President Obama had better hope that a butt kicking is covered under ObamaCare. The 2012 Denver Presidential Debate was a huge defeat for the president. Moderator Jim Lehrer stepped into the debate to give the President the equivalent of boxing's standing eight count. The moderator helped the President start his sentences on at least one occasion:
21:33:26: LEHRER: About the idea that in order to reduce the deficit, there has to be revenue in addition to cuts.The president started the debate with the first question on jobs. Since it is difficult to defend such a horrendous record, the initiative was taken by Gov. Mitt Romney. Years of tea party concerns about economic policy, constitutional rights and ObamaCare paved the way for an impressive rebuttal to the Obama presidency. Governor Romney revealed what many of us have known about President Obama, as million-dollar-Obama-Campaign-donor Bill Maher tweeted:
21:33:30: OBAMA: There has to be revenue in addition to cuts. Now, Governor Romney has ruled out revenue. He's ruled out revenue.
21:44:43: LEHRER: Mr. President?
21:44:44: OBAMA: First of all, I think it's important for Governor Romney to present this plan that he says will only affect folks in the future.
And the essence of the plan is that you would turn Medicare into a voucher program. It's called premium support, but it's understood to be a voucher program. His running mate...
21:45:05: LEHRER: And you don't support that?
21:45:07: OBAMA: I don't. And let me explain why.
i can't believe i'm saying this, but Obama looks like he DOES need a teleprompterA video reports to show President Obama stating "You won" to Gov. Romney at the end of the debate.
— Bill Maher (@billmaher) October 4, 2012
By the end of the debate, Obama had spoken for nearly 43 minutes and Romney had spoken for 38 and a half minutes, according to CNN’s clock.The debate defeat of Barack Obama was historic. Two-thirds of debate watchers believe Mitt Romney won the debate. Just 25% of debate watchers believe President Obama won the debate and 67% pointed to Mitt Romney as the winner.
"No presidential candidate has topped 60% in that question since it was first asked in 1984," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.The highlight of the debate per Frank Luntz's focus group was from Mitt Romney, who scored nearly 100% with undecided voters. Per the CNN transcript:
22:24:50: ROMNEY: We -- as president, I will sit on day one -- actually, the day after I get elected -- I'll sit down with leaders -- the Democratic leaders, as well as Republican leaders, and continue -- as we did in my state -- we met every Monday for a couple hours, talked about the issues and the challenges in the -- in the -- in our state in that case. We have to work on a collaborative basis, not because we're going to compromise our principle, but because there's common ground. And the challenges America faces right now -- look, the reason I'm in this race is there are people that are really hurting today in this country. And we face -- this deficit could crush the future generations. What's happening in the Middle East, there are developments around the world that are of real concern.Intrade chances of Mitt Romney becoming president increase by 3.5 points to 33.4%.
22:25:53: LEHRER: All right.
22:25:53: ROMNEY: And Republicans and Democrats both love America. But we need to have leadership -- leadership in Washington that will actually bring people together and get the job done and could not care less if -- if it's a Republican or a Democrat. I've done it before. I'll do it again.
Congratulations and thank you!