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State of the Debate
George Pyle
George Pyle has been a newspaper writer in Kansas, Utah, Upstate New York, and now Utah again, for more than 30 years - most of it as an editorial writer and columnist. Now on his second tour of duty on The Salt Lake Tribune Editorial Board, he has also done a stretch as a talk radio host, published a book on the ongoing flaws of U.S.agricultural policy and, in 1998, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing. His most active bookmarks are Andrew Sullivan, Christopher Hitchens and Tina Brown. And he still thinks the Internet can be used for intelligent conversation and uplifting ideas.

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A worker prepares for tonights debate Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at the Ritchie Center at the University of Denver. Craig F Walker, The Denver Post
Western Editorial Sampler: More debate reactions ...

A game-changer for Romney — Ogden Standard-Examiner Editorial

It wasn’t even close. On Wednesday night in Denver, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney thoroughly defeated President Barack Obama in the first 2012 presidential debate. Although there are two more opportunities for the president to rebound, the debate was a game-changer for Romney’s campaign, which will certainly get a boost. ...

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Should Big Bird be laid off? — Provo Daily Herald Editorial

Is Mitt Romney really Oscar the Grouch in disguise? ...

In debate, Romney moderate stance belies earlier campaign — San Jose Mercury News Editorial

The Mitt Romney who shone in Wednesday night’s debate was the moderate Massachusetts governor, not the condescending presidential candidate who spent the past year pandering to the far right. ...

Debate gave us good look at differences — Des Moines Register Editorial

Political analysts and spin doctors went to work even before the networks signed off Wednesday night’s match-up between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

The consensus: Romney won. He came on strong with a crisp presentation of his vision for the nation. The president often struggled to defend his record.

But by Thursday afternoon, the pundits were saying the president not only blew the debate but maybe the election.

That’s going a bit far. ...

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