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Dan Janison chat: President Barack Obama may look smoother than Mitt Romney at Hofstra debate

President Barack Obama walks with senior White House

President Barack Obama walks with senior White House adviser David Plouffe, left, and Anita Dunn to debate preparation at the Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Va. (Oct. 16, 2012) Credit: Getty Images

  Hofstra debate live chat (10/16/2012)
 
12:00
Jamshid Mousavinezhad: 
Welcome and thanks for joining us. The live chat has begun. Here is the first question.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 12:00 Jamshid Mousavinezhad
12:00
[Comment From PCPC: ]
Who does the format favor tonight, if any?
Tuesday October 16, 2012 12:00 PC
12:00
Dan Janison: 
To the degree that this is a contest between game-show hosts: Romney had the upper hand as Monte Hall last time and Obama looked like the contestant who didn't win the refrigerator. But as they walk around, with mikes in hand, Obama may have the advantage by looking smoother. Tough to say.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 12:00 Dan Janison
12:01
[Comment From HofstraWatcherHofstraWatcher: ]
why do you think obama's performance was so poor in the first debate?
Tuesday October 16, 2012 12:01 HofstraWatcher
12:03
Dan Janison: 
Without mind-reading: Often presidents, governors, other elected figures think after a few years that they are the job. In other words, Obama may have felt that he has answered in the past and does not have to do so again. He also may have been following a strategy that he's followed in the White House -- don't offend, don't be a warrior. It frustrates some of his fans. Also, he may have underestimated Romney's debate skills -- he had plenty of practice during the primaries, unilike Obama, who went unchallenged by a docile Democratic membership.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 12:03 Dan Janison
12:04
Moderator: 
Newsday is providing to full coverage of tonight's debate. Check out our photo gallery featuring debate prep photos via Instagram. http://bit.ly/XiFB6U
Tuesday October 16, 2012 12:04 Moderator
12:05
[Comment From Doug from SyossetDoug from Syosset: ]
Hi Dan. Won't Gov. Romney's 47 percent remark have to be explained following a question from the voters tonight?
Tuesday October 16, 2012 12:05 Doug from Syosset
12:07
Moderator: 
Dan Janison will be appearing on News12 at 3 p.m. to answer some debate prep questions. Be sure to tune in!
Tuesday October 16, 2012 12:07 Moderator
12:08
Dan Janison: 
Yes, it is bound to come up. The question really is whether Romney was pandering to a select group of donors when he said it, or whether he really is of the mindset that nearly half the people are unproductive in the economy looking for what they can get from the system and the government. Romney gets caricatured as Thurston Howell III, or Monte Burns from the Simpsons, so the answer either way would not help him. Many were surprised Obama didn't pound it the last time. Biden said he believed that's what Romney believes.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 12:08 Dan Janison
12:09
[Comment From SteveSteve: ]
Dan, is tonight more like Ali-Frazier 1 or the rematch?
Tuesday October 16, 2012 12:09 Steve
12:11
Moderator: 
Watch the key moments from the first presidential debate and the vice presidential debate: http://bit.ly/Ry5Rqh
Tuesday October 16, 2012 12:11 Moderator
12:11
Dan Janison: 
Some of the more observant colleagues of mine in Melville believe it's the rematch, where Ali showed great energy dancing about against Frazier. Remember, though, that Frazier come out of the first fight pretty beat up from a million jabs even if he won. The parallel is great because we in the media love nothing better than to ask if there were any "knockout blows" -- which if you think about it makes no sense.

