Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

10/17/2012 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Both men fought hard as the White House is clearly up for grabs.

Americans love a prizefight, and last night they got one. Both Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama threw verbal punches at one another that at times unsettled many viewers. 

Both candidates sparred with equal alacrity on Tuesday night.

Both candidates sparred with equal alacrity on Tuesday night.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

10/17/2012 (1 year ago)

Published in Politics & Policy

Keywords: Obama, Romney, presidential, campaign, debates


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Prior to the debates, it was worried that the town hall format would keep the debate low key as the candidates would be surprised by each question and constantly shifting topics, however that turned out not to be the case. 

Both men moved about the floor of the hall, often in close proximity to one another, gesturing, interrupting, and generally disregarding the rules of the debate. 

Both routinely went well over-time in their remarks, and often spent the beginnings of new questions trying to get the last word in on the previous. 

However, these antics didn't provide the fireworks that the statements themselves did. 

The tensest moment of the debate came when a citizen asked Obama if he was responsible for the lack of security in Libya at the time of the recent terror attacks. The atmosphere was hushed and palpable. 

Admirably, Obama took full responsibility for security, but stopped short of saying whether or not he knew the truth about the attacks. Romney pointed that the President referred to terrorism in his immediate remarks, but then began referring to the event as a demonstration gone bad. 

The implication was that the Obama administration had no clue what really happened despite warnings, testimonies, and common sense. Ultimately, Obama tried to believe what he wanted to believe, but the facts did not support him. 

Romney added that Obama departed for two fundraisers in the wake of the tragedy. 

Obama took exception to the notion that he had played politics with the event and delivered one of the most tense lines of the debate. "The suggestion that anybody in my team would play politics or mislead when we've lost four of our own, governor, is offensive. That's not what we do," said Obama. 

Repeatedly, Romney's best moments came when he pointed out that Obama has been president for the past four years. On a wide range of issues, Romney was able to point out where the current administration had failed in one way or another to deliver on promises. 

Immigration reform, a campaign promise that Obama pledged to complete within his first year, remains largely where it was four years ago. Romney also pointed out the administration's failures in controlling the deficit, ensuring energy independence, and foreign policy. 

Romney pointed out that the price of gas had risen to over $4 per gallon during Obama's presidency, up from an average of $1.86. Obama was never able to explain why this was the case. 

Of course, the greatest punch was Romney's statement of fact that unemployment remains much higher than it ought to be. 

Obama countered against many of Romney's ideas saying the Governor lacked specifics. 

With the feisty debate concluded, the question that remains is whether or not either side managed to sway voters. Early polls suggest Obama eked out a narrow victory over Romney, but that this may not be enough to check Romney's momentum. 

As of this morning, Romney had a 49 percent to 47 percent lead over Obama according to Rasmussen Reports.


---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for August 2014
Refugees:
That refugees, forced by violence to abandon their homes, may find a generous welcome and the protection of their rights.
Oceania: That Christians in Oceania may joyfully announce the faith to all the people of that region.



Comments


More Politics & Policy

One percent? Try the MORE THAN A THIRD in U.S. who rely on Welfare Watch

Image of Back in the

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Back in the "Occupy Wall Street" days, protestors rallied around the concept of the United States' "One Percent," which referred to the people with power in the U.S. government. On the other side of the coin, more than ONE THIRD of all U.S. households are now ... continue reading


SMILE FOR THE CAMERA! Texas Governor Rick Perry cheerfully turns himself in Watch

Image of Under duress, Texas Governor Rick Perry maintained an upbeat and positive attitude. Arriving at the Travis County courthouse in Austin for booking and fingerprinting, Perry gave a warm smile for his mug shot.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Under duress, Texas Governor Rick Perry maintained an upbeat and positive attitude. Arriving at the Travis County courthouse in Austin for booking and fingerprinting, Perry gave a warm smile for his mug shot. He's charged with felony corruption charges ... continue reading


