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Things to do in Denver when you're dead (politically)

Things to do in Denver when you're dead (politically)

I see this picture and it reminds me of that ad, "Where's the beef?"

So...it's Debate Night in America, which is a little like Hockey Night in Canada, except a lot less interesting. My editor forced me to write a fair and balanced preview and it went something like this:

OK, WE ALREADY know that Mitt Romney is no Jack Kennedy, but neither is President Obama. We know that they're both likable enough, that their campaigns sometimes remind us of that ad, "Where's the beef," that neither is going to exploit his opponent's youth and inexperience, and that the Soviet Union does not dominate Eastern Europe (anymore).

So, going into Wednesday's overhyped political Super Bowl of a presidential debate in Denver, it might be good if you ask yourself: Will Romney - behind in the polls in key battleground states - be better off if he hits Obama with a memorable "zinger"?

The New York Times reported last week that "Romney's team has concluded that debates are about creating moments and has equipped him with a series of zingers that he has memorized and has been practicing on aides since August."

But James Hilty, Temple University professor emeritus and presidential scholar, said that getting in a few clever one-liners won't really help the Republican presidential nominee explain to voters who he is, or why he is here.

So, does anyone have a good "zinger" that Romney can borrow?

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