One listen to the things these people say and I wouldn't blame you for running away from the Republican party, even after Romney sounded like a dove in the other night's presidential debate. On the other hand, this type of stuff might actually sway a few people in the other direction, particularly if they perceive Romney as likeminded (and I don't think he is in the any of the aforementioned cases). You hear it constantly at this point during an election year. Something to the effect of this headline from Huffington Post: Richard Mourdock Rape Comments May Be October Surprise To Help Dems, Obama Right. That's the stuff that "helps" one side or the other. Somebody saying something reprehensible or illogical. A disingenuous or downright false attack ad. It comes down to foots in mouths, not powerful words from a candidate. The masterful (genuine and believable) rhetoric from RFK can no longer happen. Because nobody, not even Obama, can pull it off. They're not trained to because passion, conviction and knowledge no longer matter. These things do not tip the scale. 7,102 likes. When I watch the debates, I view things through an investor's lens. I pay extra attention when I hear a public company get mentioned. The other night Tesla Motors ( TSLA) came up. Romney doesn't think Obama should fund companies such as Tesla. He's all for "research" at the university level, but not for giving money to technology companies. I can't remember Obama's response because I don't think he had a substantive one. There's no way he would risk the election by going on national television and touting electric vehicles on November eve. Other automakers' names came up at the town hall debate, I believe. Obama and Romney discussed government intervention at General Motors ( GM) in the wake of the 2008 economic crisis. Nobody bothered with core issues; like everything else, it turned into an argument about who said what, when they said it and what they actually meant when they said it. That accomplished a lot. 7,119 likes. Apple ( AAPL) entered one of the debates.