First Presidential Debate Is Like a Boardroom Smackdown

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I was just laughing with a friend that even though I am a moderate, I never sound like one. But seriously, Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney brought it. He needed to and he did. He came off like a CEO dressing down a CFO for not keeping the lid on spending. And that's appropriate because we are electing a CEO for this country who needs to put the lid back on spending.

I thought President Barack Obama had a good line, though, when Romney was going on about tax breaks for oil companies and Obama said, "Okay, yeah, they got them but it's time to end 'em." Even though I have said many times I think Obama is at heart a very decent person, I do think he looked a little shaken at times in this first Presidential Debate. Especially when Romney just kept hitting the numbers. "The proof," he said over and over, "is in the 23 million without jobs, it's in the 1 in 6 in poverty, it's in the 47 million on food stamps."

My favorite part of the whole debate was when Romney said he really liked what he did in Massachusetts to create healthcare reform. But he reminded voters, he didn't have to raise taxes to do it, and Massachusetts could afford it. And he also pointed out that he worked with a Democratic legislature in a truly bi-partisan effort to implement reform in that state. That is so important for moderates and Independents to hear. It's just the nuance they need to hear when the Republican message has been so black and white about repealing Obamacare on Day One. Because even though we may need to go back to the drawing board, we do need to reform healthcare. We can't just throw the baby out with the bathwater. Americans want to know they won't be punished for being sick by being denied benefits for pre-existing conditions and they need to know their kids can stay on their policies. 

I also liked when Romney said his Medicare plan is not as heartless as people want to portray it. Those with the highest income wouldn't get the same benefits as those with less money to spend. And that's appropriate.

Kudos to Romney, too, for pointing out that while he is going to cut taxes, he is also going to eliminate a lot of the deductions or loopholes, not just for the wealthy, but also the middle class. I kept wanting him to invoke "The Gipper" (Ronald Reagan) every time Obama brought up those 5 trillion dollars in tax cuts for the wealthy he says Romney is planning to make. I just needed Romney to stop, laugh and say, "Oh, there you go again!" Because even though he answered the charge in the first question, it came up in almost everyone of Obama's answers after that. Really at some point it was such an obvious tactic, it needed to be mentioned.

2012 election, barack obama, economy, mitt romney


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2 thumbs up. More if I had them.

fleur... fleurdelys3110

Great article. Romney was superior to Obama tonight in every way. Anyone who says differently is blind or afraid to admit that Obama isn't as infallible as everyone thought before tonight.

Deann... Deanna2872

Excellent article!

Lovex23 Lovex23

Romney rocked that debate! I couldn't believe how Obama handled that. I have to say this debate has definitely made me look a little more into Romney. Obama better bring it during the next debate!

Bloom... Bloomie79

Yes anyone who disagrees with Romney is clearly stupid... Why think for yourself when someone else can do it for you?

Pinkmani Pinkmani

Bloomie79, see that's the problem I have - the name-calling... Just because someone doesn't agree with you or supports something other than what you support doesn't make them stupid. That behavior is probably where children learn how to bully.

First... FirstTimeMama21

Great article. Obama shouldn't have bothered to show up!

Desti... DestinyHLewis

Dennis Miller said it best. "Obama better hope a "kicked ass" is covered under Obamacare" LOL Romney STRAIGHT UP OWNED OWEBAMA tonight! Loved it! Cannot wait to hear the Dems and Obama supporters try and defend how Obama didn't loose. Lol

zandh... zandhmom2

Romney did awesome.  It makes me even more confident in my decision to vote for him.  I can't tell you how much I can't wait to see the VP debates!


When Romney brought upt the "burined middle class" in the first five minutes, you could see the defeat in Obama's eyes.

What a great article, Christine.  I am a moderate too, and I couldn't agree more with your points.  Obama looked tired and scared, and why wouldn't he... Look at the undeniable mess the country is in.

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