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Why Romney Won the First Debate
Townhall.com ^ | October 7, 2012 | Mark Baisley

Posted on 10/07/2012 5:27:19 AM PDT by Kaslin

Jim Lehrer was effective in one area as the moderator of the first Presidential Debate of 2012.  That is, he convinced the audience to not be a factor by remaining generally quiet.  While he was not very effective in controlling the candidates, Lehrer’s style seemed to work out well in facilitating his primary goal of drawing out ideological contrasts.


Even staunch Barack Obama disciples evaluate the first presidential debate as a solid win for Mitt Romney.  When the late night talk shows all make jokes about the poor performance by their hero, you know there is a consensus.

It is my analysis that the three reasons for the Romney victory are (1) the split-screen comparison of body language, (2) consistently strong wrap-up statements by Romney on each topic, and (3) believable sentiments by Romney versus political rhetoric by Obama.

The debate was captured in two perspectives with four generally stationery cameras; the broad stage, a rear-view, a close-up of Romney and a close-up of Obama.  If you look at a broadcast of the switched-angle (see http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/Switche), Romney will appear to have provided the better performance.  However, if you watch the split-screen perspective (see http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/SplitSc), the comparative body language conveys an astonishing Romney victory.

Beginning at about 23 minutes into the debate, Mitt Romney begins to school Barack Obama.  And the President responds, with nods and responses in agreement, including small words like, “OK.”  Romney speaks directly to Obama with strong, but respectful self-assurance.  The President primarily looks down or directly at Romney for the remainder of the debate, receiving his scolding with a comportment that can best be described as submissive.  The side-by-side video conveys a very uncomfortable and weak staging for Barack Obama.  The rear-view of the candidates also revealed a subtle but telling difference of the President with one leg bent compared to the Governor’s tall and confident posture.

The second area was either superior preparation, excellent debating skill or fortunate timing for Mitt Romney.  Time after time, the President would make a statement that would be refuted effectively by the Governor as the concluding assertion on the matter.  When comparing their medicare plans, Romney ended the topic with a positive statement about the citizens’ ability to choose.  On the impacts of Dodd-Frank, Romney ended with empathizing with people finding good jobs and affording their homes.  When discussing the proper role of the federal government, Romney ended with the memorable line that Obama’s approach includes “whisking away the Tenth Amendment.”  And when Obama used the Cleveland Clinic to make a point for government health care, Romney trumped that discussion with the same Cleveland Clinic as an example of successful private industry.

Barack Obama never seemed to have a come-back.

But landing the most blows does not by itself win over the undecided.  Where Romney captured the hearts of undecided and Republican-base voters alike was his empathetic connection.  It began in the final segment before the closing statements when the Governor recited America’s founding principles from the Declaration of Independence.  He used the words heart, freedom, and dreams.  “We are a nation that believes that we are all children of the same God. and we care for those who have difficulties.”

Conservatives responded specifically to Romney speaking these words (without teleprompter), “We also believe in maintaining for individuals the right to pursue their dreams and not to have the government substitute itself for the rights of free individuals.  And, what we are seeing right now is, in my view, a trickle down government approach which has government thinking it can do a better job than free people pursuing their dreams.  And it’s not working.  And the proof of that is 23 million people out of work.  The proof of that is one out of six people in poverty.   The proof of that is we’ve gone from 32 million on food stamps to 47 million on food stamps.  The proof of that is that 50% of college graduates this year can’t find work.  We know that the path we are taking is not working.  It’s time for a new path.”

The knockout blow happened right after Obama took a strong swipe at Romney’s chin and missed.  The President repeated his class-warfare campaign commercial about tax breaks for oil companies.  Romney responded with, “You make a very good point which is, the place you put your money makes a pretty clear indication of where your heart is.  You put Ninety Billion Dollars into green jobs.  And, look, I’m all in favor of green energy.  Ninety Billion; That would have hired two million teachers.  Ninety Billion Dollars.”

The “undecided” debate viewers will take from this exchange a stark contrast between Obama’s utopian world of forced healthcare bureaucracy and unviable energy sources against Romney’s empathizing with families, individuals and small businesses who are suffering in the Democratic Party’s economic mess.

Tune in again this Thursday, October 11, when the Republican Party brings out its secret weapon at the Vice President debate; Joe Biden!


