A statement from Sen. Daniel Inouye in response to Wednesday night’s presidential debate:
The American people have been presented with two very different visions for the country. In Denver, President Obama reiterated his support for an economy that grows from the middle out. He clearly and specifically outlined his plan for the next four years while demonstrating a patient confidence and an understanding of the issues that only comes with the experience of serving as President. Governor Romney told America that he wishes to return to the failed economic policies put in place by President George W. Bush. Like Bush, Romney believes that an economy and tax plan designed to benefit the wealthiest Americans while ignoring the middle class is the only way forward for America. Governor Romney spoke of deregulation and made sweeping policy statements but offered no specifics about how he would implement and pay for his economic vision. His plans simply do not add up. The choice is clear. We must re-elect President Barack Obama.
The general consensus among the pundit class here in Washington appears to be that Romney was more energetic and scored more points by tacking to the center, while Obama was listless and meandering and failed to effectively hit back against Romney.
A few examples:
- Roll Call: Romney Tweaks Plans, Lands Punches
- The Hill: Obama fails to mention Bain, ‘47 percent’
- Washington Post: Six reasons Romney won the first debate
- Slate: What Losers Look Like
— Michael Levine