Too much style, not enough substance in presidential debate, students say

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  • wrz Ogden, UT
    Oct. 18, 2012 2:56 p.m.


    "I'm sure I'm missing something here, but I really don't understand the furor over calling the attack a terrorist attack."

    The answer is quite simple...

    Obama thinks he has the terrorists on the run after the death of Osama. To acknowledge the Libya attack as a 'terrorist' attack would put a crimp in his assertion.

    Or, it could be that he's not willing to call attacks perpetrated by radical Muslims 'terrorist' since much of his ancestry are Muslim.

    Or both.

    "... even if the the security in Benghazi was double, according to the experts it wouldn't have prevented the attacks or deaths."

    Perhaps, but there would be several attackers dispatched to claim their 72 virgins.

  • pragmatistferlife salt lake city, utah
    Oct. 17, 2012 6:33 p.m.

    jsf..oil production is actually up 10% on federal lands in the last three years. It went down 14%..the number Romney used.. in 2010 because gulf offshore drilling was halted. That single year is the only time it went down.

    I'm sure I'm missing something here, but I really don't understand the furor over calling the attack a terrorist attack. I get the security the transcripts and the following comes out. 1) the increased security requests were primarily for the embassy in tripoli, and they were for marines that are stationed at an embassy (tripoli, not bengazi). 2) even if the the security in bengazi was double, according to the experts it wouldn't have prevented the attacks or deaths. So whailing and gnashing your teeth about what it was called for two weeks is pure politclisation of a tragedy and it is disgusting.

  • mark Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 17, 2012 6:13 p.m.

    Yeah, thanks, love life, I did check on it, and thanks for providing that quote jsf.

    As you can see nowhere did she say what was claimed:

    "He claimed that he stated the next day he announced the Benghazi attack was an act of terror. When Candy Crowley stated she made a mistake in saying it was,"

    "The debate was clearly stacked against Romney. Heck, The moderator who intervened on behalf of Obama lied (something she later that night admitted to and apologized for) to protect her guy. "

    You guys want to try again? I'll keep waiting.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Oct. 17, 2012 3:43 p.m.

    Happy Valley Heretic,

    Lets give choice to those who pay into insurance.

    Do you leave money laying around so someone can have a choice to steal or not?

    Let people pay for their choices. It's the American way.

  • Fern RL LAYTON, UT
    Oct. 17, 2012 3:25 p.m.

    The most disappointing moment in the debate was when Romney was responding to the moderator's question regarding how "the math doesn't add up," she wouldn't let him finish his explanation of how "of course they add up."

    I am no economist, but it seems obvious to me the math is in Romney's favor. Obama wants to help people earning less than $250,000 per year; Romney says the same about those earning less than $200,000. Romney wants to get more people working again at higher paying jobs. It should be obvious if more people are earning higher pay, with a ceiling on deductions, the actual tax revenue will increase.

    Obama wants more governmental regulations; those things cost taxpayers more money. There was talk about Romneycare equaling Obamacare. That is readily, demonstrably false. I tried to access the ACA online but only got the first 1048 pages. I looked at the Massachusetts Commonwealth health care plan MassACT which was less than 100 pages, much of which Romney had vetoed but which was overturned in the legislature. The two care plans clearly don't equal one another.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    Oct. 17, 2012 2:43 p.m.

    "Free contraceptives? What an insult! Obama has a low regard of American women."

    I know, especially since those little blue pills are covered by insurance or "FREE" as you spin it.
    Giving women a choice is a bad thing. Giving Religion control over women's health is a right though?
    American women want men like Mitt and yourself to decide for them, right?

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Oct. 17, 2012 1:32 p.m.

    Free contraceptives? What an insult!

    Obama has a low regard of American women.

  • wrz Ogden, UT
    Oct. 17, 2012 12:11 p.m.


    "President Obama won."

    The biggest liar won.

    @Salsa Libre:

    "Romney adopted the same tactic as he did in the previous debate match-up, but he was not nearly as successful this time."

    Obama has Candy Crawley to help him... He needed it. It was two against one in part of the debate.

    "Perhaps it was having a moderator who would not let him dominate the venue as if he were the CEO addressing the executives at Bain Capital."

