There have been three official presidential debates this election year, including one vice presidential debate.
A majority consensus of registered voters, liberal and conservative alike, believed that Governor Mitt Romney proved victorious on Wed, Oct. 3 debate. Romney has quite often been portrayed as a wealthy businessman who simply does not understand the struggles of an average man or woman. Moderator Jim Lehrer, host of NewsHour on PBS, opened the debate with a question about the two candidates’ jobs agenda.
Governor Romney laid out his Five Point Plan; although vague, he guarantees around a few million jobs stemming from energy independence. This energy independence should in part include reducing our dependence on foreign oil, mostly bought from OPEC nations.
President Obama, who was constantly on the defensive end, got in a few good blows. He pointed out that the Romney agenda would effectively turn the clock back, putting us back into a failed Bush administration. Obama also added that his Affordable Care Act would provide jobs along with added security, to which Romney bluntly denied. What Obama failed to do was to attack Romney’s own questionable 14.1 percent tax rate. Tax rates like this, coming from exemptions and IRS loopholes, are an issue that Romney has addressed, stating that he will start limiting them for people making over $250,000.
These debates prove crucial to sway the 15 to 30 percent of undecided voters. The remaining population of registered voters most definitely know who they are voting for regardless of these debates.
The second of the three debates was featured in a town-hall setting, meaning to give viewers a more personal connection with the candidates. During the debate, Romney appeared disrespectful and condescending toward the moderator and the time limit rules. Although, this can be countered because Obama had more over-time statements. President Obama’s attitude was much more aggressive this time, attacking Romney’s sketchy business experience. He pointed out that his business strategy was to buy out companies, fire the employees and ship the jobs oversees. He cites that this is the same attitude he would bring to the White House. This scored him some points for undecided voters who sway liberal. Romney responded confidently, claiming that with his experience as businessman and governor, he understands how the math adds up and what it takes to balance a budget. Romney also added that if voters elect Obama, we will return to another four years of failure. The results of this debate were in favor of Obama, who appeared more offensive, while Romney still appeared collected.
During the third debate, both candidates discussed their views on the military. They agreed on the deadline of withdrawing troops from Afghanistan in 2014. Romney is more flexible on this issue, and is willing to extend the withdrawal if necessary. Judging by the debates, this is going to be a very close race.