Mitt Romney Wins First Debate

In his first debate with president Barack Obama, Mitt Romney surprised the hell out of me, and apparently most of the ABC news team as was evidenced by the post debate fawning they were doing over Romney's performance. In what was clearly a big win for Romney the Republican candidate pulled out all the stops and delivered an amazing debate that shows Mitt feels right at home on the debate stage.

Romney's comments were clear, concise, and most of all right on target to hit the American people on the issues that matter to them the most. In contrast, Barack Obama looked frustrated, tired and delivered a message that was rambling, off base, and very, very lackluster. Romney's relentless attack of facts and figures pummeled the incumbent and left him with quite a few lumps. I don't think the president had a prayer on this one.
News man Jim Lehrer was absolutely one of the worst debate moderators I have ever seen. He asked clear questions, but couldn't reign in the candidates on their over-time talking and if a candidate pushed to talk, Lehrer just shut down and took it like a sissy boy getting bullied in the schoolyard. I feel sorry for the guy, especially when Romney punched him in the gut with his comment about cutting federal funds to PBS.

Which leads me to a huge highlight of the night. During Mitt Romney's talk about cutting unnecessary programs, he made an incredibly funny comment.

 “I’m sorry, Jim, I’m gonna stop the subsidy to PBS…. I like PBS, I love Big Bird -- I actually like you too -- but I am not going to keep spending money on things [we have] to borrow money from China to pay for.”

Within minutes there was a twitter page for very sad Big Bird

The result of the debate seems pretty clear:Romney aced it.
Source:CBS News

By a 2 to 1 margin, uncommitted voters crowned Mitt Romney the winner over President Obama in the first presidential debate in Debate, Colo., on Wednesday night, according to a 500-person instant poll taken by CBS News. 
In the moments following the candidates' performances on the University of Denver stage, 46 percent of voters gave the economy-centric debate to Romney, 22 percent said they believed the president was the winner, and 32 percent called it a tie. More good news for the GOP nominee: 56 percent of those polled said they viewed Romney in a better light after watching the debate. Eleven percent said their opinion of him dropped, and 32 percent cited no change in opinion. 
Even conservatives who predicted that Romney would do well could not have imagined that he would do this well. It was as complete a victory as any presidential challenger has ever scored--and it exceeded even the hopes of Romney’s most fervent supporters. 
Obama came across as a politician--a rattled one, grinning and frowning, searching for a way out. Romney came across as a problem-solver, and--amazingly--more in touch with the American people. 

Denver, Colorado (CNN) – Two-thirds of people who watched the first presidential debate think that Republican nominee Mitt Romney won the showdown, according to a nationwide poll conducted Wednesday night. 
According to a CNN/ORC International survey conducted right after the debate, 67% of debate watchers questioned said that the Republican nominee won the faceoff, with one in four saying that President Barack Obama was victorious. 

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