Suggestions for Round 2
Rather than waiting around until after tonight’s debate to discuss what answers Romney should have given, I’m going to share the answers now that Romney should give on three topics that are almost certain to come up tonight. Those three topics are Romney’s 47% comment, Bain Capital, and Obama claiming he saved GM via a government bailout.
At some point early in tonight’s debate Obama is certain to bring up Romney’s 47% comment because all his minions are telling him this is a sure fire winner. It’s not. In fact it’s a dangerous path for Obama to travel. If Obama brings it up, it’s too easy for Romney to bring up some of Obama’s own quotes such as the bitter clingers comment as a counter punch. However, I don’t think Romney will even take that route. Instead, I would suggest that Romney counter punch with the following statement, “While we can debate the precise wording behind my comment, the truth remains that roughly half of this nation is now dependent on the other half for their very survival. As any reasonable person can see this is an unsustainable model. My goal isn’t to chastise those in the 47%. It’s to provide them with the opportunity to escape the trap that dependency on government creates. My opponent on the other hand has already had four years to rescue those at the lower economic level, but has instead only increased their ranks. However, what we have seen lately is that his laser focus appears to have become centered on the concept of rescuing a big yellow bird whose owners are telling us isn’t even in need of rescue.
Bain Capital is an easy winner for Romney. All he needs to do is point out that he created more real jobs for our economy during his time at Bain than Obama has done in his four years as president. He can cite such success stories as Staples and the Sports Authority as examples. He should then expand on his statement by explaining his job creation tactics didn’t cost the tax payers a single dime and that the jobs he created are mostly permanent jobs whereas many of the jobs Obama created through the stimulus package were only temporary where once the stimulus money ran out, so did the jobs.
Finally, Obama is going to attempt to tout the GM bailout as some sort of victory for himself. This is the point where Romney really needs to pounce while he has the opportunity to prove that Obama is clueless when it comes to the business world. Here’s the truth that Romney should explain. Romney was absolutely correct when he said that we should have let GM go bankrupt. What he needs to explain is that bankruptcy doesn’t mean that GM would have been out of business. In this case Chapter 11 bankruptcy simply would have meant the GM would have been able to restructure their debt and take the steps necessary to become a more efficiently run company. No jobs would have necessarily been in peril. Instead, under Obama GM is now stuck with a partner that they themselves would like to get rid of, the original bond holders were screwed, and the whole thing needlessly cost the tax payers $ Billions. Romney should further point out that Ford didn’t take any bailout money, didn’t create a burden on the taxpayers, and is now thriving without having screwed over their bond holders or taking on an overbearing government partner.
The key to winning this or any other debate isn’t to play defense. It isn’t to use the opportunity to blatantly attack your opponent. Nor is it about being rude and obtuse as Biden recently proved. The key to winning this debate for Romney is to simply take any claims that Obama poses and use them against him based on his own misguided statements and policies. On the other hand, if Obama is forced to defend his own foibles and his miserable record he has no path to victory of his own.