Wednesday’s debate between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney could have a big influence on the race for the White House in these tough economic times. The debate focused on the economy.
Debate results … developing …
More than 4 million tweets makes this the most tweeted political Twitter event in history.
Obama hammered by the left in Twitterland. The pundits from the left are like a little league father/coach who plays his own son, when better players are left on the bench. Then the coach is frustrated by the player’s performance.
“I don’t know what he was doing out there. He had his head down, he was enduring the debate rather than fighting it. Romney, on the other hand, came in with a campaign. He had a plan, he was going to dominate the time, he was going to be aggressive, he was going to push the moderator around, which he did effectively, he was going to relish the evening, enjoying it.”
— Chris Matthews
The president looked peeved and flat as he carried a conversation, for the first time in four years, with somebody telling him he’s wrong.
— Ron Fournier
“I was absolutely stunned … Obama was off his game.”
— Ed Schultz
Obama was looking down, looked meek. Romney had an answer for everything — projected strength.
— Kirsten Powers
Well, I’m with all the other talking heads: Mitt Romney won this debate. Barack Obama lost it. I mean, he got his butt kicked. It was, in fact, one of the most inept performances I’ve ever seen by a sitting President. Romney–credit where it’s due–was calm, clear, convincing (even when he was totally full of it) and nearly human. The real mystery was Obama. Where on earth was he?
— Joe Klein
Read more: http://swampland.time.com/2012/10/03/the-debate/#ixzz28KfrzUIl
Maddow blames it on the moderators …
… can’t declare a winner, but can declare a loser — PBS anchor and debate moderator Jim Lehrer.
Obama was “calm, professorial and basically explanatory,” but Romney appeared “hyper” and “amped.”
— Rachel Maddow
“Maybe the president does need his teleprompter.”
— Bill Maher
Look: you know how much I love the guy, and you know how much of a high information viewer I am, and I can see the logic of some of Obama’s meandering, weak, professorial arguments. But this was a disaster for the president for the key people he needs to reach, and his effete, wonkish lectures may have jolted a lot of independents into giving Romney a second look. The person with authority on that stage was Romney – offered it by one of the lamest moderators ever, and seized with relish. This was Romney the salesman. And my gut tells me he sold a few voters on a change tonight. It’s beyond depressing. But it’s true.
— Andrew Sullivan
Obama was smirking; Romney was smiling.
Romney to Obama: I have five boys. I’m used to them repeating the same thing over and over. They keep on repeating it and ultimately hoping I’ll believe it. I will not reduce the taxes payed by higher income taxpayers.
I don’t know how he could have done a better job. The man knows his onions.
— Pat Buchanan
It’s obvious Barack Obama doesn’t know a thing about creating jobs.
— Senator Marco Rubio
Tonight Romney is much better than his campaign; Obama is far worse.
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