of Jack LaLanne episodes and watch something far more interesting then the Obama boot licking from CNN anchors.

    October 16, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chuck Hendrix

      I am fairly certain, given your posting, you would be much more comfortable if you stick with the re-runs of Hee Haw.

      October 16, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    Mitt Romney says trust me with your life and future and trust me with your family's lives and future and give me your vote. Well, too bad he won't trust us to see what's in his tax returns. Deceitful hypocrit. He can snub our troops by resfusing to acknowledge them during his acceptance speech but yet he had the audacity to go before the Virginia Military Institute to give his foreign policy address. When he was asked why he didn't mention our troops during his acceptance speech, he said "there was no need to go through a lonmg laundry list." Now our troops are a laundry list. Just pathetic. Perhaps a week or two before the election he'd apologize to our men and women in uniform just like he apologized to the 47% to get their vote. Now he keeps politicizing the Benghazi tragedy for political gain. And I'm sure he's going to do so again tonight. Perhaps I should remind him that during the 1984 Presidential debate between Ronald Reagan and challenger Walter Mondale, NOT once did Mondale ever mentioned the Beirut terrorist attack that took the lives of 283 of our Marines for political gain. And during the 2004 Presidential debates between GWB and Al Gore, NOT once did Gore mentioned the 9/11 attacks on our homeland or the Iraqi and Afghan wars for political gain. How millions of Americans are so blind and ignorant to continue supporting this phony and fraud of a greedy selfish man is simply beyond comprehension.

    October 16, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • KG

      Sweetie, Al didn't debate George in 2004.

      October 16, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • ronnyanddontclaimtoknowitall

        KG, please let him stay in his own little God foresaken world just like the rest of the cnn/msnbc dinks.

        October 16, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
        • ronnyanddontclaimtoknowitall

          Oh, and my apoligies DINKS. I didnt' mean to offend you with the mention of GOD

          October 16, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
        • Chuck Hendrix

          No problem with the use of the word God. The only problem I have is with stupidity and ignorance. Like your's.

          October 16, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
      • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

        Thank you. I meant to say John Kerry!

        October 16, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jerry Lemieux

      Last time I checked, Al Gore ran against George Bush in 2000, about a year before 9/11. No wonder he never mentioned it.

      Congratulations, you have made a fool out of yourself.

      October 16, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
      • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

        OK now! I meant to say John Kerry!

        October 16, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Jon

    And yes that was said by a Republican.

    October 16, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Jon

    Why is everyone prejudging her, I think she will do her best. Her career rests on being objective, and I think she will be that. If I am wrong, then prosecute her.

    October 16, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe Reynolds

      I pray that you are right but I have serious doubts. We'll just have to wait and see.

      October 16, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • lt

      It isn't about pre judging Crawley, it is about knowing CNN.

      October 16, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • ronnyanddontclaimtoknowitall

      Not sure if we would be able to prosecute her but we can persecute her gladly. Maybe we can prosecute BO. His performance was criminal and would really fit in with being a chicago politician.

      October 16, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
      • Marie

        Your name *** ronny and don't claim to know it all"" is RIGHT! you don't know nothing!!

        October 16, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Greg Shepard

      This isn't about prejudging Candy Crowley. The rules say, emphatically, no follow-up questions. This is the people's night. Let them ask the questions, or do you think their too stupid to aak the right questions or too dumb to know if their question was sidestepped. Power to the people. Let Candy ask her questions on Sunday morning.

      October 16, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  38. KG

    I believe the format for the debate is really very silly. A townhall of undecided voters, please. What that means to me would be a group of people who pay absolutely no attention to politics, the economy, or world affairs, but know what is happening in the sports world and Hollywood, need to figure out who to vote for, if they actually remember it is election day. A better format would be a group of informed democrats and republicans asking questions to the candidates. They should have to take a test to deem themselves competent to ask questions that may help those that do not know who to vote for make up their minds. I truly do not understand how anyone can be undecided. It is the responsibility of a citizen and a voter to educate themselves about a candidate. In our country how are you rewarded for not knowing who to vote for, you actually get to ask them a question posed by an "unbiased" journalist from CNN. Should be a funny night. I'm sure we will here the all important topics of abortion, contraception, and boxers or briefs.

    October 16, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      I think it’s silly that you can’t understand how educated people can be undecided. After spending lots of time educating myself on these two candidates, I find the choice is actually harder than I originally thought. They both remain so vague on the details of how they would accomplish their stated goals that it’s hard to know who to vote for.
      And those areas where we do have more detail are just different ideologies that each have their pros and cons. I’m an undecided who hopes the debates will give the candidates a chance to share more detail instead of just wishy washy phrases that don’t really mean anything.
      The fact that you can’t understand why people would be undecided suggests you’re incapable of having a balanced discussion on the matter.

      October 16, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
      • KG

        Who did you vote for last time? You state "And those areas where we do have more detail are just different ideologies that each have their pros and cons. I’m an undecided who hopes the debates will give the candidates a chance to share more detail instead of just wishy washy phrases that don’t really mean anything."

        I agree with Romney on lowering the tax rates for everyone and closing loopholes for the wealthy and corporations. I could care less what a candidate's stand on abortion happens to be. No president will take away the right women to abort a pregnancy. I do not agree with a government that attempts to divide people with ideologies such as the Obama admin.

