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Watch Mitt Romney Diss Jim Lehrer During Debate: VIDEO


Mitt Romney was all about dominating the presidential debate stage last night, even if that meant talking over, cutting off and generally ignoring moderator Jim Lehrer.

In case you missed them, or want to relive Romney's rudeness, BuzzFeed has put together a reel of Romney steamrolling Lehrer, a move that was especially insulting since Romney basically told Lehrer he will eliminate PBS and thus the legendary journalist's job.


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  1. To be fair Jim Lehrer was like a lil ol granny- they needed someone forceful to say "NO! We're gonna talk about other stuff now"

    but yeah- Romney did steamroll right over him. So mad Obama didn't bring his game last night. Hope he does in the next two.

    Posted by: scott | Oct 4, 2012 9:32:28 AM

  2. Jim Lehrer and Robin MacNeil ran the best news program around. That's - unfortunately - not how we get the news anymore. Cable News is the dominant attitude. An attitude that precludes the news.

    I watched this on YouTube in Mexico and just cringed. A good reminder of why I hate Cable News and the crazy lack of logic behind arguments. With no logic to an argument, it's all about the "zingers."

    Freaking horrifying. And also freaking reality anymore

    Posted by: io.caprone | Oct 4, 2012 9:39:55 AM

  3. Lehrer is a seasoned professional; he should have been able to handle Romney. He didn't.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Oct 4, 2012 9:43:15 AM

  4. I think Romney just pulled an Al Gore. Desperation? When you're coming from behind you've got nothing to lose.

    Obama could stand back because he has the lead.

    Posted by: i could go on, but I won't | Oct 4, 2012 9:58:33 AM

  5. No, he did not handle Romney. Lehrer was a very weak moderator. He steamrolled the President as well. Obama really needs to take him out the next time.

    Posted by: Tim | Oct 4, 2012 10:01:32 AM

  6. let's hope your right could go on

    Posted by: cape tom | Oct 4, 2012 10:01:55 AM

  7. What world do you all live in? Obama was rude to both men and hogged as much time as he could. Romney CRUSHED Obama even as Lehrer tried to coach Obama along as his human teleprompter. Please take a class in ctitical analysis before the next debate and maybe you will be able to think for yourselves and stop being overwhelmed with joy puppets for the man you have been led to believe is on the down low. Peace&Love.

    Posted by: David | Oct 4, 2012 10:19:49 AM

  8. PBS seems to be frozen in a 1950's scenario.
    Don't rock the boat...you're nothing but a talking head. Every time Republicans try to defund PBS, they crawl into their little nests and whimper for help from Progressives. Lehrer is the archetype for PBS reporters.

    Posted by: chuck | Oct 4, 2012 10:20:18 AM

  9. Romney threatens to eliminate funding for PBS, thus eliminate Jim Leher's job, and Obama says nothing?

    Why did he not say that Romneys threat is apropro for who the man is: a man who eliminates jobs, closes down American companies,personally fires people, and that what we are likely to experience under a Romney administration is an extension of what he did at Bain Capitol? Why did he not bring up the 47% ?

    Something is worng when Obama cannot beat Thurston Howell III at a debate . . . very wrong indeed!

    Posted by: Ricco | Oct 4, 2012 10:33:32 AM

  10. @David
    If by "crushed" you mean flip-flopped on positions he's held for months and shamelessly told lies that the president failed to call him out on then yes.

    Posted by: Alan | Oct 4, 2012 10:35:43 AM

  11. Mitt performed ably and didn't let facts or manners get in his way. That was a superb performance in keeping his base energized, but I'm not sure if that did much to would turn many 'undecideds' his way.

    It would have had more impact if Obama had seemed incompetent. He didnt; he just seemed exhausted.

    Posted by: Gregoire | Oct 4, 2012 10:39:28 AM

  12. Lehrer should not have been the moderator. He's old and even looked "doddery." If you watched the first fifteen mintues you saw the complete debate. They just kept recycling the same information.

    Posted by: JellyBean | Oct 4, 2012 10:40:32 AM

  13. Maybe Mittsy should have whipped out scissors to threaten a haircut.

    Posted by: gregory brown | Oct 4, 2012 11:01:17 AM

  14. "What world do you all live in? Obama was rude to both men and hogged as much time as he could."

    Exactly. Romney was rude. And Obama was rude, too, just as rude as Romney was. Both tried to hog time and frequently refused to obey the rules or the time limits.

    Being so ridiculously biased undercuts credibility, but that does not seem to be a concern with many of the pieces that appear on this blog.

    Whatever. Nobody is forcing any of us to be here and there is plenty of bias in the other direction on other blogs.

    Posted by: Rick | Oct 4, 2012 11:07:28 AM

  15. So many of us were disappointed. It has been said in the media with jest that without a teleprompter the POTUS was lost. Andrew Sullivan's blog has some of the best analyis anywhere. As for as "time" Obama outspoke Romney. The president spoke for 42 minutes and 50 seconds, while GOP candidate Romney only 38 minutes and 32 seconds by CNN's count. Unfortunately, the POTUS looked down, didn't have his act together and missed many opporutnies for rebuttals. There will be different types of fourms in debates 2 & 3. A far the debate alone goes, the POTUS was skunked and he looked defeated. This site many of us read daily is liberal and makes no apologies, we then should accept that this had nothing to do with Lehrer. Some moderators often use lead in questioning with a set agenda. This was raw, and it was refreshing - even if our POTUS didn't make the best performance. Obama is a laywer, so he knows debate or at least he should have learned it in law school. He's a bit rusty, but hopefully will improve. Romney won the game by two touchdowns. You may not like it, but that's just the fact.

    Posted by: kyle | Oct 4, 2012 11:08:30 AM

  16. Hire Nicki Minaj as debate moderator. Problem solved.

    Posted by: Beef and Fur | Oct 4, 2012 11:19:19 AM

  17. Lehrer's performance put me in mind of Milton from the movie Office Space. Lehrer should have burned the place down too.

    Posted by: CJ | Oct 4, 2012 11:21:05 AM

  18. So, Romney wants to create jobs. Except for those at PBS.

    Posted by: gr8guyca | Oct 4, 2012 2:03:43 PM

  19. Ground Rule #1 should be "if you don't yield to the moderator your microphone will be cut off and you will be shown in close-up being ignored."

    Posted by: Anastasia Beaverhausen | Oct 4, 2012 3:16:48 PM

  20. Gents - have you thought about strategy? Maybe Obama didn't want to reveal 'everything' he has to shoot with in the first debate? Maybe Obama doesn't wan't Romney to have 30 days to attempt damage control before the election? Maybe Obama has a plan and it didn't involve trying to argue with Romney at the first debate. If there were only 1 debate; strategy would be dramatically different. Since there are several, planning over the 'long term' is required. Geesh - both men have a team working for them and planning most every thing out. I think Romney may have spent his ammo in the first debate. What is there left for him to talk about? Nothing! He has hit all the big points possible, so he will be only repeating himself... if he has time. Obama will have opportunity to keep Romney unbalanced in future debates and while Romney did well with much coaching for this debate, he doesn't do well speaking off the cuff. And there we have it; a possible strategy for the entire succession of debates.

    Posted by: iowan | Oct 4, 2012 3:23:50 PM

  21. But if you watch the whole video of the debate you can watch Romney destroy Obama

    Posted by: Name: | Oct 4, 2012 7:31:11 PM

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