Cool, calm and collected like the affable Clark Kent, Romney prevailed with smiles a plan (create jobs, reduce debt, reform tax code and entitlements) and tried to actually answer voters’ questions erstwhile calling out Obama on his “spin.” In contrast, Obama’s responses devolved into the same stump speeches, White House talking points and campaign rants we’ve all heard before: fair share, evil rich people, more investing/spending, no new plan, four more years of this.
Asking the first question of the night, a 20-year-old college student named Jeremy said he wanted to know how the candidates would make sure he gets a job when he graduates. Romney responded by reminding Americans that 50% of all college graduates are currently under or unemployed and that’s “unacceptable.” If elected president, Romney told Jeremy he would focus on creating jobs and making college affordable like he did as Governor of Massachusetts.
Obama answered with a monologue of oft repeated talking points on how bringing manufacturing jobs back home, the auto bailout, investing in wind and solar energy and infrastructure would create jobs. To which CNN moderator Candy Crowley responded, “Let me ask you for a more immediate answer.”
Romney followed up with his five-point plan to create 12 million jobs, including reforming the tax code so Americans have more money to spend, which in turn boosts economic growth. With no new plan of his own, as the liberal Washington Post even admitted , Obama, full of fire and brimstone, retorted with his hackneyed refrain that Romney has a one point plan to protect the rich.
Obama repeated the now well-debunked “lie” that while Romney was at Bain, he bankrupted companies and shipped jobs overseas. By this point, the American people are thinking you can do better than this.
Throughout the night, Obama maintained an angry, stern demeanor, simmering with animosity toward Romney. In contrast, Romney always prefaced is answers with smiles and when he challenged Obama did it forcefully minus Obama’s Grinch like expressions.