Anyone who witnessed the debate on 10/3/12 could easily tell that it was won hands down by Governor Mitt Romney. Romney showed extreme confidence and posture while President Barrack Obama had a condescending and arrogant air about him. While neither candidate really seemed to give too much information on plans for the future, Mr. Obama seemed to be more inclined to talk in circles and seem a little lost without a teleprompter to guide his speech or cheering crowds to devour his every word. The President even spoke over the moderator several times and ended up with an extra 4:18 talk time by the end of the debate.
The first discussed was the economy. Mr. Romney had many key points such as energy independence, trade with Latin America, small business focus, keystone pipeline, coal, tax relief. While the President kept saying that Romney's plan would have 5 trillion in tax cuts and 2 trillion in military spending added to the deficit, the fact check done by CNN at the end of the debate called this claim false. President Obama brought this point up several times in this segment, and in a very nice way, called Mr. Romney a liar. Both candidates agreed that lowering the corporate tax rate is something that needs to happen, which begs the question, why has the President not already pushed for this then?
The second segment was on the deficit. President Obama started his time off with, you guessed it, blaming the previous administration and stating his plan was on a website. President Obama wants to cut $2.8 billion to oil companies that Romney claims doesn't benefit Exxon or other big oil but small businesses that do drilling and processing. Mitt Romney pointed out that Obama already gave $90 billion to "green energy" companies such as Solyndra that have already failed or are failing. Gov. Romney went on to talk about how the current spending is a moral issue and we should not be billing the next generation for the government spending. Mr. Romney wants states to handle welfare systems for beneficence rather than using federal blanket plans.
Entitlements such as Social Security and Medicare where the next topic in the debate, which led to an interesting discussion about how seniors and the next generation would be effected by each candidate. Obama did not deny taking a whopping $716 billion out of Medicare to pay for "Obamacare." President Obama went on to demonize private insurance and claimed he was lowering healthcare costs. Mr. Romney proposed a voucher system to allow seniors to choose either Medicare or private insurance at the same price, and called out President Obama on his "too big to fail" policies for banks and corporations that donated to his campaign. Romney claims that he can ensure that Social Security is still around for the younger generations so that we all have it to fall back on.
Healthcare is something many people are curious about as Obama has pushed through sweeping changes to the system. Obama was adamant about getting his points out and was again quiet rude to the moderator during this topic. Obama wants a federally run healthcare system that would have "improved coverage." Romney mentioned this system would have a "board" that would make healthcare choices for people and that it ultimately needs to be replaced. Gov. Romney suggests having states run their own systems and repealing Obama care. Romney even stated that Obama care goes against the 10th amendment which states "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people." This debate will likely remain a heated controversy between the two candidates and their parties in the weeks to come.
Role of government was the final topic, and is likely the biggest difference between the two parties. Obama stuck to the typical democratic platform of a strong federal government that controls schools, takes on security issues, and "creates opportunity for people." Romney took the more conservative view that the federal government should be bound by the constitution and allows states to have more control over them. Romney believes that states should run their own education systems, that we should adopt more religious tolerance, and that individualism should be key rather than government providing things for us. Romney even said we should have a "school of choice" option where the money for a student goes to the school his parents elect to send him too rather than which district his house is in. Romney gave a nice blow to the democratic platform saying that trickle down government doesn't work.
All in all, Romney showed much confidence over all looking at Obama during talking points and was able to speak clearly and concisely. President Obama seemed to talk in circles, become easily agitated, and overly seemed to not want to be bothered to debate Gov. Romney. CNN even had a panel of "judges" who were made up of both parties who unanimously agreed that Romney easily took the first debate in the bag. It will be interesting to see how the next two Presidential debates and the Vice-Presidential debate turn out. As for now, it seems the Republicans have the upper hand in the debate process.
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