The governor versus the professor…

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Updated at 10:35 p.m.: Let’s put it this way: Barack Obama’s listless — maybe rusty is the better word — performance this evening puts a great deal of pressure on Vice President Joe Biden next week when he debates U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan.

Mitt Romney gave his campaign the best news it’s had in six weeks and more, and if nothing else, certainly will stop the panic in GOP ranks that we’ve seen.

Updated at 10:11 p.m.: A confident Mitt Romney goes personal: “Mr. President, you’re entitled to your own plane and your own house, but not your own facts.”

The topic was education, but he segued into an attack on Obama’s support for “green energy.”

Updated at 10:11 p.m.: Obama finally lands one — by pointing to Romney’s vagueness on amending Dodd-Frank, elimination of tax deductions and replacing “Obamacare.”

“Does he think it might be too good for middle-class Americans?” Obama asks.

Updated at 10:07 p.m.: If the folks at the Barkley Forum are right, and presentation and confidence is the key to winning a debate, your only victor tonight can be Mitt Romney. Barack Obama’s hesitation, his constantly bowed head, and that one leg cocked behind the other doesn’t bespeak an aggressive stance.

Updated at 9:50 p.m.: Barack Obama launches an attack on Mitt Romney on Medicare, but it lacks force — and Romney dodges the direct question from Jim Lehrer: Do you support a conversion to a voucher system? I oppose any changes to current retirees or those near retirement, Romney says.

Updated at 9:40 p.m.: Biggest difference between the two tonight: Mitt Romney just rejected the Simpson-Bowles approach to federal deficit reduction — i.e., a combination of entitlement reduction and revenue increases. Barack Obama says he’ll go there.

Updated at 9:30 p.m.: Here’s a thought: Mitt Romney could be said to have won the first bout of this debate, and yet still be declared the loser — because Barack Obama has taken the debate into such detail that he’s putting a national audience to sleep.

Political rope-a-dope?

Updated at 9:22 p.m.: I have to give the first 20 minutes to Romney, who is on the attack, and focused. Obama is getting himself bogged down in a detailed defense of himself.

Updated at 9:17 p.m.: Says Romney: “I’ve got five boys. I’m used to people saying things that aren’t true.” Say it ain’t so, Tagg.

Updated at 9:11 p.m.: Romney disputes Obama’s accusation that he’ll run up deficit with tax cuts, says he’s not going to reduce the share of taxes paid by high-income Americans. Middle-class Americans are paying “an economy tax.”

“I’m not looking to cut massive taxes….My principle is there will be no tax cut that adds to the deficit,” he says. “Any language to the contrary is not accurate.”

Says Obama: Romney “has been asked a hundred times” about what loopholes he’ll close. And he hasn’t answered.

Romney overrides Lehrer to respond. A sign of aggressiveness.

Updated at 9:07 p.m.: Good start for Romney. Congratulates Obama on his marriage — declaring himself an unsuitable romantic partner, then opens with a vignette about a troubled woman in Ohio who was losing her home.

Updated at 9:03 p.m.: Jim Lehrer introduces himself, promises to draw out differences. Obama and Romney start out with the awkward handshake.

First question: Jobs.

Obama says to his wife: “Next year, sweetie, I promise we won’t be celebrating in front of 40 million people.” But crowd has been ordered silent. It falls flat. Then he begins his answer.

“Economic patriotism” is his key phrase.

Updated at 8:55 p.m.: Just saw Ann Romney take a cleansing breath. As for Michelle Obama — oddly, five years drops off her face when she’s worried. She looks younger.

Updated at 8:25 p.m.: Hearing much talk on cable TV about the need for Mitt Romney to be liked tonight. Anyone who’s ever met the in-laws for the first time know what a high bar that is.

What Romney needs is a three-debate likeability strategy: Respect me, trust me, then like me.

Updated at 8:05 p.m.: Meanwhile, on Fox News, Bill O’Reilly just wondered whether Mitt Romney should bring up that 2007 video of Barack Obama that conservatives have been highlighting all day.

O’Reilly wants “rowdy.”

Don’t think so.

***

Updated at 7:45 p.m.: Sick of the hype? Me, too.

The biggest decision over the next 90 minutes will be what network to tune into for this first presidential debate in Denver.

CNN? Too many bells and whistles. They’ve all but offered to attach me to a galvanometer to measure my reaction. PBS is a possibility, given that the moderator is Jim Lehrer. His 12th presidential debate.

Maybe C-SPAN.

And what am I looking for? The focus has been on what the debate means to Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. I’ll be looking for news.

Since early this summer, U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss and his bipartisan Gang of Six have been urging the Commission on Presidential Debates to press these two candidates on a “grand deal” to address a $16 trillion deficit.

For Obama, that means addressing entitlement cuts. For Romney, that means increases in federal revenue – whether a tax hike or closed loopholes.

Neither candidate has gone there. If one or the other does, that’s a headline.

***

Ladies and gentlemen:

This will be the spot where we’ll discuss tonight’s lights-out, Denver cage match between President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney.

Bookmark it and and come back and 9 p.m. We’ll be happy to have your comments. In the meantime, we post this brief list of things to watch for compiled by the Associated Press:

1. ROMNEY MAKES HIS MOVE: He needs to re-energize his campaign after slipping in the polls. Can he do it by going on attack? Watch for Romney to lay into Obama’s policies with gusto while trying to avoid getting too personal with his criticism, which could backfire. Obama needs to stay calm and hold his ground.

2. OBAMA ON DEFENSE: He’s stuck trying to defend a painfully slow economic recovery. Can a sitting president sell the idea that he knows how to make the next four years better than his first four? Or does Obama mostly try to divert attention by slamming Romney’s economic plans?

3. ABOUT THAT 47 PERCENT: Romney faces his biggest audience yet in the wake of his remarks about “47 percent of Americans.” He’ll try to dispel the notion that he’s uncaring toward people who depend on government benefits or don’t pay income tax. Can he recast his remarks as a critique of an economy that leaves so many needing food stamps and unemployment checks?

4. HOW THEY SAY IT: Watch for a clumsy gesture or errant look that says more than words — remember Al Gore sighing, George H.W. Bush checking his watch. Listen for tone of voice, too. Does Obama come across as arrogant or aloof? Does Romney seem awkward or out of touch? Did that zinger sound natural — or forced? Humor is welcome relief, but it’s tricky to pull off.

5. A SURPRISE: They try to prepare for every scenario, but something will catch the candidates off guard. That’s the telling moment. How well do they respond? Romney occasionally lost his cool with GOP primary opponents. Obama tends to lapse into long-winded answers and troublesome phrasing. Will either man be flustered into a mistake?

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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236 comments Add your comment

ByteMe

October 3rd, 2012
10:34 am

Did that zinger that he practiced for the past 2 months sound natural — or forced?

Tom

October 3rd, 2012
10:53 am

My party’s candidate will blow that other guy out of the water. The other party’s candidate is the worst: how could anybody possibly consider voting for him?

MANGLER

October 3rd, 2012
11:08 am

A direct question is asked.
Is an answer to THAT question given?

Peanut Farmer

October 3rd, 2012
11:14 am

@Tom

I know, he’s a joke.

cc

October 3rd, 2012
11:23 am

“He’s stuck trying to defend a painfully slow economic recovery”

He’s stuck trying to defend a “no recovery” economy.
(There! I fixed it for you!)

Obama will also announce his plans for another ‘apology tour’, a renewal of his Cairo initiative and extend an invitation to all muslim jihadists to immigrate to America. The jihadists will be invited to join forces with the detainees soon to be moved from Gitmo to the prison purchased by the federal government in Illinois to plan even more attacks on America.

Look before I leap...

October 3rd, 2012
11:25 am

I’ll watch for the entertainment value but I don’t expect much in the way of substance.
Romney wins if he avoids trying to be funny (humor is not his strong suit) and parallels his attacks with a discussion on what his policy position is and more importantly why his approach is better.
Obama wins if he limits his defensiveness – defend the defensible but clearly acknowledge the mistakes and what was learned from them.
If one goes for the extreme flank and the other appeals to the middle, game over.

Danny O

October 3rd, 2012
12:26 pm

Obama should remind people that the economy grows when money is in the hands of people who spend it. Romney will have to walk a fine line in order to keep the hardline right interested in him while appealing to undecideds in the middle.

