The Race to the White House.

International Business Times

Keith Stover, Staff Writer

On October 3rd, 2012, President Barrack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney, Republican nominee, participated in the first presidential debate which took place in Denver, Colorado.

The ninety minute televised debate was a success and a disappointment to some.

Both candidates threw punches at each other… At least one of them did.

Governor Mitt Romney spoke of his policies and debated against President Obama’s policies and his record on the country such as the economy and healthcare. Governor Romney talked about his plan for the economy, which consists of the creation of jobs, taxes and government spending to social programs such as Social Security.

Governor Romney plans on cutting social programs that many of the citizens in the country need desperately. He also wants to increase military budget by two trillion dollars even though we spend more on military than all the countries in the world combined.

When it comes to taxes, Governor Romney plans on leaving the taxes the way they are and not increase them, but he plans to give the one percent of the American people who are the wealthiest people in the country a five trillion dollar tax cut on top of the Bush tax cuts. Chris Matthews, newscaster of “Hardball with Chris Matthews” says, “It doesn’t add up.”  Many newscasters and politicians agree with this statement and that it is not going to help the economy but worsen the economy from where it is today.

With the trouble of the economy, Governor Mitt Romney and Governor Paul Ryan’s voucher plan for healthcare will also cause people to worry. Their voucher plan will replace “Obamacare” when Governor Romney repeals it. The voucher plan will allow anyone to purchase his or her own healthcare, but one thing that they forget is that with the money you get from the voucher will possibly not cover the cost of the dramatic inflation in the prices, where healthcare today is paid completely, where the voucher plan will leave Americans paying the difference from inflation from their own pocket.

As Governor Romney was slamming President Obama about his Presidential record and his politics, President Obama just stood there and nodded. He also did not debate against Governor Mitt Romney about his policies or his comment about the 47% of the people, which stated,  “There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47% who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. … My job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”

The Democrats say that Obama was off that night or that it is part of his plan for the debates.

Most news stations say that Governor Romney won the first debate, which most of the people who tweeted during the debate also agreed.

Americans ask if President Obama is a good leader? And can Obama recover from this first debate?

These questions might be answered on October 16th, 2012, the night of the second Presidential debate.

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