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October 1st, 2012
10:13 AM ET

CNN Senior Political Analyst Ron Brownstein on expectations for 1st presidential debate: 'it’s not predictable'

President Obama and Mitt Romney are getting ready for their primetime showdown this Wednesday in Denver. Both candidates are engaged in last minute tactics and trying to downplay their chances at the debate but it’s clear the stakes are high. Ron Brownstein is CNN’s Senior Political Analyst and Editorial Director of the National Journal Magazine. He joins Zoraida Sambolin on “Early Start” this morning with more on what to expect.

 “The history of debates is it’s not predictable,” Brownstein says. “Some years they matter, and other years, they haven’t.”

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  1. Frank Ammirato

    CNN,
    I respectfully request that your Senior Political Ron Brownstein preface his remarks by admitting that he is in the tank for Obama. Today he suggested that voters are focusing on “looking forward” rather than considering the track records of the candidates. Somehow he suggests that voters give a pass to Obama’s track record while at the same time the Obama campaign (and Mr. Brownstein) is trashing Romney’s record as businessman and governor. Yesterday, Mr. Brownstein touted the Tax Policy Center’s analysis of the Romney/Ryan plan that showed that their math did not add up. Mr. Brownstein neglected to mention that the Tax Policy Center is a highly partisan organization and that their analysis has been widely debunked for its errors, wildly unrealistic assumptions and extrapolations, and errors which the Center itself acknowledges. No wonder the credibility of journalists on both sides of the political world has sunk to near the level of politicians.

    October 3, 2012 at 10:03 am | Reply

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