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
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1 posted on 10/07/2012 5:27:21 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

I look at Presidential candidates politely doing what the Moderator tells them to do as a sign of weakness. The debate is about the candidates, NOT the moderator.


2 posted on 10/07/2012 5:29:51 AM PDT by MuttTheHoople (Obama does not have the work ethic to be Anti-Christ.)
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To: Kaslin
Romney's facial expressions, stance, firm responses, etc., are the RESULT and EVIDENCE of a life long cultivation of American CORE VALUES.

That is the one thing we here in FreeRepublic center on day in and day out, over and over again.

We may use words like patriot, but what we mean is ... something inside that is uniqely American.

I won't repeat how I get there, but the fact of the matter is,; there is NOTHING AMERICAN in or about zero.

THAT'S why I call him zero ... 'cause he jus' AIN'T.

3 posted on 10/07/2012 5:38:48 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: Kaslin

As pointed out on another blog, it is interesting that Saturday night live will parody MSNBC having a melt down over Obama’s poor performance in the debate but they refuse to parody Obama, himself. If any other candidate had bumbled the way Obama did, Saturday night would have been all over it. We have reached a frightening point in our society when it appears that many outlets are afraid to point out any flaws in “The One” for fear of reprisals.

While I concede that the media IS the liberal establishment, it seems that even when they touch on his failures, they tend to pussy-foot around the subject rather than calling him out the way they would any President before him - including the Clintons. While the press went non-stop about Monica Lewinsky (even in defensive mode) they won’t even touch an Obama scandal. This very likely has more to do with threats from the administration than what would appear to be total ignorance on the part of the press. Just saying . . . .


4 posted on 10/07/2012 5:39:18 AM PDT by onevoter
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To: MuttTheHoople
The debate is about the candidates, NOT the moderator.

True. However, following the pre-arranged rules of the debate indicates respect for the process and for the voters, who want to hear the candidates explain their positions in an organized way. Not following the format is a sign that the candidate is an immature, narcissistic twerp who thinks rules are for other people.

5 posted on 10/07/2012 5:40:46 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Una bruja.)
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To: Kaslin

I am waiting for the story line of, Poor poor wacky, he’s been suffering in silence with a painful debilitating diease/condition, and the ebil rethugs have been mean and taken advantage of him.


6 posted on 10/07/2012 5:43:36 AM PDT by rawcatslyentist ("Behold, I am against you, O arrogant one," Jeremiah 50:31)
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To: Kaslin

Wow.. a uni-bomber manifesto dissertation breakdown on why Romney one the debate.

4 words sums it up better: Romney was better prepared...

To add color for reading enjoyment: Romney was better prepared. Obama is a narcissistic pig who believes he won regardless.


7 posted on 10/07/2012 5:44:21 AM PDT by maddog55 (OBAMA: Why stupid people shouldn't vote!)
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To: knarf

I agree completely especially with the last part.


8 posted on 10/07/2012 5:47:29 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin

Biden could come out looking like a winner, by simply NOT looking too foolish. This could be a trap for Ryan. The expectations for Biden could not be any lower.


9 posted on 10/07/2012 5:47:48 AM PDT by Paradox (I want Obama defeated. Period.)
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To: Kaslin

Interesting that such old moderators have been selected for the debates. Jim Leher is 78 years old. And Bob Schieffer, who will moderate the third Obama/Romney debate, is 75 years old.


10 posted on 10/07/2012 5:49:11 AM PDT by Atlantan
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To: knarf

You are so, so right, knarf.

It is the INSIDE of the person that matters.

Romney (regardless of whatever faults some of us perceive in him) is an American through-and-through. Romney is an American INSIDE.

Obama isn’t an American at all. Inside or outside. Definitely not inside. His heart is not with America. His heart is not with the American people. He is foreign-born, foreign-bred, foreign-loyal and foreign-aligned. All the media-cover-up in the universe can’t hide that.

Romney LOVES this country and it’s a love that’s genuine and true.

Obama HATES this country and it’s a hate that can’t be covered up.


11 posted on 10/07/2012 5:52:02 AM PDT by samtheman (Obama. Mugabe. Chavez. (Obamugavez))
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To: maddog55
That arrogant pos thinks he has the election in his pocket. Do you remember the open microphone when he told the Russian President that he could do more for Putin after he is reelected not if he is reelected. The arrogance was clearly visible
12 posted on 10/07/2012 5:54:14 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: MuttTheHoople

Thank you for stating what should be obvious. Liberals are looking for anything to excuse the President’s terrible performance.


