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Romney Edges Obama in Boca Debate


The foreign policy debate in Boca Raton, Fla., Monday night was set up to be a strong night for President Obama. After all, he’s Commander-in-Chief, he got Osama bin Laden, and most polls give him relatively high marks.

Yet while he performed admirably, Mitt Romney stayed with him the whole time. It was a pretty even debate but since Romney brought up the economy and was able to talk about his signature issue for nearly a third of the debate, The Brody File gives Romney the slight edge.

Clearly, Romney had a goal going into this debate. He wanted to come across presidential and let voters know that he’s up for the job. He went out of his way to try and explain the background on certain topics (eg. Pakistan’s intelligence community). He also made sure not to be too overly aggressive with the president.

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That was a shrewd move by Romney who probably realized that the serious subject matter of foreign policy isn’t a place to be a bully not to mention the fact that most voters think the president is doing a pretty decent job. So for Romney, this debate wasn’t so much about winning the merits of an argument topic by topic. Rather, this was about showing the country that he knows what he’s talking about and that he comes across reasoned and informed.

With that being the case, mission accomplished. Moreover, Romney used every opportunity he could to weave in economic issues into the conversation. It’s something he needed to do and his closing argument with regards to the economy was pitch perfect.

As for President Obama, he had the look and feel of a challenger tonight. You can tell that this race has changed because the president was looking for any opportunity to go after Romney on all sorts of issues. The president was effective at making certain arguments (especially about how Romney seemed not to be too worried about getting Osama bin Laden), but he never delivered a knockout blow.

And quite frankly, after his debacle in Denver, he needed more than a solid performance. He needed to make up ground from that first debate but he never did.

Bottom line: The Brody File is giving President Obama a grade of a B. Mitt Romney gets a B+ only because he helped himself by shifting a good chunk of the debate toward the economy where he is the strongest.

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Comments on this post

# RE: Romney Edges Obama in Boca Debate

We know Mitt Romney is not perfect. There's only One Who Is, and He doesn't wear a suit and tie :o) For this election, we must vote Obummer out - it's a choice between the lesser of two evils. Yes, it's a sad place to be, but if we don't vote for Romney, we are effectively voting for Obama. I hear tell Obama won by 10 million votes in 2008. 20 million people who call themselves evangelical Christians didn't vote at all. Does that tell you anything? While Mitt Romney has lots of faults, he is the candidate who more closely aligns himself with the bible, sanctity of human life, marriage between one man and one woman (as the bible says!), and loves this country. He also has good business sense. At least with him in office, this country will be able to start getting back on track and away from the massive corruption and perversion brought in by the current POTUS.
Left by Mojie on Oct 23, 2012 6:14 AM

# RE: Romney Edges Obama in Boca Debate

20 million Evangelicals who vote for Mitt Romney will rue the day they cast that vote. For 4 years you'll watch this man who will become the face of the nation, go to church every sunday - not to a Christian church, but to a Mormon church. For 4 years, more Christians will be encouraged to join Mormonism, for 4 years, more people will question the valididty of the Bible. Is the Holy Trinity false as Mormonism claims? Must people earn their salvation as Mormonism claims? Are faithful Mormons the only ones to get the highest position in Heaven? And many more. YOU WILL RUE THE DAY YOU CAST THAT VOTE. But it will be too late!
Left by Sarah Jane O'Connor on Oct 23, 2012 5:28 PM

# RE: Romney Edges Obama in Boca Debate

Anyone who has been listening to Romney during the campaign and debates, has heard him state that he believes in freedom of religion per the constitution. I don't believe this man is going to use his role as President to force his religious beliefs on anyone. I'm seeing some false beliefs about Mormons being posted here, and can tell you that Mormons definitely are Christians. If you want to know about Mormons from a credible source, visit www.mormon.org.
Left by Finlander on Oct 24, 2012 6:28 PM

# RE: Romney Edges Obama in Boca Debate

@Sarah - your attitude is not only hateful, but bigoted as well. Obama is a 'Christian', Clinton is a 'Christian", and yet look at what they have done to our country. Whether or not you want to believe it, Mormonism is a branch of Christianity, just like modern day Evangelicals are a branch of Protestantism, which was a branch of Roman Catholicism. Christianity does not hinge on belief in the trinity, as there are many sects that do not adhere to it. Neither do Mormons question the validity of the bible. They may have their own book, which they claim is a companion to the bible, but they (and I know several of them) do not negate the Holy Bible. Quit demonizing a group of people that are as dedicated to a conservative, constitutional republic, defense of marriage, and so many more Christian ideals like we are. Do we disagree on theology? Sure! But for heaven's sake and ours, stop the divisiveness that certainly makes you look much less of a Christian than any Mormon out there.
Left by blake71 on Oct 24, 2012 6:43 PM