Editorial: Details aplenty, but clarity lacking in first debate

  • Article by: EDITORIAL BOARD
  • Updated: October 4, 2012 - 11:24 AM

Better explanations ought to come from both candidates in coming days about the costs and benefits of the plans they have for America.

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groover6Oct. 3, 1211:02 PM

The Emperor has no clothes!! It is amazing how ineffective Obama looked. He was totally lost without his teleprompter. Maybe if the press would challenge him more often instead of just serving the Kool-Aid, Obama would at least know how to handle a question.

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goldengoph3rOct. 3, 1211:10 PM

Details aplenty from Obama, denials aplenty from Romney. Romney's pie-in-the-sky tax plan gave me flashbacks to 2001 and George W Bush.

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valkyrie11Oct. 3, 1211:34 PM

Amazing when you don't have a Teleprompter and are actually required to answer questions, or defend your agenda from someone that isn't in the tank for you.

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martiankingOct. 3, 1211:49 PM

From what I saw and heard, neither one tells the truth in this debate. They both don't answer the question straightforward. Why bother even having debates? Just let them debate each other without a moderator. Give them 2 hours and say go!

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thunderOct. 3, 1211:58 PM

Who really cares what they plan to do.......with a partisan gridlocked Congress, nothing will get done. People focus so much on the White House and Congress slides under the radar.

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scotchieguyOct. 4, 1212:10 AM

"Why bother even having debates? Just let them debate each other without a moderator. Give them 2 hours and say go!" - That would be perfect. As bad as Obama was, Lehrer was just dreadful--a veritable substitute teacher who allowed his students to walk all over him. Obam looked bored, and kept looking at the floor. Romney looked polished. How can people take Obama seriously when he looked so apathetic?

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mcjoe1Oct. 4, 1212:35 AM

Romney keeps saying his tax reform won't change tax rates for the rich or the "middle income". What's the point of the headaches of tax reform if the end result is the same as the beginning. Romney claims to balance the budget, but he's pledged to not raise any taxes, not reform entitlements for 15+ years, not reduce education spending, all while spending billions more on defense. It just doesn't add up at all.

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melvinOct. 4, 1212:39 AM

Romney's proposals seem to be the same conservative rehash of policies that got this nation in this mess. Romney may have been hard charging and do I dare say defiant, but hardly presidential. Let him use those techniques on foreign leaders! For me, his alignment with social conservatives is a deal breaker. I remain a supporter of Obama/Biden.

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rudedude_2kOct. 4, 12 1:53 AM

"Romney claims to balance the budget, but he's pledged to not raise any taxes, not reform entitlements for 15+ years, not reduce education spending, all while spending billions more on defense. It just doesn't add up at all." Economic growth. Larger economy = more taxes collected.

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crystalbayOct. 4, 12 2:40 AM

Lies, lies, and more lies from Romney - the fact checkers will have a field day tomorrow! LIE: 23 million are unemployed (it's 12.5). LIE: Obama's spent 90 billion on clean energy (it's 35 and only 26 of that has been used). LIE: cutting the marginal tax rate 20% will be "revenue neutral" (it will indeed add up to 5 trillion in 10 years!). LIE: under his health plan, people with pre-existing will be covered (only those who already have continuing coverage!). LIE: ACA will put a panel between you & your doctor (this is strictly forbidden in the bill). Romney lies so much that it makes my brain hurt.

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