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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Can Romney Win The Debate?

Here’s the Nonsense:  Mitt Romney has no chance to win the debate against such an expert as Obama.

Here’s the Horse Sense:  Mitt Romney can win the debate if he does the right things.  He just has to control the debate and not let it control him.

All the talk today is about the debate.  The big question being asked is whether Mitt Romney can pull off a win.  The media seem to conclude that Obama is the master at debate and doubt anyone could possibly touch his skill level or counter his wise answers.  Of course those are also the same people that marvel at his great oratory skills and ignore the fact that he even needs a teleprompter to talk to elementary school students.

No, Barack Obama is not the great orator who thinks quickly on his feet that he is purported to be.  However, that doesn’t mean that Mitt Romney doesn’t have a daunting task in the debate.  With a media so sold out to Obama it’s no doubt that no matter what Romney does the media will see to it that Obama benefits.

But does it matter what the media does?  Or can Romney still win the hearts of American voters regardless of the mindless drivel spewed by the mainstream media? 

Yes, it’s possible for Romney to take control and win, but he has to be tough and not back down or be politically correct.  Americans are tired of weak leadership, politically correct leadership, and no-nothing leadership.  Romney can win if he takes advantage of those very things because they are Obama’s weak points.

In my new book, No Tomorrows: How To Halt America's Imminent Collapse And Return To The American Dream - And Why It Must Start With The 2012 Elections, I address the core problems in America.  One of those is our leadership.  This is a perfect opportunity for Romney to show his leadership skills by taking control of the debate.  True leaders aren't politically correct, weak, or unknowledgeable.  True leaders take control and push forward to results.

The way for Romney to take control is to drive the conversation.  No matter what the moderator asks or says, it does not stop a candidate from heading in the direction they want with a question, especially when a candidate is responding to something the other candidate said.  Therefore, Romney needs to take every chance he can get to turn responses into questions for Obama.  Even though it’s not for him to ask questions, he can pose responses in a way that force Obama to respond.  These are the kinds of things he should be bringing up to force discussion on them and expose Obama’s record and positions:
  •  Job creation – Why there has been none and Obama’s lack of understanding how to create jobs
  • Energy production – America has the world’s greatest resources and we should be supplying the world, not enslaved to the world’s whims.
  • Tax Hikes
  • Obamacare – How it will destroy the economy, medical care, and the future of Americans
  • Fast & Furious – Why is Holder still here?  Why did Obama need to use Executive Privilege if nothing was wrong?
  • In his speech in 2007 (as seen in video released by The Daily Caller), why is Obama so divisive with race?  Why does Obama race to divide our country to a point that hasn’t been this bad since the civil rights movement?

And even though the debate is about domestic policy, there are subtle ways to throw in some comments outside of those parameters.  It wouldn’t hurt Romney to mention things like:
  • When Obama told Russian President Medvedev that he’d have more flexibility after the election (referring to nuclear talks), why was he endangering America’s national security?
  • Why is there a cover up about the Libya terrorist attack on 9/11?
  • Foreign relations – enemies are friends and friends are enemies?
  • And he could even make a comment that something is wrong when voters have a candidate who is supported by China and Hugo Chavez for reelection.

Yes, Romney can win the debate.  But he must take the debate to Obama and talk about all the stuff that is very uncomfortable for Obama.  Mitt is capable of it.  Let’s hope he does it.