I have to say I've watched Lehrer for years and was extremely disappointed in his work last night. Romney did better than I would have liked, for me there is no denying that, but when you can pull out quotes like this then all his words about caring about the "middle class" are clearly bullshit!
He says we need more firemen, more policemen, more teachers. Did he not get the message of Wisconsin? The American people did. It's time for us to cut back on government and help the American people." —Mitt Romney at a campaign event in Council Bluffs, Iowa, June 8, 2012
"I won't put in place a tax cut that adds to the deficit." "Number two, I will not reduce the share paid by high-income individuals.... I will not reduce the taxes paid by high-income Americans." "And number three, I will not, under any circumstances, raise taxes on middle-income families. I will lower taxes on middle-income families."
Let's see - lower taxes on middle-income families, keep taxes the same for high-income Americans, and yet not add to the deficit. We have officially entered the twilight zone. Unless he's going to raise taxes on lower-income people 0.0
You can't really blame a moderator for how a debate takes place. They can only do the best they can. They are trying to moderate the President and Presidential candidate. If they want to talk they will talk. It is not like he could tell them to shut up so he can moderate. Can you blame Mitt for interrupting Lehrer? Obama constantly got more time to talk and all he was trying to do is respond. At the end of the debate he was still shorted 4 minutes, which would have been more like 6-8 if he didn't interrupt Lehrer. Also, it is not like one candidate lied more than another. Both told falsehoods that can easily be seen on any website that did any kind of real fact checking post debate. The fact is that Romney won the debate and he didn't do it by lying the entire time. Did he stretch numbers to make them sound better? Yes, but so did Obama. People, just admit that Obama got worked last night. Romney even out Obama'ed, Obama, which really surprised me. I agree with David Gergen when he said last night that we now have a horse race.
Day 1 - I believe Republicans are evil, selfish bastards who are going to rape children, kill their mothers and turn their fathers into Klansmen Day 5 - I could have said that with more eloquence Today - I was completely wrong about what I said about Republicans. Clearly on a message board with hundreds if not thousands of comments now and then you are going to say something that doesn't come out right
I agree katbur. I expected greatness from him last week, which is not at all what we witnessed. I hope he's watching Biden & taking notes. Call them out on the bullshit. Don't let them get away with it.
I didn't expect greatness from Obama last weekend, since he's not really a great debater. Great orator, not a great debater. I expected more than we got, of course, his performance was poor.
I do expect great things from Biden, and so far, based on what I've heard (started tuning in about halfway through, was in class tonight), I'm getting it. Real refreshing the way he is calling out Ryan on all his half-answers and politicizing.