As seen on the Huffington Post: Debate commission chair says ‘no applauding tonight.’
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CNN joins both presidential campaigns in making a big play for the youth vote and it looks like they have found a new genuine, compelling political voice with the addition of Cat Castellanos.
She has a great family pedigree. Her father, Alex, is a GOP campaign veteran, CNN election anaylst and one of the greatest writers and message gurus in the business. She seems to have picked up a few lessons and built them into her own forceful but friendly writing. She admits to being conservative but talks about the influence of growing up in a progressive Washington with gay teachers. She captures the current political quandry for young people trying to work out which candidate is best. She calls Mitt Romney “Grandpa Eddie” and President Obama “Aerosmith,” not a full slam but not a compliment either.
Elizabeth Hasselbeck better not take any vacations from “The View” this Georgetown grad is young, female and on fire.
Read the entire post: http://www.cnn.com/2012/10/20/opinion/cat-castellanos-female-undecided She will write a regular column for CNN.com
Mark Halperin, Time reporter and MSNBC analyst published a copy of the debate rules signed by both campaigns. Take a look before you watch Tuesday’s debate.
EXCLUSIVE: Here is the full text of the memorandum of understanding agreed to by the Obama and Romney campaigns for their three presidential and one vice presidential debates.
The deal was signed on October 3, the day of the first presidential debate in Denver. The negotiators and signers were veteran Washington campaign lawyers Bob Bauer (for the President) and Ben Ginsberg (for Mitt Romney).
Neither the Commission on Presidential Debates nor the debate moderators are parties to the agreement.
I wrote Sunday about those provisions spelling out the campaigns’ conception of the role of the moderator for Tuesday’s town hall debate.
Some highlights from the full document:
- What would happen if another candidate qualified for the debates.
- The candidates agreed not to publicly call for any additional debates beyond the Commission-sponsored events.
- Candidates aren’t allowed to cite anyone in the audience (besides family members) during the debate.
- Candidates aren’t allowed to address questions to each other or ask the other candidate to take a pledge.
- The moderators can’t do “show of hands” questions.
The Embassy of Canada was ground zero for spooks, State Department officials and some of the best actors in Hollywood, Ben Affleck, John Goodman, Bryan Cranston and even Jennifer Garner. Time Warner’s Carol Melton along with the Canadian Ambassador welcomed the star-studded crowd that included Robert Anders, a consular officer at the U.S. embassy 33 years ago, who along with 5 American Embassy colleagues hid at the Canadian Ambassador’s Tehran residence until they could be slipped out of Tehran after the Embassy was overtaken.
Tony Mendez, the CIA agent who created an almost laughable but effective path to sneak the six Americans out of the country, received a big welcome from Ben Affleck. Mr. Affleck spoke with pride about the joy of bringing this almost unknown great chapter in American Canadian cooperation to life. He introduced CIA Director General David Petraeus and his wife Holly, saying he was “honored to be in the room with him.”
Actor Bryan Cranston was overheard taping a video greeting to the Petraeus’s daughter who could not attend the event.
Guests included the State Department’s Huma Abedin and husband, former Congressman Anthony Weiner who pointed out Huma got a screen credit in the film. CIA General Counsel Stephen Preston, NYT’s Maureen Dowd, PBS’s Gwen Ifill and Lisa Davis, Investigative reporter Mark Hosenball and AP’s Kimberly Dozier were part of the packed house. Media favorites Men’s Health’s Marc Adelman, the Washington Post’s Amy Argetsinger, RNC flack Sean Spicer, Senator Boxer’s Laura Schiller, CNN’s Joe Johns and Sam Feist sipped water and ate up the popcorn and the story of a successful American CIA mission. Part of the film was shot at the State Department and the actors visited CIA headquarters.
Make sure you check out Huffington Post for the first smart phone polling of reaction to the Vice Presidential debate.
Read the full release and get ready for one of the greatest nights of this election season:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
World’s most powerful smartphone insight tool teams with Huffington Post to gather live feedback to Vice Presidential Debate in first ever Live “Smartphone Town Hall.”
Chicago, IL – October, 2012 – As people watch political debates they’re thinking 2 things: the first is “What do I think of this?” The second (by a narrow margin) is “What did everyone think of what just happened!?!”
For the 2012 Vice Presidential Debate Thursday October 11th, Over the Shoulder® and the Huffington Post will answer that question in a revolutionary new way. The two have partnered to create the world’s first live “Smartp
hone- based Townhall” of over 1,000 debate watchers around the country. The“Town Hall’s” opinions on the unfolding debate will be immediately published onnumerous Huffington Post properties, during and immediately after the debate.
Debate-watchers who tune in, can now weigh in, LIVE, using Over the Shoulder (www.overtheshoulder.com) and the smartphones in their hands.
“Smartphone insight work like Over the Shoulder is one of the most promising growth areas for market research at the moment,” says Leonard F. Murphy, Editor-in-Chief, GreenBook & Senior Partner, Gen2 Advisors. “Forty- two percent (42%) of global researchers we surveyed plan to use some form of mobile-based research in 2012. That’s up from 22% who used it in 2011. Mobile Ethnography itself is projected to be used by 24% of the industry, up from only 10% in 2011. That’s simply unprecedented adoption-rate growth.”
Murphy adds, “There’s a huge amount of excitement and interest in Digital Insight methodologies like Egg Strategy’s Over the Shoulder. It opens up the possibilities to get in-the-moment, in-the-situation insight that simply weren’t possible to access before. Over the Shoulder is the right product at the right time to capitalize on these trends.”
For the third year in a row, these three famous and successful women have led the annual breakfast to advocate for the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood.
Guests included Barbara Bush, Emily McKhann, Susan McCue, Jill Sheffield, Nicola Mendelsohn, Lucy Doughty, Celia Walden, Lucy Kneebone, Hilde Schwab, Jim Jones, Kathy O’Hearn, Lisa Benenson, Connie Milstein, Lynn de Rothschild, Sally Wnek, Sue Smalley, Jessica Stuart, and Kimi Culp.
A few special men who advocate for women and girls such as Jim Jones from the Exxon Mobil Foundation and Dr. Naveen Rao, the director of Merck for Mothers also attended.
Sarah Brown told the audience that while progress has been made, “We cannot take this for granted – we must keep up the fight.”
Arianna Huffington hosted a panel of experts who work on the ground, “In Nigeria the electricity goes out every hour – making hospital care problematic, ’’ said Toyin Saraki, founder of The Wellbeing Foundation. Aparajita Gogoi, of the White Ribbon Alliance in India told the crowd of 100, “We need to prevent needless childbirths deaths for sustainable communities….a woman is dying every 8 minutes in our country.”