Tuesday October 16, 2012 12:11 Dan Janison
12:12
[Comment From HicksvilleHoltHicksvilleHolt: ]
How did HOFSTRA get picked for the debates? Why not Harvard or Yale or someplace?
Tuesday October 16, 2012 12:12 HicksvilleHolt
12:13
Moderator: 
We'll be at Hofstra all day leading up to tonight's debate. Keep your finger on the campus' pulse: http://bit.ly/hYiri2
Tuesday October 16, 2012 12:13 Moderator
12:16
Dan Janison: 
Hofstra has a presidential study center backed by Mr. Kalikow, prominent alumnus, and hosted the 2008 debate where John McCain did a lot with "Joe the plumber." It was a different and less difficult format last time. Once the presidential commission sees a site that worked, I suspect they wish to use it again since they know what to expect in terms of logistics. Also, Hofstra has that proximity to NYC but as a practical matter offers more space than an urban campus, to make way for a ton of traffic and parking.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 12:16 Dan Janison
12:16
[Comment From Dan HoganDan Hogan: ]
Why does it matter what people on Long Island, in NYS think?
Tuesday October 16, 2012 12:16 Dan Hogan
12:17
Dan Janison: 
Good question. It is assumed to be a blue state.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 12:17 Dan Janison
12:18
Dan Janison: 
But, Long Island is more purple, and certainly its voters don't want to be dismissed. None do.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 12:18 Dan Janison
12:18
Moderator: 
Tonight's debate will be carried live on Newsday.com... http://www.newsday.com/hofstralive.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 12:18 Moderator
12:19
Dan Janison: 
What you're asking suggests that the Electoral College is in the way of every vote counting equally. Perhaps one day it will be eliminated. Don't count on that happening soon.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 12:19 Dan Janison
12:19
[Comment From BobBob: ]
Do you think they're would ever be a debate with hard core conservative as the debate moderator? Or perhaps a panel with liberal and conservatives that get to ask questions?
Tuesday October 16, 2012 12:19 Bob
12:20
Dan Janison: 
We have two networks that act as de facto voices of the major parties -- Fox and MSNBC. It might be interesting if the moderator had clear point of view, but...
Tuesday October 16, 2012 12:20 Dan Janison
12:21
Moderator: 
Obama and Romney are on their way to Long Island and we have photos of the journey and from Hofstra. http://bit.ly/Ry7CDO
Tuesday October 16, 2012 12:21 Moderator
12:21
Dan Janison: 
A lot goes into the debate logistics before hand. Both sides have to agree on who is fair, thus the presidential commission works to keep its aura of neutrality.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 12:21 Dan Janison
12:21
[Comment From BeemerBeemer: ]
Any chance LONG ISLAND issues will come up tonight -- immigration overload, horrible traffic, greedy developers? WHo's asking the questions, anyways?
Tuesday October 16, 2012 12:21 Beemer
12:22
Dan Janison: 
As I understand it, the questions will come from Nassau residents (that's just how it worked out) and I'd expect to hear something on immigration.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 12:22 Dan Janison
12:24
Dan Janison: 
But, by way of traffic, greedy developers and overload, the answers would have to be federal and therefore generic, like about highway construction policy or mass transit subsidies or housing policy. The traffic light at 110 and Pine Lawn Rd. won't make it into general national discussion.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 12:24 Dan Janison
12:24
[Comment From Bob from EHBob from EH: ]
If a conservative asks you a question, will it be posted?
Tuesday October 16, 2012 12:24 Bob from EH
12:24
Dan Janison: 
Yes.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 12:24 Dan Janison
12:24
[Comment From Bob from EHBob from EH: ]
Do you think that Romney should bring up Obama's control of media coverage?
Tuesday October 16, 2012 12:24 Bob from EH
12:25
Dan Janison: 
Why not? I've got my aluminum foil hat on, myself. They're still working on planting the chip.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 12:25 Dan Janison
12:26
[Comment From PC PC : ]
What effect will the baseball playoffs have on viewership tonight? Will fewer people watch than the first debate?
Tuesday October 16, 2012 12:26 PC
12:27
Dan Janison: 
Funny thing. Last night, the guy giving the weather on one of the all news stations said that the temperature should be about 46 degrees at the debate time.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 12:27 Dan Janison
12:28
Moderator: 
TIME WARP: Check out key moments from presidential debates in history http://bit.ly/Ry9jkv
Tuesday October 16, 2012 12:28 Moderator
12:28
Dan Janison: 
Obviously some folks have the sports and politics all fused together. You can record one and watch the other later, but nobody will really do that unless they're really devoted to both. If Detroit or the Yankees jump out to a 10 run lead in the third inning, many will switch over to the debate, I'd guess.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 12:28 Dan Janison
12:29
[Comment From Brian Carolan Brian Carolan : ]
SHouldnt Romney bring up Hillary Clinton assuming the president's implied responsibility of "the buck stops here" as it relates to her claim they didnt know and she was responsible [regarding attack on U.S. consolate in Libya]?
Tuesday October 16, 2012 12:29 Brian Carolan
12:30
Dan Janison: 
Absolutely.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 12:30 Dan Janison
12:30
Dan Janison: 
I find it hard to believe that Clinton's statement was NOT timed to tonight's debate.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 12:30 Dan Janison
12:31
[Comment From Smith G.T. Washington Smith G.T. Washington : ]
With New York being solidly Blue for Obama, how can they ensure that the participants from Nassau County are really undecided rather than just being self indentified ringers in order to become a lucky audience member asking a question?
Tuesday October 16, 2012 12:31 Smith G.T. Washington
12:32
Dan Janison: 
As I said, Long Island is more the purple part of the blue state -- and Nassau as you may well know is more a mix like Ohio, or at least Connecticut or New Jersey, politically, than would be the five boroughs, which dominate the state in terms of population.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 12:32 Dan Janison
12:33
Dan Janison: 
There may be a ringer -- who knows what goes on in someone's mind -- but that could bend either way. Which party in Nassau has the majority of the legislature and the county exec's office, along with all the state Senators?
Tuesday October 16, 2012 12:33 Dan Janison
12:33
[Comment From Dan Hogan Dan Hogan : ]
Who will say "I'm glad you asked that question" more often?
Tuesday October 16, 2012 12:33 Dan Hogan
12:33
Dan Janison: 
I'm glad you asked that question.
Let's keep count.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 12:33 Dan Janison
12:34
[Comment From Dan Hogan Dan Hogan : ]
I am okay with the Electoral College. I am also interested in what President Obama says to New Yorkers -- us Blue Man Group Peeps -- in regard to our high level of unemployment?
Tuesday October 16, 2012 12:34 Dan Hogan
12:34
Dan Janison: 
Jobs are of course the central issue.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 12:34 Dan Janison
12:35
Dan Janison: 
Notice that NAFTA, which exported jobs, didn't come up this time around, and that other trade agreements have passed under Obama almost unnoticed.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 12:35 Dan Janison
12:36
Dan Janison: 
NY's unemployment is in part doe to loss of jobs over decades to other regions, better pandered to by the federal administrations. This will undoubtedly be raised in some form.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 12:36 Dan Janison
12:37
Dan Janison: 
due*
Tuesday October 16, 2012 12:37 Dan Janison
12:37
Moderator: 
Want to know which New York companies are donating the most money to Super PACs? We have that data: http://bit.ly/RyaHnm
Tuesday October 16, 2012 12:37 Moderator
12:37
[Comment From Bob Bob : ]
This is the first time Obama has run for office with a record to defend. He can no longer be the "hope and change" candidate." How does that hurt/help him?
Tuesday October 16, 2012 12:37 Bob
12:38
Dan Janison: 
It hurts him because the Republicans can point to all that is currently wrong.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 12:38 Dan Janison
12:38
Dan Janison: 
But don't underestimate the power of incumbency in an election.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 12:38 Dan Janison
12:39
[Comment From Long time fan Long time fan : ]
Dan, love your columns. Any particular issues you think will dominate tonight, aside from jobs? Libya?
Tuesday October 16, 2012 12:39 Long time fan
12:39
Dan Janison: 
I don't respond well to compliments or to criticism.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 12:39 Dan Janison
12:40
Dan Janison: 
Given that, I will guess economy first, foreign conflict second, and maybe -- just maybe -- the matter of individual liberties will be broached, even if some of the smaller parties and candidacies aren't participating.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 12:40 Dan Janison
