POINT BLANK: Obama Vs. Romney Round 2, Does it Matter?

Do you totally support Obama, Romney or a third-party candidate? Or could your vote still be influenced by the debates?

Everyone is buzzing over round 2 of the presidential debate. Tonight, candidates President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney will debate over foreign and domestic policy in the U.S.

But many voters have made their minds up, even before the first words were uttered in the presidential debates. Now we place the question to our readers in the Peninsula, Sacramento and North Bay regions:

Have you made up your mind about who you are voting for? Does the debate have any chance in swaying your vote?

Please be advised that we will be moderating the comments. No comment will be let through attacking other readers.

Here is some useful information about tonight's debate:

Channels Broadcasting Live: FOX, NBC, CBS, ABC, PBS, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, CNBC, CSPAN

Live Streaming Online: You Tube's Election Hub

Comic Relief: Name-calling debate on YouTube, New York Times cartoon, Democalypse 2012 from The Daily Show, Obama vs. Romney on SNL

Presidential Debate Schedule



October 16, 2012

Topic: Town meeting format including foreign and domestic policy
Air Time: 6-7:30 p.m. Pacific Time
Location: Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York (Tickets)
Sponsor: Commission on Presidential Debates
Participants: President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney
Moderator: Candy Crowley (CNN Chief Political Correspondent)

The second presidential debate will take the form of a town meeting, in which citizens will ask questions of the candidates on foreign and domestic issues. Candidates each will have two minutes to respond, and an additional minute for the moderator to facilitate a discussion. The town meeting participants will be undecided voters selected by the Gallup Organization.

October 22, 2012

Topic: Foreign policy
Air Time: 6-7:30 p.m. Pacific Time
Location: Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida (Tickets)
Sponsor: Commission on Presidential Debates
Participants: President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney
Moderator: Bob Schieffer (Host of Face the Nation on CBS)

The format for the debate will be identical to the first presidential debate and will focus on foreign policy.

Get a recap of who's running in the 2012 Presidential Election and explore past debates on 2012PresidentialElectionNews.com.

