Last week it finally happened. We were treated to the first Presidential debate of 2012. With the election coming up far sooner than most people realize, this was only the first time we got to see President Obama face off with Presidential candidate Mitt Romney. There was a lot of hype for the debate in the press and it pretty much delivered.
There were lots of things said by both candidates. The press lit up after the debate with hundreds of critiques and analyses. One of the most damaging critiques addressed the lack of moderating ability of Jim Lehrer. Hopefully the next debate is better moderated. But for now, we thought we’d share some of the best quotes from Obama and Romney from the debate.
Romney on the deficit:
“I think it’s frankly not moral for my generation to keep spending massively more than we take in knowing that the burden is going to be passed on to the next generation and they’re going to be paying the interest and principal all their lives.”
Obama on education:
“Governor Romney, I genuinely believe, cares about education. But when he tells a student that you should borrow money from your parents to go to college, that indicates the degree to which there may not be as much of a focus that folks like myself, folks like Michele, kids probably who attend University of Denver, just don’t have that option.”
Obama criticizing Romney on his healthcare plan in Massachusetts:
“We used the same advisers and they said it’s the same plan… The reason (Romney) set up the system in Massachusetts is there isn’t a better way of dealing with a pre-existing condition problem.”
Romney on the middle class:
“The people who are having a hard time right now are middle- income Americans. Under the president’s politics middle-income Americans have been buried. Middle-income families are being crushed.”
There’s going to be a lot more where that came from too. There are still two more debates and a Vice-Presidential debate to look forward to for more and more quotes!