Retired Soldier

October 3rd, 2012
1:37 pm

Romney should remind people that the economy grows when money is in the hands of people who have jobs. Obama will have to walk a fine line in order to keep the uberliberal left interested in him while appealing to the undecideds in the middle.

Devildog

October 3rd, 2012
2:01 pm

Come on Mitt, weve got to put this arrogant SOB back in his place..! Our nation cannot take another four years of incompatence..He has so many Moochers addicted to Gov. asst. it will be hard to get things back on track….!

eagle1

October 3rd, 2012
3:43 pm

It’s the economy stupid! Where have we heard that one before? It fits today’s election. Bye Bye Obummer!!!!!!!

Subroto Sarkar-----Social Worker and (Retd) Management consultant and Industrialist

October 3rd, 2012
4:57 pm

I am from India I had given Obama a blue print to economic recovery when I visited last US in 2009, Obama has the upper hand. He will put up th economy recovey plan. US can become self sufficient if younger generation is coaxed to become self employed, Obama is holding the projection I prepared for him. He will announce it now.

JT

October 3rd, 2012
6:20 pm

The candidate who has the best one liners and non verbals while the other candidate is talking has my vote!

ATLcracker

October 3rd, 2012
8:08 pm

WTF! The debate starts at 9:00 PM. I have a job. I have to get up at 6:00 AM. I hope all the rich folks and the poor folks enjoy the debate.

I dropped my fried twinkie

October 3rd, 2012
8:11 pm

Look before I leap...

October 3rd, 2012
8:18 pm

@JT
We may have to wait until the VEEP debate to get the really good material.

I dropped my fried twinkie

October 3rd, 2012
8:24 pm

td

October 3rd, 2012
8:56 pm

You libs should go ahead a save time by declaring Obama the winner of the debate before it starts because no matter what happens it is what you are going to say when it is over.

Look before I leap...

October 3rd, 2012
9:12 pm

Both guys need a serious math lesson

WaitAMinute

October 3rd, 2012
9:14 pm

Romney comments are confusing

Look before I leap...

October 3rd, 2012
9:14 pm

Clean coal – plays well..means nothing.

crankee-yankee

October 3rd, 2012
9:15 pm

What exactly is “clean coal?”

Alphare

October 3rd, 2012
9:16 pm

Romney’s supply-side economy says, if rich people have lower tax and thus more money, the rich will create more jobs.

Well, the rich are richer now thanks to Right wingers in the congress. But where are the jobs?

Look before I leap...

October 3rd, 2012
9:16 pm

Drill baby drill? Wow. N/A Energy independence is a pipe dream as long as we continue to rely solely on fossil fuels.

Look before I leap...

October 3rd, 2012
9:19 pm

1st zinger! “nevermind” a bit flat I thought

Look before I leap...

October 3rd, 2012
9:20 pm

Clinton invoked – smart move.

Offnote

October 3rd, 2012
9:21 pm

Romney is speaking from both sides of his mouth on taxes. Overall rate deductions cannot in any way be neutralized by lowering deductions. The net effect is still lower overall taxes for everyone, which means increase in deficit.

Alphare

October 3rd, 2012
9:23 pm

Just like I read Romney’s mind …

But Mitt, you are richer than 4 years ago, a whole lot richer I believe, how many jobs have you created? I know you created a few in China, what about the US?

Offnote

October 3rd, 2012
9:24 pm

Right. Lower taxes create jobs! And I am the president.

Look before I leap...

October 3rd, 2012
9:25 pm

So Mr Romney – if not 5 trillion ( and I don’t think it is) just how much IS your tax cut?

crankee-yankee

October 3rd, 2012
9:26 pm

Our moderator is losing control.

Ronald Reagan

October 3rd, 2012
9:26 pm

I I ah ah uh uh uh ah I let me make this perfectly clear I am in over my head! Romney wins the debate!

Blame Bush

October 3rd, 2012
9:29 pm

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crankee-yankee

October 3rd, 2012
9:29 pm

So this is a tax debate. They both keep coming back to taxes.

Auntie Christ

October 3rd, 2012
9:30 pm

Ronald Reagan
October 3rd, 2012
9:26 pm

I see that being dead hasn’t cured you of being senile.

Look before I leap...

October 3rd, 2012
9:31 pm

watching the CNN squiggly – women are responding much more positively to Obama.
Men offering a better response to Romney

td

October 3rd, 2012
9:36 pm

I will be damned. Romney may actually be a fiscal conservative.

WaitAMinute

October 3rd, 2012
9:38 pm

No take is cheap

td

October 3rd, 2012
9:38 pm

Romney slams Obama on all the failed energy companies.

bill

October 3rd, 2012
9:40 pm

Oh god Obama is blowing it!
Someone please stop the debate.
Obama looks horrible and can’t back up anything he says.
Mitt actually looks like he is just toying with Obama.
Please stop the debate before Obama screws himself even more.

Look before I leap...

October 3rd, 2012
9:42 pm

@td
Put down the bong buddy.
Romney is the Artful Dodger

Ronald Reagan

October 3rd, 2012
9:42 pm

Uh uh uh ah ah ah ah ah Liberals are funny! Romney 12 Barry H. 1

WaitAMinute

October 3rd, 2012
9:49 pm

“Romney is the Artful Dodger”
++
That’s all he is doing.

td

October 3rd, 2012
9:49 pm

Look before I leap…

October 3rd, 2012
9:42 pm

@td
Put down the bong buddy.
Romney is the Artful Dodger

You libs, Obama and the LSM has been screaming for months about how Romney has no specifics. Well who is being specific tonight and who is not?

Dave

October 3rd, 2012
9:50 pm

Enter your comments here

Ronald Reagan

October 3rd, 2012
9:51 pm

The party is over turn out the lights Barry H. & PBS 2 Romney 18

Janice

October 3rd, 2012
9:51 pm

my head is ready to explode……moderator is dead in water and debaters are not following rules. where is my maalox?!

Dave

October 3rd, 2012
9:52 pm

Looks like back and forth. Both have valid points. Looks pretty even and Mitt is surprisingly holding hius own.

Look before I leap...

October 3rd, 2012
9:53 pm

@td
It only took 36 minutes for Romney to cough up a number on one of his policies.

Look before I leap...

October 3rd, 2012
9:55 pm

Mitt seemed a bit on the defensive in the first few minutes but has stepped up his game.
I think laying off the moderator during the actual debate is a bad idea :)

Look before I leap...

October 3rd, 2012
10:00 pm

Obamacare good at state level – bad at federal. Does not say much about what to do about the 49 states that have not enacted any kind of insurance guarantee
And since very little of the ACA has actually been enacted, kind of silly to say it HAS killed jobs.

Look before I leap...

October 3rd, 2012
10:06 pm

I do agree with Mitt that PASSAGE of the bill should have had a more partisan approach.
But he ignores the fact that the ACA is basically a GOP idea.
The GOP dislikes the provisions for pregnancy prevention and the penalties for non-compliance.

Spud

October 3rd, 2012
10:09 pm

Romney will carry Georgia. We are spectators in this election.

Dee

October 3rd, 2012
10:13 pm

Romney has not answered 1 question tonight. I would not trust him at all. Tell us man what your plans are. Oh I forgot you don’t have any plans. You change with the weather. He is a joke and anyone who votes for him is a joke too.

Moderator

October 3rd, 2012
10:13 pm

The moderator needs to tell both candidates to shut the f&*$ up and take control of this debate. I’ve heard nothing but hot air for 1 hr 12 minutes and counting. This is a joke.

American Dream

October 3rd, 2012
10:13 pm

It is a stretch to refer to Galloway as a political insider. What a joke!

bluecollarbytes

October 3rd, 2012
10:14 pm

how funny is that headline? Obama ‘the professor’ is getting taken to school by real-world Romney.

DMac

October 3rd, 2012
10:15 pm

Romney and Obama both miss what most Americans want:
Check out this live debate coverage and listen to four candidates instead of the two (too) lame candidates. It’s live streaming on Democracy Now!
http://www.democracynow.org/

Look before I leap...

October 3rd, 2012
10:17 pm

All in all, Romney is winning on succinctness and organization of thought.
Obama – too many numbers, too many words. I don’t like the “uhs” and “ahs”
Both are working hard to make the ephemeral people connection – I think Romney is spending just a bit too much time looking at Obama and the audience.

