President Barack Obama speaks as Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney looks on. Who won the debate?
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was extremely organized and used his experiences and numbers very well when answering questions and President Barack Obama was clearly more polished than his last debate.
This was clearly an enjoyable fight between the two for us political junkies, but it will be a day or two before FactCheck.org decides who was the most truthful.
Here are a few things said during the debate that’s burning my bacon, in no particular order:
Obama said that he would like to introduce a new weapons assault ban. Is he crazy or just wants more votes? While I was editor of a small newspaper back in 2004 I interviewed Dr. Christopher Koper, who was part of a group who did three Justice Department studies about the ban and all three studies—two were done during the Clinton Administration and the last being done during the Bush Administration—showed that they didn't do much to decrease crime. Click on the link to read the PDF of that article.
It seems the president has no problems using scare tactics by nearly always mentioning how Romney would not fund Planned Parenthood. He does need the women’s vote.
When illegal immigration came around it was great to see that Romney will not be giving these criminals a free pass, unlike the president. And yes, if someone breaks the law to get into the U.S. they are a criminal.
The president hasn’t been able to keep some of his most important promises when he was running in 2008, so he was smart not to go into great detail about his plans for his (possible) second term, but that will hurt him too. Most of us like to know what he plans on doing.
When it comes to the economy, if what Romney said is true, he does have a better record of balancing budgets than the president and you can tell that bothered Obama a lot. He knows he can’t really compete with that.
Would it kill these guys to answer a question directly without mentioning the other guy?
And Libya. Well, an act of terror is far different than a terrorist attack. And while Candy Crowley said that Obama described it as an “act of terror,” she did say that Romney was right that it took the administration two weeks to say it was a terrorist attack and not simply about the Mohammad tape or a riot, as this clip from CNN shows or see the video.
But again, the president did do a great job of debating. His in-your-face battle plan was impressive and he clearly seems to come alive in a town hall setting.
What does it mean? Nothing. Let’s see how truthful the two men are after Factcheck.org picks apart what they said. But does it even matter? It just seems that people would rather pay more attention to Honey Boo Boo than who spoke the truth.