Mitt Romney dominated almost from the start of the first presidential debate tonight, and he never looked back. A key early point was when Romney repeatedly and forcefully rebutted President Obama’s persistent effort to mischaracterize his tax plan as a massive tax cut for the rich. He went on to explain why America needed lower tax rates. And in the process, he showed flashes of good humor, telling moderator Jim Lehrer he would even cut subsidies to PBS. Romney plainly had prepared well for the debate, moving quickly to correct the president’s misstatements on energy and hitting him again
Here are President Barack Obama’s five most memorable lines from the first presidential debate Wednesday night with GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney in Denver: (Snip) “Under Gov. Romney’s definition, there are a whole bunch of millionaires and billionaires who are small business. Donald Trump is small business. And I know Donald trump doesn’t like to think of himself as small anything.” 3. “By the way, I have become fond of this term Obamacare.” 4. “For 18 months he’s been running on this tax plan and now, five weeks before the election, he is saying that his big, bold idea is
In the end there were no zingers; no knockout blows; no major blunders. But there was a winner: Mitt Romney. After several reboots and roll-outs he finally, finally found his voice. He wasn't likeable, but he was believable. Gone were the gaffes, the stiff, wooden persona and the excessive caution. He came out fighting and he kept on swinging. Fluent, strident, confident--he made his case. Barack Obama on the other hand appeared nervous, distracted and unprepared. After four years in the Oval Office, he'd lost his voice. Gone was the charisma, the optimism and the eloquence. Defensive, halting and
Mitt Romney squared off with President Barack Obama Wednesday night at the University of Denver in Colorado. Here’s a look at the GOP nominee’s five most memorable lines during the debate, which was moderated by PBS’s Jim Lehrer: (Snip) “Mr. President, you’re entitled to your own house and your own airplane, but not your own facts.” 3. “I’m sorry, Jim, I’m gonna stop the subsidy to PBS… I like PBS. I love Big Bird. I actually like you, too.” 4. “Look, I got five boys. I’m used to people saying something that’s not always true, but just keep on repeating it and ultimately hoping I
On Wednesday night, Mitt Romney attempted a hostile takeover of the presidential campaign, manhandling the debate moderator, Jim Lehrer, and dominating President Obama. I wasn’t in the debate hall, so my impressions came from watching on television, as they did for most voters. Romney struck me as briskly efficient, affable, and (shock!) convincingly bipartisan in how he presented himself. Obama, at least until the final 30 minutes, was discursive, meandering, and seemed poorly prepared.
Well, I’m with all the other talking heads: Mitt Romney won this debate. Barack Obama lost it. I mean, he got his butt kicked. It was, in fact, one of the most inept performances I’ve ever seen by a sitting President. Romney–credit where it’s due–was calm, clear, convincing (even when he was totally full of it) and nearly human. The real mystery was Obama. Where on earth was he? Why was his debate strategy unilateral disarmament? Why did he never speak in plain English:
Denver - It had been nearly 1,400 days since Barack Obama strode onto a debate stage — and it showed in a major way Wednesday at the first presidential debate of 2012. Obama, who has spent most of the past four years speaking to hand-picked interviewers or lecturing audiences required to remain mostly mute while he spoke, struggled to shake off the rust in a jostling debate environment that gave his opponent Mitt Romney parity, equal time — and a new lease on political life. There were no game-changing gaffes and the debate was a substantive break from months of caustic negative campaigning on both
Mitt Romney has floated the idea of a $17,000 limit on tax deductions as a way of lowering taxes while making higher-income earners bear the burden pay more tax to make the plan deficit-neutral. 'As an option, you could say everybody's going to get up to a $17,000 deduction; and you could use your charitable deduction, your home mortgage deduction, or others--your healthcare deduction,' Romney said in an interview with Denver's FOX31. 'And you can fill that bucket, if you will, that $17,000 bucket that way. And higher-income people might have a lower number.'
Ever the romantic, Barack Obama used the opening moments of the first 2012 presidential election debate, to acknowledge his 20th wedding anniversary to wife Michelle. The President opened with the words: 'Twenty years ago I became the luckiest man on the earth because Michelle Obama agreed to marry me. I just want to wish, you, sweetie, happy anniversary.' He promised that next year, their celebration would not take place before 40 million viewers. Romney also had words of congratulations for the first couple before the debate got underway in Denver, Colorado. Romney joked to Obama: 'I’m sure this was
By a 2 to 1 margin, uncommitted voters crowned Mitt Romney the winner over President Obama in the first presidential debate in Debate, Colo., on Wednesday night, according to a 500-person instant poll taken by CBS News. In the moments following the candidates' performances on the University of Denver stage, 46 percent of voters gave the economy-centric debate to Romney, 22 percent said they believed the president was the winner, and 32 percent called it a tie. More good news for the GOP nominee: 56 percent of those polled said they viewed Romney in a better light after watching the
Mitt Romney went for the jugular in the first presidential debate tonight, overwhelming a lacklustre President Barack Obama with a relentlessly forceful performance that could give a significant boost to his White House hopes. The Republican challenger needed to put in a strong performance in the first presidential debate in Denver and he more than rose to the occasion with even some of Obama’s most dedicated supporters declaring him the clear winner. Romney chided Obama for promising to halve America’s annual deficit but instead doubling it and even comparing him to a little boy who can’t tell the
A focus group of Walmart moms in Las Vegas, sponsored by Walmart and moderated by bi-partisan pollsters, revealed mixed reactions to each candidate in tonight’s debate but a broad sense that Romney was the victor. In a break-off group of non-Latina women afterwards, the general consensus in the room was that Romney won. But even so, the women didn’t walk away seeing Romney in a very positive light. When asked to describe their impressions of Romney, the women used words like “rude,” “pushy” and “assertive” – and when asked to clarify if assertive was positive or negative, the woman who
Last night was a good example of what happens when you take President Obama off an autocue. He falls to pieces. Obama’s performance during the first presidential debate was a mess. The subject was domestic policy--passing through economics, the debt, healthcare and the role of government. Through it all, the President looked distracted and tired, his eyes often drifting to the notes on the podium as if he might be sneakily answering texts.[Snip] Perhaps the goal was to appear statesmanlike, but the result was somewhere between bored and superior. His debating technique was no better.