American Dream

October 3rd, 2012
10:17 pm

Wow Galloway’s insights are amazing. Can you tell what color ties each man wore? Any guesses about boxers or briefs? Jim: you are a tool!

the bob.bob

October 3rd, 2012
10:18 pm

Ever had a Mormon Missionary at your door? They keep talking, they won’t shut up even when you make it clear that you don’t want what they’re selling. An enthusiastic boy scout. The problem is that he’ll say anything, earnestly, with feeling but he’s just talking out of his hat.

Ready to join his Church of Believers? Because it ain’t about facts, it’s about wanting to believe. I’ll stick with the facts. Go knock on the next door, no thanks.

American Dream

October 3rd, 2012
10:21 pm

Both candidates are losers. I am always saddened by the lack of solid choices we have in these contests. Is this the best we have to offer? Americans are idiots. If the Chinese take us over and the Muslims launch a Jihad against us we deserve what we get with leaders such as this. We also deserve Jim’s lame takes on this debate–given the lame state of news reporting and analysis in Atlanta. Might as well have Chipper Jones comment on this debate. Oh yeah and all you redneck Romeny lovers out there I hope you will be happy when this fool txes you out of your double wide trailers.

Look before I leap...

October 3rd, 2012
10:22 pm

there is Romney’s first zinger
also fell flat

American Dream

October 3rd, 2012
10:24 pm

Yeah. I love the color blue. It is so pretty. Jim: do you own a blue shirt? Spend much time at the club? I wish you would. Obama give me food stamps and ensures that my baby’s momma has a job at the DMV. I love Obama and I hate white people especially Neal Boortz. Boortz is such a dope. I bet he is a closet case. I have always wondered if he hangs out at any truck stops late at night. He would look good in a thong walking around the Pilot Truck Stop.

Look before I leap...

October 3rd, 2012
10:25 pm

I love Jim Lehrer but he botched this BIG TIME.

Quack Quack

October 3rd, 2012
10:26 pm

VOTE 2012….

I’ll keep my FREEDOM

I’ll keep my CASH

I’ll keep my GUNS

YOU KEEP THE CHANGE!!!!!

American Dream

October 3rd, 2012
10:27 pm

Boortz is an idiot. Good luck in retirement. Stay away from the streetwalkers down in Florida.

Look before I leap...

October 3rd, 2012
10:29 pm

Well not like I had high expectations to begin with, but am disappointed in both Obama and Romney.
Probably a little less disappointed in Romney.

Not surprised that Obama talked for 5% more time than Romney.

Tony

October 3rd, 2012
10:31 pm

OBama refered to the USA as its people as if he isn’t one of us. Makes it real clear to me

North Fulton Voter

October 3rd, 2012
10:31 pm

Did Romney appear presidential throughout the debate?

Quack Quack

October 3rd, 2012
10:31 pm

@the bob.bob. What an idiot!! Look at the speeches 4 years ago. Mr. Obama says the same thing tonight.,no difference. Four years, where’s the CHANGE!!

What next!

October 3rd, 2012
10:32 pm

The debate is so one sided makes you wonder if Obama has had enough of his job and wants out. He makes more points for Romney than Romney makes.

Look before I leap...

October 3rd, 2012
10:33 pm

Oh goody
The talking heads the spin room…
Where is the bourbon?

Vote for me

October 3rd, 2012
10:34 pm

This was 2 hours of my life wasted! Romney did not answer one frigging questiin he only tried to dump on the President as much as often. The President did not go on the attack until 40 minutes in. Waste of time

I am in the middle class

October 3rd, 2012
10:34 pm

As my name states, I am in the middle class, and I want to know where this $3600.00 cut in taxes that Obama says I have received. My taxes haven’t gone down one cent in the past 4 years. What am I missing here?

I am in the middle class

October 3rd, 2012
10:35 pm

Romney certainly DID answer questions, and very succinctly. What debate were you listening to? Obama kept saying the same (generally false) things over and over again

DMac

October 3rd, 2012
10:36 pm

Did Obama or Romney say we should break-up the big banks! No, they did not!
These banks remain too-big-to-fail. That’s Obama’s fault.
Not only that but derivatives still remain almost completely unregulated. Both of these guys are WRONG.
This is why I’m not wasting my vote on Obama or Romney. These guys need to know that we don’t like their stances to coddle the rich and the Wall Street bankers.
I’m voting for Jill Stein. I also like Rocky Anderson.

Watch Stein and Anderson stream live responses to Obama and Romney’s debate. http://www.democracynow.org/

fsdg

October 3rd, 2012
10:36 pm

Wow! I was surprised with Romney. He was very well spoken, very clear goals, really knows his stuff. I was very impressed. Obama talks about how great he is and how much work he’s done, but he spent the 1st 9 months (or more) blaming Bush, rather than doing anything. Go Romney!

Kevin

October 3rd, 2012
10:37 pm

I love how the people posting are blaming the moderator.

Do you EVER accept responsibility for your candidate or his actions?

Weak.

I am in the middle class

October 3rd, 2012
10:37 pm

Obama certainly proved why he usually uses a tele-prompter when he speaks

Jod

October 3rd, 2012
10:40 pm

Romney mopped the floor with the commander in Teleprompter.

Quack Quack

October 3rd, 2012
10:40 pm

@Vote for me…People are tired of Mr. Obama blaming everyone else for him not being able to, or caring about until now, that he has done nothing for 4 years except posture. He should have done a little set of Al Green!!

I am in the middle class

October 3rd, 2012
10:41 pm

I don’t think I have ever heard as many “uh’s” in a debate as I heard from Obama tonight. He definitely needed a tele-prompter.

Quack Quack

October 3rd, 2012
10:42 pm

@Jod…Yeah Buddy!!!

GunTotenBibleThumper

October 3rd, 2012
10:42 pm

Romney ate Obama, the Chicago Political Thug Machine’s lunch!
No more debate needed. GO AMERICA!

td

October 3rd, 2012
10:45 pm

Chris Matthews and Ed Shultz are about to go into meltdown on MSNBC

DMac

October 3rd, 2012
10:45 pm

Most people want universal health care. All advanced countries of this world have some form of universal care, except the US. We pay twice as much as any other country for our health care. We have the 2nd highest infant mortality rate of advanced countries.

We need universal coverage. To hear the candidates who were shut out of the Obama-Romney debate and hear points of view that O’Romney will not offer, watch the live stream at:
http://www.democracynow.org/

sam

October 3rd, 2012
10:45 pm

lOVED IT. ROMNEY TOOK IT TO HIM, AND CORRECTED A LOT OF HIS LIES. GREAT JOB ROMNEY.

Look before I leap...

October 3rd, 2012
10:45 pm

Will be interesting to see the poll numbers over the next few days. I think Romney will move the needle in his favor.
That said, the economy is Obama’s weakest point and Romney should have been positioned to body slam him. That I did not see.

I am in the middle class

October 3rd, 2012
10:45 pm

On CBS, the reporter assigned to cover Obama tonight said she had not yet received any calls from democratic / Obama headquarters claiming that he won the debate. I guess they saw what I saw and know he lost it.

I am in the middle class

October 3rd, 2012
10:48 pm

DMac…..I think if you talk to people in England and even Canada, you will find that there is definitely no “universal” agreement that what they have is good.

Jod

October 3rd, 2012
10:50 pm

Wow … Lots of crickets on here from the Teleprompter in chief supporters. I didn’t think Romney had it in him, wow I’m surprised. msnbc is about to explode…. Lol

I am in the middle class

October 3rd, 2012
10:51 pm

On MSNBC, that joker Al Sharpton is claiming that Romney did nothing but lie, but Obama is the one who claimed he has saved me as a member of the middle class $3600.00. And THAT is a bald-faced lie.

EasyVote

October 3rd, 2012
10:51 pm

Romney we need a plan not principals!! Wheres the money coming from or these wonderful ideas?? How would you repeal Obamacare? Do you support a voucher program? How would you handle wall street? I’m still waiting for the answers!!! He makes it so easy for President Obama! You already lost 47% of the vote….there goes the other 4%!

I am in the middle class

October 3rd, 2012
10:51 pm

@ Jod….it looks like MSNBC KNOWS that Obama lost, and they are making excuses for it.

endigo

October 3rd, 2012
10:52 pm

Lets FACT check the THINGS that Romney laim is not his PLAN.

I am in the middle class

October 3rd, 2012
10:53 pm

@ EasyVote……you are wrong there. Listen to the Obama kool-aid drinkers on MSNBC, and even they realize that Obama blew it BAD

gy6

October 3rd, 2012
10:54 pm

that was a good oldfashioned ass whuppin thrashin of Jughead O’ Dumbo, soros mancurian puppet.

endigo

October 3rd, 2012
10:54 pm

ROMNEY WAS RUDE! I was in the Bahamas on my 20th anniversary.

EasyVote

October 3rd, 2012
10:55 pm

Where is the money coming from for these tax cuts?! Maybe you heard something I didn’t? How would he replace Obamacare? I really want to know.

Sven Ottke

October 3rd, 2012
10:55 pm

Good grief. Obama got absolutely owned tonight. Embarrassing.

I am in the middle class

October 3rd, 2012
10:56 pm

I think Romney’s use of “trickle down government” was a real zinger. Don’t know if that was new or not, but it was good.

Spud

October 3rd, 2012
10:57 pm

I liked the debate format tonight! Let the guys talk. Previous debates seem too canned.

Ted

October 3rd, 2012
10:58 pm

I’m with Krauthammer. Romney won by two touchdowns.

Jod

October 3rd, 2012
10:58 pm

I hope he gets to be the rudest sob out there if that’s what u call rude endigo! It will be case closed if that were the fact.

DMac

October 3rd, 2012
10:58 pm

Actually polling data show that before the debate Obama had a big lead:
http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/

I am in the middle class

October 3rd, 2012
10:58 pm

@ EasyVote……the money from those tax cuts will come from simultaneous cuts in wasteful spending and added tax flow from people finding employment, rather than receiving welfare (much needed, I am sure) because under Obama, they are unemployed

FSUBrave

October 3rd, 2012
11:00 pm

Romney beat him like corn bread batter…can’t wait for Bidens comedy hour next week…woohoo..GO MITT GO

I am in the middle class

October 3rd, 2012
11:01 pm

@ FSUBrave…..Biden has got to be the stupidest man ever to serve as VP. Ryan will pound him into the dirt next week. Hell, I think even I could pound him into the dirt. The man is just DUMB.

Quack Quack

October 3rd, 2012
11:01 pm

@fsdg…You are so right. If you look at Mr. Obama’s speeches from 4 years age, it’s all exactly the same speech, just different suit.

It has not worked for 4 years. If you work in a job for 4 years, and don’t do your job, it’s time to LET YOU GO!!!

I am in the middle class

October 3rd, 2012
11:02 pm

AMEN, Quack Quack

zadoc

October 3rd, 2012
11:04 pm

I watched it from start to finish and I can’t tell who won. The moderator got walked on. They both interrupted each other. No one said anything new. No one seemed to fight.

POLL: Who won the first debate?
Vote here: http://bit.ly/1stDebate

Quack Quack

October 3rd, 2012
11:04 pm

@I am the middle class….Biden is so DUMB, he will do something really stupid. I can’t wait.

DMac

October 3rd, 2012
11:04 pm

The health outcomes (generally) are better in countries with single-payer health care. They pay less than half as much as we do for their health care. Why do we persist throwing ever increasing amounts of money at private for-profit health care system? According to a 2003 poll by ABC News/Washington Post 79% of Americans want single-payer health care. Even if it means paying more in taxes.

Atlgal

October 3rd, 2012
11:08 pm

Fyi 47% of americans are poor and moochers! In florida a republican voter told me” i think obama will win and if he does it will teach the republicans a lesson!

I am in the middle class

October 3rd, 2012
11:08 pm

@ DMac……have you ever talked to anybody in England about their health care. It is a bureaucratic nightmare.

Quack Quack

October 3rd, 2012
11:09 pm

@zadoc…What debate did you watch? Just because Mr. Obama couldn’t use a teleprompter, I would have expected more from my President than I got. But I have expected more from my President for four years then I have gotten. Now is the time for real CHANGE!!

Quack Quack

October 3rd, 2012
11:11 pm

“than I’

Old timer

October 3rd, 2012
11:12 pm

Keep in mind..he was a lecturer not a prof and by his last year he was at the bottom…by “rate my professor” in his 4th year. So he was not so good at what he did.
Oh for vetting before he became our president..also the only Editor of the Harvard Law Reciew…who NEVER wrote anything….NEVER,….l

I dropped my fried twinkie

October 3rd, 2012
11:13 pm

We just witnessed the 21st century version of this famous Debate.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sD5uOEpV3zE

a country boy can survive

October 3rd, 2012
11:14 pm

Romney kept his pimp hand strong tonite…zadoc, I don’t know what the hell you were watching…

G-dub

October 3rd, 2012
11:14 pm

People from Canada come to the US for healthcare

I am in the middle class

October 3rd, 2012
11:14 pm

LOL @ twinkie

I am in the middle class

October 3rd, 2012
11:15 pm

@ G-dub……EXACTLY !!!!

I dropped my fried twinkie

October 3rd, 2012
11:15 pm

We just witnessed the 21st century version of this famous Debate.
Rocky Marciano v Joe Louis

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sD5uOEpV3zE

Quack Quack

October 3rd, 2012
11:16 pm

G-dub…And we know why that is!!

Jod

October 3rd, 2012
11:18 pm

Zadoc… Can I have some of that herb you been puffing on. You would have to have been deaf. Wish more debates were like that!

USA vs Hussein Obama

October 3rd, 2012
11:24 pm

USA wins round one. That was absolute OWNAGE

I dropped my fried twinkie

October 3rd, 2012
11:24 pm

Since Obama loves the sport here more

We just saw Tiger at this years Ryder Cup

A White guy just DUNKED in Obama’s Face

Doug Flute v Miami

1980 USA v USSR Olympic hockey

Chipper Jones in his World Series Debut

Since we are in a Depression we saw Seabiscuit v War Admiral

obama

October 3rd, 2012
11:32 pm

Obama shot himself…In the foot.

obama

October 3rd, 2012
11:32 pm

Obama shot himself…In the foot.

obama

October 3rd, 2012
11:32 pm

Obama shot himself…In the foot.

The Grinch

October 3rd, 2012
11:41 pm

Obama kept looking down hoping he’d see his teleprompter…..

td

October 3rd, 2012
11:42 pm

Atlgal

October 3rd, 2012
11:08 pm

Fyi 47% of americans are poor and moochers! In florida a republican voter told me” i think obama will win and if he does it will teach the republicans a lesson!

Really? I just spent a week on the Florida coast and did not talk to one person that is going to vote for Obama. Waitresses, house keepers …. not one. I drove through PCB, Panama city, Destin, Santa Rosa beach and only saw one Obama yard sign and no bumper stickers.

Decatur joe

October 3rd, 2012
11:44 pm

I’m a Den and I have to admit Obama got his ass whipped tonight

Tyre

October 3rd, 2012
11:44 pm

@Gdub: Most people from Canada do NOT come to the USA for health care. Check your facts. That’s just a talking point.

obama

October 3rd, 2012
11:45 pm

Tyre is a bi*th…I got my ass kicked.

Sven Ottke

October 3rd, 2012
11:55 pm

One of my best friends is a Canuck and he says the health care up there sucks out loud!

help barack pack

October 3rd, 2012
11:59 pm

CAN WE CHANGE THE TOPIC, Obama should have stayed home. He was knocked out in the first round and then took a BEATING

Atlgal

October 4th, 2012
12:01 am

@td you went to the poor parts in was in the rich area!

Tyre

October 4th, 2012
12:01 am

I can say the same: one of my good friends is Canadian and she loves their health care system. However, one Canadian out of nearly 35 million doesn’t represent the opinion of the whole country. Nothing’s perfect, but it sure beats our system of pay, go bankrupt, or die.

Atlgal

October 4th, 2012
12:02 am

Poor people always vote for Republicans!! Why is that?

Eleanor Eisenberg

October 4th, 2012
12:11 am

To the surprise of no one, both candidates took the advice of Emily Dickinson: “Tell all the truth, but tell it slant…”

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_PRESIDENTIAL_CAMPAIGN_FACT_CHECK?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2012-10-03-23-17-17

Who Cares?

October 4th, 2012
12:17 am

To quote Dennis Miller, “Obama better hope a Kicked A** is covered under Obamacare.” Now that’s funny right there!

Ray

October 4th, 2012
12:18 am

Other than cutting Big Bird, Romney did not offer a single specific on how his numbers would work without further increasing the deficit.

I dropped my fried twinkie

October 4th, 2012
12:26 am

Ray and what PLAN did Obama Offer in 08 to get him elected other than the words HOPE & Change? Well those words and the Color of his skin.

Romney gave 5 points. It is a Framework because any play will have to be hammered out in Congress. Both sides will have a say so in order to have any Plan pass.

I dropped my fried twinkie

October 4th, 2012
12:27 am

@Ray Romney did say he would cut Big Bird. You really need to learn to listen better.

I dropped my fried twinkie

October 4th, 2012
12:27 am

sorry…………DIDN’T say he would…..

Obama Phone

October 4th, 2012
12:29 am

This shout out goes to Obama Phone lady in Cleveland Ohio. Obama sux and he got owned with an ax whooping. I hope Romneys first days in office he figures out how to throw Obama in jail or the next eighty years in the federal penetitiary to watch the next 10 presidential debates for ignoring Congress the will of the people and the laws of this country.

Thomas Jefferson

October 4th, 2012
12:33 am

We are screwed either way the cookie crumbles people. The last 3 presidential elections have been between two puppets of a higher elite. America needs to stop being complacent and take action. We may not have a country left if we continue to let these lunatics run wild with OUR money. They have corroded the system to it’s breaking point, yet monopoly corporations like J.P. Morgan get free handouts and get out of jail free cards. There are evil people stirring this ship. WE need to wake up as American citizens because if we do not, “all sheep are led to slaughter”. The Constitution is being irradicated chunk by chunk as our economy steers aimlessly into the abyss. When will America rise up and reclaim their freedoms and civil liberties? Not to mention the founding ideas of our country. No “empty suit” will save us. No one person or party can save us. It is written in the 17th chapter of St. Luke that, “The kingdom of God is in man. Not one man or a group of men, but in ALL men.” We the people have the power to make this country and our world free and beautiful. Let’s fight for a world that will give people a chance to work, children a future, and old age a security. When the people fear the government there is tyranny, but when the government fears the poeople, there is democracy. END CORPORATISM and the power elite.

tee

October 4th, 2012
12:34 am

Romney to rude to confidant. Quote facts not ideas of truth!

Thomas Jefferson

October 4th, 2012
12:35 am

howdy1942

October 4th, 2012
12:37 am

Jim Lehrer did not control this debate very well – he let it get out of control. He did not insist on the candidates answering the questions, allowed them to interrupt, and failed to cut responses off when the allocated time expired. Hopefully, future moderators will do a better job of controlling the debate.

Voter

October 4th, 2012
12:41 am

This first debate plainly showed that Romney is far superior to Obama as the best qualified candidate. Obama was ill at ease without his usual teleprompter directing his words. Romney was far more at ease with the format than Obama. However, we are sure to see made up polls showing that Obama easily won the debate even if it just is not so.

Thomas Jefferson

October 4th, 2012
12:49 am

To all of the people out there who believe that it is a wise decision to keep policing the globe, stop and think about where the funding for those operations come from. YOUR POCKET, and you have zero say in the matter. The majority of the populous becomes enamered with the debates without realizing that the debates are ALREADY decided. Research the author of RomneyCare and ObamaCare. Yes you read that correctly, he wrote one copy initially, and then Romney paid to use his “modified version” for campagning. They are the same pointless collection of papers. Health care should and can be provided for all. The only hurdle though is Industrial Military Complex annual spending. Our Federal government has extremely too many branches and not enough oversight. This house of cards will collapse if the American people continue to be willing ignorant about the here and now. A buddy of mine always says, “Well you have to have a president, and if you don’t vote for someone then your not using your greatest freedom.” True, but our vote doesn’t count in the final decision anyways (just look at all of the vote “recounting” over the last 25 years) so instead of letting mainstream media rock you to sleep every night, search for the truth and how you can BE THE CHANGE.

Jim in ATL

October 4th, 2012
1:03 am

Romney nailed it tonight and this is the beginning of the end for Obama. Someone finally challenged him and his awful record and Obummer doesn’t look so swift in that situation. He’s much more appealing in his 30 second sound bites. I’m guessing Romney will pull ahead in the polls by next week and remain there until election day. Obama has finally been exposed and now he can’t hide.

thenumber34

October 4th, 2012
1:04 am

Plain and simple… Obama got his ass kicked tonight.

Braves #17 Fan

October 4th, 2012
1:13 am

Wow. Romney just might end up being our next president. He’s certainly got my vote.

help barack pack

October 4th, 2012
1:16 am

Enter your comments here

Mary

October 4th, 2012
1:22 am

Obama was never a professor. Lecturer with teleprompter, yes.

LeRoi2

October 4th, 2012
3:14 am

First, Obama is not a Professor of anything. He was an un tenured guest lecturer at University of Chicago.

What an embarrassment he was to the DEMS tonight! On national television, in front of the nation, he showed his liberal DEM buddies how lazy, unprofessional, and uncaring he is of their support. The bottom line is he is just too damn lazy to prepare for a debate. He figured it was 2008 all over again, and he would just show up, be cool, and blow smoke, and everybody would fall over dead. Didn’t quite work out that way, did it?

You know that knot you Libs got in your stomach after about 20 minutes? When you realized he had not prepared, was winging it, and you were afraid of how bad it would be in the end? That is the same knot those of us who love, respect, and cherish our country get when we watched Obama on his apology tour of the Mideast. Or when he lied to all of us about the killing of our Ambassador in Libya.

Now maybe you understand. He has no respect for our country, for the office he holds, or for himself.

Keekee

October 4th, 2012
5:49 am

The Debate did not change my vote whatsoever! Obama still gets my vote! Romney talked aout of both sides of his neck, he still doesnt care about the 47%!

Bob

October 4th, 2012
6:29 am

I heard Obama say he gave 97% of Americans a tax cut yet I have not seen it. The rates are the same except for SS and that isn’t a tax, those are forced contributuions into a savings account, ponzi savings account. Obama did not address the rising cost of gas and groceries, something the little guy is facing. Obama kept talking about his “plan” and I see Clinton talk about Obama’s plan, why have we not seen Obama’s plan. Obama told us that “shovel ready projects” in the stimulus plan was going to generate hundreds of thousands of jobs, it did not. Obama was caught on tape joking about the shovel ready jobs not being shovel ready, he failed and that 800 billion was a waste, how much will his new plan cost my kids ?

Bob

October 4th, 2012
6:31 am

Keeke, Obama does care about that 47% and wants to nurture and grow it to 57%, one % for each state in Obama’s world.

Traveler

October 4th, 2012
6:36 am

By the end I half expected the President to seek refuge behind the moderator’s desk, pleading for someone, anyone, to make the bad man stop, his performance was that bad. Romney destroyed the President tonight and along with it the aire of invincibility the press has been trying to build around the President’s re-election. What we saw tonight was nothing less than the systematic deconstruction of the President and his policies. Romney scored point after point, displaying a breadth and depth of knowledge on policy, many of the President’s own policies, the President could not match. Tonight Romney took “the smartest President ever” and schooled him up and down, showing Mr. Obama to be, at best, of average intellect and totally out of his depth. It was nothing short of a total take down. The President would be wise to cede the election to Romney now and avoid the humiliation that is only sure to follow in succeeding debates.

RLP

October 4th, 2012
7:10 am

Mitt Romney gave a good recital last night. He is not to be trusted! Mark my words.

Keekee

October 4th, 2012
7:13 am

Bob you have your vote and I have mine! OBAMA!

Bill

October 4th, 2012
7:14 am

After the debate I thought, only the most die hard leftest idealogue would think that Barry did well.
When I read Bill Moher’s comment that Mitt won, and Michael Moore’s tweet about Barry’s debate prep. I realized I was wrong.
That was like watching the Pittsburgh Steelers play Roswell High, and terrifyingly insightful about the mental midget that’s been in charge of our lives for the past 4 years..

Billy

October 4th, 2012
7:14 am

Ah, the Dimsters on here trying to explain and nullify the great victory won by Gov Romney over PBO. Obama’s lack of achievement over the past four years speaks for itself. Of course he was speechless; what defense can he possibly offer for the disaster that leftist policies ALWAYS bring? The only people who support him at this point are idiots, ultraleftists, and people who base their support exclusively on mutual racial backgrounds. Those of you unhindered by lack of intelligence or being easily deceived are either already supporting Romney or thinking about it. Leftist, socialist, godless policies NEVER work, never have, never will. He have the USSR and the western European countries who have tried every form of socialism; they have never worked. Free enterprise will never be bested. We’ve already had this election in 1980, but there’s always a new generation of dolts that forgets/never learns the lessons of history and the past four years are a result of that ignorance. Live it up, PBO and Dims, while you have the chance. Come November 6, you guys will be jacked out of office in such numbers you may never see another electoral majority in your lifetimes…

RLP

October 4th, 2012
7:14 am

The debate did not change my vote. Obama all the way!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Fred

October 4th, 2012
7:20 am

Mr Obama showed his true lack of connection with reality. More taxes and regualation leads us to destruction as in most of europe.

jeff

October 4th, 2012
7:45 am

Although I like Obama as a person, I think he is not qualified to be President. Without his teleprompter, he is lost. How did we all vote for him last time. We all now know, and we can fix it this time. I really do want America back, and United. He really has divided the country. Not just class warfare, but working agaisnt non-working. It is time we have a real change with a strong economic discipline. We need to fix the DEBT load. We need to stop having the whitehouse as a hollywood script. We need a real leader. Mitt Romney really showed us what a Leader is.

Steve G

October 4th, 2012
7:49 am

That is the first Presidential debate I’ve seen where I didn’t recognize either candidate.

Bob

October 4th, 2012
7:59 am

Keefe, thanks for that important info, glad to know I can vote.

GrannyCares

October 4th, 2012
8:06 am

I was embarrassed for the President of the United States. He was not prepared; he could not vary from the talking points he had been given; he consistently meandered through his statements; he appeared that he simply did not want to be there; and his seeming answer to just about everything was MORE OF THE SAME. My question after the debate was: HOW IN THE WORLD DID WE EVER ELECT OBAMA IN THE FIRST PLACE????? What were we thinking??

NuBN247

October 4th, 2012
8:13 am

I think the President simply allowed Romney etch-a-sketch himself into a corner. Romney said the rich will NOT get a tax break, and that he will not add one dollar to the debt. We all know that his budget plans make those statements an impossibility. Now, however, the President can hold him to those statements and others he made in trying to move to the center or prove Romney is indeed a flip-flopper of major proportions. Romney looked liked he was about to have a stroke while the President looked, well Presidential. Style points, okay, even I will give a nod to Romney. But loudness does not equate with lucidity or, in this case, veracity. Let’s not panic folks, it was just one debate.

ROTFLMFAO

October 4th, 2012
8:13 am

Tom,

It would help if you specified who “my party” is. If it’s the GOP. I agree with you. If it is the donkey part, I don’t .

Governor Romney was the clear winner of last night’s debate!! :) He provided a mountain of details that his opponents say his campaign has been lacking. On the other hand, President Obama appeared to be upset that he had to prove himself and his policies – that his words alone are not sufficient explanations of why he has been a miserable failure in putting the economy (admittedly inherited in very bad shape) back on its feet.

On taxes, some will say that Romney was not specific enough because he didn’t address the exact tax deductions he proposes to reduce or eliminate. But, he didn’t need to. To get significant changes in our income tax laws, he will have to negotiate every change he wants to make with a defiant Senate that will still be under control of the Democrats (probably). Therefore, he cannot be as specific as many want. All he can do is put forth a plan/objective in broad terms, leaving the specifics to be worked out through negotiation.

When the next set of opinion polls is released, I expect that the results will swing in Romney’s direction (assuming the pollsters conducting the polls are unbiased). They may look something like Romney 49% – Obama 47% – Undecided 4%.

Bottom line – :) :) :) :) :)

alex

October 4th, 2012
8:13 am

@RLP, you are a good example of confirmation bias-some people will take away from this “debate” ONLY what they wanted to see/hear BEFORE the actual debate. Whether you are for or against the president,an objective review is that the president was not impressive as the leader of the most powerful country in the world. Four years is a long time in a VERY difficult job and he sounds/looks to be completely exhausted and disengaged. If he wins, I sincerely hope he has the desire and energy to LEAD…….

mambo

October 4th, 2012
8:15 am

Mitt won. Barry lost.

Dina

October 4th, 2012
8:19 am

NuBN247: Bingo!

Joe

October 4th, 2012
8:21 am

He was not, nor will ever be, a “Professor”.

Harry Reid

October 4th, 2012
8:28 am

Going to have to call Nancy and see if she knows if a butt-kicking is covered under Obamacare!

ROTFLMFAO

October 4th, 2012
8:32 am

Social Security (SS) is not a “forced contribution into a savings account”, even if you do correctly identify it as a Ponzi savings account. There is no savings account. The SS Trust Fund was long ago bled dry to fund government programs that our elected representatives (both Democrat and Republican) could use to get votes for their next election campaign. The SS Trust Fund is, in actuality, a large part of our Federal budget deficit. Until the budget deficit is paid off and the SS funds robbed from it are paid back, the SS Trust Fund is only a MYTH!!! :(

ND

October 4th, 2012
8:35 am

I am going to vote for Obama and the debates are not going to sway my vote, but Romney destroyed him last night. It wasn’t even that close.

Member of a fading nation

October 4th, 2012
8:40 am

KeeKee – Why? WHY would you vote for Obama? Im being serious. We’re 6 trillion more in debt. Our economic freedom ranking went from 3rd to 18th as a nation. Highest gas prices, longest sustained stagnant growth in history, longest sustained high unemployment since the great depression, country’s credit rating dropped for the first time in history. BILLIONS spent on a company with OUR tax money went belly up when that money could of gone to education and other programs to help grow the economy. The past facts show that when you lower taxes, the govt’s revenue grows, yet Obama doesn’t want to do that. Companies are hoarding cash and not creating jobs because they are in FEAR of another Obama term. Please, help me to understand why in the hell you would vote for this man.

The Wizzard of Obama

October 4th, 2012
8:41 am

Oz- the curtain has been pulled back- you are fully exposed. no substance, no new ideas, no results, no leadership, the orator has been exposed to four wasted years and missed opportunities. If the President were a CEO he would of already been terminated for non -performane. Accept and embrace change! Go Mitt

Judie

October 4th, 2012
8:43 am

I found the debate to be very enlightening. I am definitely going to support Romney as I truly believe he has a better vision for America than Obama. I want a United States of America that honors our forefathers visions of the greatness this Nation could and did become.
I do NOT favor a man that tramples on our Constitution, has no respect for States rights and believes that we need the Federal government telling us what to think, when to think it and how it is going to be. This is a Nation governed by the people and for the people and not a dictatorship. Obama seems to think that he knows best and to heck with the people and what they want they want their country to be and how it will be perceived around the world.
While I do not agree with all of Romney’s ideas I feel he can work across bipartisan lines and reshape our Nation so that once again we will have the respect of the rest of the world and be the a leader that helps not only to keep American’s safe but others as well.
This is not a time for smugness, arrogance and an attitude of my way or the highway and I believe Obama has consistently displayed this attitude to the American people and the world.
The times they are a changing and we need someone to lead this nation through these changes in a manner that will display to the world that we ARE Americans and we have a resolve like no other Nation in history. It is this resolve and our unquestionalbe acts of charity and kindness around the world that made this Nation great and will continue to do so.
One comment that I heard from a commentator on CNN last night was that Romney seemed to have a package wrapped in pretty paper and bows but he made no real indication of what was in that package.
Well, we know what Obamas package contains as his package has been unwrapped, the pretty paper and bows discarded for just under four years and it is simply not working. It is defective and cannot be returned and we can not live with it if we want American to revitalize itself.
WE NEED DRASTIC CHANGES AND A RETURN TO THE BASIC PRINCIPALS THAT MADE THIS NATION GREAT IN THE FIRST PLACE.

alex

October 4th, 2012
8:45 am

@ND, what do you get out of the debates ?

ROTFLMFAO

October 4th, 2012
8:49 am

Subroto

Take your questionable economc plan back to India, wrap it tighly around you, jump into the Ganges River, and drown. :) What works in India doesn’t necessarily work in our country. We don’t live in a caste system that denigrates some and cow-tows to others who think they are better than the low casts in their population. In our country each individual has the opportunity to reach for the stars; and if (s)he works hard enough and is committed enough then (s)he can reach their own personal star.

Angela

October 4th, 2012
8:58 am

I’m still voting for Obama. All I saw out of Romney was a bunch of crap and a condescending smirk. I’ll never vote for him.

alex

October 4th, 2012
9:01 am

@angela, now THAT moves the conversation forward….. Would you like your free cell phone now?

byrd dog

October 4th, 2012
9:02 am

Am I the only one to notice the front page photo appears Obama is helping Mitt?
Leave it to the AJC (al jazeera constipation).