HIDDEN FROM VIEW: President Obama renders decision largely in private, despite claims of transparency Watch

Image of Facing charges of executive overreach, to allegations that he is presiding over opaque policy-making, U.S. President Obama has been making decisions typically behind closed doors

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Facing charges of executive overreach, to allegations that he is presiding over opaque policy-making, U.S. President Obama has been making decisions typically behind closed doors. Unilateral action on such issues as immigration, gay rights and tax policy has ... continue reading


Texas Governor Rick Perry assembles formidable high-profile defense team Watch

Image of According to Michael McCrum, the San Antonio-based special prosecutor presenting the case against Texas Governor Rick Perry, the governor may waive his arraignment altogether.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Texas Governor Rick Perry must now complete the humiliating process of being booked, fingerprinted and having his mug shot taken - but he's gathering a formidable legal team in his defense. High-powered attorneys are being gathered after his indictment on ... continue reading


More than 37,000 undocumented children who crossed Mexican border - going back to U.S. schools Watch

Image of The Department of Justice in May issued a statement reminding public schools that they are legally required to enroll all children, regardless of their immigration status.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

They come tired and hungry, crossing great expanses of the desert in search of a better life in the United States - and they're going back to U.S. school shortly. More than 37,000 South and Central American children, who made their escape without parents of ... continue reading


Iraq MUST form stable government before bloodshed can end, Obama says Watch

Image of Many write off the idea that Iraq can unite to repel the Islamic State as wishful thinking.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

While the United States sent military aid to Iraq over the past weekend in the form of fighter jets pounding strategic points, President Barack Obama is adamant that Iraq must address its very real problems. The president insists that a stable government in ... continue reading


COMEBACK? Mitt Romney one of the Republican Party's most in-demand campaign surrogates Watch

Image of Mitt Romney says he isn't interested in a third presidential run in 2016. His recent moves have his supporters yearning for him to give it a go and arguing that he would be a stronger candidate than last time.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

While he lost to Barack Obama in 2012, Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney is hitting the stump for Republicans this fall. In recent months, in which Democratic candidates are keeping their distance from an unpopular president, Romney has emerged as one ... continue reading


CLEMENCY -- CRUSHED: Lawyers forbidden from drafting clemency petitions Watch

Image of Ideal candidates for clemency would have been nonviolent, low-level drug offenders without significant ties to large-scale criminal organizations.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

In yet another setback for the Obama administration, a plan to extend clemency to thousands of prisoners was quelled last week after the agency that oversees the federal courts said that hundreds of federal public defenders as well as other court-appointed ... continue reading


Another blow to Obama! The President's war against American law suffers another setback Watch

Image of The American justice system has dealt another blow to Obama's continual unconstitutional power grab, blocking federally paid lawyers from representing clients who want clemency.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

An ambitious plan by President Barack Obama's administration to grant clemency to thousands of prisoners suffered a serious blow after federal courts ruled that the hundreds of federal public defenders and other court-appointed attorneys were not actually ... continue reading


As hundreds of bills languish on his desk, push is on to 'fire Harry Reid' Watch

Image of The GOP now hopes to use those examples to build a case against Harry Reid and argue that his procedural stranglehold is the reason for the Senate's painful levels of gridlock.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The GOP is now calling for either the resignation or firing of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. The Republican National Committee is launching a two-week "robo-call" campaign in efforts to nationalize Senate races across battleground states, arguing that each ... continue reading


All Politics & Policy News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Ezekiel 34:1-11
1 The word of Yahweh was addressed to me as ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 23:1-3, 3-4, 5, 6
1 [Psalm Of David] Yahweh is my shepherd, I lack ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 20:1-16
1 'Now the kingdom of Heaven is like a landowner ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for August 20th, 2014 Image

St. Bernard of Clairvaux
August 20: St. Bernard, Abbot and Doctor of the Church St. Bernard was born ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter