"Don't call it a comeback! I been here for years. Rockin' my peers and puttin suckas in fear. Makin' the tears rain down like a MON-soon...listen to the bass go BOOM!"
Perhaps being so close to New York City last night caused Obama to channel his inner LL Cool J who infamously told us 20 years ago that "Mama said knock you out," because for 90 minutes Obama seemed focused like a laser on knocking Romney out. There was a noticeable difference in everything Obama did from his speech pattern (which is usually slow and painfully deliberate) to his on-stage presence to his poignant rebuttals to much of what his opponent, Gov. Mitt Romney, attempted to sell to the American people. The CBS poll shows Obama beat Romney 37% to 30% and the CNN poll also shows Obama over Romney 46% to 39%. In the last debate we saw Romney establish himself as a real alternative for many voters. Obama's performance during last night's debate may have halted, if not reversed, Romney's previous victory.
Some of the more memorable highlights:
- Romney outlined his 5 point plan on the economy only to have Obama rebuttal that "Gov. Romney doesn't have a 5 point plan, he's got a 1 point plan" which only helps the top 1%.
- Obama reminded the audience that they should believe Gov. Romney when he stood on stage during the Republican Primaries and said that he would give tax cuts to the top 1%.
- Regarding Gov. Romney's refusal to list the specifics as to which loopholes or deductions he would eliminate in order to cut taxes by 20% for everybody while simultaneously reducing the deficit, Obama challenged Romney directly by pointing out that if an investor proposed the same kind of business deal without any specifics that Romney would not take "such a sketchy deal."
- Romney may have committed an unforced error when he was asked a question by an audience member about how he is different from President GW Bush and, instead of answering it at the beginning, he went back to respond to the previous points that President Obama made on abortion. Then when he did answer it, he distanced himself from Bush saying that Bush drove up the deficit that Obama inherited.
- President Obama pointed out the many benefits that Gov. Romney has received by sending business to China and told Romney that "you're the last person who will get tough on China."
- Obama took on the issue of immigration head on, stating that his administration has gone after the gang bangers and criminals who are here illegally and has provided relief to students who fit the Dream Act criteria. He also pointed out that Gov. Romney has vowed to veto the Dream Act.
- Regarding the issue of Libya, Obama chastised the Right for exploiting this national tragedy for mere political gain and reminded everybody of the reality of what he sees as President when he greets the bodies of Americans who he knows personally when they come home in coffins at Andrews Airforce Base. He also assured the audience that "when people mess with Americans, we go after them." Romney's response on this issue seemed to focus on why it took so long for the President to label the event as an "act of terror," which left him vulnerable to the real time fact check from both the President and the moderator when they corrected Romney by pointing out that the President did, in fact, call the even an "act of terror" the day after the event during his address to the nation in the Rose Garden.
- Romney, when trying to speak to the importance of equal pay for women in the workforce, stated that he looked to "binders full of women" to find more qualified female workers. The phrase "binders full of women" later became one of the highest trending phrases on the internet.
If you missed it, you can watch the entire debate (without commercials) here.
Your thoughts on last night's debate?