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Show Of Hands October 16th, 2012 12:00am

Would you like to see a "Show of Hands" style online debate between Obama and Romney? Every question has only two simple answers and every candidate comment is limited to 300 characters.

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sauncon
10/17/12 5:55 am

No, too many times neither answer is what I would choose and I just skip that question.

pietsch Another Adoring Fan
10/17/12 5:36 am

Part of the problem with politics is we only have the attention span if gnats. We want everything in a silly sound bite. Difficult issues require thoughtful solutions, not witty quips.

TheOnEdgePro Area 52
10/17/12 3:55 am

Doesn't mean they'll stick to those 300 characters.

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Drew41
10/17/12 12:41 am

Tony your a genius!!!

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PKB California
10/16/12 11:36 pm

No. What's the point this place is far too biased.

pinkyusuck The Carribean. I wish.
10/16/12 11:32 pm

The point of a SoH debate wouldn't be the 300-character comment as much as it would be the choice A/Choice B answers. You'd get a better read on similarities and points of disagreement.

Christfollowr California
10/16/12 10:20 pm

That would be very interesting :) i would read that debate :)

AJisFine
10/16/12 9:32 pm

Yes, make a politician actually give a direct answer to a question for once

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pashn4rshn Virginia
10/16/12 9:26 pm

Thats a lot of the problem. There are complex issues that shouldn't be reduced and dumbed down for a particular media format, be it a sound byte or SOH.

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RepubIican South east
10/16/12 9:14 pm

What is freakin' wrong with Vermont?!

2ndafe Flat lands of Ohio
10/16/12 9:00 pm

It has been moved, for the reason you stated. Tap a username, and you will see what I mean.

Jzz California
10/16/12 8:53 pm

I see you removed the Report User. I have to admit I've hit it in error. Grab the iPad, and oops your complaint has been registered. Perhaps you can make it like the like, press again and it un registers the complaint.

Jzz California
10/16/12 8:50 pm

I would like Stein and Johnson in the debates.

cheftuck
10/16/12 8:31 pm

That is what we need a direct simple reply to a question not a blurry runaround that never answers the question!!!


10/16/12 8:14 pm

Simplification is stupification. Why would you want a baser campaign unless you're a base person in the first place


10/16/12 8:12 pm

These issues are too complex for two simplified answered and 300 characters. If you want sound bites watch pundits. If you want reasonable, rational answers you have to put up with the dressing

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Sakura-chan Reading and Writing.
10/16/12 8:07 pm

To be honest, I'm a bit tired of all the debate questions, but go ahead.

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10/16/12 7:58 pm

Wait, why would you say no to this?

Zod Above Pugetropolis
10/16/12 7:38 pm

This poll describes exactly my dream debate.

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mixinator
10/16/12 7:32 pm

Would they be able to exceed the 300 character limit for comments?

mcdkm Houston
10/16/12 7:31 pm

Neither one of these guys could say hello in 300 charactors.

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tidford My little piece of heaven
10/16/12 7:22 pm

Sorry Tony - no.
The thing I hate most about these debates is that they require simplistic answers to very complex issues. That leads to faulty understanding. Not good for the country.

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Rockwell California
10/16/12 7:13 pm

Holy flippers yes. First thing I noticed.

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Rockwell California
10/16/12 7:12 pm

And Tony you should moderate!!!!!

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sydwel
10/16/12 7:12 pm

No, in person takes more decisiveness and knowledge and charisma. Online, the answer could be stalled, etc.

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zorthog The Republic
10/16/12 7:08 pm

Intel and google were created by illegals?

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tommyjohn77 New Jersey
10/16/12 7:08 pm

I think both candidates need to have the microphone turned off after two minutes. I hate bickering.

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dudley northern Virginia woods
10/16/12 7:05 pm

No politician has answered a question with yes or no since Caesar crossed the Rubicon. And look what happened to him.

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2katz I live in Nebraska
10/16/12 7:04 pm

I'd like to see them both have to edit and prioritize their answers. Go a step further, make them respond in haiku form. Hahahahaha

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cpgriff
10/16/12 7:04 pm

Good idea, but the Obama campaign would never agree to the format because they wouldn't be able to get the questions ahead of time.

SugarShaq
10/16/12 7:04 pm

Obama would start every answer "but Romney"

sheepdog1
10/16/12 7:03 pm

Bloviating!!!! You are AWESOME!!!

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TheLurkers
10/16/12 7:02 pm

The left is always exasperated. They're never right.

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yepnope Maryland
10/16/12 7:02 pm

Stupid. Answers are not always black and white, why would you try and present them that way? I guess that would help morons who have trouble processing more than 300 characters who use this app but it wouldn't help Americans understand the real differences btwn these candidates.

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10/16/12 7:02 pm

It sound great in theory but life is about much more than yes and no. I would not trust the people who wrote the questions to write fair ones either. Do you love "green people" yes or no. How does one answer that.

jinger New York City
10/16/12 7:01 pm

I know... I was confused
Republican red
Democrat blue

genone
10/16/12 6:59 pm

You mean he can't lie and make it sound legit in 300 chars. He spends half that saying, " you see, that's just, just not true. None of what he just said was true actually." " actually".

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bashful8
10/16/12 6:59 pm

Go Tony!

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Xela46
10/16/12 6:59 pm

It would be useless because Romney would just quip Fox News bites. Obama would states facts and figures. The Right would is Obama lying, the Left would just get exasperated.

sheepdog1
10/16/12 6:58 pm

I don't think a TelePrompTer is capable of only doing 300 characters.

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Doopy Remedial Americanism
10/16/12 6:58 pm

I like the binary answers, but the character limits would be harmful.

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FyndFyre Moon Base Alpha
10/16/12 6:58 pm

Has anyone else noticed that they're wearing opposite colored ties this time?

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genone
10/16/12 6:57 pm

Democrats would never win another election....we can't have monopolies in America...hmmm I wonder who enacted that! (No facts sited, just a fun comment)

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susanf
10/16/12 6:57 pm

I would LOVE to see them actually answer a question. Two simple answers would force that. With each debate I feel like I have more questions and fewer answers.

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BamaGirl ROLL TIDE from Arizona
10/16/12 6:57 pm

Good point...it would need to be televised, so we could watch them type.

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