    The moderator is an Obama supporter... She interjected herself into the debate... on Obama's side (terror comment in the Rose Garden). Is she running for president? She certainly got into the debate.

    "... particularly women's equality in the workplace..."

    Women already have equality in the workplace. And if they had the same time on the job as men, they'd have the same pay. But they don't. Many women take time out for pregnancies and to raise families. This takes them out off the job. And pay in some major, is based on time on the job.

    "Obama Is Back!"

    Yes, and we can thank the moderator, Candy Crawley.

  • jsf Centerville, UT
    Oct. 17, 2012 11:42 a.m.

    Ying Fah get some reliable news sources. Yes like Chuck Todd, last night said Obama stuck around for nearly 45 minutes, Mitt left shortly after, therefore we can see Obama clearly won the debate.

    Is that good news reporting we can count on?

  • Ying Fah Provo, UT
    Oct. 17, 2012 11:34 a.m.


    Mcallen, TX

    Turn off Fox News and get some reliable news sources.

  • jsf Centerville, UT
    Oct. 17, 2012 11:23 a.m.

    "Also the opening on the auto bailout: "our positions are the same, I would have let them go bankrupt just as he did!"

    Chapter 11 bankruptcy is a restructuring of debt. The auto bailout started by "Bush", claimed by Obama, was a debt restructuring eliminating bond holders with out due process, and a cash infusion to cover the union employees to protect their contracts. Actual court administered bankruptcy could have required renegotiated contracts and union pension obligations. What really needs to be done is "to go there". Lets really lay out all the facts, not just hand picked.

    About the pension, Obama didn't want to discuss, Romney said his investments are in a blind trust, it means he doesn't decide on the investments. Obama's pension is also invested in Chinese companies. Obama was peddling hard away from responding to that fact.

  • jsf Centerville, UT
    Oct. 17, 2012 11:17 a.m.

    Yes oil production is up, on private land. Obama removed 48% of leases from the oil companies. Obama would not answer the request by Romney to tell how many leases he canceled. Oil production on federal reserves is down 16%.

    Mark from the CNNPress room site.
    "CANDY CROWLEY, debate moderator, after the debate: You know, again, I heard the president's speech at the time. I sort of reread a lot of stuff about Libya because I knew we'd probably get a Libya question, so I kind of wanted to be up on it. So we knew that the president had said, you know, 'these acts of terror won't stand,' or whatever the whole quote was.

    I think actually, you know, because right after that, I did turn to Romney and said you were totally correct but they spent two weeks telling us that this was about a tape and that there was this riot outside of the Benghazi consulate, which there wasn't. So he was right in the main, I just think that he picked the wrong word."

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    Oct. 17, 2012 10:58 a.m.

    When you use fact your being mean joeblow.

    When asked the difference between himself and bush, romney spent his 2 minutes saying it is a different time (4 years later) and GW was a different person. He didn't say their policies were any different. Or when asked about his immigration policy and he described the dream act (without calling it that) as a good idea, only to be called on how he promised to repeal it.

    Mitt, while chiding Obama about his promises said "on Day One" he will accomplish no fewer than 15 tasks on his first day in office.

    Car salesman comes to mind (no offense to car salesmen)

  • Grover Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 17, 2012 10:41 a.m.

    Several points need be made here: A change in format is needed to allow fact checking during the debate otherwise there is no downside to both candidates telling their personally favorable version regardless of the truth. This is the era of "google" and everyone save those attending the debate can find facts as the debate continues. This would (and should) be the debate version of instant replay as used in the NFL. Also, it would be good to have a meter to track how much time each candidates have spoken. If at the end one has had more time, the other should get the difference in their closing statement.

    I can't believe that the same Romney who was so deft in the first debate could give so many openings to the President this time. What was he thinking to be bringing up his pension??? "You have Chinese investments and some in the Caymans too!" Wow, that reasoning will will a lot of votes. Also the opening on the auto bailout: "our positions are the same, I would have let them go bankrupt just as he did!" Really, want to go there? Why?

  • LoveLife Riverton, UT
    Oct. 17, 2012 10:26 a.m.

    Not sure where you've been. Crowley did take it back, almost immediately following the debate: "Romney was 'right in the main' on Benghazi, but 'picked the wrong word'" but she hasn't apologized (that I've seen, at least). It's not hard to find-do a search.

    The news following the debate seems to be how the media is biased towards Obama-which is clear and evident. Besides Crowley's incorrect fact-check, she interrupted Romney 28 times vs. Obama 9 times. Obama was given 10% more speaking time than Romney, in spite of her claims that they were keeping track and Romney would get equal time.

    And Crowley's little fact-checking gimmick? Now the first couple of weeks following the Benghazi attack are front and center again, as everyone knows it took two weeks for Obama to call it a terrorist attack.

    Not sure why anyone thinks Obama won when he has to hide behind the moderator.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Oct. 17, 2012 10:07 a.m.


    You write

    1. Obama claimed that Romney said somebody like him should pay a lower tax rate than a nurse or bus driver. Transcripts show this is not true."

    The facts are that Romney does pay a lower tax rate than many, including nurses and bus drivers. This is true whether or not Romney said it.

    You write
    2. Obama claimed he cut taxes for the middle class and for small businesses, but that isn't true.

    Too complicated for me, however, income taxes are at a 60+ year low. They are significantly lower than they were under Reagan.

    You Write
    3. Obama's claim that oil production is up in America is false. Romney's accusation was correct.

    Crude oil production in the US. (Thousand Barrels per Day)

    Crude oil production IS up since Obama took office.

    Year Thousand BBL per day
    2002 5,745.55
    2003 5,680.70
    2004 5,418.85
    2005 5,178.38
    2006 5,102.08
    2007 5,064.25
    2008 4,950.32
    2009 5,360.54
    2010 5,474.35
    2011 5,672.56

  • Mike in Sandy Sandy, UT
    Oct. 17, 2012 9:35 a.m.

    President Obama has more integrity in a toenail than there is in the entire Romeny/Ryan camp.

  • Clinton Draper, UT
    Oct. 17, 2012 9:31 a.m.


    I don't see how, considering the dismal failure of the last four years in gas prices, the economy, our treatment of Israel, apologizing all over the place, high unemployment rates, etc., Obama could possibly "win" anything. The only way Obama could win would be if Americans have a short-term memory disorder or are completely asleep.

    Even if you consider last night's performance in a vacuum, how can you say Obama won the debate with so many glaring inaccuracies in what he said?

    1. Obama claimed that Romney said somebody like him should pay a lower tax rate than a nurse or bus driver. Transcripts show this is not true.

    2. Obama claimed he cut taxes for the middle class and for small businesses, but that isn't true. He did offer a temporary "tax holiday" on the payroll tax, but has raised taxes on the middle class permanently with "Obamacare," for instance.

    3. Obama's claim that oil production is up in America is false. Romney's accusation was correct.

    Last nights debate couldn't be "won" by either candidate because they didn't actually debate anything. They just strutted around insulting each other.

    Oct. 17, 2012 9:31 a.m.

    Mitt Romney did not answer the questions. His response most of the time was about his lame 5 point program and the millions of Americans unemployed.

    Where are all the jobs created by the George W. Bush tax cut? How can people forget the BIG part of the current deficit is the cost of 2 unfunded wars started before Obama was elected?

    It may be true that 47 % of Americans do not pay income tax...but they DO pay taxes on almost everything such as telephone bills, gasoline, electricity, natural gas, etc.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Oct. 17, 2012 9:16 a.m.

    One thing any student of politics and the American system gains from these debates is that the moderators skew and choose those items that will benefit their political agenda, which is not for conservatives. We have the News Media that stretches the truth and students need to learn that. Students who are undecided this late in the game have to learn to make decisions based on what the media and not what they have learned by studying the issues and proposals, whether it is a referendum or a person they are voting for.

    Debates may help swing a little but Mitt Romney has been in 10 times more debates this season than our President has and had states know what his positions are. If these are students of the political system, there are more ways than listening to debates they should be involved in. Even though media sources provide some information alot of them are biased toward only one opinion, liberal. Conservative sources can have a similar bias but a person has to study to know. If people have ever lived in a foreign country, they definitely know we have the best process. We need good students of integrity.

  • Janet Ontario, OR
    Oct. 17, 2012 9:15 a.m.

    Mitt Romney's implication is that if he had been president from January 2009 to the present, we would be further ahead in recovering from the recession. We have never had a recession like the one that began at the end of G. W. Bush's term. No president in American history has been where Barack Obama has been over the past almost-four years. There is absolutely no way to know if Romney, given the exact same conditions, could have done better. What people perceive as Romney's precision in outlining his positions is actually his use of statistics,whether those statistics are accurate or not. Statistics about the last four years don't translate to a plan or explain the math behind cutting taxes across the board and reducing the deficit. Promises do not equal performance. Romney is also a bull in a china closet when he discusses foreign relations. I don't believe that he would "push the button" -- I don't see him as a warmonger -- but I do think his lack of on-the-spot tact and diplomacy could bring our international image back to where it was when GWB left office.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Oct. 17, 2012 9:08 a.m.

    Mrs. Clinton has done some good as Secretary of State and as the First Lady of the United States of America but this President made her lost all of that on the stage last night.

    Who else will he sacrifice if he gets elected for another four years of Obamapolitics. We don't live in Chicago that is safe because they don't have AK-47s on their streets, only pistols.

    He doesn't ever discuss his successes with honesty either. So how can we trust him in other things he talks about. He benefitted as a kid from the debate last night that our government helped him through his life to become a millionaire. He only talks as Governor Romney is the only one that is a millionaire. When the President brings up some of his things against Romney it opened the door for Romney to throw the same topic back as Obama has some of the same issues.

    From looking at the President's face, it was sure a lot different last night as he had some anger when he is the President of the United States of America. This was only his opponent, not his enemy.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Oct. 17, 2012 9:02 a.m.

    CNN is not necessarily a fair and balanced approach to news and the moderator definitely tried to help the President with the Libya comments and steered the mood to the wrong way. She did choose the question about Libya so that was good that it finally not only made it to the full media but to the public that was watching the debate last night. We have to give her credit for that.

    The media hasn't been wanting to push for the real answer. The people that died, their families need the answer yesterday. When people are in those types of jobs at Embassies and Consulates, they accept certain risks in their jobs. These people were our servants attempting to make the world safer as we have business and commerce around the world, not just on the Internet or TV.

    Our government failed these people and not to give them the truth and to muddy the water by a anti-muslim video that was on the market in June 2012 is abhoring for those in the intelligence and military worlds. They depend on truth not people in the large chain of command who did not answer truthfully to us.

  • mark Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 17, 2012 9:01 a.m.

    Red, you are in a nightmare? Wow. Maybe you should just wake up.

  • mark Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 17, 2012 8:58 a.m.

    "He claimed that he stated the next day he announced the Benghazi attack was an act of terror. When Candy Crowley stated she made a mistake in saying it was,"

    Coleman, can you provide us with this quote from Crowley?

    "The debate was clearly stacked against Romney. Heck, The moderator who intervened on behalf of Obama lied (something she later that night admitted to and apologized for) to protect her guy. "

    Raybies, can you provide any evidence to back your claim? Can you provide the quote where Candy Crowley admitted she lied and apologized for it?

    I'll wait, guys.

  • Red Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 17, 2012 8:55 a.m.

    It doesn't matter what Obama says because we have 4 years of Evidence of who he is....

    Vote Romney if you want out of this nightmare.

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    Oct. 17, 2012 8:52 a.m.

    I can't declare a winner. It was pretty even. They both were in each others face throughout the debate. Yes, it was style over substance and that's been my complaint all throughout the campaign. The winner in last night's match was sound bytes.

  • Brian Wasilla, AK
    Oct. 17, 2012 8:41 a.m.

    The media cannot be trusted to moderate these debates. The term "professional journalist" has become an oxymoron. Their individual arrogance and political agendas override any concern for a level playing field. Enough has become too much already.

  • Montana Mormon Miles City, MT
    Oct. 17, 2012 8:37 a.m.

    So what constitutes being a winner of these debates? Which person is a better bully?

    I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm ready for the first Wednesday of November to roll around so that this craziness can be put behind us and we can move on as a nation in dealing with the issues that face us.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Oct. 17, 2012 8:35 a.m.

    Illegal firearms circulated among criminals on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. People were killed!

    Why did Obama block investigations, and not give an explanation during the debate?

    Many unanswered questions, and lies from Obama, and some feel he won the debate?

    Where are the expectations? Have Americans become desensitized?

    The loudness of a bark, doesn't make a leader with character.

  • BYU Papa Cedar Hills, ut
    Oct. 17, 2012 8:34 a.m.

    I thought Mitt Romney did a great job of answering the questions. The main problem seems to be that the News Media does not listen, for the most part. The queston of Guns to Mexico was never answered by Pres. OBama, Why???

    The Democrats and particularly President OBama had better hope that he is not re elected next year. Think of the Mess they will have to explain then.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Oct. 17, 2012 8:26 a.m.

    The basic issue for any President of the United States of America is the integrity quotient. All of the rhetoric aside, our current President is lacking in that type of quality. As a military person, I cannot believe that we would have a President not tell the public the truth in this instance. If the Ambassador and his military and security staff requested additional security for themselves in a hostile environment and did not receive it, as the President said last night, the responsibility falls on him. He is surrounded by advisors and Czars that are to keep him out of trouble, and even the Secretary of State who should know better from her 8 years as first lady and as a U.S. Senator from New York.

    These students have a lot to learn. I was sitting on a review at the University of Utah for a person getting a Masters' degree and he showed a lack of integrity and the board put him off for at least another six months due to that factor alone.

    We need to ensure students learn character while in any Utah university as integrity is part of that and is what is needed

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Oct. 17, 2012 8:22 a.m.

    Request from the Left and the Right.

    Please do not show ignorance by insinuating that the president (R or D) is responsible for short term swings in gas prices. It is merely a talking point that probably does have an affect on the "low information" voter.

    But the reality is that the swings in gas prices typically move with the global price of oil which is affected by global supply and demand.

    Gas prices under George Bush were as high as $4.12 in June 2008 and as low as $1.61 a mere 6 month later. Did Bush cause gas to spike to $4.12? Of course not. Did he do something which then brought prices down by over 60%? Of course not.

    Gas prices dropped because there was a global economic slump which reduced demand. That's it. That's the sole reason.

    So please, R and D, stop cherry picking dates and prices to suit a narrative which has no basis in reality. President DO NOT AFFECT short term gas prices.

    So, unless you consider yourself a "low information" voter, please leave gas prices out of presidential discussions.

  • Aggielove Cache county, USA
    Oct. 17, 2012 8:12 a.m.

    Both were wrong about auto guns.
    They ARE legal with a class 3 license
    As far as the moderator goes, well I will remain quiet. The DS will just shoot down my thoughts there.

  • pragmatistferlife salt lake city, utah
    Oct. 17, 2012 8:11 a.m.

    When you start with an economy that is losing 9% GDP per quarter and 700,000 jobs a month and end up with an economy that has added 5 million new jobs and has positive GDP growth for nearly three years.."needs more time" is in fact an answer. Especially within the contex of the world economy where much of Europe has slipped back into recession, and the supposed growth economies have all lost GDP growth over the past two years (China, Brazil etc.). The explanation needed is how does lowering individaul tax rates 20% create 12 milion new high paying jobs? Any comparisons to Regan are pure fantasy. Lowering tax rates when marginal rates were 70% in a overly heated demand situation don't have anything to do with current circmstances.
    Deficit= '09 (GWB) 1.4 trillion '10..1.3 trillion '11..1.3 trillio '12..1.1 trillion. Is that headed in the right direction?

  • coleman51 Orem, UT
    Oct. 17, 2012 8:09 a.m.

    I am not sure why the Deseret News bothers to interview students from the University of Utah what they thought of the debate. These are children with little experience in politics based upon their answers. That aside, while it is true that Barack Obama may have come out more aggressive in last night's debate, there was very little substance in what he said. He mostly rattled off his redistributive philosophy about the middle class having a fair shot. Mitt Romney gave far more substance to what he would do as President while at the same time fending off the misleading and false attacks Obama was throwing at him. I doubt that many minds were changed. However, besides the sheer number of prevarications made by Obama, he made a fatal mistake that will surely play heavily on Monday's debate on foreign policy. He claimed that he stated the next day he announced the Benghazi attack was an act of terror. When Candy Crowley stated she made a mistake in saying it was, that opened the Obama team to a major question regarding their veracity about this incident. That statement may cost him the election.

