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  • 2012 Presidential Debate: Number One

    Hmmm. I have an immediate impression after hearing the media proclaim Romney the winner. Were they actually listening to what was being said, or were they just more impressed with Romney's 'presence' on camera?

    I should admit that I did not watch the debate on television, but waited until this morning to Youtube the segments. I like it better that way, since I am able to take the entire thing in without having to remember what was said an hour and a half ago. The Youtube segments are sliced up into manageable sections that deal with particular portions of the debate.

    Overall: in the first segment, I think Obama was specific in his statements, and was clear in his plans. Where he failed was to keep harping on the 5 trillion dollars he claims Romney is going to increase the budget by after Romney denied it the first time. He should have dropped the matter and let his analysts come out in the paper and in the media with proof that Romney lied during the debate. It would have left him much more credible and would have severely crippled Romney's credibility for the remainder of the debates. Either the president is a fool, or simply ignorant of good political practices, or has hired some very incompetent advisors.

    In the second segment, Romney proved he is a master at doublespeak, since at no time in the entire debate did he ever present specific plans or actions for the changes he is claiming he would institute. Obama, on the other hand, stuck to his guns and presented specific information on the way he will do business.

    I'm not going to do a “blow by blow” analysis of the debate. I'm going to recommend that if you watched the debate, you might want to review it in with the segmented approach I used. If you didn't watch the debate, shame on you. You're in luck and have a chance to redeem yourself. Youtube has all the segments available.

    Watch the debate. It will give you a good reason to understand why we need a third party president.

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