What’s Your Advice for the Candidates?

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We asked our Facebook friends to suggest some advice for the candidates in tonight’s presidential debate. We got hundreds of great responses, but here are a few of our favorites.

10. Tomek Jankowski: Ignore your advisers, ignore the media, ignore everyone else and say something substantive — tell us what you really intend to do, without cloaking it in platitudes or ideology-speak.

Mitt Romney is greeted as he steps off his campaign plane in Ronkonkoma, N.Y., Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012, as he arrived for his debate against President Barack Obama. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

9. Sheila Jones: Don’t let any lie go unchallenged! Be assertive! [Be] honest!

8. Josh Bernstein: Be animated and energetic. Enthusiasm will bring out the vote! Have a cup of coffee before the debate!

7. Christina Hubbard: Note the way you look in that split-screen as your opponent is talking. Derisive, smirky or goofball looks are not good.

6. Jennifer Michael Be clear and honest about what you believe, with less focus on what the other guy has/has not done.

President Barack Obama, accompanied by debate prep adviser Anita Dunn, right, and senior White House adviser David Plouffe, waves as they leave the Kingsmill Resort, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012, in Williamsburg, Va., for New York and the presidential debate. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

5. Bryan Radtke: After a question is asked and you find yourself jumping into rhetoric … take a breath, ask yourself if this actually answers the question … then truthfully answer the question

4. Leo Smith: truth, truth and finally…. more truth!

3. Aggie Reed: Passion to do the right thing for the disenfranchised poor and the powerless, and for the middle class that is also losing ground.

2. Terence Rail: Come dressed as Big Bird

1. Cheryl Stolle: Believe that the listeners are intelligent. Do not assume you are so smart the listeners will not see through you.

In the Facebook thread, some themes developed about what you hope to hear tonight. Many of you want the presidential candidates to address the issues that they did not touch on in the first debate, such as the environment, bank regulation, poverty and abortion. Others want third party candidates to have a seat at the debates, such as the Green Party nominee Jill Stein and the Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson. But the most resounding suggestion to the candidates was: “Tell the truth!”

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  • http://www.facebook.com/VirtualAlberta Alberta C Hill

    Challenge every lie! Counter with the truth, and make sure you have your facts straight!

  • Michael

    so many calls for the truth . . . about what? Trade with Mexico and China, and foreign oil.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Don-Neuville/653259765 Don Neuville

    I would like to know their position about any new wars having the personnel being pulled from a draft pool.

  • Kate

    Oh my god. This is an amazing expression of naivete and denial. This is sad. That people might actually expect virtue and morality from either Obama or Romney, long ago bought by the power elite, is as disgusting as it is sad. I just won’t hold my breath waiting for people to open their eyes.

  • Anonymous

    Governor Romney: Where’s the Beef?

    A few questions for Tuesday’s debate that would provide Governor Romney the opportunity to silence critics by showing the math does work, and that there is substance behind the talk.

    1.The number of people with incomes below half the poverty line has increased from 12.6 million in 2000 to 20 million today. Please provide specifics of what you will do to address this problem.

    2.If as you’ve indicated you repealed the Affordable Care Act, it would leave 30 million Americans without health insurance. Specifically, what options would you provide for the uninsured to become insured?

    3.You’ve said that as president you would close tax loopholes in order to help finance a major across-the-board tax cut. What specific tax loopholes have you used that you would close?

    4.Would you close the loophole that allows private-equity managers to treat their income as capital gains, subject to a 15 percent tax, even when they risk no capital of their own?

    5.With the economy improving, including retail; please provide
    specifics as to how you would improve it more quickly?

    6.You’ve said as president you would provide tax cuts; expand the military; preserve Medicare and Social Security; and balance the federal budget. Walk us through the math as how this would be accomplished, providing specific examples with respect to tax cuts, expanding the military, preserving Medicare and Social Security; and balancing the federal budget.


  • KK

    The only thing that should be scripted are explanations involving arithmetic. Find a way to convey the numbers in simple, understandable terms, and please practice those! Avoid the confusion and opacity that was problematic in the first debate.

  • http://www.facebook.com/stephen.bialkowski Stephen Bialkowski

    One can guess who they support by the advice they give. Mitt Romeny wouldn’t be drinking coffee though he migth want to dress as Big Bird.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1423224144 Susan MacDonnell

    if either one cites claims for costs or savings, etc., they should HAVE to mention the source of that data. No more throwing numbers around — it makes the ensuing debate a complete waste of time

  • http://www.facebook.com/alma.morgan.3 Alma Morgan

    Tell the truth.

  • nicksmum

    For Mr. Romney: You often state that you would reduce the size of government. Please explain how you would do this, especially with your parties repeated efforts to regulate a woman’s reproductive rights. Also, please expound upon your past and present financial holdings.

  • Progressive Okie

    Sadly the election is down to the undecideds, who have paid little to no attention to date. So those who are the least interested and informed will make the decision about our next leader. Tonight will not be about substance either, because the votes up for grabs will be decided either on style or hot button issues. I fear Romney, who has nothing to lose, will stay aggressive with his unsubstantiated claims, and Obama will try to look Presidential. Hopefully someone will ask Romney why he has spent tens of millions of his personal fortune and almost 8 years of his life trying to be President, when he does not seem to have any deep connection to anything in his everchanging agenda.

  • TS

    In the upcoming debate on foreign policy, the President can cite a straw poll that hypothetically allowed people outside of the US to vote in the upcoming election.

    “If U.S. elections were a global affair, 63 percent said they would vote and 81 percent said they would support Obama, compared to 19 percent for Romney.

    Obama’s support was highest in Iceland (98 percent); Netherlands, Portugal, Germany (97 percent); Ireland, Denmark (96 percent); Switzerland, France, Finland (95 percent); Italy and Turkey (94 percent); Brazil (93 percent); Romania, Saudi Arabia (91 percent) and Australia (90 percent).


    I would also advise the President to challenge Romney’s ascertain that “It’s never too early for the United States government to condemn attacks on Americans and to defend our values” as reminiscent of the BUSH DOCTRINE. Does “it’s never too early” include pre-emptive strikes”?
    One might argue that President Obama received the Nobel prize simply on the belief that he would at least check the information given to him by the intelligence community before launching an attack on foreign soil, or taking military action. As the country with the largest military in the world, this must have come as a relief to the rest of the world. Romney showed through his reckless response to the Benghazi crisis that he, like Bush, is someone who “shoots first, and asks questions later.” This kind of vibrato is not only dangerous, it is expensive –and it compromises our legitimacy as the leader of the free world and defender of human rights.