LIVE BLOG: Rumble in Boca 2012, Obama and Romney Presidential Debate!

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We're live-blogging tonight's debate right here, on this page. Bookmark the link and follow our updates after the jump. 


10:33 - Bob Schieffer ends it with, "Go Vote." The words of his mommaNEW TIMES OUT!

10:30 - Bringing it in for a smooth landing with some worn old campaign cliches. 

10:25 - They're already giving interviews about how the debate went, before the debate is even over ("No, I'm not wrong!!" the candidates are shouting at one another). If you need proof of how much of a blast of dumb hot air this whole process can be, look no further. 

10:24 - All the spokespeople who are gonna spin this thing for reporters are gathering under signs with their names on 'em. Buchanan, Portman, Rubio, some other congresspeople and varied folks with opinions. Reporters salivating.

10:20 - Triumph the Insult Comic Dog just went by our desk.

10:19 - China's in ur networkz, hacking into your computerz.

10:17 - Quick background primer on this topic, guys. China is a country of varied terrain and 1.3 billion people, located in east Asia. Its primary exports are everything and rice. It gained worldwide notoriety when President Nixon went there.

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10:10 - By the way, how bout dem Bears?

10:09 - Romney's gonna stay with Pakistan, for the kids' sake. 

10:08 - We're just gonna mosey on over to the barn-raisin' and put some folks back to work!

10:06 - Early results from a poll of the National Organization of Flag Pin Aficionados say Romney wins in a landslide.

10:03 - BOB, BOB. PLEASE. I'M STILL SPEAKING IN MY TRANSATLANTIC RADIO MAN VOICE.

10:02 - "You know, after we killed bin Laden..."

9:59 - Mitt doesn't want to go into hypotheticals, and says he wouldn't just get a last-minute call from Israel saying bombs are on the way to Iran. He's been close buds with Netanyahu for a while. 

9:55 - Apology Tour:
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Obama says the "apology tour" thing is "the biggest whopper of this campaign."

9:52 - Meet our new Minister of Crippling Sanctions:
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9:50 - Skirting that rumor of talks with Iran. Obama hopes they'll make the right decision. 

9:46 -
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9:43 - Both dudes have said the president's first job is to keep the people of the United States safe and secure. I thought that's what our guns were for?

Obama's "horses and bayonets" comment raised a big laugh among the media. Liberal whores.

9:42 - Mitt almost said "our Navy is older now than at any time since 1917." #thathorsedances #factcheck

9:41 - Update:
  • Mitt Romney talking in the 1940s transatlantic radio man voice
  • Glassy, glassy eyes
  • Obama smirking
  • Obama's bright, radiant smile of incandescent brightness and radiance
  • A pissed-off moderator
  • The phrase "got us into this mess in the first place" (double points if said by both candidates)
  • The name "Ronald Reagan" (x2 if mentioned by Obama)
  • An audience member falling asleep
  • Romney going on the offensive about Libya, now that he's brushed up on the minute factual details.
SMILE, MAN! Smile for the Gipper!

9:37 - Moderator testily saying "let me get back to foreign policy" gets the first widespread laugh in the media room. Nerds.

9:34 - Luckily, the folks over at the Guardian seem to have dumped the plan to "live-GIF" the debates. That's a little more trendy than our processors can handle. Not hating on GIFs or anything.

Mitt says we're "on the road to Greece." It's very picturesque. Lots of wine.

OUCH! "Governor, when you were in Massachusetts, small business development ranked 48th."

9:33 - YES, Score on "Got us into this mess!" 

9:30 - We're like x4 on the "here at home" meme by now. Both guys. The good news is, they're right. Keep in mind Romney wants to increase military spending by 1/3, which would make a lot less money available "here at home."

He's mad about "pulling our missile defense system out of Poland." AAAH POLAND

9:28 - Mitt: America has "42 allies and friends around the world." Thanks for counting, bro!

9:27 - Romney hates on Ahmedinajad and Admiral Mullen in the same breath for saying our debt is the biggest problem we have. Wow. 

9:25 - You're welcome, again.
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9:22 - How are we doing so far?

