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  •  Thoughts on the debate: (2+ / 0-)
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    cany, JeffW

    I think campaigning means more than debates.  Over the last 3 weeks of September, Romney basically undervalued the importance of campaigning in favor of fundraising and debate prep and it cost him in the polls across the board. Obama, on the other hand, made no major mistakes and had several enthusiastic rallies across the battleground states. Some were memorable moments like his bus tour in FL after the convention, the rally in WI, the energy in Ohio last week, and the big rally in Vegas on Sunday night.  The local press coverage was excellent.  Now, Obama wasn't perfect on the stump. He is not Bill Clinton.  In fact, he is basically running Hillary Clinton's populist campaign.

    But his stump speech is very solid, so a little rushed delivery here, a little fatigue there doesn't really affect the overall impact of a speech that captures the journey we've been on the last 4 years, where we find ourselves now, and what we want for the future.  I've watched most of Obama's speeches since June/July and I've observed how this speech has evolved.  It has become the foundation of the campaign itself.  

    Romney has not worked up a similar speech over the last several months.  It's a big reason why he fell behind in the summer and remains so heading into debate #1.  From a GOP perspective, it is the biggest difference between him and Reagan's 1980 campaign.

    Logic tells me that Romney is expecting too much from the debates.  Sarah Palin passed the 'tie your own shoelaces' test of debates but Biden won the post-debate polls.  It didn't move the national or state polls at all.

    It isn't enough to stand on the stage with the other candidate and issue your rehearsed lines.  People are looking for substance in these things and Romney is very confusing, cold, and, frankly, scares people when he talks so glibly about policy matters.  Just ask Scott Brown.  He is a more practiced politician than Elizabeth Warren, but by the admission of Republicans, he has struggled in the first two debates against the less politically skilled Elizabeth Warren.
    The reason is simple:  Brown has struggled to explain his pro-tea party voting record and cannot run away from the fact that he voted down a number of jobs bills and signed the Norquist pledge.  He has resorted to side show issues to raise Warren's negatives, but her coolness under pressure seems to be negating the effect of Brown's caricature.

    Obama can defend his record.  He has a clear picture of what he wants to do in policy terms over the next 4 years.  People are familiar with his story, his policies and have a comfort level with him.  Romney has been unable to defend his policies.  He has scared people with his tax plan, his medicare plan and has shown no ability to moderate the national GOP's extremism.

    It's all about execution and the President can certainly handle the spotlight and deliver.  That's what I expect in these debates.

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    by khyber900 on Tue Oct 02, 2012 at 10:45:54 PM PDT

    •  I agree. Romney should have been delivering the (1+ / 0-)
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      same talk over and over and over until he could have done it in his sleep but he is easily distracted and things get away from him quickly. He might have better concentration in business but who knows. If he were passionate about something it would show. I just don't see a drop of passion in there at all.

      202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

      by cany on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 12:03:23 AM PDT

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