13 posted on 10/07/2012 6:03:27 AM PDT by ops33 (Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Retired))
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To: Kaslin

Why Romney won the First Debate?

Simply stated..... OBAMA IS A FRAUD!

The Left were disappointed in Obama’s performance because they were led to believe that he is intelligent and well educated. The truth is that Obama’s best attributes are his voice and his ability to read a teleprompter. And Obama’s greatest accomplishment is the deception of revealing who he really is and his plans to fundamentally transform America.


14 posted on 10/07/2012 6:06:55 AM PDT by Jonah Vark (Any 5th grader knows that the Constitution declares the separation of powers.)
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To: MuttTheHoople
the Moderator tells them to do as a sign of weakness.

There were times the moderator fed Barky his lines, and Barky repeated them verbatim as if he was reading his teleprompter. The moderator was putting words in Barky's mouth and the sock puppet happily grabbed onto them. If only the straw-filled president had a brain...


15 posted on 10/07/2012 6:17:44 AM PDT by Reeses
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To: Kaslin
Obama lost, because he really doesn't know anything about the issues. He is nothing but an empty suit with the correct political philosophy for those who are behind him and actually running the country--Jarrett, Soros, Ploufe, and the Chicago cabal.

HIs body language screamed ignorance. Looking down, not at his opponent, the verbal delaying tactics (umm . . . ahh . . . uhh), all of it designed to give him time to think of an appropriate distraction or liberal bromide.

Obama lost because all he knows is the liberal line of lies and BS.
16 posted on 10/07/2012 6:19:07 AM PDT by Sudetenland (Member of the BBB Club - Bye-Bye-Barry!!! President Barack "Down Low" Obama)
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To: Paradox
Biden could come out looking like a winner, by simply NOT looking too foolish. This could be a trap for Ryan. The expectations for Biden could not be any lower.

Biden will probably try to play Reagan to Ryan as Mondale. But, I don't think that will work. The best Biden can do is try to play the friendly grandfather type, making Ryan look "mean" if he criticizes Biden.

I presume that Ryan is prepared for this. If Biden does indeed try to play the "age" card, I think Ryan's best approach would be to phrase his criticisms so they aren't perceived as directed at Biden. Point them at Obama, Pelosi, Reid, the Democrat-controlled Senate, etc. But, not Biden.

When (not if) Biden says something stupid, correct him gently. Romney did the right thing with Obama -- taking him down a couple of notches and puncturing his aura of invincibility was the right thing to do. But, there's no need to do that to Biden. Treat him like the crazy uncle at Thanksgiving dinner.

17 posted on 10/07/2012 6:36:17 AM PDT by justlurking (The only remedy for a bad guy with a gun is a good WOMAN (Sgt. Kimberly Munley) with a gun)
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To: Paradox

The moderator will try to hit Ryan at his perceived weak area being foreign policy. They will not go for domestic policy. They need a life line to Biden.


18 posted on 10/07/2012 6:43:10 AM PDT by rlbedfor
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To: Atlantan

Didn’t Bob Schieffer moderate the Lincoln/Douglas debates?


19 posted on 10/07/2012 6:45:17 AM PDT by Lucas McCain (Eat a live frog first thing in the morning, and nothing worse will happen for the rest of the day.)
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To: Kaslin

At times while Romney was speaking to Obama and Obama was looking down and writing, he looked like he was taking notes like a student.


20 posted on 10/07/2012 7:34:12 AM PDT by thirst4truth (www.Believer.com)
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To: thirst4truth

Well, he wasn’t ready 4 years ago and he is still not ready


21 posted on 10/07/2012 7:51:52 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin

Obastard’s body language was very telling. He constantly made very small nodding “yes” head motions indicating agreement with every attack line that Romney launched against him. It was very weird to see a debater subtly agreeing with his opponent. It’s very poor form to give yourself away like that, but to nod IN AGREEMENT with your opponents points against you is really weird and astonishing.


22 posted on 10/07/2012 8:02:19 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Kaslin

I was nervous for about the first 25 minutes. The I called my son who was listening on the radio to see if he was hearing what I was seeing. It was all frosting after that!


23 posted on 10/07/2012 8:04:27 AM PDT by CityCenter (It's too late, Obama yeah, it's too late.)
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To: Kaslin

The reason Romney won is because for the first time in this campaign, the public could have a side by side comparison of the two candidates unfiltered by the media. The comparison was not flattering for Obama. The emperor has no clothes.


24 posted on 10/07/2012 8:05:51 AM PDT by kabar
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To: Kaslin

“Romney speaks directly to Obama with strong, but respectful self-assurance.”

That is why he won the debate. Romney had some great zingers...that he used sparingly and was low tone in manner. Romney came across and respectful but right.

I am not remotely a Romney supporter (of course I don’t support Obama in ANY way), but I admired the debating skill he showed. He sliced and diced Obama, and did so with a smile. It was one for the history books. Let us hope that Romney continues to do the same in the other debates. Even IF he loses and Obama pulls off a win because of the ghetto&liberal vote, Obama will be a mortally wounded lame duck.


25 posted on 10/07/2012 8:18:39 AM PDT by Sola Veritas (Trying to speak truth - not always with the best grammar or spelling)
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To: Kaslin
Lord Obozo as the head of the Chicago Mob controlling America is not a nice guy nor a smart guy. He is an equal opportunity thug in a job, he should not be in!

Barack Obama has been savaged over his performance in last Wednesday night‘s presidential debate, with one commentator even suggesting that he was less effective than the hapless Jimmy Carter.

As Clint noted, the Empty Chair improved by codetoad:

ROMNEY LOST THE DEBATE! OBAMA IS IN CONTROL!


It is past time to fire Barack and his empty chair and have both of them hit the road back to Chicago!

So hit the road Barack and take your empty chair and empty suit with you!


26 posted on 10/07/2012 8:21:59 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (We are the 53%, who pay taxes and keep this country going inspite of the 47% rat moochers!)
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To: All
NOW WHAT? Obama's camp is hoping VP Biden's debate performance Oct 11 will pull Obama's burning nuts out of the fire.

So watch Biden get all fuzzy and teary-eyed about the middle class "burden"---- and he loves to snick and snarl about those horrid one percenters---but lookie here---the lyin' lowdown turkey doesn't mind pocketing Richie Rich's money. Read on.

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NY POST PAGE SIX---Obama still has some friends in investment banking. Chad Leat, managing director and chairman of Alternative Asset Group — Investment Banking at Citigroup Inc, hosted a $10,000-a-plate dinner for VP Joe Biden on Aug. 24 at his home---The Barnyard in pricey Bridgehampton. Leat is described in Hamptons Cottages and Gardens mag as a “banker, dedicated equestrian and imaginative host,” with an “elegant, but hip” home. On the table for discussion will undoubtedly be the Obama economy and jobs. Probably not up for discussion will be that in 2008 Leat's employer Citigroup got Obama's $45 billion government bailout in two installments. (N-o-o-o connection, of course--/snix).

SOURCEhttp://www.nypost.com/p/pagesix/bank_on_biden_ENPOT9A8JA2WkAzbYoNCgI#ixzz21ujanwHC

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NY POST PAGE SIX---Actor Nathan Lane hosted an Obama fund-raiser attended by Joe Biden in Bridgehampton. The Aug. 24 event, called "East End for Obama," featured a performance by singer James Taylor. Hosts included actress Julianne Moore, “Sopranos” star Edie Falco and Jane Holzer. An Obama fund-raiser in the exclusive Hamptons enclave of the rich---host Chesler bragged and e-mailed media that the event “began in the arts community out East but has morphed into what we understand will be the major Obama campaign event this summer in the Hamptons.” Tickets range from $500 to $10,000 to join the host committee and get a photo with Biden

SOURCE http://www.nypost.com/p/pagesix/new_odd_couple_NauGUHaN4AmdoDKr60CluM#ixzz21uknQDmI

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THIS SHOULD COME IN HANDY VP Biden's son, Hunter Biden, was previously a top official at PARADIGM Global Advisors, a hedge-fund holding company founded with Vice President Biden’s brother, James, and marketed by convicted finance fraudster Allen Stanford. As Paradigm chairman, Hunter Biden oversaw half a billion dollars of client money invested in hedge funds while remaining a lobbyist. Cooper chipped in $2 million for the ill-fated venture, which went down in flames amid nasty fraud lawsuits." (NOTE Stanford is now in jail but the Biden's got off scot-free.)

