Thursday, October 4, 2012

THE BEST Debate of the 2012 Elections. THE BEST Excuses. THE WORST Consequences.

US Viewers Say Romney Won Debate

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney (L) shakes hands with President Barack Obama following the first presidential debate at the University of Denver, October 3, 2012, in Denver.

Voters think former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney was the winner in Wednesday's U.S. presidential debate, according to two overnight polls.

CNN poll of 430 registered voters said 67 percent of respondents believe Romney won the debate, compared to only 25 percent who said President Barack Obama, a Democrat, came out on top.

CBS poll of more than 500 undecided voters showed 46 percent believe Romney won the debate, 22 percent believe Obama won, and 32 percent say they tied.

Campaign trail

With the first debate behind them, the president and Romney headed back to their cross-country travels, seeking voters' support for next month's election.

Romney is holding a rally in the southeastern state of Virginia with his running mate, Congressman Paul Ryan. Obama began his day in Denver, Colorado, the site of Wednesday night's debate, and he will travel later to Wisconsin, which is Ryan's home state.

During the debate Romney said Obama's policies have weakened the American economy and increased the national debt. He contended the president, if re-elected, would increase taxes and raise government spending to worsen the federal deficit.

"So how do we deal with it [the deficit]? Well, mathematically, there are three ways that you can cut a deficit," said Romney. "One, of course, is to raise taxes; number two is to cut spending, and number three is to grow the economy, because if more people work in a growing economy, they are paying taxes and you can get the job done that way. The president would prefer raising taxes, I understand.  The problem with raising taxes is that it slows down the rate of growth and you can never quite get the job done."


Romney said middle-income Americans have been "buried" or "crushed" under high taxes. He contends tax rates on both corporations and individuals must be reduced.

Obama countered that Romney's tax plan would favor wealthy Americans and force severe cutbacks in important domestic programs.

"This is where budgets matter, because budgets reflect choices," said Obama. "So when Governor Romney indicates that he wants to cut taxes, and potentially benefit [high-income] folks like me and him, and to pay for it we're having to initiate significant cuts in federal support for education, that makes a difference."

The president said the first role of the federal government is to "keep the people safe," but it also should create "frameworks" in which people can succeed. He noted that, in the past, the government has helped create railroads, research institutions and educational institutions.

Health care 

The two men also sparred about the health care reform law that Obama pushed through Congress. Romney once again pledged that he would repeal the law, commonly known as "Obamacare," if he were elected. He criticized the president for focusing on health care rather than the economy during Obama's first years in office.

"There was a survey done of small businesses across the country that [asked], 'What has been the effect of Obamacare on your hiring plans?' And three-quarters of them said it makes us less likely to hire people," said Romney. "I just don't know how the president could have come into office [in January of 2009] facing 23 million people out of work, rising unemployment, an economic crisis at the kitchen table, and spent his energy and passion for two years fighting for Obamacare instead of fighting for jobs for the American people."

Obama said the need to reform the U.S. health care system was and is a key issue for all Americans - business owners and individuals.

"Well, four years ago when I was running for office I was traveling around and having those same conversations that Governor Romney talks about," said Obama. "And it was not just that small businesses were seeing costs skyrocket, and they could not get affordable coverage even if they wanted to provide it to their employees. It was not just that this was the biggest driver of our federal deficit, our overall health care costs. But it was families who were worried about going bankrupt if they got sick."


In his closing statement, the president said he wants to expand the accomplishments of his first four years in the White House. He said he will work for change just as hard in a second term as he did in his first.

Romney, who had the last word in the nationally televised debate, said re-electing the president would mean more hardship for the American middle class.

The two candidates will meet for another debate on October 16 - a town hall-style session in which they will take questions from audience members.
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Chris Matthews Unloads On Obama: "Where Was Obama Tonight…What Was He Doing?"

The MSNBC host said Obama can't handle another two more debate performances like his debate tonight.


President Obama's Debate Summed Up In Three Photos

Of all the photos coming out of Wednesday's Presidential debate, three seemed to define how the night went for President Obama.

This reaction shot from the President himself:

This reaction shot from the President himself:
(Getty Images)

And this reaction shot from someone who must really have been rooting for the President:

And this reaction shot from someone who must really have been rooting for the President:
(Getty Images)

How did Mitt Romney feel about the debate?

How did Mitt Romney feel about the debate?
(Getty Images)


When you’ve lost Nicholas Kristof, columnist for The New York Times and Obama lackey, you’ve lost the debate if you’re President Obama. Kristof tweeted just minutes ago:

Romney is relaxed and empathetic, while Obama comes across as a constipated professor. C’mon, Mr. President! #Debates
Kristof has been an unabashed admirer of President Obama. He actually believes that Obama spends too little money, and ought to try higher taxes and more regulation. And even he can’t spin this one for Obama.


