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George F. Will: Will the upcoming presidential debates be edifying?

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  • samhill Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 30, 2012 10:33 a.m.

    How I wish/hope these questions will be asked......and answered.

  • Mad Hatter Provo, UT
    Sept. 30, 2012 2:40 p.m.

    So here's how it will play out. If Romney can keep from sticking his foot in his mouth and not say anything too embarassing and provide some evidence to support his debate points, if he can not appear too wooden and avoid the presentation style he had developed over the years, if he can deliver his gotcha comments in the best Newt Gingrich style without himself having a Rick Perry Moment, then Republicans will be happy. Of course, whatever his says, his base will love him if he remains true to his promise to remain "strictly conservative."

    Obama, on the other hand, needs to channel Bill Clinton, develop and expand upon new ideas, and explain for the umpteenth time the challenges we as a nation face and contrast his plan to the non-plan that Romney appears to emphasize in this election cycle. Being a turnip is not enough reason to select him over the current administration, although Republicans want people to buy a pig in a poke and wish that tomorrow will be better.

    Romney just wants people to take in on faith that he will make American better. Maybe he'll have a good smile, too.

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    Oct. 1, 2012 1:48 p.m.

    We won't see the kind of substantive debate that George Will proposes. The norm for which politicians shape their messages is one that is most readily grasped by a TV audience more attuned to entertainment programming. For better or worse, that's just how it is.