        I would pose this question to you on the hot topic of taxing the wealthy. What will the presidents polices actually do to help you or your fellow Americans? If he taxes the wealthy at 70%, how is that going to improve your life or the life of the poor? Will that provide jobs, encourage employers to hire, encourage people to open new business?

        October 16, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
        • mike

          I have a problem with both candidates solutions. It's pretty obvious to me that taxing the heck out of the rich won't help things. Any extra money that would be gained from that wouldn't go towards balancing the budget or paying off the debt. Politicians on both sides have shown they're incapable of using extra money for that.

          However, I don't think cutting funding on college (Really Mitt want's to cut more funding on education?), outsourcing to China, or protecting big business helps me out either.

          It seems like the vote comes down to a decision of big business or big government and I don't like either.

          October 16, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
      • Chris

        People criticize Romney for not giving specifics. He really is not supposed to get down in the dirt with specifics. He is suppose to give you his vision (vision statement). Just like a CEO of a company. If people like his vision, they will elect him and he will then appoint people smart enough to implement his vision. His job as president would be to reach across party lines and try to get bi-partisan support to pass the bills to support his vision. I think Romney knows full well that if he did give specifics, when Congress drafted the bill, it would get changed by the time it got back to him for it to get signed or it would change so much that dems would not sign it. Romney's experience in Mass as a governor provided him with that experience. He has a legislature that was 79% democrats. He had to learn to give and take when trying to get his vision implemented in Mass.

        Obama said he wanted to pass health care but he didn't give specifics nor did he appoint people smart enough to implement it. He let congress draft everything and now we got what we got. Obama didn't get any bi-partisan support at all because he didn't know how too. He has no experience doing that. Remember , Obama was just a lawyer, he has never ran, managed, or led anything. IMO that is why I feel that Governors make the best presidents.

        October 16, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
      • jk

        Mike I agree that it is tough to know who is best for the country. Actually Mitt is more moderate these days than he used to be.

        Infact he says what ever he needs too these days, back in my youth he would have been known as an Eddie Haskell,
        "Gee misses Cleaver you sure look nice today"

        Mike if you are still not sure after tonight wait another week , he will change to what ever you want!

        October 16, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marie

      I totally agree with you. At this point, everyone should have their minds made up. The issues have not changed, and you should vote according to what issues affect you and not just look at black vs white! i know that you didn't say all of that, that is my spend on it.

      October 16, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Greg Shepard

      Well, you had me until your last line. This is to serious to be funny.

      October 16, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
      • KG

        I completely agree. There is nothing funny about this election. It needs to be taken very seriously. This is exactly why I am not a fan of townhall forums.

        October 16, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  39. george

    This lady is a true professional and is my hero. She is always unbias and very intelligent. Go Candy !!!!

    October 16, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  40. jk

    Wow what a cheesy article, This evenings debate isn't about Candy, some of you are trying to make it a distraction from what really matters; Can the President debate without looking like a scolded puppy.

    I voted for him, however he needs to grow a pair of something and get out there and show us why we should reelect him, otherwise let Mit Romney take over with this pathetic recovery.

    Mitch McConnell won in his fight against the President and in doing so should be tried for treason. He and Grover Norquist have seen to this country's decline, I am not saying raising taxes is the answer but when offered 10 dollars of cuts to 1 dollar in taxes THEY SAID NO!? There only ambition is to ruin the President or the country on the Presidents watch. It was never right to go after a newly elected President with the global turmoil that we were going through in 2009 and others in their party should have stood up to them.

    Maybe Candy should ask a question about the "Grover Pledge"!

    October 16, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • jk

      When I said "their" party... it used to be my party, I was a Republican until the second term of George and no way was I going with McCain! Just the same McConell was wrong in voting against everything!

      October 16, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
      • Chuck Hendrix

        Bingo . Thanks for sharing your perception. Most assuredly for your candid honesty.

        October 16, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Bill

    I'm not impressed. Candy used to be center or center left. Now she's gone the way of the rest of CNN and supporting the republicans. How can you trust her? I can't

    October 16, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  42. tat bi

    This nut will carry the torch for Obama, no matter what. Very predictable.

    October 16, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Rightster

    The questions are being pre-screened in advace by Candy and her cohorts. So much for spontaneous "town hall" facade.

    October 16, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chuck Hendrix

      Actually... so much for your knowledge of the process being used. The Commission on Presidential Debates decides which questions will be presented. The only leeway Crowley has is to pick questions out of those already approved by a panel of non-partisan, reviewers, the Commission. You freaking toads see conspiracy in everything to justify your total lack of any facts.

      October 16, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Ron

    if the US citizens had decency they would vote for the candidate that promised not to borrow money for living.

    October 16, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • penquin

      And which one would that be? There is not enough money in the US Treasury alone to cover all that the "American people" want covered – defense, social security, infrastructure, Medicare, etc, etc. Every candidate for every office knows that borrowing is all we can do to keep the masses happy. How do you think we've tried to pay for things since about 2000? They may not be honest and say they have to borrow, but they know they will.

