October 3rd was definitely Mitt Romney’s day. In one way he reincarnated his campaign with his performance against President Barack Obama. Romney appeared more comfortable on stage than the incumbentPresident, and was able to at least show the people that he has a strong position as a challenger.
Of course, it’s not clear yet whether the debate will be the game-changer for Romney, but for the time being it’s the Obama camp that needs to wake up before it’s too late.
Here are four important takeaways from the first Presidential debate.
- Obama looked tired and on defensive mode
It was undoubtedly one of the weakest performances bya man known for his oratorical skills. But Obama looked like he just wasn’t there completely. He gave halting answers, and seemed exhausted at times. Moreover, he failed to go after Romney aggressively. There was no mention of Bain capital or Romney’s controversial 47% videotapes. He did come alive a bit at the end, but it was rather late, and by then impressions had formed.
- When candidates have microphones they’ll keep talking
Many of the responses by both thecandidatesoften strayed from the original question that the moderator Jim Lehrer had asked. Both, Romney and Obama ignored Lehrer’s frequent invitations to confront or question their opponent directlyand rattled off arguments of their own. It was because of this that the 15-minute time limit for the segments each covering six topics was almost never followed.
- Romney from the primaries is back
In the first Presidential debate Romney from the Florida GOP primary debate was back, the same Romney who outperformed Newt Gingrich in the debate when his campaign depended on it. He was aggressive, had well-rehearsed his points, and pushed back whenever there was an opportunity. Romney certainly provided a clear message to President Obama that his opponent must not be underestimated.
- Strike while the iron is hot
In his recent address in Denver, President Obama urged Romney to tell the truth about his own policies. Even though everyone knows that Romney did misquote facts at various places, Obama should have pinpointed his inaccuracies when 67.2 million people were watching the debate. Why now? It’s important for the President to strike while the iron is hot. Otherwise, it would hardly matter.