Presidential Debate Analysis: Did Obama Have a Winning Hand to Play?
Could John Kerry Blow Another Election?
Doug Simon’s debate ‘insights’ include:
- “With the exception of Dole vs Clinton, the last seven presidential debates against incumbents have all been won by the challenger going back to Jimmy Carter.”
- “Obama would have been judged un-presidential if he attacked Romney.”
- “Obama’s one strategy that could have made it a draw maybe would have been highlighting the difference between the Republican platform and his positions – preventing Romney from taking the middle.”
The predicted plan for Obama:
- Rely on Jon Stewart
- Strengthen reaction to Libya before the VP debate
- Turn Joe Biden loose