As a President Barack Obama supporter, I watched the Oct. 3 debate and was shocked by the candidates' performances. My expectations were that the president would be very comfortable, somewhat witty and victorious and Mitt Romney would appear uncomfortable and have to tack far to the right to hold his constituencies.
This wasn't what I observed.
Obama didn't seem to want to be there, looked down and appeared to wish the time would go by more quickly. He failed to confront his opponent on Romney's points about the $716 billion in Medicare spending, about the president's inability to bring Washington together, and many other issues. Obama also failed to mention Bain Capital or Romney's comment about the 47 percent of people who consider themselves "victims." Obama did not appear to be engaged in the debate but rather appeared to be trying not to lose it.
Romney, on the other hand, sounded like the moderate conservative I've always suspected he was and left no doubt in my mind that he would govern in that manner. He sounded logical, fact-based, and business management-oriented in his proposed course of action for the country. I believe he would seriously attempt to work across the aisle and because of his Massachusetts experience, he might be more successful doing it. Romney was very into the debate and out to win it.
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While one debate doesn't seal my now undecided vote, I'm certainly looking forward to the future debates.
Michael F. Vezeau
Sun City Hilton Head