During last week’s debate Americans got to see Mitt Romney up close and personal – unscripted and unfiltered. And, as the latest polls show, they liked what they saw. For anyone asking why, here is the answer.
In an hour and a half in front of almost 68 million television viewers and several million more online, Romney shattered the Obama campaign’s months-long strategy of personal attacks and character assassination.
Romney showed himself to be a good and decent man who cares deeply about his family, the greater community and the nation as a whole. Along the way he demonstrated a command of the facts surrounding the most important issues facing voters – jobs, the debt, energy and healthcare. He offered the American people a credible alternative to the all powerful, big government policies of the last four years. And he reminded them that it is not government, but free men and women working hard to make their families financially independent, who have created the highest standard of living the world has ever known.
Meanwhile, the president imploded.
Without a teleprompter or an adoring news media to shield him, the aura of Barack Obama’s brilliance quickly faded. The president who promised to turn the economy around in three years and cut the deficit in half in four offered only excuses and more of the same, if given a second term. His calls for social justice rang hollow. His class warfare rhetoric fell flat in the face of Mitt Romney’s sincere, reasoned arguments on behalf of America’s traditional free enterprise system.
Barack Obama’s paper-thin resume as a community organizer-turned-American idol has always paled when compared to Mitt Romney’s private and public sector accomplishments. That didn’t seem to matter as long as the news media could portray Obama as the smartest, most
likeable person in the room. But last week’s debate changed everything.
In a fair fight Mitt Romney won on both style and substance. More importantly, he showed that he has the right vision, the credentials and the demeanor to be president. After months of campaigning and millions of dollars worth of advertising, all it took for the American people to see that was an hour and a half debate.