Wednesday night’s debate between President Barack H. Obama and Republican Governor Mitt Romney was far more exciting than many critics would have ever predicted. Governor Romney’s strong and aggressive style towards the President totally dominated the debate, and further illustrates that the race is only going to be much more exciting and issue driven over the next few weeks leading towards the general election in November. This has suddenly created a spark for the Romney campaign that previously didn’t exist.
Although the debate by many at times was considered out of control with multiple attempts by the moderator to control both candidates, President Obama and Governor Romney’s outlook on the role of government, appeared to be more similar and of the same merit. Wednesday night’s debate had multiple occasions of both candidates agreeing that they supporting similar positions in their platforms, which could be negative for the countries overall fiscal economy.
The debate may have been the first opportunity that 50 million Americans watching the political battle could actually envision the former Massachusetts Republican Governor as Commander In Chief- residing at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. In this instance, which skeptics hadn’t seen all year, we witnessed a Romney who took charge and demanded authority as such if he was the leader of the free world, through his wit, charm and emphasis on job growth.
The Governor has always appeared Presidential – but at times a bit too regal for the common voter – but last night the Romney revolution took off full steam as he attacked the Presidents economic record and inability to turn around the nation’s unemployment rate around in his first term. The well prepared former Massachusetts Ex-Governor had answers for many of the President’s responses, and he consistently stressed the case as to why the American people should fire the incumbent President and instead hire himself. The recurring theme of twenty million people out of work, still searching for employment, failing to prioritize a trillion dollar deficit, and the failed attempt to address the economy upon his arrival to the White House, was a sensitive undertaking for the Obama camp on Wednesday evening.
President Obama appeared a bit lethargic and off his game as he started the debate, beginning with his acknowledgement of his 20th anniversary which many presumed was a slight detour from the question. Whenever responding to a question, it appeared the President was not on target and looking down, similar to former President George H.W. Bush’s costly approach as he looked down to check his watch, ultimately resulting in a 1992 Bill Clinton victory. The night went underway as it desperately appeared that the President was searching for the right connects to flatter the audience and deter from the Governor’s five point platform for America.
Early polls following the debate illustrated a clear and decisive win for Romney, whose sole mission was to address the 44 percent of independent voters throughout the country still undecided, whereas the President expected to win most of his viewers and seal the deal after the first debate.
The good news is that Governor Romney and the GOP have reinserted a new energy for the Republican Party, allowing the general public to see a side of Romney that many have awaited to see since his acceptance speech. Romney’s position throughout the evening spoke to the majority of those American’s who feel government is already trying to interfere and take over too much of our civil liberties. For the record, the President played the traditional role of liberal democrat that focused on the necessity to enhance the size of government to help every day Americans, openly supporting Obama Care and defending the Dodd-Frank financial regulations slightly supporting the notion that it was questionable fiscal policy, which many have linked to the recent economic meltdown. The President discussed never touching fiscal entitlements surrounding Medicare and the preservation of Social Security for future generations. Governor Romney defined himself as having a different vision for America, one that emphasizes the significance of the individual and one that supports the private sector as opposed to larger government.
When the American people’s perspective of Washington is at an all time low, Governor Romney masterfully crafted the idea that the current system is simply not working.
His continued support of his signature state-run health-care reform legislation in Massachusetts may pose a problem with older adults over the age of 65 and independent voters, given that state’s massively expense, while stressing that he will bring government spending – down to 20 percent of the nations Gross Domestic Product by the end of his prospective four year term. However, the challenge is that Romney has never actually indicated how he will accomplish that, which could come back to haunt the Romney campaign in the next upcoming debate.
The inconvenient truth is that in recent history of the last time a Republican occupied the White House under the leadership of President George W. Bush, the administration actually helped to expand the size of government in his two terms as President which should have been a gift to fiscal liberals. As much as I despise reverting back to the previous administration, the Bush administration increased spending and entitlements tremendously, something that Governor Romney said he would automatically reverse in his effort to return the country back to fiscal sanity.
It’s interestingly that the President downs his predecessor President Bush as the reason for why everything is going wrong four years into his own Presidency but he’s failed to address the idea that we have been taken “forward” into an even deeper fiscal mess, starting with the 800 Billion dollar stimulus plan, which economically dug the country into an even deeper mess. Perhaps the independent vote will offer “hope” that former Governor Romney will be victorious in November, offering a new “change” to the way Washington, D.C does business.
Brandon Brice is a member of RBE and a graduate of Howard University, Rutgers University’s Graduate Eagleton Institute of Politics and is currently pursuing his studies at Columbia University.
i believe rommey can win the first two presidential debates if he stays focus on the issues that will interest the american people and obamacare and the economy are two of the major issue, so far he has won the confidence of swing voters that like his plan for the ecomomy however, he should not no sense of overconfidence because obama will and can bounce back which can be a scary thing and rommey must be aware of that, in addition, he must continue a strong campaign to get the message out
Looks like Romney lost the war...Funny thing is....he got 47% of the vote...God works it out doesn't he...???