It’s Debate Night

Mitt and Barry go at it starting at 9PM EDT. Will guns be brought up as a topic? What are your thoughts. I’d suggest that Obama and Romney both would likely prefer it not, but I think there’s a good chance it will. The Brady folks obviously thinks this too, or they wouldn’t be making such a big deal about it. One thing is for sure, if it is mentioned, expect Brady to spin it in some way as to play up their influence on the public debate.

6 thoughts on “It’s Debate Night”

  1. No, I don’t think so. While important to us, gun rights are not really on the radar for most Americans, especially since economic and government spending issues have top of mind share at the moment. Gun rights are not really something Romney can attack Obama on because Obama has not demonstrably done anything to restrict gun rights.

    Note that I did not mention Fast & Furious here because I don’t think that will be useful to Romney, unless he can prove a White House connection.

    1. Actually there is a provable one: the assertion of Executive Privilege WRT to the House committee’s subpoena.

      Which underlines my main point: with the MSM so in the tank for Obama, the ground is not prepared for Romney to make a point of this within the constraints of such an artificial “debate”. E.g. after explaining F&F, he’d then have to explain how a legitimate assertion of Executive Privilege could only mean that it reached right into his staff at minimum.

      Of course, it’s more likely a delaying tactic to get beyond the election, but….

    2. Except that this debate is happening in Denver. My professional guess is it doesn’t get raised because Obama doesn’t want it raised. There’s no upside for him to it. If it does, then Maybe Team Romney has more jam with the press than I thought (in which case imagine how bad things could be for him).

  2. I doubt guns will get raised at all, but if they do I’ll add each mention to my other two drinking games: take a swig every time (1) a candidate doesn’t answer a question and (2) every time either says “middle class.” Yes, I expect to be plastered pretty early.

  3. I don’t expect the question to come up at all, and if it does, I don’t expect that it will be so pointed that it can’t be put to bed by Obama saying he would support an AWB, and Romney saying “Enforce existing laws.”

  4. If it did come up, Mitt should state that the 2nd amendment is a fundamental right just as the 1st is. And then say I will not infringe the rights of any citizen.

    Oh we’ll, I can dream can’t I?

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