It may not have been a knockout. But there’s no question that Mitt Romney won the first of three presidential debates last night at the University of Denver on points – and on passion.
Where was the aggressive and articulate Obama that we saw in 2008 and have seen on the campaign trail at times this year? Why was there no mention of Bain Capital or Romney’s irreverent comments about the 47 percent of Americans who “feel entitled”?
It seems the president came out not to lose – and as with most defensive strategies, it backfired. Romney was very well prepared while the president’s whole body language made it clear he did not want to be there. Notice on the split screen how often Romney looked directly at the president when he spoke, while Obama had his head down. It looked, at times, like a scolding.
Granted, Romney has been on the campaign trail for some time and Obama is rusty. This was his first debate in four years. But it will be interesting to see how Obama rebounds at the next debate, scheduled for Oct. 16 at Hofstra University in New York. That will be a town hall-meeting-type format that will focus on both foreign and domestic policy.
In the meantime, here’s a link to the editorial we published last night sharing our reaction to the first debate.
For those of you in Sonoma County, one of the parts of the state that supported Obama the strongest in 2008, what did you think?
- Paul Gullixson