Romney Impresses in First Debate
They say body language tells all, and if that’s true Governor Mitt Romney won tonight’s debate hands down. While Romney maintained eye contact with either moderator Jim Lehrer or President Obama, Obama was often seen with his head down, with a bizarre smirk that I can’t quite explain.
But when it comes to substance, Obama did no better. The President stuck to his talking points of “$5 trillion in tax cuts and $2 trillion in increased spending” despite being debunked by Mitt several times over on that claim. Obama also tried the Mediscare tactic, but was again rebuffed by Romney on each attempt. Obama’s main punches were landed based on “specifics” in his tax plan, but these seem weak in the broader scheme of things.
Romney hit hard throughout the debate and Obama seemed unprepared to retaliate. On jobs and the economy, Mitt pointed out this administration’s failure to increase employment. On health care, Romney noted the costs of Obamacare and the rising price of health insurance in the country.
However, Romney could have been much stronger on the debt and deficit at hitting the President. After Obama’s attacks on specifics though, I could understand why he relented some on that front while pushing hard on the others. I’ll take the few punches in regards to Obama’s ”cutting our deficit in half” pledge gladly, though.
Dodd-Frank repeal was also another strong point made by Romney that, again, Obama seemed unprepared for – as if he didn’t sign the bill himself.
It seems to be pretty widely accepted across all ideologies that Mitt Romney won this debate. Winning debates is good, but it doesn’t guarantee you any votes come election day. And with another debate coming, thing can definitely change.
The only win that matters is the one on November 6th.
Addendum: How do you know Mitt won? This how: