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WILL TV DECIDE OUTCOME OF PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION?

October 11, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

President Obama on Wednesday acknowledged that he had a “bad night” during his televised debate with Mitt Romney but denied that his performance had doomed his presidential campaign. In an interview with Diane Sawyer on ABC, Obama said, “Gov. Romney had a good night. I had a bad night. It’s not the first time I’ve had a bad night.” But when asked whether he had in effect handed the election to Romney, he replied, “No.” Some new polls, however, suggested otherwise. While they did not suggest that that debate had been an unmitigated disaster for the president, they did demonstrate the power of television to influence the electoral process. The Associated Press noted that the polls put Obama back to where he was before the two parties’ national conventions and the emergence of the Romney “47 percent” video. Several political observers have suggested that tonight’s (Thursday) televised debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan could either help restore Obama’s strong lead or stimulate Romney’s resurgence. As Ewan MacAskill, a columnist for Britain’s Guardian newspaper, put it “Barack Obama’s poll slide has transformed Thursday’s confrontation between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan from a sideshow into one of the most important vice-presidential debates ever.”