Why not? For those staying up real late or are in a more convenient timezone, I’m going to attempt to make some real-time comments on the most important debate in human history (unless the President loses, in which case debates don’t really matter). Regional ale will be involved. Then we can look at the BBC’s own live text coverage and compare.
(NB: Page is set to refresh automatically every two minutes. Apologies in advance if that screws up anyone in the middle of a comment.) (Yeah, like anyone’s even paying attention. Get over yourself. -ed)
I’m calling this one for the President. He didn’t say much that worked, or much that was even really true. But he made contact on pitches and Romney missed a lot.
Hmm, decent dig at the most partisan President in ages. We’ll see if that sticks with anyone.
Romney missed so many opportunities here. He’s like A-Rod sitting on fastballs and getting called out on strikes, waiting for something gift-wrapped that will never come.
Plus a class war meme. The rich must pay their fair share. Who defines that?
What spending don’t you think we need, Mr. President? How are you going to maintain the strongest military in the world when you just told us you were going to cut it way back?
Back to Bush again. Who buys this besides the Beltway dopes and the HuffPo?
Someday the Left will stop thinking they’re running against George Bush. Then again, Labour and the BBC still think they’re running against a return to the Thatcher era. If only, eh?
Where did trillion come from? He’s just making stuff up now. Nobody bought His trillion claim last time.
Mr. President: What you define as Government assistance isn’t the same thing as managing a bankruptcy.
Romney finally got around to mentioning Solyndra, but he didn’t do it right.
The President better not pin His hopes on people checking the record on this one. He thought GM didn’t go bankrupt.
Interesting riposte from Romney there about how attacking him isn’t a real policy.
Lame attempt to connect Afghanistan/Iraq to trade focus on Asia-Pacific. That makes no sense.
I feel like I’m watching Question Time and waiting for someone to blame Thatcher. No mention of Benghazi? Moderator bias?
The only reason Romney just pulled that one out of the fire is because he’s finally citing real ugly details about China gets up to.
Romney’s right about China’s massive malware problem with the hardware they sell us.
Tariffs on steel, eh? China isn’t even buying right now. Their demand is dropping like a stone.
Yes we have seen jobs shipped to China. We’ve also seen China dumping cheap solar panels here. All thanks to you.
China? Running out of time for Benghazi. Is Romney seriously going to let this happen?
We stood on the side of Democracy? Hell no. You stood on the sidelines of Democracy.
Platitudes about treating women with respect from the Pres. Like He’s done anything of the sort.
Romney’s really not doing a great job of portraying the absolute mess in the world as it actually is. Who prepped him here?
Yes, we sure do know the President’s position on drones. He’s got the highest body count of any Nobel Laureate, probably including Begin and Arafat.
We’re already an hour into this, and no mention of Benghazi. Romney’s running out of time.
Tenuous connection between draw-down in Afghanistan and hiring veterans back home, but I get what He means. I don’t know enough to say how right or wrong that is.
The President is dodging the question about Afghans being clueless as well. Waffle, waffle, come on, man. Whoops, nation-building at home again. What was the question?
Um, no it wasn’t. The surge in Afghanistan was not that connected to a withdrawal from Iraq.
Two gimmes for the President from Romney right there: The Surge, and he’s dodging the question about what if the Afghans are still useless. Can He make contact on either one?
Good moderation again. They can’t just keep rebutting endlessly every time.
When that woman’s husband was killed on 9/11, the President was still attending “God Damn America” Church. Just sayin’.
Oops, the President just pretty much said Pakistan was working against us. He’s right, of course. But they get upset when He says that.
What if Bibi made that 3am phone call? If Benghazi is anything to judge by, the President would call-forward it to Hillary.
Supporting Democracy? I don’t know which is worse: the President’s support for it overseas, or at home.
Missiles on Sderot from Hamas? BBC audiences will be shocked to learn that it’s a problem.
Meh, skipping Israel isn’t relevant when the President was trying to reach out to Muslims. Swing and a miss.
Uh, oh, the President just screwed up big time. When He came into office, Iran was resurgent but at its weakest point? Where’s that teleprompter?
Um, no. You did make a very apologetic speech. Why do you think they loved you in Cairo?
Good dig about the Green (almost) Revolution. Can Romney bring it home, though?
Here we go. Calling the President out on what He really said. He hates that.
President doing well so far, better than Romney, because He has the advantage of being in office and having specific incidents He can point to. Not, as Mardell said, because of experience vs. a neophyte. So far, anyway. Wait until we get to Benghazi.
Don’t either of these guys think it’s important to talk about how all the Sunni Arab countries don’t want the Shiite Persians to go nuclear? Is Israel the only reason to do anything?
Iran won’t get nukes, eh? Your mouth says “no”, but Iran says your eyes told them “yes”.
Dumb question, I think. Maybe it was just an excuse for both candidates to pander to the Jewish Lobby. This benefits nobody.
Really bad condescending attitude there from the President. “We have these things called aircraft carriers…” Doesn’t look good. I guess he forgot to mention that one newfangled technology He likes most: drones.
Heh, Romney’s obviously been reading the Hertiage.org stuff on defense spending. He almost quoted this word for word.
The President doesn’t actually understand the math here on defense spending.
Getting rid of ObamaCare? A cheer just went up across the land. Not at BBC HQ, though.
President jumped in too early there on Romney’s term and Mass. education. He should have waited.
The President has the gall to make fun of someone’s budget proposal? Rejecting His budget proposals is the most bi-partisan act Congress has made in the last four years.
When the President says “teachers”, read: “teachers’ union”. Hello, Wisconsin!
Here come the President’s platitudes again. Take a drink if He says solar power. No wait, it would be more appropriate if you poured your drink down the drain.
You’re going to raise spending and debt every year for the next four years. What responsible plan?
What plan? Manufacturing back to our shores? BS! GE is sending jobs over there left and right. Guess which company’s CEO is the President’s jobs czar.
What? How are we stronger? We’ve lost ground on nearly every single foreign policy goal.
Hey, Romney: deep military cuts are part of the silly debt agreement we made last year. It will happen because no other plans have been made.
It must be weird for the two candidates to sit there and feel like they’re talking to the moderator. It’s gotta be hard to feel like you’re connecting to anyone like that.
This debate thing works better when the President isn’t calling on teacher to shut Romney up.
Romney missed a chance there to remind everyone that Candidate Obamessiah said in 2008 that massive debt is unpatriotic.
Decent line from Romney about why the US leads. Not sure how it will sell with Mardell.
The Egyptian youth want unicorns and rainbows. And He’s the President to give it to them!
What gall for Capt. Dithering to talk about why we shouldn’t have pulled out of Libya. He didn’t even want to go in. Steady thoughtful leadership, my arse!
Nice handover to the Pres. there by the moderator. Maybe it’s easier for him than it was for Jim Lehrer to quickly do it low key because he’s so close to them in this format.
If I take a drink every time somebody mentions Israel, this is going to be a really difficult evening.
Oh boy, both of them pandering on Israel now. Do they have to outdo each other on this?
Good mention of Turkey by the Pres. there. Needs to expand from the “Israel is our friend” reasoning.
Nation-building here at home? What does that even mean? He stumbled over trying to say what it means, which means that was a phrase He memorized with no substance.
Oops, stupid remark from the Pres. about why keeping troops in Iraq is a bad idea.
Nice riposte from Romney about that open-mic remark to Medved. That’s preparation.
The Pres. has been reading the Left-wig blogs about how the best angle to attack Romney is the flip-flopper thing. Take a drink if He says “Romnesia”.
WTF? Russia is cool now? How’s the reset button workin’ out for ya now, Mr. President?
BBC audiences will be shocked to learn some of what Romney’s saying about Mali and those other countries.
The President is showing some angry face. He needs to relax that, doesn’t look good.
Um, less and less countries are standing with us. Which is part of the problem.
Good opening from the President as well, esp. the bit about making us safer and getting rid of the AQ brass. Since it’s Him, the Beeboids won’t be complaining about exactly how He “went after” those trying to kill us.
Decent opening by Romney on what many of us hoped to happen with the Arab Spring. Let’s see if he can make connections that will make any sense.
Was Bob’s remark about not sharing the questions a little swipe at Madame Crowley?
Here we go. Ah, Bob Shieffer (sp?). He should be better than the last two, hopefully not quite as permissive as Lehrer.
I haven’t even noticed who the moderator will be tonight. Can’t be any worse than the last two.
Seems to be working. Tune back in at 9:00pm EDT (-5hrs GMT) or 1:00am UK time. Anyone still up please feel free to contribute in the comments.