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Debate #1... GO!

#1 Oct 03 2012 at 9:37 PM Rating: Good
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His Excellency Aethien wrote:
LockeColeMA wrote:
Final thought, off to bed soon: Romney won the first debate. He spoke much more concisely, stuck with buzzwords, and offered zero details... which is exactly what he needed to do to go toe-to-toe with Obama. Obama tripped himself up by trying to present details and refusing to go for "zingers," emotional appeal, or any of Romney's missteps.

This will probably close the gap in the polls back into the margin of error, IMO. Obama needs to channel a bit more 2008 in the next debates if he wants to shut Romney down... because as Varus 2.0 is pointing out, Romney is acting like Obama in 2008 and out-Obamaing Obama.
I think Obama could have won the debate by a landslide if he'd just asked details of Romney's plans. He made one good remark about vague plans and more would've made it much harder for Romney to repeat his plans mantra.

I'm sensing some gamesmanship here. If Obama embarrasses Mitt about the lack of details now, the better prepared Romney will be for it later. Might be prudent to wait until later to really hammer him for it, with the hope that he won't be able to handle it at a more critical juncture.

Same for breaking out the 47% bit. Might want to hang onto that card.
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