October 23, 2012 Other takeaways from the debate that was ostensibly about foreign policy: domestic issues; Obama on the attack; a strong but calm Romney; and an appeal to the base.
October 23, 2012 The final presidential debate left many viewers scratching their heads. It's not that the candidates invoked unimportant issues. It's not that the two held so elevated a conversation mere mortals could not understand. It's that they were debating almost entirely in tone rather than content.
October 22, 2012 Neither President Obama nor Mitt Romney spends much time talking about international affairs on the campaign trail. Yet foreign policy, the subject of tonight's debate, can often define a presidency.
October 18, 2012 Critics have pounced on Romney for boasting of making sure a female staffer got home by 5 p.m. to cook for her family. What about the men, they say? But the numbers don't lie: Working women are still doing the heavy lifting in the kitchen.
October 17, 2012 Both candidates fueled up on potatoes and meat last night as they prepared for the debate at separate Marriotts near Hofstra University. But did what they choose to eat help their performance? We asked an expert to weigh in.
October 17, 2012 Pundits fretted that the town hall format for Tuesday's presidential exchange would yield tepid results: undecided voters posing questions with little more than a passing touch from the moderator. The media's storyline quickly shifted, however, from the pressure facing the president after the previous debate to his more energetic performance.
October 4, 2012 There was plenty of media spin and punditry in Wednesday's debate, not just in Denver but on Twitter. The candidates appeared to be lacking in real zingers. Instead, it turns out the real conversation was happening through social media.
August 13, 2012 For the first time in 20 years, a woman — CNN's Candy Crowley — will moderate a presidential debate, the Commission on Presidential Debates announced Monday. The moderators for all three presidential debates and the sole vice-presidential debate were named.
December 16, 2011 Newt Gingrich used one of his favorite talking points, that when he was speaker of the House, he "balanced the budget for four straight years, paid off $405 billion in debt." But PolitiFact checked the numbers and found he's off on both counts.
December 16, 2011 Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich got front-runner treatment during the final GOP debate before that state's crucial Jan. 3 caucuses, taking a pounding for his years as a highly-compensated Washington influence peddler.
October 19, 2011 What happens in Vegas doesn't always stay in Vegas: PolitiFact offers a reality check on squads some of the candidates' statements from the GOP debate.
October 11, 2011 Unlike the previous half-dozen debates, this one took place around a table. And by sitting everyone down, the sponsors managed to elevate the discussion.