      October 16, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Greg Shepard


      October 16, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Gloria

    Perhaps the posters here do not realize that this debate is in a Townhall Format. Therefore, the audience will ask the questions, not the moderator, Candy Crowley. She is there to moderate or try to control the timing of questions/answers, etc.

    I really like Candy; I believe she is very intelligent and professional. She does ask tough questions, and I've never heard her be overtly biased.

    October 16, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Shar

      Surely you jest. This woman is has railed against Romney and Ryan.
      She is in the bag for BO. She actually said, "The Romney/Ryan ticket is like the GOP having a death with".
      This comment is appalling – She is appalling. Why are the media calling her neutral?>?
      She is NOT NEUTRAL. We can always pray that she flip flops more than BO.

      October 16, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
      • Shar

        My comment was "death wish" in reference to the direct quote Crowley gave in reference to the ticket for the GOP.
        She is NOT NEUTRAL.

        October 16, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
      • Chuck Hendrix

        You must be a Republican. Where there is no controversy, you create one. When there is no conspiracy, you create one. Very original...lamo

        October 16, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  46. LILY

    WOW–she has had a lot of plastic surgery since the last election–but I think it's just as important for her to look good as an objective reporter as it is for her to look good physically-so I am hopeful the debate will be conducted in a way that I won't be sorry that I let my grandchildren watch it!

    October 16, 2012 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  47. Scarf

    Forget about throwing red meat to the candidates. Just throw some to Crowley, that'll keep her busy for awhile. #FAT

    October 16, 2012 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  48. will she be a moderator or a pro obama shill...

    THAT is the question....

    raddatz CLEARLY let her liberal democratic bias show through...I believe she just couldnt help herself...hopefully candy has more integrity than that.

    October 16, 2012 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  49. Mike Silverstein

    Why can't we just ask the one question that has never been asked: The constitution states " For the people and by the people"... Did we forget that the politicians we have now are Career Politicians and the Constitution did not , repeat DID NOT agree to have careers made inthe government.

    So I will ask again – Let's have Term Limits for the President and the House and the Congress – a straight period of 4 years and nothing more. Get rid of the retirement gimmick that they get after serving one term, make their retirement like everyone else – when they reach 67 years, they get the highest rate and nothing more.
    Have you ever wondered why people go into politics – it is because they all become Millionaires when they leave.

    October 16, 2012 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Papagino

      Um, we already have term limits for the presidency. I do agree that congress and the Senate should have a limit as well though and anyone elected to those offices should have to set throughand pass a Pre-1990 High School Economics class.

      October 16, 2012 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • KLA

      Yo, Mikey! "...a government of the people, by the people, and for the people..." isn't stated in the United States Constitution. That may have been a reference to the Declaration of Independence, written eleven years earlier, but not in there either. You may be thinking of the first three words of the Preamble to the Constitution, which begins " We the People...", or you are not thinking at all! If you want to sound intelligent, get your facts straight on historical documents, please.

      October 16, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Pablo

    She will do what all CNN reporters do and will try to carry the torch for Obama no matter how "lame" he may be. I look forward to moaning and groaning at the blatent and unashamed bias that is the hallmark of all CNN reporters. That being said, I am confident that Romney will handle the barrage of rude and leading questions with honesty, professionalism and the decorum fitting a true and presidential leader.

    October 16, 2012 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
    • TheTruthHurts

      Excellent comment. She is, and has been for 4 years, an Obama acolyte. She argues FOR Obama against Republicans in her normal news interviews; and shouts down any justified criticism of the "Failure-in Chief" so how the HE!! can she MODERATE fairly?

      Of all the Media pro-Obama cr@p in this election campaign Big Candy is the most disgusting!

      October 16, 2012 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
      • Howard


        That's hardly a claim for impartiality, is it? Which effectively disqualifies you from honestly evaluating anyone else's views.

        October 16, 2012 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

      You said she'll carry the torch for Obama? Really? I stopped watching CNN evening news including the situation room after the midterm elections simply because no matter what the republicans said or did do obstruct the President or devide the country, Candy Crawley, Gloria Borger, Jack Cafferty, David Gergen and sometimes Wolf Blitzer and others either said nothing or defended the republicans. You want to know why it was so easy for the tea party to gain control of the House? Well, CNN kept reporting on only one side of the healthcare debate. For example, we heard over and over that the American people didn't want healthcare reform. But who are the American people in question? When candidate Obama ran for office in 2008, healthcare reform was on his agenda and if the American people didn't want healthcare reform, then they would have voted for candidate McCain. But the did not. And by the way, non of the banner toting anti-Obamacare protesters in Washington DC ever identified themselves as Democrats. Therefore the polls on the healthcare debate were inconclusive and misrepresentative of the majority and of the people who elected President Obama.

      Secondly, from 2009 to 2010 I listened to CNN reporters argue day in and day out that both parties are to be blamed for the gridlock in Washington. And I recalled how Gloria Borger talked so much about how both parties were at fault. And what CNN did cleaverly is refrain from blaming the GOP for their failed policies and for their deliberate obstructionist tactics unless they can SHARE the blame. But how are both parties to blame when the President and the Democrats say let's help the middle clas and the millions of unemployed and struggling Americans get back on their feet and the republicans on the other hand, say every time no lets continue tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires? How are both parties to be blamed and not the republican party only?

      Then one day in in 2010 I tuned into the Cafferty Files, only to hear Jack Cafferty blame the President for the oil spill desaster in the Gulf and amongst the outrageous things he said about the President, he blamed the President for gas prices, not coming up with an alternative source of energy and yes, he even said this "the President promised to end both the Afghan and Iraq wars but we are still fighting those wars. Perhaps Jack forgot the President had set a deadline to end those conflict and there was no way he was going to wave a magic wan and end those wars because Jack said so.

      And I havent forgotten David Gergen who following the President's address to the nation, signaling the end to the Iraqi war. While Mr. Gergen's colleagues Wolf Blitzer, Fareed Zakaria and Peter Bergen seemed to fully understood the President's address in which he said it was important for us to end this costly and deadly conflict and bring our troops home to their love ones, David Gergen said he didn't understand the point the President was making in his address. Then he made the most absurd and appalling comment by saying that he was disappointed that the President didn't give GWB credit for the surge. Duhhhhh, the issue here wasn't about a surge but rather about an illegitimate, costly and deadly war that should not have happened.

      I can go on and on and on about what I have seen over four years of onsided and bias journalism on CNN's part to help the GOT get control of the House and do everything within their means to undermine the Obama Presidency and the whole country.

      October 16, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

      CNN must be having a bad day because they didn't delete my previous comment like they've done for four years. Perhaps they're starting to realize that they've already helped the GOT divide and weaken our democracy. Remember how after Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot, the GOP and its base continued to make insensitive and hostile comments towards Democrats and the President? And all those threats of intimidation and fearmongering tactics calling for a civil war and revolt hardly got any condemnation from the mainstream media. Yes, I guess that's why CNN is called "the most trusted name in nesw." Ha.

      October 16, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
      • Sal

        You sir, have a lot of time on your hands..lol

        October 16, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
        • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

          Yes, I have alot of time on my hand because I care about the 47%.

          October 16, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
        • ronnyanddontclaimtoknowitall

          sal, your right. He does have a lot of time on his hands, and if he cares so damn much we should let him take care of his so called 47%.
          I myself would rather make it on my own and have some pride in my self.

          October 16, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
        • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer


          Then perhaps Romney shouldn't bother running for POTUS to say he's going to take care of Americans. He should bow out of the race and do what he does best which is take care of Romney.

          October 16, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
        • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

          Do you know what is a good measure on how effective a candidate would be on handling our economy? Well, its simple! All you have to do is look at his fiscal judgment. Mitt Romney fiscal judgement said let the auto industry go bankrupt because it was a waste of stimulus money and a reckless and unwise decision to try to save the auto industry. President Obama's fiscal judgement on the other hand, said no, we cannot and will not let the auto industry go bankrupt because saving the auto industry is the right thing to do. Now our auto industry is stabilized and is thriving along with 1.2 million American jobs.

          And by the way Mitt, that auto industry you called for to go bankrupt is the very same auto industry that built tanks and ships and jeeps and artillery to help us win the war in the Atlantc and Pacific, preserving and solidifying our American industry and the free world as we know it today.

          The judgement goes to President Obama!

          Obama/Biden 2012 by a LANDSLIDE!

          October 16, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  51. buzz

    We cannot have a POTUS running around this Nation saying our birth certificates prove that we (Paul Ryan) are United States citizens, both our birth certificates prove that we were born and raised here. What kind of leader of the free world talk trash like that. I cannot imagine Mitt Romney or Paul Ryan talking to leaders of other Nations, our Allies, it's a scary thought. God-Heaven Help Us All!

    October 16, 2012 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
    • TheTruthHurts

      This pathetic excuse for a President REFUSED to meet the UK Prime Minister when Gordon Brown went on an official visit to the USA – on the grounds that "he was TIRED!!!!" He also refused to have the customary formal dinner for a visiting world leader.
      But he bowed from the waist to a Muslim leader in a crowd of Diplomats??????? Pffft!

      October 16, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
      • Veteran

        Your problems with President Obama stem from a narrow minded good ol' boy upbringing.

        October 16, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Be Fair

    I don't like how republicans insult Candy's appearance when they become frustrated with her balance and professionalism.

    October 16, 2012 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
    • TheTruthHurts

      I don't like how Democrats have a snivel-fest to avoid looking the truth in the face!

      Candy Crowley is NOT professional and sure as he!! she is NOT balanced. She is an Obama groupie and makes no secret of the fact, She's just a typical member of CNN aka Obama's Campaign Managers! Cope!

      October 16, 2012 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
    • nostrildamus

      Yet dems can feel free to insult the appearance of Republicans or insinuate anyone saying something they don't like is an idiot? Sorry, it goes both ways. Both sides are obstructionist, both are vague, both resort far too much to FUD and ad hominem, both say "just trust us", but I don't trust any of them. I trust used car salesmen far more than politicians.

      October 16, 2012 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  53. buzz

    Mitt Romney said don't rescue housing, let them foreclose and let investors buy them/sell them, rent them out.

    October 16, 2012 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  54. buzz

    Why worry about biased questions asked to Mitt Romney? Your man Mitt is suppose to be this super intelligent guy that could answer any and all questions. He's running for POTUS stupid, he should be able to answer any and all questions.

