Mitt Romney wins the first debate against a listless Barack Obama -- A debate with a flood of facts and figures to befuddle everyone
Posted on Thursday, October 04, 2012 at 12:10 AM
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|Mitt Romney and Barack Obama at the Denver presidential debate|
In a debate weighed down by facts and figures and financial data, Romney was faster on his feet than Obama.
The aura of invincibility that descends on every White House occupant was scraped off by Romney’s combative performance.
It was Obama’s first debate in four years and it showed. He seemed disengaged, not the fiery candidate who took the stage by storm four years ago against John McCain.
Beforehand 72 percent of Americans thought Obama would win, the typical numbers for an incumbent. So Romney did far better coming from a lower expectation base.
But while Romney won on style, Obama landed some punches, especially when focused on Romney’s plan to cut $5 trillion in taxes.
“We have a horse race,” said David Gergen on CNN, the most seasoned of all political operatives who gave Romney the verdict on a night that may have changed the course of the race for the White House.
Even James Carville, the attack dog Democrat, had little good to say about Obama’s performance, saying he gave the impression he did not want to be there.
“The president did not bring his “A” game," said Carville
Obama was somehow subdued, his best moments were in his closing remarks when he finally felt and looked passionate when asking the American people for four more years.
At the same time, the two were reminiscent of two fighters clutching each other in the center of the ring without landing any punches for very long periods.
In the end, there was no knockdown, no moment like when Ronald Reagan floored Jimmy Carter, or Lloyd Bentsen when he decked Dan Quayle with his “You’re no Jack Kennedy” line.
All of which means that Romney will pick up some momentum making this a closer race than the pundits were predicting just a few weeks ago.
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