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October 5, 2012

Obama caught flat-footed in debate

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Romney slammed Obama on his administration’s economic performance, which he said has resulted in higher prices, slow economic growth and millions out of work.

Perhaps Romney’s best moment came when Obama played one of the Democrats’ strongest cards in the race: the fact that the national health care plan known as “Obamacare” that Romney vows to repeal is quite similar to the state health plan Romney instituted in Massachusetts. Romney countered that his plan passed almost without opposition from a strongly Democratic Massachusetts legislature while Obama’s plan was rammed through Congress without a single Republican vote in support.

Romney even got in a gracious laugh line at the start of the debate. Congratulating the Obamas on their 20th anniversary, Romney said, “I’m sure this is the most romantic place you could imagine, here with me.”

There are two more presidential debates to follow this month, as well as a vice-presidential debate next week. It is unlikely that these debates will cause any committed Romney or Obama supporters to alter their positions. The debates, however, will help those estimated 10 to 15 percent of Americans who are currently undecided make up their minds. And they will make the difference in who is elected president.

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