Publicado el 10-04-2012
The First Great
This Wednesday night, October 3rd, 2012, took place in the University of Denver, Colorado, the first debate between the presidential candidates of the Democratic and Republican parties. The debate had a new format, dividing the ninety minute session in segments of fifteen minutes with different topics. The first three segments were devoted to the economy, the fourth one to health care and fifth and sixth to the role of government in the life of the nation.
It is estimated that some sixty million people saw the debate on television networks and cable channels. This information was shown constantly on the Univisión network screen. What the viewers saw was two very smart men with two totally different views about the way the country should go. President Obama wants a big federal government that controls all aspects of the economy; Governor Romney wants the states, which he said were the “laboratories of democracy”, to have more control and that free enterprise play a significant role in the country’s development.
It was practically impossible for the moderator to keep the debate within the time limits allowed to each candidate because their replies were longer than specified and they also exceeded their time for rebuttals.
All experts agree that this has been the best Republican debate since the 80’s with Ronald Reagan. Candidate Romney came to the debate well prepared and ready to control the situation, something that all analysts say he achieved. Many have commented that President Obama gave an incredibly passive performance and attribute it to the fact that in the last four years no one has talked to him like Romney did. Others say that the President is not a good debater and that he is used to the “teleprompters”.
Surely both candidates will begin today to prepare for the next two debates. The second one will be on foreign policy and it will be interesting to see how they address the problems that the United States of America faces outside its borders and what they propose for the future. The resources of the United States, however large they might be, have their limits.