What we saw during most of the night was Mitt not answering questions and dodging facts and while Barack came off a little dry…Romney’s azz just got fact checked. President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney described differing tax and economic plans at their first presidential debate on Wednesday night, arguing the other’s proposals won’t work in a continuation of major themes from their campaigns. In exchanges full of policy proposals, facts and figures, Romney was more aggressive in the 90-minute encounter in criticizing Obama’s record and depicting the president’s vision as one of big government while Obama firmly defended his record and challenged his rival’s prescriptions as unworkable. America does best when the middle class does best,” Obama said in response to a question on job creation, adding that Romney’s plan of tax cuts for the rich had failed before and would fail again now.And without getting too political on your azz, we wanted to share a couple of FACTS with you: –POTUS actually called Mitt out on his flip-flopping: “And now five weeks before the election he’s saying his big bold idea is never mind.”Describing the Romney tax plan as a $5 trillion cut, Obama echoed a line from former President Bill Clinton by saying the math doesn’t add up without increasing tax revenue, which Romney rejects. “I think math, common sense and our history shows us that’s not a recipe for job growth,” Obama said. Romney, however, said Obama still pushed the same policies as when he took office four years earlier, and those steps had failed to bring down high unemployment and get the economy surging again. “It’s going to take a different path,” Romney said, repeating his five-point plan for growth that has been part of his stump speech He rejected Obama’s characterization of his tax plan, saying it won’t add to the deficit, and criticized the president’s call for allowing tax rates on income over $250,000 for families and $200,000 for individuals to return to the higher rates of the 1990s. “The National Federation for Independent Businesses has said that will cost 750,000 jobs. I don’t want to cost jobs,” Romney said.
Obama responded that the revenue issue is “a major difference” he has with Romney, noting the former Massachusetts governor rejected the idea of cutting $10 in spending for every $1 in new revenue during the Republican primary campaign. He also repeated past criticism that the Affordable Care Act passed with no Republican support amounted to an unnecessary and unwanted government takeover of health care. “The right answer is not to have the federal government take over health care,” Romney said, adding his plan would include popular provisions of Obamacare such as allowing children up to age 26 stay on family plans and preventing insurers from denying coverage for pre-existing conditions. Obama, however, said Romney has yet to provide full details of proposals to replace the Wall Street and health care reforms he has vowed to repeal. “At some point, the American people have to ask themselves if the reason that Governor Romney is keeping all these plan secret is because they’re too good,” Obama said.
–Taxes under this administration are at a 30-year low. And Barack said it best: “The reason we have been in such an enormous economic crisis, was prompted by reckless behavior…Part of being principled and part of being a leader is being able to describe exactly what it is you intend to do.” While we can only hope that Barack didn’t shut Mitt down because he’s waiting for the next debate, we can at least say this: The ‘man’ who wants to do away with Big Bird, Medicare as we know it, and 47 percent of America did not ‘win’ tonight. Barack has to come back more aggressive and remind folks where he’s from. Challenging Robney on the 47%, Bain Capital, and his flip-flopping better be on the next debate’s agenda! How do you think POTUS did tonight? Were you disappointed? Images via WENN/PBS