The Debate Begins: How Did the Candidates Do?
The first debate is over. Take our poll and tell us in comments your thoughts after watching the first face-to-face debate between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama.
In short segments that often exceeded the allocated two-minute time periods, the presidential candidates tackled economics, health care, Social Security, education, the role of goverment and the deficit in a debate that sometimes found them saying the same thing in different ways.
In a debate moderated by PBS' Jim Lehrer, both Democratic incumbent President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney talked about domestic issues and how they would tackle them, if elected in November.
Obama talked of working to make the middle class stronger, job training through community colleges, keeping tuition low, lowering tax rates especially for manufacturers, boosting American energy production and working to close the deficit.
Romney talked of working with Democratic and Republican leaders to tackle issues and challenges, pursuing energy independence for North America, opening up more trade, providing students skills to succeed in the best schools, balancing the budget and providing tax relief to the middle class.
The two men agreed on issues, but perhaps with different ways to solve them. While Obama stood firm on the Affordable Care Act and Medicare, Romney favored a plan that would allow seniors to choose their own private health care plan and moving a so-called Obamacare insurance plan to the state level instead. With energy, Obama favored solar and wind power while Romney mentioned support for coal and pipeline development.
Obama talked of government programs that were cut to reduce the deficit and tackling corporate welfare, which he said benefits big businesses but not smaller ones. Romney talked of job creation which, he said, will bring in more taxes and more revenue because more people will be working.
What do you think? Who "won" the debate? Did you change your mind about either candidate?