Cole Armstrong October 16, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Vote NO to Obamney and Yes to a third party. I personally like Gary Johnson. Just don't throw your vote away on Obamney. These debates are a joke.
Active Thinker October 16, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Cole, Agree, Why don't we have all of the running parties in the debates? Then people would get a way better idea of how off we are with these two.
Belle (Orchid Lady) October 16, 2012 at 06:25 PM
I agree that not allowing third party's in the debates is a disservice to the voting public. However, for my self this election is about way more than Obama or Romney. Who ever wins this election will be appointing at least one Supreme Court Justice. I don't trust Romney to appoint someone who is centrist. I expect him to appoint someone extremely conservative like Scallia, in order to over turn roe v wade.
Louisa Hufstader October 16, 2012 at 06:35 PM
For those who'd like to hear what third-party candidates have to say on the issues, there is a debate Oct. 23 to which six candidates (including Obama and Romney) have been invited and four have RSVP'd. Alex Shantz has kindly posted details and an announcement of the viewing party at Slack Collective Art Studios and Gallery: http://napavalley.patch.com/events/third-party-candidates-presidential-debates-party.
Belle (Orchid Lady) October 16, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Thank you Alex Shantz!!!
Court Wiedenmayer October 16, 2012 at 07:04 PM
Perhaps because he’s not allowed to use his trusty teleprompter, President Obama requires five days to prepare for this debate. He needs to be 'shovel ready' for what he'll be throwing out tonight. Why does the president for the last four years need intense rehearsal to remember, or even know if he has, a record to stand on? Perhaps he’s confusing being president of the US with being on a college debate team. But a student that unprepared and inept would have been a nonstarter, or kicked off the team, whereas he’s faked and fumbled his way into the highest office in the country and perhaps the world. And we taxpayers are paying a fortune for the transportation, security arrangements and other expenses, for him and his entourage, on this little getaway to the resort in Williamsburg - only 150 miles from the White House. So it's actually much cheaper than the countless other vacations he and his family have taken at our expense. Now he still has another week to 'prep' on foreign affairs, so he can get the coverup story straight about the lack of security that led to the murder of Ambassador Stevens, the imminent threat of a nuclear armed Iran, and maybe the Fast and Furious coverup.
Belle (Orchid Lady) October 16, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Facts please!!! LOL Romney didn't practice, he is just so awesome and amazing, and he wakes up THAT pretty too!!!!
Jeffrey Wright October 16, 2012 at 08:13 PM
No it doesn't matter .. I've already voted !! Absentee ballot is the only way to go .........
Belle (Orchid Lady) October 16, 2012 at 09:37 PM
Speaking of voting, I have a question and I wonder if anyone can answer it here and save me the work of calling the Registrars office? Under the City Council section, it say "pick up to two" or "pick no more than two"...I am wondering what the consequences are to picking two? There is a candidate that I like if there is only one seat open, but if there is two I have a second candidate I would like to select. My problem is this...if I select both, and only one seat is available, will my votes for each person count toward their over all numbers? and if so will the person with the most votes 'get' the one seat? If that's is the case, then I am only marking for my first choice candidate for the council seat that we know is available. Ahhh, help?
Kristina D. October 16, 2012 at 09:43 PM
according to one news outlet, it's really already been decided unless you live in one of the swing states (CO, NV, FL, OH, IA, NH, WI). Electoral votes in CA are pretty much spoken for anyway (democrats), right? I'm going to vote, but it really won't matter much at this point.
M.Legison October 16, 2012 at 10:19 PM
The bad news is that this debate is rigged, given the moderator and the Obama water toting media. The good news is even the general public is aware of tonight's bias, and as such Obama has a virtual handicap. If Romney treads water and can tie him, he's won this one. It would only be a distraction to include third party candidates who have zero point zero chance of even factoring.
Mark Paxson October 17, 2012 at 01:46 AM
M. ... classic spin. Well done. I applaud you for nothing more than your consistent ability to find excuses if things go south. "Predictability" in the dictionary would include a picture of you.
Ron October 17, 2012 at 02:35 AM
I love it when someone feels superior by calling another person predictable when there own response is predictable. In case you haven't noticed both sides spin constantly.
Reginald Bronner October 17, 2012 at 03:22 AM
Vote for two; lose both.
M.Legison October 17, 2012 at 03:25 AM
If Obama came on stage in a nightshirt, nightcap, and a candle and went to sleep on the floor and snored for the entire debate, Mark would declare him a solid winner. Tonight was interesting. I think the president had a strong opening and a strong closing and often weak in the middle. He was better than the first time. Romney was about the same as the first time. Obama has a record that stinks, and there's only so much he can do to address that. No doubt the MSM will declare Obama the winner, just like they did Biden.
Jan B October 17, 2012 at 08:15 AM
Agreed! The GOP is downright scary when it comes to womens' rights.
Cole Armstrong October 17, 2012 at 09:21 AM
Active Thinker: We don't have all of the candidates in the big show because of two reasons: 1. All third party candidates are more knowledgable and well versed in the issues and are fully capable of making Obama and Romney look like completely ignorant goons. 2. Goldman Sachs owns both Romney and Obama, and they would lose control of the stage they created for the American Public via "Debates". Imagine, a well educated politician that has no need for a teleprompter and can speak clearly and concisely in a timely manner vs. Obamney. And also imagine if there was no post production editing going on before it was televised or reported...
Garry Rowe October 17, 2012 at 01:32 PM
You should only have the option to vote for 2 candidates if 2 seats are open. If there is only one seat open and the ballot says vote for 2, it's a misprint.
Bwood October 17, 2012 at 02:31 PM
Mr. Wiedenmayer, Obama can't hold a candle to Bush when it comes to vacations, as a matter of fact, Bush holds the record. Maybe better to let sleeping dogs lay.. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/blog/2008/03/04/BL2008030401392.html As far as prepping for the debate goes, it takes an inordinate amount of research when debating a chronic liar like Romney.
Dee Baucher October 17, 2012 at 05:01 PM
None of our Presidential votes count in Calif..... since the electoral votes will all be spoken for, thanks to the Demo power-brokers who have worked for many, many decades to control the whole fiasco. But if lots of us vote for a third-party candidate, at least we can try and get a real third-party in future elections, so we aren't stuck with just "dumb and dumber" every time. We need at least one more real party in the US.... or else we are just stuck in this pretense of Democracy, where the same powerful groups own both groups of pawns, and the people continue to get screwed. Its time for an "American" spring.... where we all demand a third party so that we can have a real government.
Kevin October 17, 2012 at 05:04 PM
Talk about throwing your vote away. Like it or not we have a two party system. If you don't like the parties platforms, get involved and change them! That is what the Tea Party is doing to the Republican Party, forcing them to become more fiscally responsible. And that is a good thing. But wasting your vote for a third party candidate doesn't make any sense. Might as well vote for the tooth fairy. Be a grown up. Make a decision on which candidate will uphold the Constitution, improve the economy, and defend the country...
Kevin October 17, 2012 at 05:07 PM
With all the problems facing this country, the failed economy, a nuclear Iran, terrorism on the rise and $5 gas, your number one concern is that maybe years down the road the Supreme Court might overturn Roe v Wade? Really?
Belle (Orchid Lady) October 17, 2012 at 07:21 PM
Kevin, you know that I have more things I worry about than than roe v wade. I was making a point about why this election is a major election, beside the two major party idiots we have to chose from. It was an answer of sorts for those considering voting for a third party, knowing the have no chance of winning the election. The next president of the United States will be picking at least one, if not two Supreme Court Justices, who will be the final rule of law for our Country for many years through many presidents. I don't want an extremist conservative majority having the final say on things like my right to use birth-control, or the morning after pill, or declaring what I do with my uterus, or my ovaries (if I consider getting my tubes tied for example). So if for nothing else those who don't care for Romney or Obama, they should consider, the radical person-hood laws (life at conception), anti-abortion laws, and blatant attempts to over turn roe v wade with the above laws. We need a balanced Supreme Court, not a lopsided one. This election I am voting for Obama because it matter more than whether I like him or not, I don't want extreme justices, and I don't want to go to war with Iran. Obama 2012, perhaps a third party in 2016.
wiseone October 19, 2012 at 12:56 AM
You mean with a two-toned bad dye job,scary eyes that don't blink, that condescending yet unctions "I'm a Mormon slugging back Red Bull" intensity and posture that makes a Ken doll seem like a slinky? Yeah, Belle... he's a beaut.
Louisa Hufstader December 04, 2012 at 04:04 AM
We're all different: I still have a polling place and I like to go there. I always dig thanking the poll workers, seeing the kids' work on the walls (it's my local elementary school) and knowing that I am voting on election day itself — deadline junkie that I am!
Louisa Hufstader December 04, 2012 at 04:06 AM
I just saw this! Belle, did you find the answer?


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