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The Results of the Second Presidential Election Debate

I am starting to see a trend in the content and focus of the debates. It happened in the first presidential election debate, the VP debate, and now the recent, second election debate. Republicans are citing facts and business-like plans for the future, and Democrats are giving us emotional comments and defenses of the last four years of economic failure. I thought that Victor Davis Hansen articulated this same thought very well in his post-debate commentary today:

Obama did not forfeit the debate as last time, and took his cue from Joe Biden in interrupting and muttering while Romney spoke, so his energy made it an entertaining night. Nevertheless, the same theme as in Denver emerged — Romney more often providing specific proposals and detailed critiques, and Obama preferring more often emoting and running more on hypotheticals, as if he were not an incumbent with a depressing record that he is obligated to defend.

I saw both Romney and Ryan do this. If we look ahead to the next four years of critical leadership for our country, do you want emotional talking points or an adult plan to focus our country back on the founding principles of enabling individuals- not taking away from them and berating their success. This is how jobs and prosperity for all are created.

 Vote for Romney/Ryan in 2012.


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Romney Unveiled

So after weeks/months of being defined negatively by hundreds of millions of Obama campaign dollars and negatively filtered by the mainstream media, Romney turns out to be…human! In the real world of face-to-face debate of ideas and accomplishments, it’s no shock that Mitt Romney did well and President Obama did not do so well.

Mitt Romney is a family man, business man, and Governor that brings his record, experience, and compassion to his campaign for the Presidency and the privilege of leading our country. President Obama had little national political experience and no executive experience when he campaigned for President. He has had four years to lead our country forward with that lack of experience and does not have much to show for it. I blogged back in 2008 that he was not qualified to assume the Presidency and that this poor performance would be the inevitable outcome of an on-the-job (OJT) trained individual.

Some high points of the substance of last nights debate (vs. style):

  1. When asked how he would break political grid-lock and work across party lines, Romney had a record of doing so with a MA state legislature that was 87% Democrat. The President said he would listen to ideas from both parties. Then went on to say how you need to say ‘No’ to the other party no less than three times!
  2. On the topic of Energy, Romney effectively called out Obama’s Soviet-style central planning approach to picking economic losers (to the tune of 90 billion in taxpayer dollars) in the green ‘energy’ area. Romney followed that with how that money is fifty times the subsidy of entire gas and oil industry (successful producers of usable energy!) and how many teachers the President could have hired if that money had not been lost.
  3. Through out the debate Romney gave specifics on how he would do things differently than Obama. After one such set of points, Obama clumsily pulls out what must have been a poll-tested talking point to say that Romney didn’t have any specifics! That was a puzzling gaffe by a politician that has been hailed as a ‘great’ orator of our times. The President appears to struggle when he doesn’t have a teleprompter and control of the conversation.

Some great points from some of the after-debate reviews:

  1. “On the whole, Mitt Romney looked like a guy who wants to be elected president tonight, and Barack Obama looked like a guy who wants to be left alone.”
  2. “[Romney] effectively portrayed himself as a private-sector problem solver. He cast President Obama as a failed statist technocrat without appearing angry.”
  3. “For so long Barack Obama has assumed that he will not face cross-examination from the media that he simply has little grasp of policy details, and in exasperation seems to look around for the accustomed helpful media crutch. But there is no such subsidy in a one-on-one debate, and only now it becomes clear just how [much] the media, for the last six years, have enfeebled their favorite [politician].”

With an unfiltered view of the dynamic, intelligent, and experienced individual that Mitt Romney is, I hope you will vote for his leadership to put our country on the right track for the next four years.

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