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October 03, 2012 8:59 PM Debate Live-Blog I: First 15-Minute Segment

By Ed Kilgore

* Romney wins coin toss and will get final closing statement.

* Blue tie for BHO, red tie for Mitt. That’s so you can tell them apart.

* Interesting framing of first question on jobs: what are the differences?

* BHO sticks to standard post-convention talking points.

* And here comes Mitt’s five-part plan! First zinger: “trickle-down government.”

* Obama kinda using “spreading” technique; throwing a lot of stuff out.

* Very weasely Mitt distinction on tax cuts.

* So far, this is sounding like in-house discussion at the Simpson-Bowles Commission.

* Mitt just blatantly flip-flopping on taxes. Where’s Grover Norquist when you need him?

* Mitt: Who needs your stinkin’ studies?

* Good BHO sideswipe at Trump as “small business owner.”

* Mitt getting a little flustered. Discussion of small businesses getting down into the weeds. Ah! A Mitt shout-out to Simpson-Bowles! Fitting.

* BHO finally getting to Bush-Clinton comparisons.

* Mitt definitely rattled. Obama smart to nod during Romney litany on woes of unemployed.

On to segment two.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • Varecia on October 03, 2012 9:30 PM:

    OMG! Romney is acting like a full of himself, arrogant CEO directing a board meeting, changing the agenda and determining the rules as he goes along! What an arrogant CREEEEEPPP!!!!

  • max on October 03, 2012 9:30 PM:

    Turns out the NYT is streaming the debate. I clicked play. Oh, god no.

    When the people in zombie movies talk about the pain of being dead, I am pretty sure this is what they mean.

    ['Thanks for the liveblog guy.']

  • Old Uncle Dave on October 03, 2012 9:31 PM:

    Apparently Mitt abandoned his tax plan between yesterday and today.

  • Kris on October 03, 2012 9:33 PM:

    "I went second, so I get the last word". Wtf, Jim?

  • Old Uncle Dave on October 03, 2012 9:37 PM:

    Business don't hire more people because the boss has more money, they hire more people when demand increases.

  • Blue Girl on October 03, 2012 9:40 PM:

    It would come as news to Bill Clinton that a modest tax increase won't balance the budget.

  • jjm on October 03, 2012 10:30 PM:

    Someone at Politicus USA just asked:

    "Debate fact checking……

    Startups… down to a 30 year low?

    In January 2009, we had 8.9 million establishments (businesses), now we have 9.2 million establishments. Where does Romney come up with this “30 year low” business?

    From the BLS."

    Anyone know?

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