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Political Chat: Sen. Wyden In The Presidential Debate

OPB | Oct. 5, 2012 10:06 a.m. | Updated: Oct. 19, 2012 4:20 a.m. | Portland

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The first debate between the presidential candidates was on Wednesday.  President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney talked about a range of domestic issues in their 90-minute debate.

Governor Romney spoke about how he would try to change Medicare, if elected. He tried to burnish his credentials as a bipartisan by dropping the names of some familiar Democrats.

“By the way, the idea came not even from Paul Ryan or — or Senator Wyden, who’s a co-author of the bill with — with Paul Ryan in the Senate, but also it came from Bill Clinton’s — Bill Clinton’s chief of staff.”

Our ears perked up at the mention of our senior Senator.  There were also some differences over energy policy, which might be of interest to Northwesterners.

The Oregon Supreme Court upholds the status quo on campaign finance regulation.

And there were charges directed against both candidates in the race for mayor in Portland.

Our political guys, Bill and Jeff, have joined us again. Bill Lunch is OPB’s Political Analyst; he’s at the OSU Media Center. Jeff Mapes is the senior political reporter for The Oregonian; he’s on the line.

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