Romney’s style unattractive
Hannah Breeland, Reporter
October 17, 2012
Filed under Opinions
The Presidential debate between Sen. Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama is the first one I’ve ever seen. It wasn’t half bad and even a little entertaining at some points. Jim Lehrer, who is executive editor for PBS News Hour, served as moderator. He questioned the candidates on big issues such as jobs, economy and taxes. It took place at the University of Denver on Oct. 3.
I’ll get this out of the way first. Yes, President Obama didn’t seem to be making much of an effort. Romney got Obama on the defense most of the debate. He was way more aggressive and didn’t hesitate to cut in if Obama said something he didn’t like. The president politely listened when Romney was talking: smiling and nodding his head and appearing to be taking notes. I was expecting more of a yelling match without the profanity than an actual debate.
Romney may have been putting Obama on the defense, but his whole demeanor put me off. He just seemed overly aggressive, and for lack of a better word, wouldn’t shut up. He constantly interrupted the moderator or just talked over him until Lehrer gave up and let Romney continue. He also took more time answering questions. Obama focused more on education by mentioning how he wants more teachers and to keep tuition low. Romney didn’t appear to think education was important.
Romney went into great detail on why he disliked “Obama care” and pretty much every other plan involving Obama, but never once went into detail on his plans. All I got from him was that he supported small business and wants to support them to make more jobs.
One of the best moments of the night was Romney’s quote on public funding.
“I like PBS,” he said. “I love Big Bird. I actually like you, too. But I’m not going to keep on spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for it.” Yes, Mitt Romney actually said this. This was his response to how he would cut spending on non-essential items from the federal budget. He would cut public funding for PBS. His statement was already outrageous without the fact that the moderator Lehrer works for PBS. Talk about awkward.
Obama was a good sport. When Romney mentioned “Obama care,” the president replied he liked the name. At one point, the moderator said Obama’s time was up and the president replied, “No, I think I had five seconds before you interrupted me.” It was funny because this was the first indication of him being annoyed. In the next debate, I hope Obama will be more of the attacker and that Romney will actually answer a question regarding his plans. Overall, it was boring and confusing at some points. But the funny remarks were worth watching. Oh, yeah, also because one of them will be our president.