MasterP

October 4th, 2012
9:04 am

Nice front page photo, AJC. And yet you wonder why people call you a left leaning newspaper.

MR

October 4th, 2012
9:14 am

Romney did not say anything worthy of high praise. He did not present any ideas on how he would improve the economy other than what he is most known for, eliminating jobs and destroying families. The only thing he showed was how disrespectful and obnoxious he is.

Old timer

October 4th, 2012
9:21 am

Romney walked away with this…Obama looked like had rather be anywhere else, but the. He has never had anyone tool he is wrong…..or question anything.

Tracie

October 4th, 2012
9:23 am

When substance or lack thereof failed Oblahma, he looked straight into the camera in an attempt to appeal to his mushy gushy supporters.

SAVE ME! SAVE ME! said the Titanic’s little dingy.

Pandora

October 4th, 2012
9:30 am

Romney lied about EVERTHING and he did not answer 1 question. He just kept talking about the 25% of small business owners which President Obama pointed out the first time he mentioned them that they are multi-millionaires. Romney did not win the debate. People who truly understand debates and how they work know that in order to win a debate you MUST ANSWER every question, which Romney did not do. All he did was over talk President Obama, ignored the questions and the mediator when he was asked several times on one question to answer it..which of course Romney never did.

President Obama answered EVERY question that the mediator asked them. He is in touch with the American people. He was very calm the entire time.

Mitt on the other hand was very loud, obnoxious and ignorant throughout the entire debate. He kept repeating himself, twitching and he even turned pink a couple of times. I wonder if Mitt has Alzhimers…at any rate Mitt is not the choice for America.

When Mitt was asked about cutting taxes for the top 2% of Americans, he denied it…eventhough for the past 18+ months he stated time and time and time again that he would cut the taxes for the rich.

Romney is also for same-sex marriage. Until President Obama said that he supported it..now all of a sudden he isn’t.

Mitt Romney reminds me of a fish out of water…when they are out of the water they flip flop constantly. That is what Mitt does with issues..he flip flops around them. He says he want to end Obamacare, however he does not have a plan as to what he will replace it with.

Mitt is NOT the answer for the American people. Mitt is out of touch. Not once did he come up with any struggle in his life, his wife life or his familys’ life. Why? Because he doesn’t know what it’s like and he really could care less.

He did say that if a child want to go to college for them to ask their parents for the money to go. Now how many of you can do that? Less than 1% can actually do that. President Obama want to continue to have very low interest rates for college students, and Mitt want to get rid of the Pell grants and make it impossible for anyone to get a student loan.

When Mitt was Governor of Mass., the unemployment rate sky rocketed!

I can’t wait to go to the pole and re-elect President Obama… OBAMA 2012!!!

He connects with the people. Romney only connects with the top 1% financially. He is not the person to run this country.

Last, but not least…Mitt want to END PBS…Public Broadcasting Stations…if you are for Education, which PBS has ALWAYS been for and do, then why would you get rid of such an important station?

Romney is a joke that isn’t even funny anymore.

President Obama is the best choice Americans’ have… OBAMA 2012 :)

GrannyCares

October 4th, 2012
9:32 am

What was the President nervous about ??? HIS RECORD!!

I was embarrassed for him. He was unprepared; he meandered; there were times when he appeared LOST; and he had NO ENERGY! These images will not be erased from the minds of folks who watched and listened.

It became clear that Obama simply cannot operate without a teleprompter. He was a disaster! In the end, I was wonder how in the world did we make such a decision to elected him four years ago!

brewmaster

October 4th, 2012
9:33 am

MR, you are a typical liberal with a lot of emotion and no facts. Romney’s “evil” Bain Capital created Staples, which employs 69,000 people. Countless other success stories as well. Yes, some failed, but trying to rescue failing businesses that surely would have failed without Bain’s input is not a 100% guarantee. Even Bill Clinton praised Romney for his work at Bain. Look it up. Speaking of ” repectful,” how respectful was your bozo VP Biden ( ie Neal Kinnock plagiarizer) with his ” put y’all back in chains comments to an African-American audience.

Member of a fading nation

October 4th, 2012
9:34 am

@Pandora – Buwah ha ha ha ha Gawd you’re an idiot. PLEASE stay home on election day. You are a total TOOL! Please! Do tell us, in your infinite wisdom….. what has Obama done to make this country better off than we were 4 years ago.

h mack

October 4th, 2012
9:37 am

What we witnessed was the distinct differece between a “lead from behind” politician and a true business leader. Obama, a career politician, seems to think success is working for the government and moving up the government ladder whereas Romney successfully managed multi billion dollar businesses that can not “raise taxes or impose fees” to grow and provide jobs. A clear difference between American ideals and socialist ideals. Where does the money the government “takes in” to even be a government? From the people/ businesses that provide the tax revenue. Borrowing from other countries will never equate to prosperity in America. When you borrow money to buy your house or car who “prospers”… the banks, NOT the borrower(people/ America).

My vote has not changed...

October 4th, 2012
9:37 am

That debate did not change my mind as to who I’m voting for. I will vote for President Obama. It just proved how ignorant and out of touch Mitt really is.

alex

October 4th, 2012
9:39 am

Personally, Ilike a president being boastful,aggressive,acting like a “man in the arena” think T.R.
I hope that our president , if re-elected will be a bit more forceful, mediocrity/passivity is not a laudable trait.

Pandora

October 4th, 2012
9:39 am

Member of a fading nation: You are such a fool..it is so obvious you are. Obama will win. I bet you couldn’t understand ANYTHING I said…It goes to show your ignorance…OBAMA 2012 :)

Revit

October 4th, 2012
9:39 am

We saw and heard what a real US President should be like last night to grow Americas’ middle class and job creators, and it wasn’t obama. Seeing all the radical left wing lap dogs with all their long faces was priceless. Glad I recorded the debate.

OldGrunt

October 4th, 2012
9:41 am

After seeing the lack of performance from Obama, can now understand why our GDP is worse now than it was two years ago; why we have had over 8% unemployment for over 43 months; why our foreign policy is in shambles; why we are seeing our culture and society dropping further; and Obama’s solution is CLASS WARFARE and INCREASED TAXES. Get the distinct impression that Obama is basically intellectually LAZY, and it showed last night! We need a new leader!!

Romney 2012

October 4th, 2012
9:44 am

All of you Obama supporters on here are EXACTLY what he was talking about when he made the 47% remark. Now he may have his % wrong BUT h is exactly right that there are folks out there that will vote for Obama not mater what facts they have before them. I feel sorry for you if you cant see the true facts that are in front of you. Gas prices…..doubled under Obama…..when gas was 1.80 a gallon under Busch the Dems said it was Busch helping his oil buddies get rich. Well it has doubled since then and it is AMAZING you here nothing from the dems on gas prices now.

Member of a fading nation

October 4th, 2012
9:51 am

@pandora – typical Obama supporter. You cant name ONE thing he has done to make things better. Well, I’ll name a few that has made this country WORSE!

1) Highest sustained unemployment rate since the great depression
2) Longest sustained period of stagnant growth in our GNP
3) Our credit rating has been lowered for the first time in history
4) 6 TRILLION more in debt (Didn’t he call Bush unpatriotic for increasing the debt 5B in 8 years?)
5) Billions spent on nw bankrupt companies
6) He lied about the total cost of Obamacare. 780B a year? My ass, try 1.7 Trillion!!!
7) Companies hoarding cash and not hiring because of his policies. They don’t want to hire because it will cost them more.
8) US Economic freedom ranking went for 3rd in the world to 18th, In three years!!
9) Highest gas prices in history
10) The U.S. now has the HIGHEST corporate taxes in the world, forcing companies to move over seas and now he wants to raise that even higher.
11) The worlds view of the US has gone from respect and admiration to pity and laughable.
12) 17 Million more people on foodstamps

Want me to go on….????

Now, you tell me what good he’s done. You can’t You’re just voting for him because you believe the lies that he tells. Did he pay your mortgage for you? Did he fill up your gas tank? How’s that working out for ya?

Al

October 4th, 2012
9:56 am

Obama was lost without the teleprompter. His closing statement was nothing but a bunch of babbling.
Why wouldn’t Obama look at Romney when speaking?

For all you Obama lovers, Obama will go down as one of the worst presidents in history!! The national debt has increased more in his 4 yrs. in office that in Bush’s entire 8 yrs.

Romney\Ryan in 2012!!

