First Presidential Debate

By From page A5 | October 15, 2012


The first debate between Governor Romney and President Obama was typical of these events. Governor Romney put in a strong performance while the president looked weak. But I don’t grade on “performance,” I grade on ideas. So what I heard was: “blah blah blah blah Cap tax deductions at, say, $15k blah blah blah blah blah.”

When confronted with the question of how to cut tax rates without adding to the deficit, Governor Romney offered a good idea: instead of wrestling with lobbyists and special interests over which deductions to eliminate, simply cap the amount that can be deducted. That is an excellent solution, and I gave the governor one point.

So after the first round of this title match my score card reads Romney 1, Obama 0.


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