"Some of you here may be folks who actually used to be Republican, but are puzzled by what’s happened to that party... I mean, has anybody been watching the debates lately? You’ve got a governor whose state is on fire denying climate change. (Laughter.) No, no, it’s true."
President Obama - DNC fundraiser, San Jose, California - September 26, 2011
"The other side has a very different idea about where to take this country. I urge all of you to watch some of these Republican debates! There’s a different vision about who we are and what we stand for."
President Obama - DNC fundraiser, Los Angeles, California - September 27, 2011
"I hope all of you are watching these Republican debates. You need to see what's going on to get a sense of what's at stake. They've got a very specific idea about where they want to take this country."
President Obama - Campaign Fundraiser, New York - November 30, 2011
"The Republicans in Congress and the candidates running for President, they’ve got a very specific idea of where they want to take this country. To their credit, they’re not hiding it. Watch these debates!"
President Obama - Aulani Disney Resort, Ko Olina, Hawaii - November 14, 2011
"I suspect, knowing [the President], knowing his viewing habits, that he will not watch [the debate]. He has a family at home... When he watches TV at all, it’s either sports or a movie. So I don't expect he will... I think he’ll be prepared when that time comes. He might look at a little tape when that time comes. But for now, I think he’ll continue his practice of finding something better to do."
White House Press Secretary, Jay Carney, on whether the President planned to watch the Republican Presidential debate - February 22, 2012
"I know that he didn't watch it. "
White House Press Secretary, Jay Carney, on whether the President had watched the Republican Presidential debate - February 23, 2012
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