NOTE Oama put VP Biden in charge of the trillion dollar federal stimulus. Guess Joe's son and brother are gonna help him disperse the money.

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Offshore Fraudster Stanford had links to offshore fund run by VP Biden's relatives / Reuters on Yahoo | 2/23/09 | BY Ajay Kamalakaran (Reuters) – A fund of offshore hedge funds run by two members of VP Joe Biden's family was marketed exclusively by offshore firms controlled by Texas financier Allen Stanford, charged by regulators with an $8 billion fraud, the Wall Street Journal said. The Bidens $50 million fund was jointly branded between the Bidens' Paradigm Global Advisors LLC and the offshore Stanford Financial Group entity headquartered in Antigua, and was known as the Paradigm Stanford Capital Management Core Alternative Fund, the WSJ said. --snip--

27 posted on 10/07/2012 8:28:49 AM PDT by Liz ("Come quickly, I'm tasting the stars." Dom Perignon)
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To: Kaslin; All
Thanks for posting these good points about Romney's strong points, but, IMHO Romney needs to continue a most powerful discussion he began on Wednesday about the immorality of loading future generations with debt. "Ideas have consequences!" (Weaver).

"I sincerely believe... that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity under the name of funding is but swindling futurity on a large scale." --Thomas Jefferson to John Taylor, 1816. ME 15:23

"[With the decline of society] begins, indeed, the bellum omnium in omnia [war of all against all], which some philosophers observing to be so general in this world, have mistaken it for the natural, instead of the abusive state of man. And the fore horse of this frightful team is public debt. Taxation follows that, and in its train wretchedness and oppression." --Thomas Jefferson to Samuel Kercheval, 1816. ME 15:40

The second and succeeding parts of Romney's discussion must allow younger generations to see that the consequence of debt is loss of freedom, making their choice one of freedom vs. slavery to government.

America's Founders and Framers of the Constitution which, if enforced by its "only KEEPERS" (Story) prevents Obama and his fellow "progressives" from enslaving America through excessive and non-productive spending.

The Author of our Declaration of Independence from another petty tyrant's excesses, Thomas Jefferson, in his First Inaugural Address, summarized what Romney needs to find a way to summarize. His clearly-stated summary is reproduced below, as it appears in "Our Ageless Constitution."

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28 posted on 10/07/2012 9:00:32 AM PDT by loveliberty2
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To: Kaslin
Zero assumed he could phone it in and the worthless media would cover his incompetent ass.....trouble is the media would have done it if it had been remotely close...it was a blowout and even they were upset that he just blew it off. Reality is he didn't just blow it off.....he's really this incompetent. The real Obama showed up at this debate, no speeches written by someone else, no teleprompter to read words written by some one else and no adoring media to feed him softball questions and then lead him to the right answer. He's a phony bastard and has been from the git go.
29 posted on 10/07/2012 9:15:35 AM PDT by ontap
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To: Kaslin

I was hoping someone in the crowd would shout out “Bullsh*t!” when Zero was talking, but no such luck...it would have been worth getting thrown out.


30 posted on 10/07/2012 9:19:06 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Kaslin

“The President primarily looks down or directly at Romney for the remainder of the debate, receiving his scolding with a comportment that can best be described as submissive.”

Obama has a man crush on Romney.


31 posted on 10/07/2012 9:45:19 AM PDT by flaglady47 (When the gov't fears the people, liberty; When the people fear the gov't, tyranny.)
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To: knarf
Romney's facial expressions, stance, firm responses, etc., are the RESULT and EVIDENCE of a life long cultivation of American CORE VALUES.

That is the one thing we here in FreeRepublic center on day in and day out, over and over again.

We may use words like patriot, but what we mean is ... something inside that is uniqely American.

I won't repeat how I get there, but the fact of the matter is,; there is NOTHING AMERICAN in or about zero.

THAT'S why I call him zero ... 'cause he jus' AIN'T.

Very well said! I agree.

32 posted on 10/07/2012 9:50:04 AM PDT by arasina (Communism is EVIL. So there.)
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To: arasina
Romney was forceful and well-informed. He was undaunted.

Obama didn't resort to his usual tactic of insulting and taunting his opponent (which he normally does when they are not present). So Romney was both undaunted and untaunted.

33 posted on 10/07/2012 11:52:47 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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