Below are some in the moment thoughts about the second Presidential Debate. Our take is that President Obama stood up proudly for his record, offered a positive vision, called out Romney’s lies in a calm and cool way, and, most importantly, showed some real fire in the belly.
Keep in mind that the post-debate impressions spread by the chattering classes in DC often shapes voters’ views about who won or lost a debate, so let’s all go out there and trumpet President Obama’s strong performance in social media, with your friends and family, in letters to your local newspapers, and by signing up to volunteer for the Obama campaign.
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I missed the first 25 mins of the debate, and tuned in to Romney lying about his tax plan. What a shock.
Is Romney also going to give us all magic unicorns? No. In reality, he’s going to raise taxes on the middle class and take away our Medicare and Social Security.
Nice. President Obama ties Romney to the House Republicans, while linking Democratic policies to economic growth under President Clinton.
So what will Romney do first – produce his tax returns, or tell us what tax exemptions he will eliminate?
If Romney cannot stop his own Bain Capital company from shipping jobs overseas, then why would we think he would create American jobs as President?
The only “sources” that Romney can claim supports his mystical tax plan are blogs and articles written by Republicans.
Let’s see if Multiple Choice Mitt takes a position on Lily Ledbetter Act. He has refused to in the past, because his party opposes every effort to achieve gender equality.
The difference between Romney and W. Bush is that Romney is offering the Bush agenda on steroids.
Romney simply lied about access to contraception. He vowed to “get rid of” funding for Planned Parenthood, and supported the Blunt Amendment, which would have allowed any employer to deny its employees health insurance coverage for contraception.
President Obama has the real record of supporting actual small businesses.
President Obama has taken steps to make Medicare more efficient, without cutting benefits. Romney opposes those efficiencies, and wants to eliminate Medicare.
Under President Reagan, government employment increased significantly. Under President Obama, the GOP required massive layoffs of state and local government workers, which is largely what is holding the economy back.
Here’s how reactionary Romney is on immigration – he vowed to veto the DREAM Act, and wants to make life so difficult for immigrants that they will “voluntarily” leave the country through “self-deportation.”
Here’s the details on President Obama’s sensible policy to stop deporting DREAMers – law abiding immigrants who were brought here by their parents when they were children.
And the Obama Administration took on Arizona’s anti-immigrant SB1070 all the way to the Supreme Court, while Romney calls Arizona’s law “a model for the nation”.
Romney’s “blind trust” is not blind - as he said, “blind trusts are an age old ruse.”
Nice to see the moderator call Romney out for being flatly wrong about Obama’s statement on Libya. Here’s what President Obama said in a Rose Garden statement on September 12 – “No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character, or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for.”
Back in April, Romney went and kissed the ring of the NRA leadership, buying into their silly conspiracy theories rather than calling them out for opposing sensible gun safety legislation.
On jobs, Romney could begin by making sure his Bain Capital companies stop shipping American jobs to China, like Sensata is doing in Freeport, Illinois.
Here’s an example of what Romney’s Bain Capital is doing to every day Americans by shipping their jobs overseas.
If Romney cares about 100% of Americans, why did he tell his wealthy donors that he does not care about 47% of us?
President Obama knocked that closing answer out of the park – absolutely beautiful how he showed passion for every day Americans while making clear that Romney doesn’t care.