    October 16, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  55. buzz

    President Obama has done a lot in four years far more than Bush did in 8 years. Have people forgotten about that or stuck on stupid. Bush mucked it up for 8 years, Obama walked into a mine field full of booby traps and saved this country from imploding. Romney said let Detroit go bankrupt, Romney said he doesn't care about the 47%, Romney said he's not concerned about the poor they have safety nets, Romney said he will reverse Rowe vs Wade, Romney was/is the CEO of Bain Capital as a result millions of Americans lost their jobs that were shipped overseas/off shore, Romney said he like firing people, Romney was a horrible Govenor of Massachusetts he left the state in turmoil which is why he didn't run for relection. Mitt Romney's mission is to terminate the American Middle Class, terminate Middle Class Jobs. Anything negative is the definition of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. What kind of sick psychotic political party would sign a pledge to one human being to destroy a entire Nation of People. And what kind of name is Ranc Previous, what is he/where is he from with a name like that? I dont' care if I mispelled his name, who can spell that weird name.

    October 16, 2012 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • TheTruthHurts

      Another Liberal victim of the failed American education system!

      October 16, 2012 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
      • Veteran

        And you're a mindless republican drone.

        October 16, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • jitsuman@hotmail.com

      Obama is worse than President Bush, he added tremendously to the national debt and can't rein it in. Couldn't get things done when the dems controlled the house and senate. What makes you think he can get things done when they don't have control of those both? With GW in the house we dominated the terrorists, Didn't have our embassies overan or try to hap hazardly cover it up. What has he done for you besides dialog and empty promises? I know that I don't want to go down the same path I went down the last four years, why would anybody, there were high points but the low points definately outweigh the high points. Printing money to pay bills, watering down the dollar, driving up inflation. I've seen enough of this trainwreck to not want to see it again. Why would any one else?

      October 16, 2012 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
      • Veteran

        I'll make it simple for you to understand. I come over, burn down your house, Then stand there griping about the time it takes you to rebuild it. I could help you rebuild but that would be crossing party lines. Get it now?

        October 16, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
        • Harry101

          OK I see your point but what if the contractor said and promised to have it finished in two years? After four years would you start looking for a new contractor?

          October 16, 2012 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • rubby

      Romney did not say 'Let Detroit go Bankrupt' which is just one of your many incorrect comments above. Get your facts straight, geez...

      October 16, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  56. I think...

    Clinton Crowley 2016!!!

    October 16, 2012 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • YES!!

      Yes! Love it!

      October 16, 2012 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • TheTruthHurts

      Obviously you DON'T think! Sad really.

      October 16, 2012 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  57. Bob

    I wonder how many biased questions she will ask Romney while giving Obama a pass on the fact he has NO plans for his second term. We already know she is going to ignore the debate rules by interrupting and asking follow-up questions beyond the audience answers, and we know she gets to pick the audience questions. There is no way she will pick ANYTHING asking tough questions of Obama.

    October 16, 2012 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
    • TheTruthHurts

      I KNOW Americans are:-
      Easily led
      Lacking in moral values
      The fact they ALLOW an openly biased, in Obama's favor, Moderator comes as no surprise!

      October 16, 2012 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
      • Chuck Hendrix

        Who is they? You mean The Commission for Presidential Debates? A panel of non-partisan news people agreed upon by both parties. Sure thing genius. Where there is no controversy or conspiracy, a simple minded sock puppet will surely create one.

        October 16, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Jennifer Georgino

    I have always said she is my favorit! Thrilled she will be a moderator and KNOW she will be the BEST! luv her reporting!
    Let her shine! and I know she will catch Romney\s flip-flops from 2 previous to clarify.

    October 16, 2012 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Rita Yates

      She and all the others at CNN are in the tank with Obama. I heard what Lawrence Odonnell said last night on CNN, calling republicans idiots. That was not acceptable. Whatever happened to just reporting unbiased news.

      October 16, 2012 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
      • Tina

        Tina, do you watch Fox News? If so, you know they are totally not unbiased in their support of any Republican or Republican agenda. They are totally against Obama and Democrats and I suppose that is fine with you.

        October 16, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  59. buzz

    Candy will do just fine, she will be in her element.

    October 16, 2012 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  60. Paul Cooper

    What a load of BS. The media has been cheering for Obama for four full years now, and covering for him as well. Trying to pretend otherwise is just insulting the audience.

    October 16, 2012 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  61. Terrence747

    It is easy to have a restful when you are only trying to find the middle ground between two opposing views. Doesn't take much thought. I don't like her. She's my least favorite CNN journalist because she doesn't make any guiding choices. She would find a middle ground between Al Capone and Eliot Ness, but it wouldn't be fair.

    October 16, 2012 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  62. buzz

    iCalling Candy biased in favor of liberals sounds like conservatives are worried about tonight's debate. Mitt Romney is going to fail/loose tonight's debate because he's doesn't know how talk to middle class hard working everyday people. If your salary isn't $250,000 and above, he can't relate, he talk down to people (the 47%). He's a crooked con artist, he knew how many people were going to view the last debate so he puled out his Dr. Jekyl~Mrr. Hyde personality and lied to 70 million viewers. His mentality is that of a snake oil salesman, why would anybody believe that flip flopping liar. He's not qualified or fit to be POTUS. And as for his boy toy Paul Ryan, words cannot explain that lying career politician.

