If the presidential debates were a boxing match, round one goes to challenger Mitt Romney.
President Obama, who has been leading in every poll taken, had a chance to deliver a first-round, knockout punch Wednesday night. Instead, he rope-a-doped around, had to dodge several Romney punches, even got pelted by a few aggressive jabs and stumbled on a solid Romney right hook to the jaw: “You could have hired 2 million teachers with that $90 million you spent on green energy companies, many of them that contributed to your campaign, and many of them that have failed.”
Too bad Angelo Dundee still isn’t alive to give the champ some pointers on ducking-and-weaving and being aggressive in order to end the fight quickly.
Romney came out throwing punches with confidence, landing jabs left and right speaking distinctly, pointedly, and almost always look directly at the President, who spent more time looking down and appeared to be writing notes. Romney’s long hours of training paid off; he was prepared.
Overall, Romney looked and acted presidential; Obama looked and acted defeated.
Romney still didn’t provide significant details in his proposals dealing with tax cuts and balancing the budget. He did, however, make several accusations against the President’s record such as claiming there are 23 million Americans out of work or inferring that Obama was responsible for the increase in gas prices the past four years. He also said Obamacare is not only getting rid of jobs it is adding to the deficit and that many programs are funded with money borrowed from China.
Obama, though, also presented some misinformation during the debate saying there will be cash available to bring down the deficit once the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have ended or that health insurance premiums have increased at the slowest pace in the past 50 years. He also claims his budget proposal would reduce the deficit over 10 years.
Romney, based on his performance in the first debate undoubtedly will, and should, get a good bounce in the polls and that should result in a hefty increase in campaign contributions. In fact, Romney could take the lead in the polls. But then that puts Obama in the underdog position, which Romney had enjoyed and even savored.
The final two debates between Obama and Romney are on Oct. 16, in a town hall-style format at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. Their final faceoff, on foreign affairs, is Oct. 22 at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla.
Republicans are hoping Ryan will be able to not only ride the coattails of Romney’s performance but also continue aggressively attacking the Obama’s administration of the past four years.
The Democrats are hoping Biden doesn’t say anything that’s going to bury their chances in November and strategists likely began regrouping even before Wednesday night’s debate was finished. If they didn’t, they should have because Americans, especially the independents who are sitting on the fence and could decide the election, need to see a more aggressive, a more confident, and a more presidential-type leader in Obama who doesn’t mire through details but provides distinct answers and facts that everyone can understand.
If not, Obama, indeed, will be a one-term president.
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