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Mullins: The debate rages on

By Haley Mullins
On October 4, 2012

  • President Barack Obama and presidential hopeful Mitt Romney engage in a game of verbal one-upmanship Wednesday night at the University of Denver. PBS NewsHour’s Jim Lehrer was the moderator. The Huffington Post

One thing I learned from many years of playing basketball is if you want to win, you must set the tempo of the game. In my opinion, that is exactly what Romney did in Wednesday night's debate.  Romney set the tone and tempo from the very start of the debate, and he clearly walked away the victor. He was exact and precise in his message and did not allow Obama to put words in his mouth or push him into a corner.  Romney went into the debate aggressive and focused. The same cannot be said of Obama.  

Romney mopped the floor with Obama, and I almost had sympathy for him...almost.  Obama's head was clearly somewhere else.  Perhaps he was lovesick. He was not spending his wedding anniversary with the "love of his life."  Whatever the case may have been, I feel strongly that Romney came away the victor simply because his vision for America is a better one.  

Obama has had the most rapid increase of debt than of any other president.  The latest posting by the U.S. Department of the Treasury shows the national debt has increased $4 trillion on President Obama's watch.  No wonder Obama could hardly speak in the debate last night. His failed attempts to turn America around have done nothing but put us in more debt.  I will, however, argue in Obama's favor for a second and say it is easier to talk about what you are going to do to change the situation America is in versus actually doing it.  That is why Obama could hardly utter his name. He has had four years to prove his plans would work. Unfortunately, they have done nothing but sink the country deeper into debt.  

Obama's "deer in the headlights" look was not one of a leader.  Romney had a presence that exuded, "I am a force to be reckoned with."  That is the type of leader I want in the White House.  That is the type of leader I want to stand up to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the rest of the world's bullies. That is the type of leader I want, showing the rest of the world that America is still strong, still No. 1 and still home of the brave.

America, do not go to the polls in November and cast your ballot based on sound bites the mainstream media has put together to put words in Romney's mouth.  Watch these debates, do your own homework and make an educated, informed decision based on what each candidate has said.  There are two more presidential debates and a vice-presidential debate left.  Take the time to watch them. You cannot afford not to.

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