Presidential Debates

The first Presidential Debates took place October 3, 2012, and we had professional debate coaches analyzing candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. Training Minds Coaches and other commentators will participate next on Thursday, October 8, for the Vice Presidential debate between Paul Ryan and Joe Biden.

You may download a transcript of Wednesday’s coaching commentary on the debates: Presidential Debates – Coaching Commentary on Chris Jeub. And tune into ChrisJeub.com for the next debate analysis!

Live Bloggers – Chris JeubVance TrefethenAndrew PudewaTravis HercheBrooke Wade, Rebecca Frazer, and more to be announced. 

TV Channels – Each debate will be broadcast live on C-SPAN, ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC, as well as all cable news channels including CNN, Fox News and MSNBC among others.

Live Streaming Online: YouTube’s Election Hub
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  • Nice to see what you’re up to 😀

  • Topic: Domestic policy
    Air Time: 9-10:30 p.m. Eastern Time
    Location: University of Denver in Denver, Colorado
    Sponsor: Commission on Presidential Debates
    Participants: President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney
    Moderator: Jim Lehrer (Host of NewsHour on PBS)The debate will focus on domestic policy and be divided into six time segments of approximately 15 minutes each on topics to be selected by the moderator and announced several weeks before the debate.The moderator will open each segment with a question, after which each candidate will have two minutes to respond. The moderator will use the balance of the time in the segment for a discussion of the topic.
    Live Blog Starts Tonight8:30 p.m. Eastern Time

  • Evan Buck

    Hello everyone!
    Looking forward to reading your commentary as we watch and listen to the debates.
    Thank you for this forum…
    God bless you!
    Evan Buck

  • Jackie in the house. I am really looking forward to doing this with everybody. Thank you for putting this on!

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  • Ryan Kelly Murphy

    Hello students and coaches! My sister, Taryn, and I are so excited for the debates tonight. Thank you for the live blogging and commentary, Mr. Jeub! Tonight will be fantastic.

  • Evan Buck

    Here we go! 😀 BTW Hi Ryan and Taryn!

  • Veronica Scott

    Starting with the marriage… pathossssss….

  • Evan Buck

    Great point, Vance.

  • Grayson Logue

    Where is this $5 trillion number coming from?

  • Grayson Logue

    the frame that shows Romney looking Obama in the eye is really helping Romney.

  • Grayson Logue

    Love the big bird comment.

  • Wow. R isn’t backing down!

  • Grayson Logue

    now its 2 minutes of blame Bush for the deficit.

  • veronica

    Obama just does not seem happy… he’s trying to control the language but he doesn’t have the facts. And he did not expect to be hammered on facts.

  • Evan Buck

    O – revenue generation policies?

  • Jackson Jaro

    That was a killer Spain comparison by Romney… Even if It was a little bit of a post hoc fallacy.

  • Evan Buck

    Romney’s on a roll. He should give O his accountant’s business card.

  • Abi Rhodes

    “I’ve been in business for 25 years. I have no idea what you’re talking about – you need a new accountant!” Best thing ever. Go Romney.

  • Grayson Logue

    R did an awesome job of turning the oil issue and talking about the $95 Billion given to green energy

  • Evan Buck

    Brooke, your dad is officially awesome. 😀

  • Jackson Jaro

    If the fact that private profit is the reason that it is more expensive… Obama just said that the gov’t program is not making profit. Linking back to economy and deficit etc.

  • Evan Buck

    Good points, Rebecca and Travis.

  • Evan Buck

    First time Obama smiled the entire debate.

  • Kirk Hoffman

    Romney is being too deferential, making the differences between them seem smaller. He needs to speak to America, not convince the President. The moderator is weak, which hurts the debate.

  • Abi Rhodes

    $2,500 more for Obamacare, telling peole what’s going to happen rather than freedom of choice, and killing jobs…. yep, sounds like a winner 😛

  • Evan Buck

    Romney is definetly a more confident speaker.

  • Evan Buck

    R – Good personal stories put in there. Sounds like speech…

  • Abi Rhodes

    I started keeping a tally of how many times Obama has beaten around the bush… but I lost track.

  • Evan Buck

    Obama seems snippy and desperate.

  • John otis

    Did anyone notice that when the camera pans out, the background with the eagle and the constitution is blacked out?

  • Kirk Hoffman

    Obama is not a good debater but he is benefiting from the even-handed nature of this debate and the complexity of the subjects. Romney needs to clearly state WHY Obama’s plans do not and cannot work and how they hurt everyday Americans. Fix med prices, hurt private economy and rationing. Don’t drill, hire gas prices. Demonize business, less investment and jobs….etc. When you get of platitudes and want jobs, call me!

  • Kirk Hoffman

    *tired of

  • Abi Rhodes

    Just b/c Lincoln did it doesn’t mean it’s the right thing to do…

  • Evan Buck

    Jeub 2016!

  • Kirk Hoffman

    Romney won on freedom and role of govt

  • Kirk Hoffman

    Maybe could save money in education if we cut indoctrination and propaganda programs?

  • Evan Buck

    Great point, Vance!

  • Grayson Logue

    The moderator is giving O way more time than R

  • Kirk Hoffman

    LOL–Obama takes ideas from anyone-LOLOLOLOL!

  • Kirk Hoffman

    Good close by Obama, if anyone buys it. GREAT CLOSE by Romney, organized, heartfelt, and firm!
    I wish he had taken it to him more. Not a clear victory for either side to me.

  • Veronica

    Romney was better in the first half, in my opinion. But overall, I think he was the best.