Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Final Debate P3

Last nights 3rd and final debate between Mitt Romney and President Obama was a good one.
Obama made his points, Romney stood tall and held his own.

As for substance, I saw it as a tie.

As for demeanor, I didn’t know if there was a President on stage last night with Mitt.
Romney's demeanor was quite Presidential.
Obama seemed to have this crazed look on his face and he stared profusely at Romney.

One of Romney best lines last night was:
I just want to take one of those points, again, attacking me is not talking about an agenda for -- for getting more trade and opening up more jobs in this country. But the president mentioned the auto industry and that somehow I would be in favor of jobs being elsewhere.
I'm a son of Detroit. I was born in Detroit. My dad was head of a car company. I like American cars. And I would do nothing to hurt the U.S. auto industry. My plan to get the industry on its feet when it was in real trouble was not to start writing checks. It was President Bush that wrote the first checks.

That would be the first time anyone has reminded the President that alls he did to save the Auto Companies was pass the money out. It was Bush who approved that some of the TARP money go to help the Auto Giants!
I could go thru the whole 90 minutes of this debate, but that would take forever, so I will just point out a few points, I caught.

Now, Governor Romney has taken a different approach throughout this campaign. Both at home and abroad, he has proposed wrong and reckless policies. He's praised George Bush as a good economic steward.

Actually Bush was a good economic steward. Brought down unemployment from 6% to 4.6% and generated the most tax revenue in the history of our country.

Obama dodge:

(Speaking to Romney about small business)
The way you define small businesses includes folks at the very top. And they include you and me. That's not the kind of small business promotion we need. But let's take an example that we know is going to make a difference in the 21st century and that's our education policy…. You know, under my leadership, what we've done is reformed education, working with governors, 46 states.

Did you notice something there? Obama NEVER came forth with a solution for small businesses. He changed the subject to education, instead.

The one part of the last nights debate was this exchange between Romney and Obama, and what a whooper of a lie it was by Obama:

ROMNEY: ... because I'm -- I'm so proud of the state that I had the chance to be governor of.

We have every two years tests that look at how well our kids are doing. Fourth graders and eighth graders are tested in English and math. While I was governor, I was proud that our fourth graders came out number one of all 50 states in English, and then also in math. And our eighth graders number one in English and also in math. First time one state had been number one in all four measures.
How did we do that? Well, Republicans and Democrats came together on a bipartisan basis to put in place education principles that focused on having great teachers in the classroom.
OBAMA: Ten years earlier...
ROMNEY: And that was -- that was -- that was what allowed us to become the number one state in the nation.
OBAMA: But that was 10 years before you took office.
ROMNEY: The first -- the first -- the first -- and we kept our schools number one in the nation. They're still number one today.
ROMNEY: And the principles that we put in place, we also gave kids not just a graduation exam that determined whether they were up to the skills needed to -- to be able compete, but also if they graduated the quarter of their class, they got a four-year tuition- free ride at any Massachusetts public institution of higher learning.
OBAMA: That happened before you came into office.
SCHIEFFER: Governor...
ROMNEY: That was actually mine, actually, Mr. President. You got that fact wrong.

Well, Mitt was right, that was during his time as Governor:

The results of the 2007 NAEPtests are very encouraging. Massachusetts’ fourth-grade students outscoredtheir peers in all 49 states in reading and mathematics. At grade 8, studentsin Massachusetts scored first in mathematics, higher than students in the other 49 states, and tied for first in reading with three other states. While ourstanding among the rest of the nation is noteworthy, equally important is theimprovement these scores show over 2005 results. In reading at grade 4 andmathematics at grades 4 and 8, both the average scaled scores and percents of Massachusetts’ students scoring Proficient and above increased significantly since 2005.

(Results compared from 2005-2007)

One more thing I caught, towards the end was this statement by the President:

I want to control our own energy by developing oil and natural gas but also the energy sources of the future.


I want to control our own energy. Not 'I want us to become energy independent'. That should speak volumes to us, of what this President agenda truly is!
A Hugo Chavez moment, perhaps?!

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