In another debate of style over substance, Mitt Romney wins....

....and President Obama proves that rebutting an opponent instead of promoting ideas is a waste of time.

FLORIDA, October 23, 2012 — Last night’s presidential debate was a rarity, to be sure.

More often than not, it seemed that President Obama and Mitt Romney were actually in agreement on the issues. As the issues in question pertained mostly to foreign policy, this takes on special significance.

Regardless of who claims victory on November 6, it would seem that the American public can be assured our country will have a leader ready to deal with even the most challenging of national security crises.

Another interesting point in the debate was that words took a backseat to the manner in which they were delivered. Romney was often vague in his responses to Bob Schieffer’s questions, but sounded presidential all the while.

Obama, meanwhile, explained his views very clearly. Nonetheless, he appeared to be frustrated at times, and allowed his words to become quite emotional. This would not be such a bad thing if said emotion was brought about for the sake of emphasizing an idea.

Unfortunately, he seemed to be directing his feelings at Romney’s statements. Of course, that is telling of desperation. For an incumbent in an election so close as this, desperation is commonly followed by defeat.

All things considered, I believe that Romney won the debate. This is not on account of substance, but rather style. One might call it the same sort of victory that Joe Biden socred over Paul Ryan.

The essential question is whether or not enough likely voters hold the same opinion. If nothing else, we know for certain that an answer will be found in precisely two weeks.  


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Joseph Cotto

Joseph F. Cotto is a social journalist by trade and student of history by lifestyle choice. He hails from central Florida, writing about political, economic, and social issues of the day. In the past, he was a contributor to Blogcritics Magazine, among other publications. He is currently at work on a book about American society.

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