Huckabee's assessment of the first debate
The Gov on what Romney, Obama said
- Duration 7:16
- Date Oct 8, 2012
The Gov on what Romney, Obama said
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Welcome to Huckabee from the Fox News studios in New York City.
-- the biggest story this week in politics was the first presidential debate held in Denver.
The universal view I mean and I mean even among -- staunchest.
Obama supporters was that Romney won the debate convincingly.
And one left of center commentator who four years ago had a tingle up his leg hearing Obama speak.
He was in such a meltdown over Obama's poor performance.
At this time he had a tingle run down his -- Because he wet his pants.
Some of the excuses to try to explain the president not being much better than the empty chair that Clint Eastwood reveal to us we're simply bizarre.
Al Gore thought it was the altitude of Denver.
I think the former vice president and may have been a little high.
But the most ridiculous excuse of -- was offered by yet another left wing Obama -- on another network.
And this guy with a straight face suggested that Obama didn't debate wealth because he was black.
-- You mean after getting elected president of the United States and serving almost four years Barack Obama suddenly walked out on -- station said.
All my gosh I'm black I can't take on this white guy.
Look whether it's sports music acting her politics some days -- just don't have the Jews.
But we squeezed out of what we could from the debate and I -- offer my humble but absolutely accurate assessment.
Of the of that.
All right first of all here's Mitt Romney countering what the Obama campaign is saying about his tax proposal.
I -- five boys.
I'm used to people saying something that's not always true -- just keep on repeating it and ultimately hoping I'll believe it.
Let me just say this was a brilliant.
Rhetorical device in the part of Mitt Romney for a couple of reasons first of -- by invoking the story of his sons.
It it really brought a sense of connection to Mitt Romney is a father he's raise kids he is more like us at least in that regard.
-- one of the great.
Maybe criticisms of -- Romney that he doesn't understand the rest of people but I showed a connection the fact that his boys had told him.
Let's just say funny business like every.
Everybody does to their parents.
That -- said yeah -- must be pretty normal after all the running house.
But then this subtle.
Device was this.
He was actually sang you know it doesn't matter where the -- my son's in my house or where the -- president.
If you keep telling me something that's not true over and over I'm not so crazy us to believe it.
It was a powerful moment and getting -- within a way that everybody could smile and not even realize what a powerful hit he had.
Mitt Romney also respond to Obama's criticism that some corporate tax breaks would send jobs.
The second topic which is -- you get a deduction for taking a plant overseas.
What I've been in business for 25 years.
I have no idea what you're talking about I maybe need to get -- -- account just but but the idea that you get a break for shipping jobs overseas is simply not the case.
Okay I thought that was a great line in again it was a subtle message there I -- -- business 25 years translation you haven't been.
I understand what business is all about translation.
I need a -- account it translation we need a new president.
It was a brilliant line I don't know if that was all planned -- it was a spontaneous either way it really connected.
-- great moment for him now here's President Obama hitting Romney for not giving some specifics.
He says that is going to.
Replace Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform but we don't know exactly which ones.
He won't tell us he now says he's gonna replace obamacare and assure that all the good things there that are going to be in there and you don't have to work.
And at some point I think the American people after -- themselves -- the reason that governor Romney is keeping all these.
Plans to replace.
Because they're too good.
OK I gotta say that was a great -- by President Obama.
It was about.
Ten past the hour in the second hour of the debate.
And I was remembering -- -- -- keeping a flow -- of the debate marking and saying this was the first really good moment.
That I thought the president had had all night and I market is saying this first time he's really left a mark on on Mitt Romney.
-- what a knockout blow or anything like that not even a knockdown but it was at least a moment when.
He was able to say something that show that he was actually in Denver for the debate because up until that moment.
I'm not sure if he was -- celebrating -- anniversary.
I don't know but he he had not tuned in to the same debate that 67 million other people are tuned into.
Now here's present Obama touting what he's done for education.
We've got a program called race -- the top that.
Prompted reforms in 46 states around the country raising standards improving how we train teachers and -- wanna hire another 100000.
New math and science teachers.
And create two million more slots in our Community Colleges so that people can get trained for the jobs that are out there right now and I want to make sure that we keep.
Tuition -- for our young people.
And I want to make sure that everybody's Christmas stockings filled with everything they've ever wanted when it comes christmastime.
That one little problem about what he's saying.
Not about race -- the top is not a bad program it's a pretty good emphasis and I really commend Arnie Duncan for at least as saying that we ought to reward people who do well.
That's very different than we're doing in the economy where we're punishing the people who -- doing well.
I wish the president is education policies and economic policies were based on that same premise clearly they are not.
But when he talks about we need to put a 100000.
New teachers in the classroom.
I just ask myself -- is that the responsibility of the federal government to go hire teachers for a local school board.
Are your responsibility in your community.
And in your state.
There's not one thing in the federal constitution that says that the federal government ought to hire teachers for you.
If you think you need more teachers being you ought to hire them at your local level and -- your school board decide who they are.
And what they teach.
What the candidates said.
I think it was their body language that spoke volumes and you're watching on -- split screen and you see the difference.
Mitt Romney when he spoke to the president spoke to the president looked at.
Unfortunate -- president never look back.
And as you can see through most of the debate.
People who watched it I think we're stunned to see the president seemingly.
On able on willing.
And to even look at his opponent Mitt Romney.
He looked down he looked around I think he was looking for the exit I'm I'm pretty sure that's what he was looking far.
And praying that what he was looking up below is there a trap door -- -- down there.
As he could have used it anyway quite a moment when.