The format for this debate was new to the presidential debate forum. It allowed each candidate a lot more freedom to actually debate instead of just answering moderator questions in a setting more reminiscent of a glorified press conference than an actual dialectic between political rivals.
Mitt Romney came out strong immediately. He was prepared to discuss every aspect of the economy. Barack Obama seemed lost without his teleprompter. He wasn’t that engaged, appeared lost at times and simply wasn’t on his game. He came across as someone who simply wished to be somewhere else. Also, when Romney set forth his economic plan and tax policies it looked like he was a university professor of economics teaching his student, Barack Obama, the basics of Economics 101. The president was actually taking notes vigorously just like a student learning from a wise and seasoned teacher. It was quite remarkable to watch.
The president shared nothing new, made no excuses for his lackluster and disappointing four years in office, never once went for Romney’s jugular or mentioned Bain Capital or Romney’s taken out of context 47% statement a few weeks ago. It was almost like the president resigned himself to the fact that he just didn’t have a record to stand on, so why even bother to try and defend it. The best he could tell the American people was to give him another four years to try and do better, to which Romney respectfully reminded the president that while the American people or very forgiving, they are hurting badly and the status quo will not do, it is time for real change, not just a platitude or campaign promise of change.
When the debate was over you could almost see a real look of “thank God” on the president’s face. At the conclusion of their first meeting in Denver, both candidates will be heading back out on to the campaign trail. Next week is the Vice Presidential debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan. That one should be fun to watch as both men can be quite verbal at times.
The news media was busy with their analysis at the conclusion of the debate. The Obama Network, also known as MSNBC, was palsied. Chris Matthews literally lost it on camera. He undoubtedly received no tingle up his leg after this debate and had a face so red I thought he would stroke out. That network spent most of the night having to admit that Mitt Romney overwhelmingly won this debate and bent over backwards to make up excuses for the president's very poor showing. Fox News and CNN were a bit more balanced in their after-debate discussions with CNN revealing their scientific poll of actual registered voters that watched the entire 90+ minute debate. Their poll, that had about a 2% margin of more Republicans then Democrats showed Romney won handedly over Obama with Romney getting 67% and Obama at 25%. Anderson Cooper was quick to point out that even though the poll had a 2% Republican slant, with a 42% difference in the result that minor 2% wasn’t a factor that would skew the final tally. In other words, Romney trounced Obama. I didn’t even bother tuning into ABC, CBS or PBS for their analysis. I watched the debate and the results were quite clear who came to it ready and prepared to speak to the American people.