  • Mitt Romney talking in the 1940s transatlantic radio man voice
  • Glassy, glassy eyes
  • Obama smirking
  • Obama's bright, radiant smile of incandescent brightness and radiance
  • A pissed-off moderator
  • The phrase "got us into this mess in the first place" (double points if said by both candidates)
  • The name "Ronald Reagan" (x2 if mentioned by Obama)
  • An audience member falling asleep
  • Romney going on the offensive about Libya, now that he's brushed up on the minute factual details.

9:19 - This sounds terribly like a real, serious discussion. Where are the binders of women? 

Some Romney senior advisor was psyching him up in the trailer, grabbing him by the lapels and saying "You go out there and you talk like a President! Say lots of policy stuff!"

9:15 - If "nation building here at home" was on your Debate Bingo card, congratulations.

9:13 - "Attacking me is not an agenda," says Mitt. No, attacking you is what he does in 90 minutes while people in Washington take care of the agenda.

"I have clear eyes on this," he says. OH GOD STOP STEALING THE FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS TAGLINE

9:12 - "The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back," says Obama. Fresh to the max!

9:10 - ROMNEY'S FOREIGN STRATEGY REVEALED. "Go after the bad guys."

9:08 - He just said Libya was "under the yoke of dictatorship." We heard "under the yolk of dictatorship." Ew, that's messy!

9:07 - We have real-time data that indicates that 39% of elderly Boca viewers at home are asleep already. 

9:05 - Romney mentioned Mali. Wow, wildcard! 

9:04 - The first segment: Middle East. Romney won the toss. He looks very human, alive, warm, and... ah forget it. He says "we were at a humorous event a little earlier." Oh, Mittington found himself amused!

9:02 - This is going to be a tight, cozy 90 minutes at that table.

9:01 - It is GO TIME!!!

8:57 - You can sense the excitement mixed with fatigue here in the media room. For some people, this really is the Super Bowl, except it only happens every four years.

8:55 - He's sitting by himself on the stage, waiting. Turns to joke with the audience: "I have to just sit here, so..." Wonder if he's feeling nervous. Don't feel nervous, Bob! No pressure! #yespressure

8:53 - And Bob Schieffer is on the stage. "These debates have become such an important part of our election process." So, "we have to be quiet as mice." GOT IT??

8:52 - Ann Romney and Michelle Obama are standing up for an ovation.

8:49 - The TV in front of us is on the fritz already. Fuck. 

8:44 - He mentioned that this morning a restraining order was lifted, which had been filed against the debate commission by a third-party candidate who wasn't invited. Hm...

"The silence will be broken at 9:00, not by Bob Schieffer, but by the network anchors going on the air." Cool.

8:43 - Things are happening on the stage. Thank-yous and whatnot. A warning about moderator Bob Schieffer and cell phones in the debate hall: "He threatens things. He'll pounce upon you." Head of CPD says "we get no money from the campaign, no money from the candidates." Headline sponsor: "Anheuser-Busch has been with us since 1982." Gives shoutout to us media folks... "They have to be fed, and they do have a beer once in a while." Burp. Standing ovation over there among the muckety-mucks. Our Bud consumption amuses them.

8:30 - The stage is set. And yes, this is a cellphone picture of a TV broadcast of what's happening 1000 feet from here. Go get some snacks, we'll see you soon.

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8:22 - A light breeze is blowing, the media trucks are humming, and the pungent stink of democracy is in the air. This is the building where the fate of the world will be decided! High stakes!

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Liz Tracy

8:16 - Another thing to expect tonight: some mention of Iran's preliminary agreement to nuclear talks with the U.S. The New York Times broke the story over the weekend. Our prediction: Obama won't mention it, because he knows that Romney will pounce on the opportunity to say Ahmedinejad is trying to make Obama win. Romney will want to mention it, for that reason.

8:00 - One hour to go! Thanks for hanging with us. We appreciate you.

7:50 - By the way: yes, in case you're wondering, the media watches the debate from the worst seats in the country. They're damned expensive, too. #whine

7:37 - Encontremos a Marco Rubio, el niño político hispano brillante, haciendo una entrevista con Univision! El no tenía tiempo para hablar con nosotros. Estamos tristes.

