Round two of the Presidential debate from Hofstra University featured a different format with comparable results. The town hall style played to the strengths of the President who appeared much more comfortable without the podium, and took full advantage of the new format to connect with voters, and take a few jabs at the Challenger, Governor Mitt Romney. Obama was also more aggressive, pushing Romney to the ropes on several points, and coming off much better this time around, particularly on television. It also helped when he was vindicated by the moderator, CNN’s Candy Crowley, on a small semantics argument 2/3 of the way through. The crowd cheered and the President rode the momentum to the end, capitalizing on the energy, and providing a fantastic close.
Romney was good, but not as strong as his epic first performance which pushed the campaign to dead even in the polls, despite being behind couple of weeks ago. My analysis is the winner was Obama narrowly, especially on television. This is the type of format where Obama is at his best. Romney sounded much better on the radio, but appeared awkward on television during the second half as he appeared to lose steam. The victory margin between the two candidates is narrow, but vast for the real the loser in the contest which is the American electorate.
This format was a joke and a waste of time, here is why. The content was watered down and the questions were weak. I want Americans who vote asking themselves on November 6th. Who do you want tackling our nation’s looming fiscal cliff, exploding healthcare costs, an IRS code out of control, and a federal government that is massive and inefficient? I do not know if people walked away with enough information to make an educated decision because of the format. It is not about politics, it is about having the right information because we are facing a rough decade ahead. I propose simplifying the format and going back to the Lincoln vs. Douglas style with 90 minutes split evenly with a time-keeper and questions submitted on real issues. The American people need to see the real differences on the key issues that really matter for our time because the contrast on several of them is stark.
Healthcare is one of the areas where there are some fundamental differences and where was the dialogue on this issue? Even though we are probably going to hear talking points, did the Affordable Care Act join the witness protection program. Last time I checked, Medical Device Manufacturers are facing an excise tax on their total revenue beginning in a few months which will have an adverse impact on job creation. Employers face compliance issues and hospitals are seeing reimbursement changes, but don’t expect anything in the final contest because it is on foreign policy. For real information on the biggest issue in our lifetime approaching crisis status, check back here to HealthReformExplained.com for the latest so you can make the right choice for you in this seminal election. The latest program of my radio program America’s Healthcare Challenge features me responding to both candidates with only the facts on Medicare.