12:41
[Comment From Bob Arnone Bob Arnone : ]
Why does the President and congress have the special health plans and are not part of the Obama health care program that require all Americans to participate? Recently, a law was passed prohibiting insider trading by members of congress. The average citizen went to jail for the same offense, yet congress was permitted to do so up to last year? Hello, did any of the candidates participate in insider trading prior to passage of the law. It seems that members of congress place themselves above the law and choose from a different menu from those who elect them to a position of trust.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 12:41 Bob Arnone
12:43
Dan Janison: 
The common perspective is this: We keep re-electing our Congress members, term after term, yet Congress as a whole has low popularity ratings, as do the likes of Boehner and Pelosi. Their gilded health-care deal is well known and symbolically might do to knock it down a notch.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 12:43 Dan Janison
12:44
[Comment From Bob Arnone Bob Arnone : ]
Mr. President, if you've never run a business, how do you know how to create jobs? Would you go to a surgeon who read how to perform surgery from books and you're his first patient?
Tuesday October 16, 2012 12:44 Bob Arnone
12:45
Dan Janison: 
Undoubtedly, one answer to that might be: Are business people alone qualified to hold elected office? What about Joe the Plumber, if he were a mere apprentice?
Tuesday October 16, 2012 12:45 Dan Janison
12:45
[Comment From Sven Sven : ]
What about the attacks on the embassies? Think President Obama will field that question?
Tuesday October 16, 2012 12:45 Sven
12:46
Dan Janison: 
There are a lot of questions to field.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 12:46 Dan Janison
12:46
Dan Janison: 
...What are we doing that country? What's our plan?
Tuesday October 16, 2012 12:46 Dan Janison
12:46
Dan Janison: 
The whole foreign policy philsophy, drones, foreign aid, is certainly ripe for discussion.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 12:46 Dan Janison
12:47
[Comment From Al from Hempstead Al from Hempstead : ]
Dan, if Obama = Carter, does Romney = Regan?
Tuesday October 16, 2012 12:47 Al from Hempstead
12:47
Dan Janison: 
I'm still trying to figure out which one is Hayes and which one is Tilden.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 12:47 Dan Janison
12:48
[Comment From Guest Guest : ]
Mitt Romney will win tonight. God bless you Gov. Romney.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 12:48 Guest
12:48
Dan Janison: 
And bless you, the voter.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 12:48 Dan Janison
12:50
[Comment From jack jack : ]
Do you feel Obama will be questioned on wanting to tax millionaires and billionaires why a family making 250k falls into that bucket?
Tuesday October 16, 2012 12:50 jack
12:51
Dan Janison: 
One area worth inquiry is how the federal tax affects different parts of the nation. 250K on Long Island is not what it would be in rural Nebraska -- it's as if the US has different currencies.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 12:51 Dan Janison
12:51
Moderator: 
We will be concluding our chat soon so please submit your questions.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 12:51 Moderator
12:52
[Comment From Candide Candide : ]
Should Romney and/or Obama promote worker-run cooperatives for potential job creation? What sector of the economy would probably resist that the fiercest?
Tuesday October 16, 2012 12:52 Candide
12:53
Dan Janison: 
Wall Street might resist that the most, but it sounds at first blush like the kind of egalitarian initiative that Obama's detractors would call scary socialism but that mainstream Democrats would shy away from.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 12:53 Dan Janison
12:54
[Comment From Jackie from Uniondale Jackie from Uniondale : ]
Will Obama go with the standard red power tie tonight?
Tuesday October 16, 2012 12:54 Jackie from Uniondale
12:54
Dan Janison: 
Anyone who knows me knows that I am the last person on earth to ask about how anybody dresses.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 12:54 Dan Janison
12:56
Moderator: 
Thank you for joining us, this concludes our live chat. Please stay tuned to our continued coverage of the second presidential debate at Hofstra. http://bit.ly/WuIVMN
Tuesday October 16, 2012 12:56 Moderator
12:57
 

 
 
 

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