Bob

October 4th, 2012
9:59 am

Shouln’t the headline be “Governor VS the lecturer” ? This is another lie, Obama was not a professor, he was a guest lecturer.

Stand Up Now!!

October 4th, 2012
10:00 am

@GrannyCares…Four years ago, we all listened with interest to the story of Hope & Change. I was so proud of the American voters to elect an African American as our president.

Four years later, we are still hearing the same thing. Mr. Obama wants four more years to lead our country. He has not done his job for the first four years. I don’t know about you, but I’m in much worse shape than I was four years ago. If you watch his speeches from four years ago, he is saying the exact same words, just wearing a different suit.

If you’ve had a job for four years, and you have not done your job, then it is time to let you go.

alex

October 4th, 2012
10:01 am

Can we get some opinions of people who were/are undecided before the debate;please no fakes-it will likely be obvious…..

Bob

October 4th, 2012
10:07 am

If the Obama economy is so strong why are they asking defense contractors to ignore the W.A.R.N. act ? And the act was passed by congress, shouldn’t Obama work with congress if he wanted to end this act ? And why should we borrow money from China to defend these companies when they are taken to court for breaking the law, pathetic ! If Obama had a real plan he would not have to ask employers to break the law in order to hide unemployment numbers.

Gary

October 4th, 2012
10:14 am

Romney looked and acted presidential. I was waiting for the moment when Obama was going to say, “Aw, to hell with this, I don’t want to be president anymore.” And, you know what, after flailing around with the government for 4 years like he did during the debate, he dosen’t deserve 4 more years as president.

Obama is dishonest

October 4th, 2012
10:19 am

People complaining about the moderator are simply upset because the ultra left wing moderators usually mold the debate in a manner which helps the Democrat and hurts the Republican………this debate was mostly unaffected. This was refreshing!

Both candidates were allowed to talk; if anything Obama talked too long way too much (he ended with a little more than 4 minutes more talk time).

Obama wanted the moderator to help him more and did not get the help he wanted! Obama was exposed as a liar and had a difficult time defending/touting his VERY poor record over the past 3+ years!!!!!!!!!

Obama needs his telepromter for the next two elections (this way his staff can help him with his spin & lies).

An observer

October 4th, 2012
10:20 am

Georgians will be proud on November 6 when the state votes its electoral votes for Romney. Those states that vote for Obama will have it on their conscience that they voted for an inept candidate who has demonstrated his incompetence and now promises four more years of malaise because he has no ideas and no leadership skills.

Member of a fading nation

October 4th, 2012
10:20 am

@Pandora – I’m still waiting for all these good things you say he’s done. It’s been 30 minutes…. tick-tock, tick-tock.

Actually, your silence says it all. Thanks for proving me right.

A B Normal

October 4th, 2012
10:22 am

Obama = stiff, arrogant, detached. Looked like he would rather be getting a dermabrasion treatment with a belt sander.
Romney = Fellow Americans it gives me great pleasure to introduce you to the next President of the United States. Done deal.

Mark

October 4th, 2012
10:24 am

All the theatrics and performing in the world is not going to save Romney’s sinking tank. The President will still win the White House for another 4 years.

RynoRedhawk

October 4th, 2012
10:34 am

I won’t rate the debate or praise Romney but the President’s problem from Day 1 is more evident than ever. He hires terrible people to work for and support him.

The people who were responsible for helping the President to prepare for this debate should be fired, effective 8:00am this morning. He was under prepared and disinterested. Romney’s team was looking like a well run business. Lean, direct, effective and accurate.

The 2nd Presidential Debate is the infamous “Town Hall” format. I expect both candidates to have much different approaches. It isn’t time driven, it’s personality based. Govenor Romney will have to be softer and slower in his answers as the President is great in these informal settings.

LW

October 4th, 2012
10:38 am

What was THAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!? I hate to say it, but there’s just no way to defend Pres. Obama’s appearance last night.

Romney was already in the coffin; all BO had to do was throw romney’s own dirt onto himself and bury him.

Both avoided tough answers or some facts, but the prez didn’t do anything he should have, and could have, done. What happened!!? He looked inept, ill-prepared, lacked enthusiasm/energy. Colossal missed opportunity.

The president was absent. His arrogance [again]. Unbelievable failure. Get ready for a wide swing in the polls. Pathetic.

Plus, since the economy is coming back (yes, under Obama), if Romney wins and the economy continues to improve, he’ll get two terms and Hillary can forget it. I know Bill Clinton must be ticked.

Dina

October 4th, 2012
10:58 am

Yes, Mr. Romney had a great performance last night. However, that will not erase from my memory the last 4 years of actions and reactions since President Obama won in November 2008.
“What proceeds from you will return to you.”

philman

October 4th, 2012
11:19 am

Romney is becoming a democrat!!! He has always been a democrat but he did not know…

Bill Gullion

October 4th, 2012
11:20 am

Why does the Atlanta Journal Constitution run its internet headline story on Jim Lehrer and not on the fact that Romney swamped Obama in the first debate? Typical, typical liberal newspaper thought process. Protect the Democrat ignore the Republican when he does well! All I can say is you newspaper men better start looking for other jobs. There won’t be an Atlanta Journal Constitution five years from now. Your liberal thinking is going to drive the paper out of business! Peopl are tired of your progressive BS.

philman

October 4th, 2012
11:24 am

Bill- You need to realize that Mitt is a democrat since last night debate…a true democrat!!

RGB

October 4th, 2012
11:44 am

“Plus, since the economy is coming back….”

I’ll bet you’re pro-medical marijuana….or even non-medical marijuana.

alex

October 4th, 2012
11:48 am

@LW, pithy review; I think he will do better in the next “town hall” format. I do not support the President for reelection, but if he is, I hope that he has more drive,determination,and intensity than he showed last night. If ‘what proceeds….’has any basis in reality, today-after last night-, the President is a vacuum

philman

October 4th, 2012
12:07 pm

RGB – Are you OK? Just checking…

MotorMouthRomRom

October 4th, 2012
12:49 pm

The only thing Romney did was talk over everyone. He even kept interrupting the moderator. My dad us to say people who talk that fast and over others are usually trying to outrun their own lies and hope everyone else are too dumb to notice the lies.

guy

October 4th, 2012
12:53 pm

Neither one,like the rest of our wonderful politicians,ever mentioned cutting spending.There has to be pain before any gain and we don’t have a leader with the backbone to say it. Still,anything is better than obama. He’s lost without someone telling him or writing down what he needs to say.This country is in poor condition!

Carol

October 4th, 2012
12:58 pm

I was disappointed in the President’s performance. He didn’t come back on some issues that were just lobbed into his lap. He started the night out with his usual stump talking points. I was hoping that was going to be the worst of it, but unfortunately, it was not.

Lo

October 4th, 2012
1:14 pm

To the untrained eye, Miitt looks like the best thing happening. But for those of you who know smoke when you see it,don’t be fooled. This man is only in it to help those in his circle. Not you or me! Ask him to tell his friends to bring those jobs back from India, Phillipines and the other countries and see how fast the economy recovers. Also for those of you who have all tthe answers, do something about it.

Chris

October 4th, 2012
1:16 pm

EasyVote -

You should have paid attention. He said he’d repeal Obamacare, and put the 700 Billion dollars Obama took from Medicare and put it back in, and then let states regulate the care. He was quite detailed with his answer.

Chris

October 4th, 2012
1:31 pm

NuBN247 -

It’s very clear why you will vote for Obama. We all know it has nothing to do with qualification or his record, either.

1American

October 4th, 2012
1:36 pm

Can anyone help me here? Did Obama say that Romney wanted to cut 5 TRILLION in taxes? Which is 20% of all taxes? Is that number correct?

Chris

October 4th, 2012
1:46 pm

Lo -
Please enlighten the entire county with your Jedi eye training.

Motormouth -
Maybe you and your dad are just too slow to keep up. By the way, both Obama and Romney interrupted the moderator and each other.

philman -
Call him whatever you want, but at least admit he won the debate. He ran a state with 83% democrats in the house of reps. He knows how to work as a bipartisan. Obama would rather blame the other side than work with them.

Dina -
Yes, you and many others will vote blindly. It’s OK. Enough of us are listening and will vote for the right leader of our country. Right now, our country does not have a leader.

Gorilla Biscuit

October 4th, 2012
2:17 pm

Obama just got gorilla stomped. Gorilla stomped I tell you!!