    October 16, 2012 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  63. aceryder

    Um, Candy is just the moderator, not a candidate. MUCH too much is being made of her role, way too much excitement.

    October 16, 2012 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  64. Ed Sr of Dallas Tx

    Candy is and always has been an overly opinionated commentator like ALL news people are......she is also loud and well over weight........I guess I just do not like ANY CNN personnel.

    October 16, 2012 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  65. Helene

    Too much garbage in these comments. Candy, you looked great in that red outfit the other day!! with your hair in loose curls. More color in your wardrobe - no need to be too conservative. I hope you SEE this.

    October 16, 2012 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  66. gg

    Who gives a rat's aas about her, her politics or anything regarding her miserable life?
    An d why should we?

    October 16, 2012 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
    • sally

      gg got a bit of an anger management issue?

      October 16, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Phil

    Really? Her first name is Candy? Is that a nickname like someone who can't stop drinking beer and they call him Suds?

    October 16, 2012 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
    • JP

      Candice maybe? Who knows though I went to college with a guy named Sesame Boyer.

      October 16, 2012 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
      • Ed Sr of Dallas Tx

        That is nearly as bad as a guy I went to college with named....Bambi Hooken Hill.......and he looked like his name.

        October 16, 2012 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  68. Mittens R.

    I like to eat steamed cabbage and beans before I debate. I like to stink up the place.

    October 16, 2012 at 6:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Don't be ridiculous Mitt! Republicans do not pass gas!!

      October 16, 2012 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
  69. Josh

    world is not perfect,bu we can have a inner peace.
    "Joshnjessi" Perfect place for bigger women and men,free to join find love and peace today.

    October 16, 2012 at 2:59 am | Report abuse |
  70. Wayne

    WHY do CNN, MSNBC, HLN, FOX and all the other network news stations seem to feel it is their job to manipulate news rater than simply cover the news as it truly happens? Bribery?

    October 16, 2012 at 1:56 am | Report abuse |
  71. Wayne

    Why is CNN not covering the announcement by Hillary Clinton that she is responsible for the Benghazi attack on the consulate. Is she telling the truth which will kill her chances of ever running for president herself or is she still covering for Obama? Who is responsible for killing 4 Americans in cold blood?

    October 16, 2012 at 1:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Paula

      History lesson – check out how many US embassies have been attacked under Republicans.

      October 16, 2012 at 5:04 am | Report abuse |
      • christian

        what happen, will happen if is Mr Rommey in the office or not., And also can any ask Mr Rommey if he know what will happen tomorow if he is a Prd now.....................|

        October 16, 2012 at 6:18 am | Report abuse |
      • Veteran

        Terrorists took out the world trade center on the republican watch did you forget about that? How many soldiers died in the name of oil under Bush? Why did Bush let the Bin Laden family fly out of the U.S. with no questions asked after 9/11?

        October 16, 2012 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  72. Wayne

    I believe if CNN wanted to up their ratings (they are in the very bottom) they would not let Candy (appropriate name for a fat ass isn't it) abuse the agreement by Obama and Romney to let the audience ask the questions and basically run the agenda. They would also get the gay guy off the set and tell Ted Turner people still hate Jane Hanoi Hanna Fonda.

    October 16, 2012 at 1:42 am | Report abuse |
    • nunya

      Umm..yeah ok psycho.

      October 16, 2012 at 6:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      You're a whole lot of crazy. Yep CNN is all a part of a giant conspiricy theory to import aliens to work for less or some crap. Grow up.

      October 16, 2012 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
    • timmottly

      The great thing about free speech – everyone is entitled to their opinion.
      The horrible thing about free speech – people like you are allowed to speak.

      October 16, 2012 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
    • sally

      Wayne, it't time to take your drugs and go to your room.

      October 16, 2012 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Pudge

    I hardly expect anyone from the Communist News Network to be objective, I hope I"m pleasantly surprised.

    October 15, 2012 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Geoff

      Communist News Network? Get real. CNN has been an internationally and a nationally respected source of news for 30 years. Stop the "liberal media bias" crap that is nothing but a figment of the paranoid imagination.

      October 16, 2012 at 6:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Patheitic. Go post on the FOX news site if you want to preach to the 'converted' or 'enlightened'. CNN is pretty balanced, unlike what i can only assume is your favourite news source FOX. They< tell you what you want to hear, CNN reports the ACTUAL news, not just the 'keep the right wingers fired up' crap!

      October 16, 2012 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
      • Harry101

        Right on CNN is only for the left. Right?

        October 16, 2012 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Joe G

    Wasn't it going to take lots of money to get out of this mess?
    So the repubicans think that by saying things are going to get better, witout telling the american people how..
    Who do they think is going to pay for this?
    If the republicans say that the democrats are playing the blame game I say to them own up to your failures.

    October 15, 2012 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      I totally agree – The republicans will say everything will just be magically better under romney, 'cause y'know he's a republican, but if they do get into office and everything stays crappy then they will just blame Obama for 'leaving behind a big mess to clean up'. And what about the big mess Bush left OBama? What about Lehman Brothers and the WFC?! Republicunts!

