A greater challenge to Obama than a strong debater – Global Public Square

One of his advisers had predicted that once the Republican primaries were over, Romney would erase the image from the primaries and, like an Etch-a-Sketch, just draw a new one. In a very smart analysis, NPR pointed out that Romney now has a five-point stump speech. and 1 p.m. The first four points are actually identical to Barack Obama’s stump speech: he argues for (1) Exports (2) Domestic energy (3) Retraining and (4) Deficit reduction. The candidate has been reworking his stump speech. Minutes after the Denver presidential debate, the pundits declared Mitt Romney the clear winner. Now, as the Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler points out in his fact checking column, for two years Romney has been campaigning on a tax cut that that would cost around $5 trillion over 10 years. In fact, he declared unequivocally that he would not cut taxes at all if they added to the deficit at all.

Romney repeatedly insisted that he was not advocating a big tax cut. It’s only on the 5th that they diverge. Medicare was 13%.

By Fareed Zakaria. He would cut funding for public broadcasting, which was 0.01% of federal spending in 2012.

Sometimes the conventional wisdom is right. Romney talks about small businesses, Obama about national security.

If so, Obama faces something far more challenging than a good debater in the last weeks of the campaign. Romney is also in favor of regulations, including parts of the Dodd-Frank bill, and repeatedly held up as a model his health care plan in Massachusetts, which has at its center the individual mandate, and on which Obamacare is based. Well, he appears to be doing just that. ET on CNN.


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But what’s more significant than how Romney said things was what he said. And he was. President Obama seemed passive, detached and glum. Well, he offered one at the debate. Romney does claim that he would eliminate deductions and cut spending to pay for it but he hasn’t given any details. He faces a moderate Republican. He seemed engaged, forceful and punchy.

Romney’s transformation did not happen overnight. The Republican Party might hate Obama enough and be frustrated enough, to wink and let him do it.

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I’ve long argued that Romney is an intelligent man trapped in a party that has forced him to embrace extreme and impossible positions.

But, anyway that appears to be off the table

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