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Stefan Kamph

7:15 - We came across a list of the planned topics for tonight's foreign policy debate... and what we think they'll entail.
  • America's Role in the World. This means you will hear all about how America is absolutely, unequivocally, undeniably the best and most exceptional country ever to be conceived on the face of planet Earth in this or any lifetime. USA! USA!
  • Our Longest War -- Afghanistan and Pakistan. Mitt Romney will probably accidentally threaten to bomb Pakistan, and Obama will probably remind us that he flew into Pakistan personally, by himself, accompanied by nobody but a Belgian Malinois dog, in the dark of night to shoot Osama in the head. And he's ending the war by January 200infinity. Nothing to see here.
  • Red Lines -- Israel & Iran. Seriously, what to look for here is Obama calling Romney out for saying Iran is closing in on a nuclear weapon. Biden went here in his debate, trying to diminish the threat. Will Obama do the same, or just say sweet nothings in Bibi Netanyahu's general direction?
  • Changing Middle East and the New Face of Terrorism. Whoa, buddy, that sounds think-y. Will America's swing voters understand a "changing" Middle East? Best to gloss over this one. Enemies bad.
  • Rise of China and Tomorrow's World. Seriously, if we were China, we'd get seriously pissed every four years when all the candidates talk shit about us in the debates, then do nothing to follow up but still expect China to keep sailing cheap shit across the Pacific so we can, you know, live. Currency manipulators: can't live with 'em...

More importantly, we just interviewed Pauly Shore. Video coming soon.

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7:00 - YOU'RE WELCOME, AMERICA.
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6:55 - Meanwhile, on C-Span... they're showing video of newspaper clips. Like, actual, paper highlighted newspaper clips that somebody is holding. One said Jews are leaning Republican. Another said Libya (highlighted) was going to dominate tonight's debate.

6:45 - Students around campus today were wearing t-shirts saying "We've never heard of you either." Har, har. So why the heck are we at Lynn University anyway? A big part of the decision was the brand-new Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center, which was built in 2010 and has stunning acoustics. (At least, that's what we've heard... the Secret Service won't let us inside the actual debate venue. Ah, to be Wolf Blitzer at this critical hour.) Previous claim to fame: the auditorium held the 2010 debate between Allen West and Ron Klein. History has been made here, folks.

Also, the school built two 4,000-square-foot temporary buildings next door for Obama and Romney to chill in while they prepare. If somebody gaffes it up tonight, don't blame Lynn U.

6:35 - The fashionable thing right now while we wait for the debate to actually, you know, happen? Saying "what to watch for." So here's what to watch for tonight! You can make this into a drinking game if you want. We sure are.
  • Mitt Romney talking in the 1940s transatlantic radio man voice
  • Glassy, glassy eyes
  • Obama smirking
  • Obama's bright, radiant smile of incandescent brightness and radiance
  • A pissed-off moderator
  • The phrase "got us into this mess in the first place" (double points if said by both candidates)
  • The name "Ronald Reagan" (x2 if mentioned by Obama)
  • The name "George W. Bush"
  • An audience member falling asleep
  • Romney going on the offensive about Libya, now that he's brushed up on the minute factual details.

6:20 - There's a journalist with Ukrainian television in here who looks exactly like Tom Friedman of the New York Times. We didn't get a picture, but it's not necessary because he looks exactly like Tom Friedman.

6:15 - The other major politico in the room right now is John Kerry, who's giving interviews about the debate he says he "won" in 2004 because "I had the facts right..." based on what we've overheard. Between him and McCain it's like the Hall of the Almost-Presidents in here.

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Stefan Kamph

5:48 - John McCain is is back on the interview stand. He's been the most visible politician in the media hall, so far. Romney's camp must be loving his support... or are they? Could bring back bad debate memories Is someone going to remember his infamous wander around the red carpet in 2008?

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Stefan Kamph





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AbramsonPBP
AbramsonPBP

@NewTimesBroward That's what will happen when you put free food next to reporters. They'll be excited and over eat and get fatigued

OD6Haggard
OD6Haggard

@NewTimesBroward Hey no sweat. #Orlando reader here and ready.

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