When the radical left is proclaiming Mitt Romney the undeniable winner of the presidential debate, you know that this wasn’t merely the GOP dreaming or spinning the truth. Romney really did win, and he won big.
From the beginning of the debate, Romney was in control. President Obama tried, over and over again, to sell the public on the fable of how Mitt Romney wanted a $5 trillion tax cut, but not once did the former Governor of Massachusetts allow him to get away with it. He explained that he was not looking to make such a tax cut and that he “won’t put in place a tax cut that adds to the deficit.”
For President Obama, it was all about the “rich” paying a little more. He referred to it as “economic patriotism.” For Governor Romney, it was all about lowering taxes, not increasing them, because he understands that the same “rich” people Obama was talking about are the ones creating jobs for middle class Americans.
President Obama kept floating the term “revenue,” a politically acceptable way for Democrats to say tax hikes. However, Mitt Romney explained that true revenue doesn’t come from raising taxes. It comes from creating jobs, where one produces a large tax base. He stated that he would champion small business, while today, he said, “new business start-ups are down to a 30-year low.”
Obama attempted to blame President Bush for his failures in office, as he often does. He stated, “When I walked in the Oval Office, I had more than a trillion dollar deficit greeting me, and we know where it came from.” He mentioned his $4 trillion plan to balance the budget. Romney chimed in, “You’ve been president four years. You said you’d cut the deficit in half. It’s now four years later. We still have trillion dollar deficits.”
President Obama accused Governor Romney of wanting to “roll back” regulations. Romney said he only wished to do away with “excessive regulations,” as with those that were generated by the Dodd-Frank bill. He stated that, in order for the economy to work, “you have to have regulations… Every free economy has good regulation.”
President Obama talked up his Race to the Top education program and said he wants to hire 100,000 more math and science teachers. Governor Romney stated he is in favor of more teachers, but he thinks the states should be in charge of that, not the federal government. He said he wants more school choice and competition.
Health care was a big topic during the debate, and Romney, as with everything else this night, went on the offensive. Romney criticized the President for raiding Medicare of $716 billion. He criticized him for creating an unelected board of bureaucrats “who are going to decide what kind of treatment you ought to have.” He said that under the President’s plan, health premiums would go up potentially $2500 per family. And he said that the plan does harm to the 10th Amendment to the Constitution. He told the President that he respectfully uses the term “ObamaCare” to describe the President’s Affordable Care Act, but during the debate, Obama respectfully used the negative term as well – seven times – and the moderator Jim Lehrer also did so.
President Obama touted his energy program, but there too Romney schooled him. Governor Romney stated that the President has hindered energy exploration and that any progress that has happened came without the help of the federal government. Romney as well skewered President Obama for providing $90 billion of taxpayer funds to green energy companies, many of which went out of business. According to Governor Romney this money is “about 50 years’ worth of what oil and gas receives.” Romney stated to Obama that his friend told him “you don’t just pick the winners and losers; you pick the losers.”
Much of what Governor Romney said he said directly to President Obama, while the President at times looked down while he was talking. Barack Obama walked out of this debate a defeated man – and he wasn’t the only one who knew it. So did his friends on the left.
On Fox News, CNN, MSNBC and CNBC, one was hard-pressed to find someone – other than an Obama advisor or Al Sharpton – who was willing to push the false premise that Barack Obama did not clearly lose this debate. Ed Schultz, an extreme progressive from MSNBC stated that there were times “when I wasn’t sure whether he wanted it or not.” Even Obama’s heartthrob, Chris Matthews, thought Romney won.
It is only the first in the series of debates between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, but there was no denying what had occurred: Governor Romney was victorious. Conventional wisdom would suggest that he will be ready for the next battle. The big question is will it be enough to win the war.
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