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The politics changed, not the need for more candor and clarity.
It is fine to have the second candidate speak up and seem very human. And touchable. The President seemed in a fog and would never look at Mr. Rommney. That seemed very odd, since he is the well known speaker who seemed to have set his anchor in the harbor and thought he could get by just saying that he is the President and that is that. No, Mr. Presiden, you are now engaged in a real fight with a new and freshened Republican candidate. This should bring out more citizens to follow the show.
"or President Obama's alleged $716 billion cut to Medicare -- "..............................Its not alleged its done!
This piece is so disingenuous. Ryan and Romney reduce Medicare expenditures to save it, but leave the $700 billion in the the Medicare system. Obama takes the $700 billion out of Medicare to finance Obamacare. We all know he will not reduce Medicare expenditures and will add the $700 billion to the deficit. Everyone knows it, but Editorial writers pretend it is not so.
Obama looked tired, looked at his notes, and didn't look at the camera enough. He's got to be far more assertive, confident and poised. I hope the message gets through before the next 2 debates.
The story here is not Romney's command of the facts and the situation. The story is President Obama's obvious befuddlement. It became clear last night, almost painfully so, that the leader of the most powerful nation on th planet is in waaaaay over his head. Obama can no longer run on nebulous hope and change. He must run, and either pass or fail, on his record, and it is more and more obvious that that particular exercise is an impossibility.
" So now is the time for Romney to explain who he really is: The business-savvy pragmatist able to work across party lines? Or the self-described "severe conservative" he styled himself as during the Republican race for the nomination?" .... he'll be whatever the specific audience he's talking to needs him to be. That's pretty obvious by now. He has no core convictions.
" Ryan and Romney reduce Medicare expenditures to save it, but leave the $700 billion in the the Medicare system." .... no they don't. They use it to give tax cuts to the rich.
"Obama takes the $700 billion out of Medicare to finance Obamacare." .... then how do you explain that seniors on Medicare are paying less for their prescription drugs and less out of pocket for preventive care and screenings because of Obamacare?
"Its not alleged its done!" ..... $716 B didn't just come out in one fell swoop. It's a decrease in costs over 10 years.
The public witnessed Obama without a teleprompter and without the mainstream media reporters giving him softball questions and warm hugs when he smiles at them without giving answers.
Obama refuses to discuss his record for good reason, it is terrible and cannot be defended. All he offers going forward is more of the same.
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