Is the headline too much over the top? I don’t think so. Mitt Romney really did trounce President Obama in the first of three debates last night in Denver. It wasn’t even close. Romney looked like he was charged up and ready to do battle, and do battle he did. From the beginning of the debate, he had the President on the defensive. This was especially true when Romney refused to let the President choose his own definition and description of what his proposals are and what they would do. Mitt Romney used the hammer of the truth to drive home how much of a failure the President has been and how badly America needs a new direction.
From the beginning of the debate, it was clear the moderator had no intention of allowing a real discussion of the issues. President Obama was asked the first question because of a coin toss and Jim Lehrer tried to cut Mitt Romney off when he was giving his answer to his opponent. It didn’t work then and it didn’t work throughout the debate. Time after time, Lehrer tried to control the discussion and keep Romney from giving he full answer he wanted to give. Every time, he was rebuffed by Romney. Maybe the headline should read “Romney trounces Obama and Lehrer”.
Let me go back to something I mentioned in the first paragraph. Throughout the debate, Obama tried to make up his own facts and change the description of what Mitt Romney proposes to do to fix the problems Americans are facing. The most glaring example of this came when he continually tried to portray Romney’s tax reform plan as raising taxes on the middle class. Romney had to drag him back to the truth several times, kicking and screaming. The President wanted to have his say, to falsely describe what Romney has proposed, and end the discussion. Jim Lehrer tried to play along, but Romney didn’t allow that to happen. For months, the Obama campaign has distorted the facts and flat-out lying in their attacks on Mitt Romney. Those lies were shown for what they were last night.
Another part of the debate that stood out for me was the discussion on Medicare. I can’t count the times the President tried to lie about the reforms Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan want to make to Medicare. He attacked them for wanting to turn Medicare into a voucher program. In doing so, he conveniently forgot to mention the small fact that he has his own pilot program that is launching in several states that does exactly that. If you care to read up on what the Obama administration is really trying to do to Medicare, you can click on the link. I wish Romney had brought this up, as it shows exactly how the President is lying about Medicare. One thing Romney did bring up, several times, is the fact that Obama has robbed over $700 billion from Medicare to help pay for Obamacare. That’s another inescapable fact that Obama couldn’t get away from last night.
Speaking of Obamacare, I was more than pleased with how Mitt Romney defended his Massachusetts plan and highlighted the differences between it and the monstrosity that is Obamacare. The President repeatedly tried to claim his plan was essentially the same as the plan in Massachusetts, but Romney didn’t let that happen. He explained the differences, such as no appointed health boards that decides how much health care a Massachusetts citizen can get. He also pointed out that it was a state plan and should not be used on a federal level. In other words, he doesn’t want the federal government to take over health care. Obama didn’t necessarily like that fact, but a fact it is.
I could go on and on, but I think I have made my point. For weeks and months, many of us have tried to show the differences between Mitt Romney and President Obama. At the risk of sounding too cliched, the difference is like day and night. The last segment of the debate was about the role of government and the style of governing. Clearly, Obama believes government needs to have a large role in our lives and the decisions we make every day. Clearly, Mitt Romney believes government should have a somewhat more limited role. Admittedly, many of us would like to see government take an even smaller role than that proposed by Romney, but that doesn’t take away the differences that exist between the two men. Those differences showed up in big, bold letters last night in Denver. Americans have a choice to make and the waters that have been a little muddy have just cleared up, more than a little. The choice really should be easy to make.
A word of caution to those of us who are supporting Mitt Romney. This race is not over. There are still two more debates, three if you count the whipping Joe Biden will be taking from Paul Ryan on October 11. It may be a few days before we see how the polls respond to Romney’s performance last night and a lot of things can happen between now and November 6. Mitt Romney needs to do do the same thing in the last two debates that he did last night. He needs to be assertive in his campaigning and when it comes time to face off against the President, he needs to keep using the hammer of the truth to point out exactly how big of a failure Obama has been. This debate should be used as a spring-board to propel him forward, through the remaining days of the campaign. He can win this election.