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The day after the debate with Barry Casselman, The Prairie Editor 

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Guest: Barry Casselman, The Prairie Editor……we will look at Monday’s first presidential debate……how did the two candidates do? who got the most out of the evening? how did the moderator do?…..and other stories…..

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Source: The day after the debate with Barry Casselman, The Prairie Editor 09/27 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts

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September 27, 2016 at 10:00 pm

Happy # 67 Mike Schmidt

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We say happy # 67 to Mike Schmidt, one of the greatest right handed power hitters in major league history.

Mike broke with the Phillies in 1972.   He led the NL in HR in 1974, 1975 and 1976 plus NL MVP in 1980, 1981 and 1986.

Overall, he retired with 548 HR & 1,595 RBI.    Great player.   He also played for some very good Phillies teams.

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September 27, 2016 at 9:30 pm

Happy # 476 to the Jesuits!

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They have been a significant force in the Catholic faith for a long time, or 1540:
“The Jesuit movement was founded by Ignatius de Loyola, a Spanish soldier turned priest, in August 1534.
The first Jesuits–Ignatius and six of his students–took vows of poverty and chastity and made plans to work for the conversion of Muslims.
If travel to the Holy Land was not possible, they vowed to offer themselves to the pope for apostolic work.
Unable to travel to Jerusalem because of the Turkish wars, they went to Rome instead to meet with the pope and request permission to form a new religious order.
In September 1540, Pope Paul III approved Ignatius’ outline of the Society of Jesus, and the Jesuit order was born.”
Like any group, they are not perfect and there is always room to criticize.  At the same time, their contributions to mass education must be celebrated.   
Happy # 476 to the Jesuits!

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September 27, 2016 at 9:00 pm

A draw and that favors Trump

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Here is my quick reaction to last night’s debate.      On balance, it was a draw and that favors Trump because he is rising in the polls.  

On national security and “jobs”, Trump has a better hand.    Clinton has to defend the Obama record and that’s not a good place to be.    

The moderator’s performance was mixed.    He brought up the “birther” issue not The Clinton Foundation.   Obama Care, another disaster waiting the next president, was totally overlooked.    

Trump and Clinton fought to a draw.    I don’t expect much change in the state of the race.    

At the moment, the RCP average shows a race within the margin of error.   The last 3 polls have Trump leading by 3, 2 and a tie.  

We wait for the next round!


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September 27, 2016 at 8:35 am

A word about debates past

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(My new American Thinker post)

As I was telling a friend in Latin America, we have not always had debates in the U.S. In fact, we didn’t from 1788 to 1960.    

They did not happen again from 1964 to 1976. I’ve often wondered what an LBJ-Goldwater debate would have looked like. My guess is that LBJ would not have won with 60% of the vote. It would have been a lot closer because Senator Goldwater was really an extremely serious man and  not the monster that the LBJ campaign made of him.

In 1976, I recall President Ford challenged Governor Carter to debates. It happened during the 1976 acceptance speech, or a time when he was down in double digits and putting the party back together.  

As you may know, Governor Carter accepted and we had three serious debates with one line about Poland that President Ford had to take back.     

For most of us, it was the first time that we seen such a debate since the famous Nixon-Kennedy debates of 1960. I don’t remember the 1960 debates but my parents, and many Cubans on the island, did pay close attention by radio (“Voice of America”) because Cuba was a major topic.

There are a few facts about these debates that you may want to consider:

1976 also marked the introduction of vice presidential debates which have regularly been held since 1984. 

Let’s be honest: rarely do voters pay attention and rarely are these debates memorable. 

There is, however, one exception. 

In the 1988 debate between Dan Quayle and Lloyd Bentsen, Quayle suggested he had as much experience as former President John F. Kennedy. Bentsen retorted with the now famous lines, “Senator, I served with Jack Kennedy. I knew Jack Kennedy. Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine. Senator, you’re no Jack Kennedy.”

Yes, that Bentsen-Quayle moment was memorable but it had zero impact on the results. I would add that Admiral Stockdale’s “who am I” moment in the 1992 VP debates was hysterical.

I recall some highlights, such as Reagan’s “there you again“. It may have flipped the election because it happened the last week of the campaign. It was a dead heat that night but it ended 51-41% a week later or election day.

Reagan benefited from another line in 1984 when he joked about Mondale’s youth. It probably sealed that election, too.

Another favorite moment was from 2000 when VP Gore made a total you know what out of himself with his facial contortions and reactions to Governor Bush. It ended up helping the calmer and more steady Bush but I’m not sure that it changed any votes.

In both 2004 and 2012, the incumbent was crushed in the first debate. President Bush looked tired and President Obama looked like he’d rather be watching ESPN that night. They both looked bad but came back and were reelected with just under 51% of the vote.   

Here are some ideas for debates in the future:

1) Go to a audience format and have people ask questions. They are more interesting and relevant. You can have a media person call on the voters and have them ask the questions; 

2) Have the governor of each state ask the candidate a question. In other words, 50 questions. I like this idea because so often the states get lost in these debates. At the moment, there are more GOP governors and that may be an advantage to Trump. However, I trust that the questions will be about issues and force the candidates to address topics like the EPA, federalism, judicial tyranny and a few others; and,

3) Have one last debate with a panel of six journalists approved by both sides.   

It may be fun to have a Lincoln-Douglas debate someday but I don’t think the candidates will run the risk.

Good luck to the candidates!

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September 27, 2016 at 6:41 am

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