Obama “empty, stale” in debate

Thursday, October 4, 2012
Russ Jones (OneNewsNow.com)

A noted historian and political commentator contends Mitt Romney was the clear victor in Wednesday night's inaugural debate of the 2012 U.S. presidential election.

The first of three debates between President Barack Obama and Romney, the GOP challenger, tackled domestic policy last night at the University of Denver in Colorado. Moderator Jim Lehrer, host of the NewsHour on PBS, focused a majority of the debate on the economy.

The Associated Press reports the former Massachusetts governor "held his own and more" while going toe-to-toe with the president, and that Obama "kept his cool" and "signaled he won't let up" on his criticism of Romney's proposals. Dr. Paul Rahe, professor of history and political science at Michigan's Hillsdale College, says all Romney needed to do to win the debate was to be Obama's equal.


"He seemed to me to be more comfortable than Obama was -- and I think it's understandable because Obama's situation is really awkward," Rahe tells OneNewsNow. "He's defending the indefensible; he's been president for four years and the job situation is terrible."

The political scientist said Romney overwhelmingly did a better job laying out his policies and proposals to improve the economy and desire to repeal ObamaCare. He also noted Obama appeared listless and uninterested in being in the debate.

"And when Obama then talked about his [healthcare] plan, it seemed empty," states Rahe. "And one of the things I noticed is in his comments about what he's accomplished, the language [Obama] used was language that came out of speeches he's given in the past. So it's stale - it's the same old thing. And he has no agenda for the future."

In CNN's post-debate poll, 67 percent said Romney won. When asked who is the stronger leader, 58 percent of those polled picked Romney.

The vice-presidential candidates are next up in the series of debates. Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan go head-to-head October 11 in Danville, Kentucky, on the campus of Centre College.

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