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Chad’s Morning Brief: Presidential Debate Tonight, Ted Cruz and Paul Sadler Have a Spirited Debate, & More

Here is your Morning Brief for the morning of October 3, 2012. Give us your feedback below and tune in to The Chad Hasty Show for these and many more topics from 8:30 to 11 am.

Barack Obama, Mitt Romney
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1. Presidential Debate Tonight

Tonight will be the first of three debates between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. The 90-minute debate starts at 8pm our time and will focus on the economy. Both sides have tried to lower expectations but most people believe that President Obama is the more skilled debater. Today on the show I want to hear from you what you think Romney has to do in tonight’s debate.

Personally, I believe Romney can’t be Mr. Nice Guy. He has to go after Obama’s abysmal record on the economy and offer specifics on what he would do. Romney also needs to work in Obama’s foreign policy failures. Anyone think Obama will finally admit that the attack in Libya was at the hands of terrorists?

What do you think Romney needs to do tonight?

If you can’t watch the debate, KFYO will air the debate at 8pm.

2. U.S. Senate Debate (link)

Did you see last night’s debate between Ted Cruz and Paul Sadler? If not, you missed a not so friendly debate. According to the Star-Telegram:

During a one-hour debate that touched on issues ranging from immigration to the national debt, the two argued, talked over each other and traded insults.

“There is a very clear divide,” Cruz said during the debate at the WFAA/Channel 8 Victory Park studio in Dallas. “I commend Mr. Sadler for running as an unapologetic liberal. … There is a sharp difference between the two of us and that’s good because it gives Texans a clear choice.”

Sadler, who said several times that Cruz has “crazy” ideas, has maintained that his opponent is too inexperienced to represent Texas in the U.S. Senate.

“This is the guy who has never been elected to anything,” he said. “I have a record that is a bipartisan record you can look at.”

Cruz said he’s busy traveling through Texas, delivering his message to groups small and large. And he said he’s participating in two debates, where Sadler may launch “all the attacks” he’d like.

“I understand you are working very hard to get free media coverage,” Cruz told Sadler. “It’s not our obligation to help you with that.”

Sadler said Cruz won’t commit to more debates because “you know I know you don’t know enough about government.”

Cruz referred to Sadler as a liberal; Sadler at one point referred to his opponent as a “troll” — although he later said he should have chosen a different word.

“I’m sorry, Mr. Sadler, that you feel I’m a troll,” Cruz said.

“I think you’re a liar,” Sadler responded.

Sadler is desperate and will lose this election. He could at least do with dignity.

3. Obama’s Race Video (link)

The Daily Caller released a video yesterday of President Obama giving a speech in 2007 that has created a lot of buzz. As expected, Democrats are dismissing the video and did so even before it was released. According to the Daily Caller:

In a video obtained exclusively by The Daily Caller, then-presidential candidate Barack Obama tells an audience of black ministers, including the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, that the U.S. government shortchanged Hurricane Katrina victims because of racism.

“The people down in New Orleans they don’t care about as much!” Obama shouts in the video, which was shot in June of 2007 at Hampton University in Virginia. By contrast, survivors of Sept. 11 and Hurricane Andrew received generous amounts of aid, Obama explains. The reason? Unlike residents of majority-black New Orleans, the federal government considers those victims “part of the American family.”

The racially charged and at times angry speech undermines Obama’s carefully-crafted image as a leader eager to build bridges between ethnic groups. For nearly 40 minutes, using an accent he almost never adopts in public, Obama describes a racist, zero-sum society, in which the white majority profits by exploiting black America. The mostly black audience shouts in agreement. The effect is closer to an Al Sharpton rally than a conventional campaign event.

To me the video wasn’t shocking only because it reinforced what I already thought about Obama. He doesn’t like this country and enjoys playing the race card. What this video does prove is how in the tank the media is for this President. The media was at this event but only reported on the prepared remarks. Most of the outrageous statements were made when Obama went off script.

You can view the video on page 3 of the story in the link above. What are your thoughts?

4. Lubbock Mule Lawsuit (link)

Just when you thought the whole Lubbock Mule story was over, it just gets more ridiculous.

A lawsuit is drawing new attention to the ongoing controversy over a Lubbock museum’s decision to purchase two living mules to have them killed and stuffed.

The American Museum of Agriculture made the purchase last month. A press release from the museum said the mules were needed as part of a new exhibit planned to replicate farming techniques at the turn of the century.

Now a lawsuit filed by a San Antonio animal right’s activist could come with big consequences.

The suit was filed in a Lubbock County District Court by Patrick Green.

Green has a history of filing lawsuits on behalf on animals and calls himself a former atheist activist.

Seriously? How stupid is this?

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These and many more topics coming up on today’s edition of The Chad Hasty Show. Tune in mornings 8:30-11 am on NewsTalk 790 KFYO, streaming online at kfyo.com, and now on your iPhone and Android device with the radioPup App. All guest interviews can be heard online in our podcast section after the show at kfyo.com.

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