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  • In first debate woes, Obama’s not alone

    CBS News - 10/05/2012

    After a widely criticized performance in this week’s debate, President Obama proved he’s not immune to the pitfalls of the modern presidential campaign cycle. But the president can take solace in a look back at history: He’s hardly the first sitting president to flub the first debate of a general election campaign – and he wouldn’t be the first to win the election despite it, either.

    According to Alan Schroeder, a professor at Northeastern University and the author of “Presidential Debates: 50 Years of High-Risk TV,” the president joins a long line of incumbent presidents — including Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and both Bushes — who essentially bombed their first time back in the ring.