Was first presidential debate a 'gamechanger'?
Debate over impact of round one in Denver
- Duration 5:04
- Date Oct 5, 2012
Debate over impact of round one in Denver
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Prominent conservative columnist doing a 180 on governor Romney Peggy Noonan had been highly critical of mr.
Romney's presidential campaign but.
Writing in the Wall Street Journal she now says the debate was a game changer in this race and -- impact will be felt far and wide.
So is this a fair assessment let's get into a fair and balanced debate -- -- is a former political advisor.
To democratic senator Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey and a Fox News contributor.
-- -- -- -- is the former communications director of the white house speaker Dennis pastor welcome to both of you.
And Julie do you first do you have said that the president's performance was not great.
Peggy Noonan says you know not only did did mr.
Romney governor Romney win handily but she says -- going to reverberate throughout this election cycle do you agree.
Well I I don't know -- remains to -- -- look I'll be the first to say the president was abysmal he wasn't just not great youth is truly terrible.
But Peggy knows herself because she worked for Ronald Reagan that one -- is not a presidential campaign may in fact from Walter Mondale in 1984.
Spank -- Reagan and Reagan came back -- 49 of fifty states I would -- when the fiftieth have Mondale not one is on home state of Minnesota.
So he can't look at one debate is changing -- trajectory I don't I'm not so confident that Ron is going to be able to make up in the swing states.
What he needs to make up to beat the president based on one debate especially because there's more debates coming.
And we don't know at the end of the day we have a really good jobs report despite -- -- Republicans are saying -- job report that shows progress in May not be quickest people like.
But nevertheless moving in the right direction and I think that's -- voters look at much more than one debate performance.
Constant coverage on Fox News Channel and other places a lot of experts say people aren't really even paying attention to the race until just about now -- And maybe now all of them despite the conventions and the negative advertising from the Obama campaign and so forth.
People are just now forming their opinions of governor Romney is there something to that.
Oh absolutely you know you had to around 67 million voters watching that watching the debate where you know -- clean Obama's clock.
And showed exactly what he stood for -- he laid out his plans eleven is laid out his vision for the future.
You know you talked about helping the middle class he talked about making sure that.
Our seniors won't have their goodwill will keep their Medicare and he kept Obama on defense and that was so important especially for the conservative base to see him.
On the same stage as President Obama.
Pulling back the curtains and showing what the real was it revises.
And they're in and showing who the real Mitt Romney is really really help them and I think it's a good start you know it's not the end he's still we still have several debates left.
He has things keep this moment we're going over the next thirty days.
But you know when you have.
The consider conservatives like Peggy Noonan and others rallying around and it shows that everybody is behind him and everybody wants to do.
Every Republican wants him to win preliminary indications -- indicate that.
To Republican excitement of -- excitement among Republican voters -- -- as a result of president governor Romney's performance.
What about democratic excitement has it been -- to -- what you say was an abysmal performance from the president.
While Republican exciting -- more down right at people -- -- union Bill Kristol last week -- obituaries and gain on suicide watch based on what was going on.
So there's nowhere for them to go but I will say -- Democrats I think Democrats and some Democrats including me were -- -- in in the president's performance.
No doubt about it but -- -- so you're going to be a Romney voter and -- -- not an event -- fill I'm so sickened by and I'll tell you why you don't secure the president because the policies of the president is espousing.
Our policies but Democrats including myself agree with much more -- -- do mr.
Romney's and it did -- of the debate look -- Obama had done much better than Romney in the debate -- Ron and -- -- arguing.
Something very different what were arguing today but I think about it today we have a month -- -- -- early voting in places like I was started last week well before this debate.
And Obama ice fully suspect has not been allowed himself to have to be had the way he was have the last to be going forward.
I just wonder how many folks who like to have those mail in ballots back but I don't know about that we'll save our area already area -- -- so.
-- is it going to depend on these last two debates Ron I mean.
Romney has some momentum but.
It could all fall flat if if you know things turn around in the debates next well.
The trajectory -- have to keep this trajectory going by doing very well debates clearly he's prepared he's he's continuing this to you you know work of these things and he's.
He's going to I think he's going to do very well against a bomb in these debates you know his big foreign policy speech coming up this Monday.
The debate the next debate he'll be -- -- be foreign policy which Obama is very weak on especially with.
You know the crisis in the Middle East are and a seeming -- -- the dead.
Fordham are dead American ambassador.
You know that's not a -- strong a strong suit for President Obama right now and so they've met Ronnie can really take take take Obama out -- Ron bonds' name and Julie were against -- thank you both thank you.