Perhaps it's the tomboy in me, but I actually like it when the candidates get in each other's faces. All I need is my Drew Brees jersey and a bowl of popcorn and I feel like I'm watching Monday Night Football. Last night's debate certainly had the feel of an exciting arena rumble. I almost expected a few punches to be thrown, and I don't mean the rhetorical kind.
- Highlight: A Passionate Mitt: Overall, I thought Mitt Romney did an excellent job remaining forceful and vigilant throughout the debate. I know many on the left are already calling him out for "interrupting" the president. While it's true that Mitt Romney did jump in while the president was speaking, Obama did the same. In face our Commander-In-Chief had about 3 more minutes of talking time than the former governor from Massachusetts.
- Lowlight: Romney's answer on Libya. Mitt Romney had a huge opportunity to throw a knock out punch at the president with the question on the failures regarding the handing of the Libya attack. Unfortunately, he held back. Perhaps he did not want to come across as too aggressive on the issue, but I believe that was mistake.
- Highlight: "Buried." Several times during the debate, Mitt Romney said that the middle class had been "buried" or "crushed" during the last four years, hearkening back to Joe Biden's "gaffe" right before the VP debate. It's certainly true that the middle class has suffered under President Obama and considering the poll swing toward Mitt Romney is the last couple weeks, people are beginning to understand that his path "forward" is not the right one for America.
- Lowlight (or rather massive failure): Candy Crowley. I honestly thought Candy started out well. She moderated the questions appropriately and didn't butt in too much. Then, about halfway during the debate, I changed my mind. Such as was the case during the VP debate, this was a 2 against 1 battle (add some audience members into that equation, and it's more like 50 v. 1). This was most evident during the Libya discussion. Crowley inappropriately and disrespectfully fact checked Mitt Romney during the debate. What make's it worse is that she was wrong. Read the transcript from the Rose Garden Speech. President Obama used the word "terror" once, but the content of his speech implied that a Youtube video was to blame for the Benghazi attack. Crowley herself even admitted she was wrong later on CNN.
- Highlight: "Binders Full of Women." Sure the left's response to Romney misspeak will be a lowlight, and possibly the only thing they take from the debate. However, I'll admit, I chucked.
- Lowlight: BLAME BUSH. Need I say more? Seriously, I counted at least 3 times within the first 30 minutes that Barack Obama blamed his predecessor. Dude, you've been in office for 4 year, get over it. Stop complaining and do your job. The buck stops with you.
- Highlight: Romney's energy answer. This one pretty much explains itself. Romney came out swinging when talking about energy. He hit almost all the important points, from the Keystone Pipeline to President Obama's quote on "bankrupting the coal industry." Obama was simply not able to argue with the facts.
Looking at the debate broadly, I believe it was somewhat of a draw. If you were a Romney fan before, you'll still be one now. Same with President Obama. I can only hope that undecided voters were turned off by Obama's arrogance, but we'll have to wait until November 6th to find out. The most important takeaway I got from the debate was this: While Mitt Romney's answer on Libya was good, but not great, the Candy Crowley failed fact check brought the issue back into the limelight. Perhaps the families of the 4 men killed will truly get justice and someone will be held accountable.