Former Vice President Al Gore on Wednesday suggested a curious culprit was to blame for President Barack Obama’s lackluster debate performance: Denver’s high altitude.
“I’m going to say something controversial here,” Gore said on Current TV. “Obama arrived in Denver at 2 p.m. today, just a few hours before the debate started. Romney did his debate prep in Denver. When you go to 5,000 feet and you only have a few hours to adjust — I don’t know.”
Glenn Beck on his radio program Thursday called Gore’s comment the “greatest excuse of all time.”

Philly student's Romney T-shirt likened to KKK sheet

October 03, 2012|By Jonathan Lai and Kristen A. Graham, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
A uniform-free “dress-down” day at Charles Carroll High School in Port Richmond turned into a public dressing down for a student who chose to wear a pink T-shirt supporting Mitt Romney for president.
Samantha Pawlucy, a sophomore at Carroll High, said her geometry teacher publicly humiliated her by asking why she was wearing a Romney/Ryan T-shirt and going into the hallway to urge other teachers and students to mock her.
“I was really embarassed and shocked. I didn’t think she’d go in the hallway and scream to everyone,” Pawlucy said. “It wasn’t scary, but it felt weird.”
Pawlucy said she decided to wear the shirt after researching the candidate and President Obama and concluding that she’s a Romney supporter. Her father, Richard Pawlucy, said she was especially interested in Romney’s opposition to partial-birth abortion.
He said he recently registered to vote as an independent but was not involved in the Romney campaign.
Samantha Pawlucy The teacher then allegedly called a non-teaching assistant into the room who tried to write on the t-shirt with a marker. She allegedly told to remove her shirt and she would be given another one.
During the incident, Samantha Pawlucy said the teacher told her that Carroll High is a “Democratic school” and wearing a Republican shirt is akin to the teacher, who is black, wearing a KKK shirt.
The teacher could not be teached to comment. Fernando Gallard, district spokesman said an investigation is ongoing. He said the student had the right to wear the t-shirt.
Samantha Pawlucy said she felt publicly humiliated by her teacher and was initially unsure how to respond.
“I just laughed because I was nervous,” she said.
Her father said she was visibly upset when she returned home, but at first did not want to tell her story, for fear of retaliation from the school — suspension, being moved out of the class, or expulsion.
The student said she also felt shunned by classmates because she reported the incident to the principal.
“I have some friends that won’t talk to me anymore beause of it,” she said. “Because I told the principal what happened…they’re mad at me.”
The parents met on Monday with Joyce Hoag, the school principal. Richard Pawlucy said that during the meeting the teacher insisted she had been joking. She stormed out and left the school. He said he was told he could file an official complaint with the district which he plans to do on Thursday. He said he was also given the option of letting the principal handle the incident with the teacher getting some form of training.
Gallard declined to identify the parties or confirm any details of the meeting. He said the investigation began “with the simple action of the parent calling the principal and complaining.” For the investigation to continue, it requires an official complaint, he said.
When Samantha Pawlucy went back to her geometry class Tuesday, she said, she was shocked to find her teacher in class. She claimed the teacher told the class that she can no longer joke around with the class because a student had gotten her in trouble.
The teen said she was so upset by the teachers’ comments that she left the classroom and hid in the bathroom until the end of the class.
The roster was later rearranged so that the teacher remains in the school, but is not teaching Pawlucy’s class, her father said. Gallard confirmed that the teacher continues to teach during the investigation but is no longer teaching that class.
The Pawlucy family has another student in the school, a freshman who also wore a Romney shirt, and was belittled by classmates.
Richard Pawlucy said that after filing the complaint, he’s not sure he will willingly work with the school again.
“I'm not sure what we're gonna do from this point,” he said, “I don't know if I should meet with the school again. I don't really think the principal is gonna help us on this.”
After the official complaint is received, Gallard said, the district will conduct a series of interviews over the next days, eventually determining whether there is sufficient evidence to move forward with disciplinary action.
Pawlucy was within her rights to wear the shirt, Gallard said, on a “dress-down” day where non-uniform clothing “within reason” is permitted. He said he hasn’t encountered a situation like this in ten years of working as a spokesman for the district.
“It’s a Constitutional right. It’s freedom of speech,” Gallard said.
A spokesman for the teachers’ union, the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, declined to comment.
Contact Jonathan Lai at 215-854-5151,, or on Twitter @elaijuh.

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