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Romney Trumps Obama in Debate

Barrington M. Salmon | 10/10/2012, 11:19 a.m.

"They focused on issues of concern to people but I thought it would be difficult to get deeply into issues in the time allotted," he said.

Although the consensus of many at the event was that Obama did well and explained his positions thoroughly, he appeared listless, passing on the opportunity to challenge Romney about a pivotal issue, such as his dismissal of 47 percent of Americans at a private fundraiser.

New York Times columnist Paul Krugman said Romney lied when he "declared that pre-existing conditions are covered under his plan."

" ... His attempt to deceive voters on this issue was the biggest of many misleading and/or dishonest claims he made," said Krugman, an economist. "What Mr. Romney did in the debate, in other words, was, at best, to play a word game with voters, pretending to offer something substantive for the uninsured while actually offering nothing. For all intents and purposes, he lied about what his policy proposals will do."

Pundits pilloried Obama for his performance and Democrats worried that his less-than-stellar performance reinvigorated a sputtering Romney campaign.

Williams agreed during an interview two days later that Romney outclassed Obama.

"Romney showed up, Obama didn't," he said. "He [Romney] had everything to lose. Never underestimate an opponent. They did, and Obama wasn't prepared. Romney was in 21 debates - he was battle ready."

Williams said when someone is surrounded by sycophants, they will tell him he's great whether that's true or not, and they likely wouldn't push him, press those buttons to rattle her or do things to make her uncomfortable.

"Nobody [could] save him. He [Obama] did not have a teleprompter which is his greatest asset."

Williams said the shellacking is a wake-up call.

"Expect Obama to be prepared in the next debate," he asserted. "Will he be prepared? Absolutely. He's embarassed, humiliated. He didn't even know how to respond. He forgot everything because Romney shocked him. He was not there."

Yet, Williams said he didn't think Romney's debate win will make a measurable difference.

"No, it's not a game changer," he said. "For people who were dismissive of Romney, he got a first chance to show who he was. He was not seen through the lens of the media. This gives them [the public] an opportunity to take a closer look at him. At least they will take a closer look and he's saying 'I'm serious, intellectual, I'm bright.'"

Ray Barry, an international health care consultant, said he's mystified by Obama's performance.

"I don't know what happened. I don't understand that one. I think the president didn't show and then I'm hearing him on Friday and the points he should have been going at during the debate, he's hitting them," said Barry, a Virgin Islands resident. "The president should have called him on it when Romney said he's going to kill Big Bird. What impact is PBS going to have on the budget? [It's] 0.01 percent and the president didn't call him on the [crap]."

Barry, 47, said the debate result "affects [Obama] to the degree that people who're on the fence may begin to wonder about his ability to defend his record."