Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Wow, what a 2nd Presidential debate! If anyone had the gull to say that President Obama was not capable of standing up to Mitt Romney in a debate, it was without question that the President proved that group of people totally wrong. This time, the President was aggressive and built up a firewall tonight coming off of the first debate, as I have also previously admitted that the president had a lackluster performance during the 1st debate. Romney won the 1st debate, hands down. This time Obama portrayed Romney as dishonest. The President was able to answer Mitt Romney in everything he said 2 weeks ago and at the same time, called out Romney on misleading statements to outright lies.
Actually the President had the floor for 44 minutes versus 40 minutes for Mitt Romney. They President wouldn't let up to the Romney allegations. There were in the neighborhood of 60 to 70 million people that watched what is called the best presidential debate, EVER!. It was fierce.
Both candidates slugged it out, and as a result of the President defending his stance and calling out Mitt Romney on direct lies during the debate, over and over again, and without question most people will say that the President won the second debate.
As an example of the warping of facts by Mitt Romney, he stated a lie in a defense strategy after the President accused Mitt Romney of his quotes saying that he would allow the auto industry go bankrupt.
Romney stumbled and was caught in another lie confirmed by the debate narrator that the President was indeed right when it came to state the next day after the Libyan attack on Sept 11, 2012. The President admitted the next day that the attack was by terrorists, but Mitt Romney tried to claim that Obama never stated it was a terrorist attack until 2 weeks later. Romney was caught again in another lie.
Mitt Romney mentioned that when it came to the auto industry, the President did exactly the same thing as he allowed both GM and Chrysler to go bankrupt and it's because of the bankruptcy that they came back.
What Mitt Romney failed to mention in an attempt to confuse the audience was that the President did this, but not before he gave the 80 billion dollars of bailout money so that they would be capable of coming back. Without the bailout money, the automakers could have never bounce back. The automakers were already in a free fall to disaster, but the President found a way to pick up the pieces , with bailout money that was used to the end result that now the auto industries are now stronger than they were even before Obama became president.
The debate was very testy.. Both Obama and Romney attacked each other on the issues, but in the end it was evident that Obama was focused and took the fight to Mitt Romney.
At the end, to the liking of the Democratic desires, President Obama brought out the fact that Mitt Romney and ended the town hall meeting in a bang as he mentioned Romney's quote that 47% of people pay no taxes when in fact they actually did not in the form of an income tax, but in a payroll tax. The real fact is that they did pay taxes. The President's statement was deliberate as it was the closing argument and the final word of the evening, and Mitt Romney had no time to refute or defend the quote as stated below.
Now here are the facts.... first the quote by Mitt Romney and the fact checker to follow.
True or false? Much of Romney's statement relies on assumptions about one demographic: The 47 percent of Americans who he says "pay no income tax." So is it true that 47 percent of Americans don't pay income tax? Essentially yes, according to the Tax Policy Center, which provides data showing that in 2011, 46.4 percent of American households paid no federal income tax. The same data shows, however, that nearly two-thirds of households that paid no income tax did pay payroll taxes. And most people also pay some combination of state, local, sales, gas and property taxes.
Next Monday, the candidates will debate one more time and it will be on the topic of 'foreign policy'.