Thursday, October 04, 2012

Barack Obama and Mitt Romney Presidential Debate

There seems a near consensus, Romney won the debate. Obama looked nervous, uncomfortable; Romney calm, on message. Romney may have been overtly flip-flopping on issues like Obamacare and tax cuts - sounding very different than he did in the Republican primary - but somehow Obama wasn't quite able to get the point across.

On the substance of it, Obama has the facts on his side: Romney is repeating the Bush policy of tax cuts that balloon deficits, his VP Paul Ryan authored a budget that would gut America's limited system of public healthcare. Romney's policies would be destructive to middle-class Americans.

But on the style, on the rhetoric, Romney won the day. Hopefully this isn't a sign of what's to happen on election day.

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