      October 16, 2012 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
      • jitsuman@hotmail.com

        Funny thing is you are obviously biased because Obama is already doing what you have described. Blaming Bush for all faults with the economy. Blaming Hillary Clinton for the overrunning of the US Embassy in Bengahzi Libya and susequent deaths of our diplomat and his security team., then calling it a bump in the road. Then topping it all off with a cover up, saying that they didn't know. Let me tell you, we have some of the best, if not, the best intelligence gathering in the world. They knew within 24 hours it was a terrorist attack, there were no protests we are learning now. How could they not have known? Then why would they lie about it? Or were they incompetent? Which is it?

        October 16, 2012 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
        • Joe G

          Romney while in Harvard business school protested the protesters of the Vietnam war knowing that he will never have to go to the Vietnam war himself. He will not have to suffer the horrors that troops had to fighting for this country.

          October 16, 2012 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  75. pattyanne

    I think politicians have a right to tweak their ideas. We often change our minds when we hear all the facts and I admire someone who hears something, reads about it, discusses it , and then might change his/her mind on some things. I use to watch CNN and MSNBC for lots of my information and then a friend asked me just to look at Fox for one week. I did as she asked. I now also watch Fox because I found that they will give the conservative point of view, but they almost always have a liberal for rebuttal on the panels also. I found they truly give both sides and you can make up your mind. You very rarely see that on the other stations–cable or mainstream media. Candy Crowley is truly an Obama supporter if you have ever watched her on CNN. They should have at least two moderators if they are going to obviously have a true Liberal or a true conservative moderating.

    October 15, 2012 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  76. David R. Moore

    Romney says he won't be specific about tax simplification because he wants to determine what they would be by negotiations with Congressional Democrats. I would like Candy to ask Romney if there are any deductions and loopholes in the tax regulations that would be off the table, specifically the home mortgage deduction (for principal home) and charitable deductions? I also am curious how lowering the tax rates but eliminating deductions and loopholes would be revenue neutral, which makes it sounds like everyone would be paying the same amount–so how does that help? I suspect that some will be paying less, and some more, and if it is the aforementioned deductions I'm betting middle class people will pay more and the rich less. Full disclosure: I no longer itemize my tax return, so losing mortgague and charitable deductions does not affect me.

    October 15, 2012 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • jitsuman

      He said that those loopholes would remain open for people that make 250,000 or less but would close or eliminate them for people above that threshold.

      October 16, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Robert

    Concerning Candy Crowley’s remembrance of the 1988 Bentsen/Quayle debate, when Bentsen said to Quayle, ”I knew Jack Kennedy, he was a friend of mine. You're no Jack Kennedy.” Quayle should have fired back, ”You’re right, I'm not Jack Kennedy. I ONLY SLEEP WITH MY OWN WIFE." I'd pay a million dollars to have seen Bentsen's reaction to that!

    October 15, 2012 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  78. TheTruthHurts

    Big Candy C is Sooooooo biased in Obama's favor it's embarrassing. But since CNN is Obama's Campaign Manager it's hardly surprising!

    October 15, 2012 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Veteran

      TRUTHHURTS sure has a mouthful of Romney today.

      October 16, 2012 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  79. Ray Walls

    Why would they allow someone as extremely biased as Candy Crowley to be the moderator for the 2nd Presidential Debate? I thought that moderators were suppose to be neutral & fair!

    October 15, 2012 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Edward Cooper

      It is sad to have Candy as moderator. She does indeed lean towards Obama. Let's hope that she remains ethical and not in favor of one side or the other. Not being straight, Candi could well bring down the reputation of CNN even further which has been somewhat damaged this past year by the fact that they report the news in favor of those who pay them the most. Most probably under the table.

      October 16, 2012 at 3:28 am | Report abuse |
  80. Ann Simon

    If Mitt Romney Love this Country Soo much, why put his Money in Foreign Banks to avoid Taxes????????l

    October 15, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe G

      I agree with you post Ann, I would like if Romney is asked about HIDING assets in other countrys so not have to pay his full share of taxes showing other millionaires how to do the same. By this single act he has created a society of tax dodgers and undermined our tax revenue system in the united states.

      October 15, 2012 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael, Chapel Hill

      How do anyone know if part of Obama's retirement is not in any foreign bank?
      Does anyone know how Obama got into Harvard?

      October 16, 2012 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
      • Veteran

        Did Obama run to France to avoid fighting for his country? You support a coward and a traitor in Romney. Get yourself some ethics.

        October 16, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Veteran

      And let's not forgot about Romney running to France to avoid serving in Viet Nam either. A coward and a traitor to his country in charge of our military? Look up the word "ethics" folks. Mittens is a money grubbing carpet bagger.

      October 16, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
      • Harry101

        yep and he's out there in public letting people like you get close enough to do harm a real chicken. your sick man. His number was not called like so many others he did not run he was just not drafted. do better hater.

