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OBAMA CAN COME BACK AFTER FIRST DEBATE DEBACLE, Says Democratic Strategist Robert Weiner In Washington Times Column

"When Romney compared the $5 Trillion tax cuts assertion to 'my five boys saying something that's not always true but just keep repeating it and ultimately hoping I'll believe it,' it was a perfect opening for the President to retort, 'But you have proposed a 20% across-the board tax cut.  You can't have a family, or America, headed by a magician who miraculously pulls a rabbit out of a hat -- money does not grow on the trees of rich tax cuts.  When you refuse to say where you will get the deductions and loopholes to pay for your cut, the American people recognize blue smoke and mirrors and want real answers, not a secret plan that can make them bankrupt.  Mitt, how much would you cut deductions for home mortgages, or charities, or health benefits that Americans need and which help our economy—and don't say 'tell you later'?'"

Likewise, says Weiner, "On Social Security, it was inexcusable for the President to say 'we think alike' instead of 'Republicans have been pressing for privatization for years.' As for the Medicare $716 billion cut, it was amazing the President did not point out that his cut was against insurance company overcharging and the money went to seniors' drug 'doughnut hole' coverage and adding years to Medicare's solvency, whereas the Republicans voted to cut actual benefits."

Weiner believes that "if Obama had a few good lines like that, it would have been an even performance, given that Romney was masterful on rhetoric." 

Weiner says that "With two more debates, Obama can and will come back— if he revamps his attack. Vice President Joe Biden's performance against GOP challenger Paul Ryan will not count anywhere near as much as Obama's own."

He concludes, "In 2000, Al Gore won the first debate by 15 points and lost the next two and the election (aside from Florida).  Now, the jobs picture is improving, bin Laden is dead, and Americans overwhelmingly support leaving Iraq and Afghanistan.  So President Obama and the Democrats still have some cards -- if they learn how to play them."

Source: Robert Weiner Associates

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