Mitt Romney brought it. The preparation paid off. He had energy — and a command of the facts. If you were Joe Sixpack just tuning in for the first time, you would probably come away with the impression that Romney knows what he’s talking about — and has the energy to actually accomplish his goals. Romney, who has often been light on details, also took time to explain his conservative philosophy in a very reasonable and common sense (and more specific) manner. This, of course, can be done, though until Wednesday night Romney had shown little aptitude for it.
Sixty-seven percent of registered voters who watched the debate said GOP nominee Mitt Romney won the debate, while 25% said President Barack Obama came out as the winner, according to a CNN/ORC International Poll released late Wednesday night. For the survey, 430 adult Americans were interviewed by telephone after the end of the debate. The poll does not and cannot reflect the views of all Americans. It only represents the views of people who watched the event. The poll has a sampling error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.
I would call the first presidential debate a pretty clear win for Mitt Romney. Not that it was walk-over: both men were competent and eminently rational. There was no silly behaviour (in the Al Gore tradition) and there were no gaffes on either side. But it was Romney who was stunningly on top of his argument with a faultless command of detail and a confident fluency that made Barack Obama seem hesitant, defensive and occasionally evasive. What will be most significant for the mass audience was that Romney repudiated so completely the images of him which the media has
Obama began very nervously. His reference to his anniversary should have been a home run; his delivery was limp and got a poor response. He is less fluent than Romney at explaining complicated points. Where he is fluent, he seems to be remembering a model answer from rehearsal. He’s not obviously failing, but he’s certainly not sounding like someone who’s been president for four years. Romney began very strongly; he wobbles occasionally when he gets anxious and speeds up. When he remembers to go slow, he’s effective. Romney is good at making positive points,
Mitt started out strong, with his big opening about how — and how much — he wants to help the middle class. The middle class is the important battleground in this race, and for the next four years. The middle class is in trouble, and is worse off today than they were four years ago. He sounds way more plausible and committed to the middle class than he sometimes has. And he is exuding confidence as he explains policies and programs to meet the stated goal. Mitt is doing the important thing: he is making substantive arguments
ST. CLOUD, Minn. — Congresswoman Michele Bachmann says the recent anti-American violence in the Middle East proves the past comments she made about the Muslim Brotherhood's influence on the U.S. government are accurate. She says she is not concerned about her comments' impact on the November election. "I've been proven right in the tragic events of this last month. The Muslim Brotherhood is not the Lutheran Brotherhood. It is a very different organization," Bachmann said, speaking with MPR News as she campaigned Wednesday in St. Cloud. "It is a violent organization
When Barack Obama and Mitt Romney face off for the first time at tonight’s presidential debate in Denver, they’ll also be taking a lie detector test. A spokesman for the group Americans for Limited Government told The Daily Caller on Wednesday they have contracted with a company to use new truth detecting technology to determine whether either candidate is lying during the debate. “For the first time, within a few hours of a political debate, the American people will know if the candidates are telling the truth, and better be able to judge what promises are real
Denver – Just spent a few moments with Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch – a longtime friend and supporter of fellow Mormon Mitt Romney. Hatch said he likes Obama personally, but he is a “terrible president.” And yes, he said he thinks the just-released 2007 video of Obama talking about the federal response to Katrina is relevant in this campaign. Hatch said that the U.S. has become a “laughingstock” internationally under Obama, who is “apologizing” around the world. When we pointed out that Obama NEVER apologized, Hatch said that depended on how you define apology. No, that’s not so.
Titillating as Tucker’s unearthed video was, it changes nothing in the march of time to November 6. Tucker Carlson of The Daily Caller released a video showing Obama touting racism as the reason for Katrina victim neglect from a 2007 speech at Virginia’s Hampton University, and The Man Who Would Be President heaping praise on Rev. Jeremiah Wright. All but the most gullible among us knew when Obama purportedly threw the Rev. Jeremiah Wright under the bus, he was in true life, Wright’s biggest fan and his 20-year-long leading apostle.
I’m writing this in the morning of the 3rd, well before the debates. There are several things I can tell you about the debate though: Unless Barack Obama actually falls asleep while speaking, or eats a live puppy on stage (and even then, I’m not sure), the media will declare him the best, most presidential president ever, the brightest man in the room and the most informed economist of our times. Mitt Romney, meanwhile, will be uninformed, lying, plutocratic, uncaring, and – oh, of course – RACIIIIIIIIST. G-d forbid that Mitt says anything of substance, because it will be declared
LONDON - The British lawyer for a terror suspect wanted by U.S. officials said Wednesday his client is too depressed and unhealthy to extradite. Alun Jones told judges at London's High Court on Wednesday that extremist cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri is suffering from clinical depression, inability to concentrate and short-term memory loss. Jones says his client needs a brain scan and should not be extradited to America. Jones said a brain scan could establish whether al-Masri is suffering from some organic, degenerative condition affecting his ability to concentrate on legal proceedings, and thus his fitness to plead.