Romney wins on style and substance, changing the election

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President Obama walks away from Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney after the presidential debate at the University of Denver on Oct. 3, 2012 in Denver.

Governor Mitt Romney made the case for how he will get America back on track – a conservative vision for America – in a way that far surpasses previous speeches, ads, and interviews. Romney, and his debate prep team, deserves bonus points for delivering his best campaign performance on what also happened to be the biggest stage of the campaign. Something changed last night, the 2012 election shifted into a new paradigm.

In contrast, President Obama reiterated more of the same ideology and policies that have “buried” the middle class over the last four years and led to ever-increasing national debt. Vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan calls it a campaign of “debt, doubt, and despair.” That sums up President Obama’s debate performance last night.

You know when far left liberals like Bill Maher are tweeting things like, “Obama made a lot of great points tonight. Unfortunately, most of them were for Romney,” the president’s campaign was having a bad night bordering on disaster.

View Photo Gallery: Domestic policy was the focus of the debate in Denver.

While most pundits remarked at how Obama’s style and performance were clearly lacking last night, it was the content buried in his rhetoric that may be most damaging.

Obama’s answer to every question last night was simple: more, bigger government at the expense of taxpayers and future generation’s debt is the answer to every major issues facing America today.

Romney, on the other hand, was direct, concise, and clear, establishing a contrast with the president while making the case for why he is better equipped to lead America out of the largest recession since the Great Depression.

Romney’s style may have grabbed the attention of those watching the debate, but what he said could change the direction of this race.

Romney also described the debt and deficits facing the nation as bigger than mere dollars and cents. Reinvigorating our economy while stopping our ever-increasing debt is no only the best approach to tackling our nation’s woes, it is the morally right thing to do.

On the issue of debt he said:

As we, and many Americans, have repeatedly
said, saddling future generations with trillions of dollars of debt is immoral.

Romney summed up this major policy difference with Obama this way:

Romney also touched on several other key issues that have marked Obama’s presidency over the past four years. He explained how we must return to our founding principles:


Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney speaks during the first presidential debate with President Obama at the University.

This paints a clear contrast to Obama’s HHS mandate that violates the religious liberty of millions of Americans. And if that’s not clear enough, he expressly said that Obamacare will be one of the first things to go when he is elected president.

Yet, nothing painted a clearer contrast to Obama’s “trickle-down government” than this, “But 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.”

President Obama has instituted top down government-run healthcare, forced abortion-pill coverage, increased debt, bailouts, and much more that has kept the heel of government on the chest of religious liberty, our economy, and the American dream.

As the saying goes, “it’s the economy stupid.” But, recognizing that the economy is bad is not enough. Sure, President Obama probably knows this, but for all the “I’ve got a plan that will work,” lines he tried to deliver last night, the fact of the matter is simple: President Obama has had 4 years (2 of which he had complete control of Congress) to implement a plan, and it hasn’t worked. He has failed.

It’s not so much that Obama has no answer for his debate performance last night; it’s that Obama has no answer for his performance as the leader of our nation for the past four years.

The choice is clear. With Obama, we will see four more years of debt, economic woes, and trickle-down government. With Romney, “The private market and individual responsibility always work best.”

It is this clear contrast, that Obama had been hoping to avoid, trying to obfuscate and turn the discussion to small, petty squabbles. The American people have now seen who Romney really is – a leader who has turned around businesses, the Olympics, and more, – the one candidate for president who is truly ready to move America forward.

Jordan Sekulow is executive director of the 

American Center for Law and Justiceand he served as a consultant to Romney for President in 2008. Matthew Clark, an attorney for the 
ACLJ, contributed to this piece.


Jordan Sekulow and Matthew Clark Jordan Sekulow is executive director of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ). Matthew Clark is an attorney at the ACLJ. Follow them on Twitter: @JordanSekulow and @_MatthewClark.
  • ccnl1

    Romney won the first debate but he will not win the election. Why?

    Only for new members of this blog:-–>>

    Why the Christian Right no longer matter in presidential elections:

    Once again, all the conservative votes in the country “ain’t” going to help a “pro-life” presidential candidate, i.e Mitt Romney, in 2012 as the “Immoral Majority” rules the country and will be doing so for awhile. The “Immoral Majority” you ask?

    The fastest growing USA voting bloc: In 2008, the 70+ million “Roe vs. Wade mothers and fathers” of aborted womb-babies” whose ranks grow by two million per year i.e. 78+ million “IM” voters in 2012.

    2008 Presidential popular vote results:

    69,456,897 for pro-abortion/choice BO, 59,934,814 for “pro-life” JM.

