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Posted by on Oct 9, 2012 in Guest Contributor, USA Presidential Election 2012 | 15 comments

Report: President Obama Thought He Won Denver Presidential Debate, Despite Ignoring Debate Preparation Advice

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Daily Mail:  Obama Thought He Had Won the Presidential Debate, Though he Ignored Advice of Top Advisers. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Toby Harnden reports that President Obama “did not take his debate preparation seriously, ignored the advice of senior aides and walked off the stage in Denver believing he had got the better of Mitt Romney.”  Um, really? If that’s true and he thought he had gotten the better of Mitt Romney, then I have to say he must have been on something. That speaks to a certain level of arrogance on his part.

A top Democrat “said that Obama’s inner circle was dismayed at the ‘disaster’ that the first presidential debate had turned out to be and believed that the central problem was that the President was so disdainful of Romney that he didn’t believe he needed to engage with him… The Democrat, who is aligned with the Obama campaign and has been an unofficial adviser on occasions, said that David Axelrod, Obama’s chief strategist, was stunned that the President left the stage feeling that he had won the debate.”

Hey, Mr. President, if you think you won the debate, take a look at the polls, 27 days until the election and some people are in a tizzy:

National Polls (H/T Political Wire)

DailyKos/SEIU/Public Policy Polling: Romney 49%, Obama 47%

Gallup: Romney 49%, Obama 47%

American Research Group: Romney 48%, Obama 47%

Rasmussen: Obama 48%, Romney 48%

Reuters/Ipsos: Obama 45%, Romney 45%

Washington Times/Zogby: Obama 45%, Romney 45%

Swing State Polls (H/T Political Wire)

Colorado: Romney 50%, Obama 46% (American Research Group)

Nevada: Obama 47%, Romney 47% (Rasmussen)

North Carolina: Romney 50%, Obama 41% (Gravis)

Ohio: Romney 48%, Obama 47% (American Research Group)

Ohio: Obama 45%, Romney 44% (SurveyUSA)

Pennsylvania: Obama 43%, Romney 40% (Siena)

This was cross-posted from The Hinterland Gazette.

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  • ShannonLeee

    Gravis is a joke pollster. It exists to skew RCP averages.
    The rest are averagable. We should keep a close watch on those state polls.

    And I can believe that Obama ignored advice and went out there with a big head. He deserved the thrashing.

  • SteveK

    Here’s the current polling results in the Battleground States from Real Clear Politics that probably has a more accurate overview of what’s going on.

    RealClearPolitics gives an overview of all the battleground states then you can scroll down the page and click on any of the toss-up states to see current polls by many pollsters.

    If however, you just want to write about what you think is happening it’s easier to find one or two polls that make your point of view seem reasonable… And write. The heck with the rest of that silliness.

  • Rambie

    A top CIA guy told me that there are aliens in Area 51…

    Got any facts to go with that rumor?

  • dduck

    When you walk on water, win the Peace Prize and cream the Reps in 2008, of course you are either correct or a fool if you think others saw you as a winner in the debate.
    Of course he looked cool, but that doesn’t cut it when of the 70 million people watching, very few were Harvard graduates. No, most of these people may be used to watching World Wrestling Entertainment and barfing with the stars (thanks, GaGa).

    So who was it that is supposed to be out of touch with ordinary people?

  • ShannonLeee

    It isnt a question of being out of touch.. Obama did/does not respect Romney.

  • dduck

    So what if he doesn’t, the feeling may be mutual

    The point is, Obama did not know, or care to respect his audience.

  • zephyr

    Dduck makes a good point. Americans are more impressed by style than substance. Hopefully Obama has awoken from his nap by now. If not, the country is going to be (insert expletive of choice here) again, just like it was under the last president, you know, the one republicans never, EVER talk about.

  • SteveK

    So who was it that is supposed to be out of touch with ordinary people?

    The entire Republican Party.

  • The_Ohioan

    This makes as much sense as anything. There were reports before the debate that Obama wasn’t interested in practicing. Unnamed sources are always suspect. Unless they are named and it’s understood how “in” with the campaign they are, a healthy dose of skepticism is in order. And Mr. Harnden is no fan of Obama according to his articles.

    Still, this makes as much sense as anything and, if true, is as clear a case of hubris and the downfall that can result from it as any in history. The election and all that entails may have been irreversably changed by his actions. There will probably be fewer watching the next two debates, and some of those that don’t will be certain in their minds that they know what’s what with the candidates from watching only the first debate.

    One day we will know the real reason, we almost always do, and this just could be it.

  • Jim Satterfield

    OTOH, I read articles the day after the debate that said that Obama knew it had gone badly as he left the stage and was beating himself up for it.

  • Jim Satterfield

    And it is a columnist for the Daily Mail, one of the most conservative of the British tabloids.

  • ShannonLeee

    True or not… it sure seems true and that in itself is a serious problem. No one is claiming that Romney thought he had the thing in the bag and did not listen to his handlers.

  • Patrock1966

    Amazing how folks who are backing the Dems, ran away as fast as they could after this “debate”, not understanding Romney was baiting Potus, needing his help, as conservatives were sitting on the edge of their seats, waiting for their “enemy” to scold, taunt, and call Romney a liar. Potus knows this. He also knows what the reaction would have been. They do not like Romney, but were waiting with baited breath to say, “See, he’s the hater”! Potus also knows enough to give fair minded America credit, they know “whats’up”. Winning the swimsuit competition don’t make you Miss America by default, folks. There is strategy to this. Have the courage to have his back, and be patient…wait for it.

  • dduck

    There waiting and hoping he will change from a pussycat to a tiger. Grrrr.

  • ShannonLeee

    Dems aren’t running. His supporters are not flocking to Romney. The issue is that Romney won a massive chunk of undecided voters on a night where he should have at best … Tied and seen no bump

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