        October 16, 2012 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Moderate

    Nothing is rigged by the left.....You must be thinking of FOX network....Oh thats EXTREMELY RIGHT

    October 15, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Don

    I wish she would ask the candidates about vouchers. Specifically, how could any voucher system (either medicare or school) not provide a disproportionate benefit to wealthy individuals? For example, if you give everyone in America a $5,000 voucher for education or healthcare, people with means could add $5,000 out of their own pocket where people without means could not. This would allow the wealthy options that most will not have. And, whether its teachers or health care providers, the wealthy can bid up the cost of their services, leaving most Americans to select from the wealthy folks leftovers.

    October 15, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • just4liberty

      That argument is baseless. Wealthy individuals already do the same thing with the existing Medicare system, buying supplemental insurance to cover them above and beyond ordinary Medicare coverage and ultimately driving up the cost of healthcare for all.

      October 16, 2012 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  83. Ahmad

    Dear Candy,
    Could you please asked the canidates : if they are willing to mandate a "Nuclear Free Middle East and North Africa (MENA)" to all countries in the region including Isreal?
    Best regards and Wishes,

    October 15, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheTruthHurts

      They wouldn't have to consider Israel if insane Jihadists hadn't threatened to wipe Jews off the face of the earth for decades!
      Get it into your head - LEAVE Israel alone and they'll leave you alone!
      Take Israel on and you'll lose.

      October 15, 2012 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  84. PlainJane

    I wish they'd put Romney and Obama in separate 'isolation' booths. Moderator asks question, each gets X amount of time to answer...after X, turn off the sound coming out of booth. Don't let them hear the others answers, and just answer on their own...no hints on what the other might have said. That would get rid of some of the 'one-up-manship' mentality.

    October 15, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      That's not a debate, it's called an INTERVIEW.

      October 15, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      That was a really bad idea. But thanks for sharing.

      October 16, 2012 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  85. obilankenobi

    CS – she can ask the same thing of Obama. There are numerous examples of lies told by Obama so don't act like ONLY Romney lies. Nor is Romney the only one that changes his mind. Obama used to be opposed to gay marriage but changed his mind during an election year when he realized he could use that demographic to generate votes.

    October 15, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheTruthHurts

      Excellent post Obi! Well said.

      October 15, 2012 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Veteran

      He made it possible for you and Truthhurts to be a couple and you're still upset with the man. LOL!

      October 16, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
      • Harry101

        Wow you are a litttle sad troll. Sorry to see that from someone who clams to be a vet. You come across as a know it all child.

        October 16, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  86. alex

    How about having a set that makes you shut Mitt up long enough to get a word in.

    October 15, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • obilankenobi

      Alex – what about Biden? Or is okay for people to keep talking as long as they're on your "side?" Hypocrisy. Look it up.

      October 15, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kyle

      So seems as if you have your mind made up, your comment is stupid considering Barack spoke more minutes than Mitt and still looked like a boob. Dont worry buddy this time you'll have a left leaning moderator to throw softballs up for Barack and fastballs at Romney!

      October 15, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Robert

    Why are these debate moderators ALWAYS picked from the LEFT side of the aisle? Or from news organizations that are seen as left-leaning, i.e., PBS or CNN? How come we never see moderators picked from the right side of the aisle, i.e., The Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard, The Washington Times, American Spectator or perhaps the Christian Science Monitor? I'd give a million dollars to see a Romney/Obama debate moderated by Sean Hannaty or Bill O'Reilly for a change.

    October 15, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • obilankenobi

      Robert – it'll never happen. I won't be surprised if some Liberal says your comment is racist.

      October 15, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • EnuffAlready

      Gives you some perspective as to just how fixed our government is. How is anyone from CNN selected period? They have the lowest ratings of any major broadcaster.

      October 15, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Moderate

      Here we go again....Republicans making excuses as to why their candidates don't perform. Why is it that when moderators who ask common sense questions are labeled "Leftist". Your always looking for a way out to justify the lack of character or conviction from your candidates. If they would just be straight and stop pandering to extreme right then maybe we could have some real progress in these debates.

      October 15, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
      • Robert

        All I'm asking for is an equal proportion of moderators to be conservative. Not all. Just fifty percent. Is that asking too much?

        October 15, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ann Simon

      Newt, the Conservative said CNN is Fair and Fox News is BIAS....ask him.

      October 15, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Let's face it, you republicans just want Bill O'reilly to grill Obama and scoff with Romney at the nerve of those left leaning liberals!!! Bill O'reilly has about as much credibility as a dried banana peel.

      October 16, 2012 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Deb

      If the conservatives were not so combative maybe they would be asked to participate. No one wants to hear Hannity or OReilly rant and rave their usual nonsense. There is enough of that on Fox. The vitriolic and anti-woman views of the conservative right are downright scary, and would not provide intelligent discourse for the debate.

      October 16, 2012 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  88. harryj89

    I wonder if Candy will be able to hold in her glassy eyed drooling smile every time she says "President Obama"? Doubt it.

    October 15, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  89. CS

    How about "why do you lie, Mr Romney?"l What do you call changing your position every hour?

    October 15, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ross

      Gov Romney will continue to run a train on President Obama. I am looking forward to tonight when Romney grills Obama on the latest confession from SOS Clinton. If her attempt was to accentuate her incompetency in an attempt to save face for the White House's handling of the Libya incident, it will only backfire. She will be a lamer duck than Mr. Obama and Mr. Biden. Good riddance to you!

      October 16, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
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