  • Mike in Sandy Sandy, UT
    Oct. 17, 2012 8:00 a.m.

    Actually, too much of that from Romney.
    Obama had the goods last night.

    While I do not support Romney or any republican, especially here in Utah,
    (you can't legislate morality in the absence of moral legislators)
    I want to, but yet haven't heard anything from Romney other than smoke screens, rudeness, lies and theory.
    No plan, no details, no nothing.
    He doesn't have the maturity, tact, or experience to lead this country.

  • NeilT Clearfield, UT
    Oct. 17, 2012 7:57 a.m.

    Country mom, Romney has overseas accounts and most likely similiar investments like the one you mentioned. You and many others hate Obama so much you are literally blinded by it. Tune in Limbaugh and Hannity and I guarantee you will hear Obama's name within five seconds. I am not voting for Obama, I just don't hate the man like so many openly do. I can't help but question the motivation. I honestly believe that for a vocal minority race and religion are factors. Few if any will openly admit it is. I certainly never would if I felt that way. Mitch McConnell openly admitted the day Obama took office it was the republicans goal to destroy OBama's presidency. Republicans have certainly done all within their power to demonize him. Listen to Hannity. If a guest says anything positive about Obama Hannity becomes uncomfortable and does his best to ignore it. I have been following politics my entire life and never seen the country this bitterly partisan.

  • Mike in Sandy Sandy, UT
    Oct. 17, 2012 7:55 a.m.

    Romney is a salesman, not presidential material.
    He took a good gut shot from the Pres last night.

    The next and last debate is strictly on foreign policy...

    Excellent for the President, as Romney's only clue about any foreign policy is that he has money hidden in offshore accounts to avoid taxes.


  • Mike in Sandy Sandy, UT
    Oct. 17, 2012 7:51 a.m.

    What kind of 'students"? Seminary?

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    Oct. 17, 2012 7:31 a.m.

    My questions:

    1- What specific policies does Obama have to get our economy moving again? How does "leveling the playing field" make that happen? I've heard it a gazillion times but don't see the cause-effect. "Needs more time" isn't an answer.
    2- Which candidate will work more effectively with the opposition party in Congress to actually pass budgets and other
    important legislation?

    I'd love to hear Romney remind the debate audience how we got here RE the huge deficit and gridlock...Obama passed 3 huge packages (2 stimulus, 1 Obamacare) between $.7 and $1 trillion each without engaging the Republicans (which he promised to do) in his first 2 years when he controlled both branches of gov't. As a result, voters got fed up and voted in the Tea Party, creating even worse gridlock. But let's not forget how we got here.

  • Go Utes! Springville, UT
    Oct. 17, 2012 7:24 a.m.

    As a life long republican i found the debate to be a draw. Neither Obama or Romney dealt any major blow to the other, Romney was better on Economy, Energy and issues that the government should be involved in and Obama was better at appealing to women, which cannot be overstated in its importance in this election.

    On that point i want to know what is so hard about getting contraceptives? is it really that hard to plan a family? My parents were able to do it without government help. Why are we unable to do it now? why is this even an issue? did they stop manufacturing condoms all of a sudden? The Government should stay out of our bedrooms.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    Oct. 17, 2012 7:22 a.m.

    I wish Deseret News would stop their anecdotal reporting. The comments of these students are entertaining but don't constitute news. How big was their "overflow crowd" of students. Does it have any statistical significance? The KSL survey of SEVEN undecided students certainly doesn't.
    We ask the media to provide us with the truth, to rise above the rhetoric.
    Instead we get more cute stories that are meaningless for the voter. We can get that at the water cooler.

  • zeroczars fountain valley, CA
    Oct. 17, 2012 6:30 a.m.

