Great ad by the Romney campaign. Paul Ryan explains the problems on the economy while Joe Biden laughs.
We can’t keep spending and borrowing like this. We can’t just keep spending money we don’t have. Look did they come in and inherit a tough situation? Absolutely. But we’re going in the wrong direction! Look at where we are. The economy is barely limping along.
Don’t raise taxes on small businesses, because they’re our job creators.
Leaders run to problems to fix problems. Mitt Romney is uniquely qualified to fix these problems.
Good ad. Run it everywhere.
Good Lord, last night was a mess. Disrespectful, catty, and unrestrained. And that was just Martha Radditz (BAZINGA!)
Short summary of the debate: Proverbs 29:9 “If a wise man has an argument with a fool,
the fool only rages and laughs, and there is no quiet.”
But seriously, my longer breakdown of the debate:
- Biden was a mess…the first 75 minutes, he was angry, disrespectful and smug. Smirking, laughing, rolling his eyes, interrupting, and just plain rude. His last 25 minutes were better – he calmed down, he got emotion and level with this audience, but still…his overall tone was one that turned off a lot of undecideds, especially women.
- Paul Ryan held his own, especially during taxes and the economy; however, Radditz decided the focus needed to be more foreign policy than domestic policy — why, I don’t know? He handled Biden’s smugness with class, he was calm and respectful, measured and poised, and did well. He was nervous at the beginning, got better as he went along, and ended with an excellent emotional appeal to the audience.
- Biden’s best moment: arguing for the middle class. His worst: contradicting the State Department and saying the Benghazi Embassy never asked for more security
- Ryan’s best moment: defending his and Romney’s plans for Medicare. His worst: Iraq and Afghanistan answers.
- Biden’s best line: “Stop talking about how you care about people. Show me something.” Solid.
Second best line: “Their ideas are old, their ideas are bad.” Equally solid.
- Biden worst line: “Oh, now you’re Jack Kennedy?” Awkward delivery.
Second worst line: “War should always be the last resort.” Definitely not last.
- Ryan’s best line: “With respect to that quote, I think the vice president very well knows that sometimes the words don’t come out of your mouth the right way.” Got laughs.
Second best line: “Mr. Vice President, I know you’re under a lot of duress to make up for lost ground, but I think people would be better served if we don’t keep interrupting each other.” Adult in the room.
- Ryan’s worst line: “Mitt Romney’s a car guy.” Awkward.
Second worst line: “And then I would say, you have a president who ran for president four years ago promising hope and change, who has now turned his campaign into attack, blame and defame.” Pointless.
- It was a draw on substance; on professionalism, Ryan won by a landslide; on energy, Biden romped. CBS says Biden won by nearly 20 points; CNN says Ryan won by 4 points and was more likeable by 10 points.
- Watching the CNN undecideds, men responded well to Biden (forceful, aggressive defense of the middle class); women responded well to Ryan (polite, gentle tone and measured responses).
- This debate will do nothing to move the needle of this race. It won’t sustain the Romney surge and it won’t create an Obama resurge. There won’t be enough time to poll in the field to measure the impact of the debate as Romney and Obama go back on stage Tuesday night.
Brand spankin’ new CNN/ORC poll says a 1-point bounce for Mitt Romney behind the Republican National Convention:
Before the Convention, 49-47 Obama. Now, 48-48. Geez, I don’t think anything will move the needle much this cycle.
Let’s break it down:
- Topline: 48-48 (+1 for Romney, -1 for Obama since last poll)
- All Registered Voters: Enthusiasm….32% extremely, 25% very, 20% somewhat, 11% not too, 11% not at all
- Registered Democrats: 32% extremely, 24% very, 23% somewhat, 9% not too, 12% not at all
- Registered Republicans: 35% extremely, 27% very, 17% somewhat, 12% not too, 8% not at all
- Obama: 48/45 job approval (-2 since last poll)
- Obama favorability: 51/48 (-1 since last poll)
- Romney favorability: 53/43 (+3 since last poll)
- Joe Biden favorability: 46/46 (no change)
- Paul Ryan favorability: 49/38 (+4 since last poll)
- Economy: 51/45 Romney (+1 Romney)….Foreign Policy: 49/46 Obama (-2 Obama)…Medicare 49/46 Obama (-2 Romney)….Strong/Decisive Leader: 48/43 Romney (-6 Obama)…Optimistic View for Country: 47/43 Romney (-5 Obama)…In touch with middle class: 49/43 Obama (+4 Romney)…In touch with issues facing women: 56/36 Obama (-4 Obama)
- Men: 55/43 Romney…Women 54/42 Obama
- 36-49: 55/42 Romney…50-64: 52/47 Obama…65+: 53/43 Romney
- Under $50k: 57-42 Obama…$50k+: 52/45 Romney…No College: 49/48 Obama…Attended college: 48/48
- Democrats: 93/5 Obama…Republicans 92/7 Romney…Independents 52/42 Romney
- Northeast: 58/38 Obama…Midwest: 50/46 Obama…West: 51/46 Romney…South: 55/44 Romney.