It was a very heated debate between President-want-to-be Romney and Incumbent President Obama. Millions of Americans watched 2 candidates going after each other for 90 minutes.
Governor Romney kept his intensity and aggressive level that millions saw in the first debate. He did not let one charge—distortion—from President Obama going without an answer. He presented his plan clearly. He questioned Obama’s policies which have not worked the last 4 years. He even managed to bring up “Fast and Furious”—a program from the Obama administration that put automatic guns in the hands on the drug rebels—during the discussion of gun control laws. Romney clarified his tax plan that the top 5% will continue to pay 60% of the total tax revenue and no tax increase on the middle income group.
President Obama, on the other hand, did not bring anything new substance to this debate—same distortions on Romney’s plan, same old promises for the second term. There are points from Romney that Obama had no answers for. These are the disadvantages of an incumbent without a good record to run on. With the record of “23 million unemployed”, “47 million on food stamps”, “$5 trillion more in deficit”, “$4 dollar gas price” and “Fast and Furious” Obama had no choice but distorting Romney’s plan.
If Romney received an A for his performance in the first debate, he stayed at that level in the second debate. Obama improved his performance to a “B+” from a “F” in the last debate. Obama showed up with more energy than last time—perhaps proving Al Gore was right about the altitude of Denver?
There was no “Senator, You’re no Jack Kennedy” moment. But there was a “go-to-your-room” moment. During the discussion of energy policy, while Romney was speaking about his energy plan, Obama stood up, walked a few steps toward Romney and tried to interrupt him—perhaps a copy of Biden’s impolite tactics. Instantaneously, Governor Romney commanded Obama to sit down and wait for his chance—“…You will get your chance in a moment…” And Obama obliged. He returned to his chair and sat down. Who looked more presidential? This is the moment that may define this race going forward.
Some Quotes from the debate
Obama: “…Romney said we should let Detroit go bankrupt…”—going after Michigan votes
Romney: “…My plan was to have the company go through bankruptcy like 7-Eleven did and Macy’s and Condell (ph) Airlines and come out stronger…”
O: “…We have increased oil production to the highest levels in 16 years…Natural gas production is the highest it’s been in decades…we still continue to open up new areas for drilling…We’ve got potentially 600,000 jobs and 100 years worth of energy right beneath our feet with natural gas…”—comparing to what he said back in March. On Mar 7 2012, at a Daimler Truck manufacturing plant in North Carolina, Obama said that because the US consumes 20% of the world’s oil usage but only has 2% of the world’s petroleum reserves, “we’re not going to be able to just drill our way out of the problem of high gas prices. Anybody who tells you otherwise either doesn’t know what they’re talking about or they aren’t telling you the truth…” (click here for details)
R: “…oil production is down 14 percent this year on federal land…gas production was down 9 percent…Because the president cut in half the number of licenses and permits for drilling on federal lands, and in federal waters…So where’d the increase come from? Well a lot of it came from the Bakken Range in North Dakota…”—the governor is correct
R: “…I want to bring the rates down, I want to simplify the tax code, and I want to get middle- income taxpayers to have lower taxes… I’m going to limit deductions and exemptions and credits, particularly for people at the high end… The top 5 percent of taxpayers will continue to pay 60 percent of the income tax… I will not under any circumstances, reduce the share that’s being paid by the highest income taxpayers. And I will not, under any circumstances increase taxes on the middle-class…”—on his tax plan
R: “…President Bush and I are — are different people and these are different times…by virtue of new technology actually get all the energy we need in North America without having to go to the — the Arabs or the Venezuelans or anyone else. That wasn’t true in his time… I’ll crack down on China, President Bush didn’t… I’m going to get us to a balanced budget. President Bush didn’t… My priority is jobs. I know how to make that happen. And President Bush has a very different path for a very different time…”—these were excellent explanations from Romney on differentiating President Bush and himself without offending the core conservative base and defusing the fears in voters implanted by the left. John McCain failed this and he lost the 2008 election largely due to the charge that he was no different from Bush.
R: “…He had a Democrat House, a Democrat Senate, super majority in both Houses. Why did he fail to even promote legislation that would have provided an answer for those that want to come legally and for those that are here illegally today?”—excellent reminder to the voters that Obama could pass any legislation he wanted during the first 2 years. He chose not to do so for immigration then he blamed Republicans for it. He chose not to do so for jobs bill then he blamed Republicans for it.
O: “…Governor Romney invested in companies that were pioneers of outsourcing to China, and is currently investing in countries — in companies that are building surveillance equipment for China to spy on its own folks…you’re the last person who’s going to get tough on China…”
R: “…Any investments I have over the last eight years have been managed by a blind trust. And I understand they do include investments outside the United States, including in — in Chinese companies… Mr. President, have you looked at your pension? Have you looked at your pension?… Look at your pension. You also have investments in Chinese companies. You also have investments outside the United States. You also have investments through a Cayman’s trust…”
O: “…I stood in the Rose Garden, and I told the American people and the world that we are going to find out exactly what happened, that this was an act of terror…”—not exactly what he meant at the time. He said “…no acts of terror would shake the resolve of this great nation…” in a very generic term. Not until 2 weeks after the attack that the Obama administration would admit that it was a terrorist attack. They blamed the video for the attack during the first 2 weeks.
R: “…On day one, I will label China a currency manipulator…we’re going to make sure the people we trade with around the world play by the rules…”