President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney met last night for the first presidential debate. We'll talk with journalists from swing states about the underlying themes of the debate, and whether or not the debate swung the vote one way or the other.
Ian Mylchreest, Senior Producer, KNPR's "State of Nevada"
Jo Ingles, Reporter/Producer, Statehouse News Bureau, Ohio Public Radio and Television
State Rep. Steven M. Walsh, Massachusetts House of Representatives
Mason Harrison, Nevada Communications Director, Romney for President
I think that President Obama thought it was going to be a debate, and instead Romney used the debate as a platform to contradict his own party's agenda and said just what he thought the American people wanted to hear. Romney knew if he told the truth about what he would do as President, that it just wouldn't get him anywhere with the undecided voters.
To me, the President looked disgusted with Romney and knew there wasn't anything he could do as Romney was just going to keep on telling one untruth after another. Anyone who has followed this election knows that Romney was just contradicting himself as usual and just happened to do it in a polished manner instead of stumbling all over himself. He can work well with a script, but unfortunately, the President doesn't work from a script.
Jan S. –Oct 4, 2012 09:45:09 AM
I was wondering why the President didn't fire back when Romney attacked PBS.
The President is a former law Professor who could easily defend this by promoting PBS and NPR as being the only educational media outlets we have both for kids and adults alike.
It's time for the President to buckle down and expose Romney as the cheater he is... Romney would sell his mother down the river if it means winning this election.
Gary –Oct 4, 2012 09:37:49 AM
My opinion: Romney came out in attack mode in the debate last night. He found it easy to criticize and attack but did not get specific on what exactly he would do to cut the deficit and improve the economy. President Obama tried to pin him down but did not succeed. On the other hand, Obama tried to answer the questions with specifics and explain his position. So I don't really consider Romney the "winner" of a debate. He was the "winner" of a shouting match.Melanie –Oct 4, 2012 09:32:10 AM
Romney was style over substance. We need to listen to the ideas over the bravado.
Re the deficit: President Obama put the cost of the wars on the books. His predecessor hid the cost. That and the economic meltdown (inherited from the prior administration)caused the deficit to grew.
Patty –Oct 4, 2012 09:29:26 AM
The Republicans keep talking about all the taxes that the "job creators" pay and how any changes to individual tax rates will impact all these small business owners.
First of all, if there are small business owners who make over $250,000 a year and they still report their income on as an individual, they need to get better financial/business/tax advice. They should be incorporated.
Also, property, sales, fuel, etc., most local and state taxes are expenses of the business and will reduce the amount of reportable income to report for income taxes on. In addition, most small business owners have the business pay for their health insurance, their cell phones, their vehicle, probably the fuel for the vehicle, etc. Those are expenses that individuals who receive paychecks through an employer have to pay for out of their take home pay (which is taxed).Jay Dickerman –Oct 4, 2012 09:23:08 AM
I listened this morning to the first portion of your debate recap. I consider myself a moderate / independent voter, and I'm leaning toward Romney in the next election. I know NPR typically favors the left but I listen to and read NPR daily because I feel it's the fairest news source available to me. This morning's program, however, reminded me of cable news: why would you choose as your first guest (State Rep. Steven M. Walsh) someone who so clearly loathes Romney? Hatred, not mere dislike, oozed from every word he said. I'm disappointed. It was un-NPR-like, and I turned off your show. Jennie –Oct 4, 2012 09:20:20 AM