Last week's presidential debate provided an interesting turn of events. While President Barack Obama is usually charismatic and smooth as butter, he seemed a little lackluster in his responses and his usual sharp wit was dimmed by Republican challenger Mitt Romney’s surprise performance.
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Obama does occasionally commit gaffes, but few have equaled his comment earlier this fall about business owners, when he said: “You didn't do that, somebody else made that happen.” Still, he didn’t seem his usual self as he stood opposite of Romney in Denver for the first official debate.
Meanwhile, Romney has been the media’s punching bag, with any missteps ceaselessly pounced on by mainstream media. Arguably, his worst gaffe came on a surreptitiously recorded statement before a small group of supporters a number of months ago: "There are 47% of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right – there are 47% who are with him, who are dependent on government, who believe that, that they are victims, who believe that government has the responsibility to care for them. Who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing."
Until last week's debate, the national polls had indicated a very tight race with the momentum in Obama's favor. That's when Romney’s campaign was raised from its doldrums by his stunningly one-sided performance, perhaps changing the entire complexion for this election. I think a lot of the folks who are still on the fence about their ultimate election choice are taking a second look at what Romney is promising to do as a result of that performance. One popular aspect of his tax plan, for instance, calls for a permanent repeal of the death tax -- something that would be very appealing to America’s farmers and ranchers.
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With the 2012 presidential election just a month away, it’s crunch time for the candidates as they campaign across the country, promising to fix the economy and get the U.S. back on track. Political analysts are divided on the best ways to solve some of our nation’s problems, but many are saying it comes down to what role you think the government should play in our lives. Obama wants a more centrally managed approach, whereas Romney wants to allow states to take the lead and give business owners a little more wriggle room to thrive and thus grow the economy.
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This week’s poll at beefmagazine.com poses the question: “In your opinion, who won the presidential debate?” With 217 votes in so far, 92% of our readers say that Romney won the debate. Another 6% sided with Obama, and the final 3% aren’t sure.
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What do you think? Does Romney’s big win in the first debate signal his eventual victory of the White House in November? Or, do you think the polls, which still favor Obama with the edge, continue to tell the story? How do you think each candidate’s plans will help or hinder the economy? Weigh in with your thoughts in the comments section below.