Charles Krauthammer: Mitt Romney wins the debate by 2 touchdowns

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  • JoeCapitalist2 Orem, UT
    Oct. 8, 2012 3:05 p.m.

    Romney was not wrong in what he said in his "47%" comment. He was wrong to include all 47% who don't pay federal income tax in that group.

    We have a whole bunch of people living off the labors of others when they don't have to. Our entitlement society allows them to do that almost indefinitely. This group is large, but so far, it is nowhere near 47% of Americans (correction, people living in America).

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Oct. 7, 2012 9:10 p.m.

    2 touch downs? HA!! This thing was 42-0 at HALF TIME!!! The amateur vs the real deal. BO finally had to speak minus the ole trusty teleprompter and minus his lap dog media feeding him soft balls. Predictable train wreck for Barack!

  • Ali'ikai 'A'amakualenalena Provo, UT
    Oct. 7, 2012 2:40 p.m.

    For many respondents here, Mitt Romney's most current statement is the "real" statement on any issue. Forget what he said yesterday, or last week, or last month. It doesn't matter what he says when he said it, he can always say something different and say that is what he really meant to say.

    Romney said it was wrong to say what he did about 47% of Americans, but it doesn't mean he won't say it again at tomorrow's fundraiser except make sure that no one is recording what he says. His supporters know that he needs to say certain things so not to frighten away critical independent voters, but he will follow "their plan" because he made a compact with them in order to get the nomination. It's like a Grover Norquist pledge.

    I think most people know where Romney stands. He has his supporters who agree with his ideas; he has his detractors who don't agree with his ideas. Those who remain "on the fence" probably have their minds made up but just don't want to speak up and have to argue with people.

    Fact-checkers are very busy people.

  • Invisible Hand Provo, UT
    Oct. 7, 2012 12:56 p.m.

    Romney was pivoting to the center just like anyone else who actually wants to win after a contentious primary. And if he wants to accomplish anything as president he will have to govern as a centrist. As much as Obama wants to pretend that the real Romney is a fire-breathing conservative it's not true. It's a campaign straw man that Obama likes to beat up at his rallies, so it's no wonder he acted so stunned when Romney didn't follow that script.

  • Salsero Provo, UT
    Oct. 7, 2012 11:55 a.m.

    ute alumni Tengoku, UT

    Rah. Rah. Shish Boom Bah!

    "Totally outclassed"?

    Even Krauthammer in his hyperbole didn't go that far.

  • ute alumni Tengoku, UT
    Oct. 7, 2012 10:25 a.m.

    Obama was totally outclassed. The c.o.'s problem is that he is clueless

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    Oct. 7, 2012 9:16 a.m.


    In just 1 week Chuck goes from bashing Romney to worshiping him.

  • Mad Hatter Provo, UT
    Oct. 7, 2012 2:11 a.m.

    So how many buckets of water does Krauthammer carry?

    And was that the "real" Mitt Romney we saw Wednesday night or Romney de Jour. It sure wasn't the Romney of last week. It wasn't even 47% Romney. It appeared that Romney had been re-packaged for the evening as a moderate so he might appeal better to independents.

    Krauthammer is certainly excited that Romney was able to blow through the debate without being called on many of the things he said. Of course, the Republican base understands that Romney didn't mean most of what he said because it conflicts with what he said to get the nomination. They understand that he has to say these things because independents get nervous with his "severely conservative" views.

    There's a lot of noise this election cycle. And even with Obama's poor performance, it is a bit grandiose to say that Romney was overwhelming. Particularly, the next day when his campaign team had to retract some of his statements on healthcare. Perhaps by the next debate (which Bill O'Rielly says is the most crucial) we'll get some of the Old Romney, sports metaphors aside.