    And the irony:

    And all because many women fail to take the Pill once a day or men fail to use a condom even though in most cases these men have them in their pockets. (maybe they should be called the “Stupid Majority”?)

    The failures of the widely used birth “control” methods i.e. the Pill and male condom have led to the large rate of abortions ( one million/yr) and S-TDs (19 million/yr) in the USA. Men and women must either recognize their responsibilities by using the Pill or condoms properly and/or use other safer birth control methods in order to reduce the epidemics of abortion and S-TDs.


  • hdogg48

    Do you remember the brilliant ad campaign of the late
    60′s and early 70′s by Starkist Tuna?

    You know the one where this tuna that is a real
    cool guy, and has te beret and shades to
    enhance the look.

    He is so sure that he is going to be selected
    this time. Then the fishing line drops with
    a sign on it that says “Sorry Charlie”.

    Then the voice over comes and they
    say that the Starkist Tuna people
    only take the top grade of tuna that meet
    their standards….it ends with the slogan
    “We don’t want tunas with good taste,
    we want tunas that taste good.”

    Last night Obama looked less like a president and more like
    Charlie the Tuna.

  • OldUncleTom

    Helps to understand that this is a propaganda piece from your friendly neighborhood Christian Right, which is so often neither.

    Yes, Romney did win the debate on style, and substance (if lying with a straight face counts), but we don’t have any good information to argue yet whether the actual race has changed. It could, but it hasn’t yet.

    So, if it’s ok with these nice people, I’ll wait until some numbers come out, and save my “faith” for Santa Claus.

  • [email protected]

    Read my comment above yours, Tom. And raise your voice.

  • It wasn’t me

    “Romney wins debate on style and substance, changing the election”
    By Jordan Sekulow and Matthew Clark

    Substance …haha ha …you two guys should try stand up

    If you call all the lies Romney was spinning last night substance then stand up is what you should excel at.

  • It wasn’t me

    Yes keep aborting those babies you cannot care for ,cannot give good start in life ,cannot guarantee good health insurance …Who is Pope to give advice about sex …he knows nothing about it unless you count child abuse by his priests as sex.

    Their body their temple are not invited to worship it or decide how it is to be used.

    Bow down to your unicorn in sky and leave others alone.

  • persiflage

    Read my lips Seulow – electoral votes. Still Obama in a landslide……..

  • kr0636

    President Obama’s performance in the debate was not only disappointing but irresponsible and insulting; insulting to the thousands of supporters who volunteer their time and resources to his re-election campaign. He was unprepared in terms of the facts and statistics. In addition to not being in command of the issues and associated statistics, he obviously does not seem to understand what is the proper role of government in a capitalistic market economy in which certain public services and facilities cannot be provided in the context of the profit motive of the market system. Among these are education and health. Any civilized society has the responsibility to ensure that every citizen regardless of their financial circumstance is entitled to a proper education and health care. His performance was extremely poor and not worthy of the expectations invested in him. If he does not improve on his knowledge and exposition in the next debate he does not deserve a second term.

  • persiflage

    ‘Any civilized society has the responsibility to ensure that every citizen regardless of their financial circumstance is entitled to a proper education and health care’

    So you’re willing to give that responsibility over to the republicans?
    Essentially you’re asking for 4 more years of Bush………….after 8 failed years that caused the current economic collapse.

    How can any sane human take this proposition seriously?

  • Rose4

    Romney did look good last evening, like he knew what he was talking about, confident, self-assured, eloquent even. His problem only now begins anew. He drew a completely new and different sketch of what he is all about with little resemblance to the sketches he has drawn now for six years. And none of the sketches bear any likeness to his 47% remarks which probably reflect the true Romney–if there is one.

    The Democrats’ job, with President Obama leading the way, is very simple. Hold up the various sketches for all to see and question. I wonder if Romney himself discerns the differences. Is this the reason Ann Romney worries about the mental health of her husband.

  • yeshu2004

    Team Obama’s aggressive propaganda gave a bad picture of Romney — that he is politically immature, that he has poor knowledge of American economy and that he is a bumbler in foreign policy. One liberal media financed by Islamists went to the extent of saying that his mental ability is weak. But viewers who are seeing Romney on the stage for the first time were surprised to see a
    dynamic leader, a leader of substance, of ideas and ideals and with sound mental alertness By indulging in personal attacks and character assassination, Team Obama and liberal media brainwashed American people by giving a wrong image of Romney. So it was a real surprise for millions of Americans to see a Romney with a vast knowledge of international affairs firm grip on economic issues. His practical ideas to save America from political turmoil that we see today in the Middle East due to the inept handling of foreign policy by Obama and his formula to redeem the country from deep recession and mammoth unemployment, reminded the viewers that he is another Reagan who can pull the country out of the current economic chaos and restore the prestige of America in world affairs.

  • ccnl1

    from a guy who enjoys intelligent se-x-

    Note: Some words hyphenated to defeat an obvious word filter. …

    The Brutal Effects of Stupidity:

    The failures of the widely used birth “control” methods i.e. the Pill ( 8.7% failure rate) and male con-dom (17.4% failure rate) have led to the large rate of abortions and S-TDs in the USA. Men and women must either recognize their responsibilities by using the Pill or co-ndoms properly and/or use safer methods in order to reduce the epidemics of abortion and S-TDs.- Failure rate statistics provided by the Gut-tmacher Inst-itute. Unfortunately they do not give the statistics for doubling up i.e. using a combination of the Pill and a condom.

    Added information before making your next move:

    from the CDC-2006

    “Se-xually transmitted diseases (STDs) remain a major public health challenge in the United States. While substantial progress has been made in preventing, diagnosing, and treating certain S-TDs in recent years, CDC estimates that approximately 19 million new infections occur each year, almost half of them among young people ages 15 to 24.1 In addition to the physical and psy-ch-ological consequences of S-TDs, these diseases also exact a tremendous economic toll. Direct medical costs as-sociated with STDs in the United States are estimated at up to $14.7 billion annually in 2006 dollars.”

    And from:

    Consumer Reports, January, 2012

    “Yes, or-al se-x is se-x, and it can boost cancer risk-

    Here’s a crucial message for teens (and all se-xually active “post-teeners”: Or-al se-x carries many of the same risks as va-ginal se-x, including human papilloma virus, or HPV. And HPV may now be overtaking tobacco as the leading cause of or-al cancers in America in people under age 50.

    “Adolescents don’t think or-al se-x is something to worry about,” said Bonnie Halpern-Felsher professor of pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco. “They view it as a way to have intimacy without having ‘s-ex.’” (It should be called the Bill Clinton

  • kdarice

    I doubt anyone with knowledge of economics thought the economy would turn around in four years.
    As for Romney, why not call him out on his slip sliding and chameleon like views?One day it is this the next that, oh I did not mean it….
    Seriously, he is running on a platform of slogans with no substance.
    This is is a newspaper – ask him to state what he will do in a concrete way. America need more than propaganda.

  • verbummilitant

    So many liberals, including the President, believe that Romney changed his views during the debate and therefore threw Obama off his game. Actually the real problem is that the “main stream” media and Obama re-election team have been deceiving the American public about Romney for so long they had forgotten the truth themselves. It’s called “being caught in a lie.” If you lie enough it becomes your truth.

    Many liberals will not believe this because their sources of truth will spin this truth into another lie. Perhaps, just perhaps they should broaden their sources in their quest for truth. This new Truth will untimately set them free!

  • sandblaster

    Could be President Obama lost the debate on purpose. Yea he loves the campaigning and will continue to party with his friends on the campaign trail. The World is burning, economy bad, problems everywhere and after 1 term he can live a comfortable life writing books and making speeches so why give 4 more years of this. Look how old he looks and the pressures and stresses maybe aren’t worth it to him anymore. At this stage of the game he can’t just pull out so. Could be he’s hoping Biden will screw up with gaffs and help him lose this election, if not debate 3 will be a better picture of this.

  • Bill Klein

    @kro636 wrote: “what is the proper role of government in a capitalistic market economy in which certain public services and facilities cannot be provided in the context of the profit motive of the market system. Among these are education and health.”

    You’re a liar. I’ll retract my statement when you show me where in the U. S. Constitution in the delineated powers of the federal government it mentions healthcare or education. The 10th Amendment is quite clear in reserving those issues, and everything else not mentioned, to the states or the people.

  • Bill Klein

    @kdarice wrote: “American need (sic) more than proaganda.”

    Yeah… like that “hopey changey thingy,” right?

  • DavidJ9

    If you engage in the Gish Gallop, telling lies at every turn, it’s easy to get low information voters to believe that you won the debate. Romney certainly had style, but on substance he lied from beginning to end. I’m not surprised to see writers like you repeating his dishonesty.

  • DavidJ9

    Romney did not change his views. He lied.

  • DavidJ9

    Interesting. The Sekulows have spent a lot of time trying to undermine the First Amendment with their war on all religions that are not their version of Christianity (a version that appears to have nothing to do with what Jesus is quoted as saying) so I’ll not be surprised if they get caught in their hypocrisy.

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