    Comments like Salsa Libre's should replace Romney's name with Obama's. Anyone that has been listening to the Hearings on Libya knows Obama was not telling the truth; Anyone that has been listening to the Hearings on Fast & Furious (the first one) knows Obama was involved (he refused to accept a subpoena to appear. Anyone that has been paying attention for the last four years knows Obama has stopped drilling; fracking; farming; religious donations; Pulpit Freedom and has shown great disrespect for our men and women in Service to this Country. Vote the Bible

  • raybies Layton, UT
    Oct. 17, 2012 6:19 a.m.

    The debate was clearly stacked against Romney. Heck, The moderator who intervened on behalf of Obama lied (something she later that night admitted to and apologized for) to protect her guy.

    Again the President got 4 more minutes of time to talk than Romney. And I'd be interested if the students who claim they don't know enough specifics about Romney have ever gone to his website to research his policies. There's actually quite a lot of information out there, but this is a lie of the left to suggest that Romney's has no specifics.

  • 1conservative WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    Oct. 17, 2012 5:43 a.m.

    Ms. Crowley didn't disappoint. We knew she would do all she could to help Mr. Obama. Its obvious from some of the comments here that even the Demos. knew that would happen.

    Romney has demonstrated that he has the necessary skill set to help solve our economic problems. He's experienced and he obviously has the desire to serve the nation.
    Obama has had 4 yrs. He seems to be able to give a good talk,(as long as no one fact checks him) unfortunately he hasn't done a very good job of leading or uniting our nation.

  • county mom Monroe, UT
    Oct. 17, 2012 5:26 a.m.

    I was truly shocked at how the moderator interupted the President to correct him! A couple of times. She was protecting him from his own lies!
    I am sickened by the continuation of Lies that keep coming from the Presidents mouth. He has had 4 years as President. He was elected to a complete majority in the Congress, House and Senate. What did they do with that? Chrush the middle class!
    Those of us with a small business are struggling under a burden of massive taxes and regulations. He did not even promise to lessen that burden. He just kept telling us things will stay the same. 4 more years just like the last 4.
    Do you want 4 more years?
    Obama is not a leader, he is a golfer, he has had 4 years of vacation and has become very wealthy in the proscess. He has over seas accounts, investments in China, and hedge funds. He is a Hypocrite.

  • Salsa Libre Provo, UT
    Oct. 16, 2012 11:54 p.m.

    Romney adopted the same tactic as he did in the previous debate match-up, but he was not nearly as successful this time. Perhaps it was having a moderator who would not let him dominate the venue as if he were the CEO addressing the executives at Bain Capital. Romney's attempts to control the debate, trying to have the final word in every instance in order to get his message across was confronted by an opponent unwilling to yeild.

    The pro-Romney people had decided the outcome of the debate long before it started. Now they will proceed with their expected criticism of Barack Obama and, as the sun will rise in the morning, find ways to disparage Candy Crowley for "favoritism" and "incompetence". This tactic will certainly find acceptance by the extremely partisan base, but to independent observers, there will be little to like in Romney's performance.

    Both candidates glossed-over significant issues, but Romney was particularly inept with some very important issues, particularly women's equality in the workplace and the math regarding his economic proposals. The spin doctors will do their stuff, but the headlines are already reading: "Obama Is Back!"

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Oct. 16, 2012 11:48 p.m.

    Some unanswered questions from the debate:

    * how did Mexican cartels obtain thousands of American guns?
    * we have pipelines long enough to circle the globe. Where is it, and was it built in the past three and half years?
    * did Obama pay the same percentage of income tax as the middle class?
    * where is the increase of American oil drilling which Obama spoke about?
    * how can a weak economy bring the price of gas down?
    * why wasn't the deficit cut in half, and unemployment cut to 5.2 percent?

    Obama had a bigger bark, but gave no answers.

  • A1994 Centerville, UT
    Oct. 16, 2012 11:22 p.m.

    "...liked what he heard then from Romney, said he still hasn't heard enough specifics to get behind a candidate."

    Do these college students read, or just get their info from the T.V.? How, at this point, could you possibly not have an inkling or an idea of where each candidate stands on the issues?

    I understand that kids just in college are being exposed to different political ideas for the first time. But seriously. It is three weeks before the election. Do you really not know each candidate's general positions?

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Oct. 16, 2012 11:21 p.m.

    Students aside, President Obama won.