In the first of 3 showdown, an aggressive but at times frantic and unsteady Mitt Romney sparred with the cool and calm President Barack Obama in their first campaign debate Wednesday night over taxes, deficits and strong steps needed to create jobs in the u.s. economy.
While Romney may have won on style, he lost on substance because the facts eluded him all night.
A very calm under pressure Obama, in turn accused his rival of seeking to “double down” on economic policies that actually led to the devastating national downturn four years ago — and of evasiveness when it came to prescriptions for tax changes, health care, Wall Street regulation and more.
With early voting already under way in dozens of states, Romney was particularly assertive in the 90-minute event that drew a television audience likely to be counted in the tens of millions — like a man intent on shaking up the campaign with a little less than five weeks to run, Romney got off to a good start but ruin it by giving vague plans failing to give specific details on how he would pay-down the deficit and still raise revenue to invest in education and increase the size of the military.
Here are some of the responses to Romney litany of falsehoods and lies in the debate:
The Washington Post: “Mitt Romney needs to spend a little more time with his budget reports.” OFA.BO/FWEqd2
“Fact check: Romney repeats erroneous claims on healthcare”: OFA.BO/ZV6FZC
The Los Angeles Times fact-checks Romney’s tax claims: OFA.BO/Z3VnzG
Bloomberg News: “Romney’s tax plan can’t add up.” OFA.BO/MA1V4j
Moderator did a poor job asking no follow questions and allowing Gov. Romney to push misinformation and tell lies. The media talking heads are so pathetic, all these people claiming Romney win the debate. Question is, how can you win a debate by being “light” and vague on policy, admitting to the intent to voucherise medicare, lies about health care and at one point Walks Back His Own Tax Plan… Mitt: I Don’t Support Simpson-Bowles, But Obama Should Have… WHAT!