Last night Mr. Romney made the case for how he will get America back on track. The former Massachusetts Governor laid out a conservative vision for America in a way that far surpasses previous speeches, ads, and interviews. Last night Mr. Romney delivered his best campaign performance on the biggest stage of the campaign.
CNN/Opinion Research poll released after the debate showed 67 percent of viewers thought Mr. Romney won, while just 25 percent said the same of President Obama.
And a CBS poll showed 46 percent of undecided voters said Mr. Romney won, compared to 22 percent President Obama won.
President Obama didn’t get a chance to get his big talking points in last night. Mr. Obama wouldn’t mention Bain Capital, Romney’s “47 percent” comments. And I found it surprising he only mentioned Osama Bin Laden once. President Obama seemed predisposed with not engaging too much with Mitt Romney. Obama was clearly not having a good time on stage. His head was down when Romney was talking; his responses were halting at times. President Obama even conceded some points to Gov. Romney on issues like deficit reduction.
Mr. Romney, on the other hand was more direct, concise, and clear, establishing a contrast with the president while making the case for why he is better equipped to lead America. During the debate, Romney tore through reams of statistics about job creation, the #1 concern of voters amid 43 straight months of unemployment over 8 percent.
In a debate lacking any truly memorable events, one big, colorful yellow moment did stand out to me. "I'm going to stop the subsidy to PBS," Romney said. "I like PBS, I love Big Bird. Actually, like you, too. But I'm not going to keep on spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for."
The only person who had a worse night than President Obama was Sesame Street's Big Bird.