This debate was not worth the time spent and robbed me of 3 hours of sleep. Since this was live in NY at 9pm EDT and I live in Germany six hours ahead of the east coast, I got up at 2:45 a.m. to watch the great debate. A town-hall style forum, where the questions come from the audience of 80 undecided voters, with a well-known news person as the umpire to maintain control and flow over the 90 minutes. Just the idea that a politician would be able to express his point and answer the question in two minutes as well as a rebuttal in only two minutes was ridiculous from the beginning. Many of the questions were to generalized which allowed the candidates so much leeway in their answers that the questions were never really answered; i.e. Libya. The question was, “who in the State Department denied the additional security request from the consulate.” The question was never directly answered by Obama, his answer was to take full responsiblity for the failure of Secretary Clinton and the State Department to ensure that all embassies and consulates are sufficiently protected, especially in regions of known discontent and violence against the US. We still don’t know after more than 5 weeks the who, what, where, when and why concerning the request for an increase in security from the consulate in Benghazi, Libya. I think some of the questions that were asked were staged in order to get a debate between the two candidates started, such as the questions to Romney to compare him with Bush. The reverse of this question to Obama would have been to compare him with Clinton or Carter, yet that question was not asked, why not? A voter for Obama in 2008, now undecided, asked Obama what Obama would do that would the voter to vote for him in 2012. The answer after two and a half minutes was, give me four more years and then you will see. That sounds like, give me your money now and after four years I will tell you how much interest you could have earned. Now don’t get me wrong, Romney was just as bad when it came to not answering the questions asked. He would touch lightly on the questions and then attack Obama’s record or his promises from 2008 that have not been fulfilled and then mention his five point plan to get America back on its feet with jobs, reduced taxes for the middle class and small businesses and the increase in renewable energy and national oil and gas projects which would make less dependent on foreign oil and money. His plan is a bit vague as how he will accomplish this and at the same time reduce the deficit by six trillion in the next four years. I am a believer of facts and figures I can wrap my hands around, are black on white, and the average person can understand them without having them explained to them, i.e. 2 + 2 = 4, 16 / 4 = 4 and not X + (Y – Z x B / C) – ((S +H) -G x W)) = ? where Y, C & H are unknown. Both Obama and Romney had little regard for the questions, they were just a means to repeat their point of view and attack their opponent and impress as many of the undecided voters as possible in the shortest amount of time. Neither Obama nor Romney impress very many of the voters in that this debate was a draw with neither side winning and only the voters losing. The moderator Crowley did very little to control or for that matter guide this debate in a positive direction, which contributed to the miserable outcome. She rarely got the candidates to answer the questions direct nor did she attempt to have the rebuttals pertain to the answers or the questions. The candidates used this debate to simply attack their opponent with information that is already public knowledge, thereby not making any mistakes or being shown up over some new and therefore not prepared.
Like I said at the beginning, this debate was a waste of my time and sleep and I will not be watching the third debate on the 22nd of October. Both candidates were disrespectful to each other and to the public, because they keep interrupting the other and neither was listening either. I learned as a child that it was impolite to interrupt someone when they were talking and to wait until they were finished, this did not happen in the debate. It is also a fact that when you open your mouth to speak, your ears close, thereby not allowing you to hear what the other is saying and vice-a-verse. So close your mouth and listen to your opponent and then when he/she is finished you will have a chance to talk and because you listened you will be able to better respond to that which was said.
I am still undecided for who I will vote for on November 6th 2012.
Those were my opinions and thoughts about……the 2nd Debate!