After President Obama stepped off the stage at last night's debate, supporters called in to congratulate him on a job well done. Listen to a few of their messages about why the President's steady, honest, and authentic leadership is the best choice in this election.
Tom from Wisconsin was particularly motivated by the President's performance:
"He clearly won the debate, and I immediately made a $100 contribution."
What about you? It doesn't have to be $100—chip in whatever you can afford to put the President over the top in the next 20 days.
Check out a few the photos from inside the hall at last night's presidential debate.
At the second presidential debate, President Obama showed his continued commitment to progress for women. Meanwhile, Mitt Romney didn’t offer a single policy or solution when asked about the problem of pay discrimination, just anecdotes. While the President talked about women as breadwinners, Romney talked about them as resumes in “binders”.
In a follow-up question, one of Romney’s top advisors claimed that the Governor opposed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act in 2009. Watch this video and share it with your friends to show why Romney is too extreme for women.
From fact-checking Mitt Romney's views on equal pay to highlighting key moments from the night, here's what people are saying about President Obama's debate win:
“Obama won the debate decisively. The president had a simple formula: Defend and explain his record while insisting that Romney wasn't being truthful. He kept Romney on the defensive and came prepared with counter-punches to nearly every topic. It was devastatingly effective.”
“ … If you’re scoring it on points, Obama wins on points.”
"Instant polls by CNN and CBS both found that President Obama came out ahead of Mitt Romney in the second presidential debate."
“When George H.W. Bush looked at his watch in a 1992 debate with Bill Clinton and Ross Perot and absolutely bungled a question about how the national debt had affected him personally, he cemented the impression that he was out of touch with real Americans’ lives. When Gerald Ford denied in 1976 that there was any 'Soviet domination' of Eastern Europe, he cemented the impression that he was out of touch with pretty much everything. Tonight, Mitt Romney may have had a similar moment, during a back-and-forth about the attack on the Benghazi Consulate.”
President Obama won tonight's debate. He outlined in detail his plan to build our economy from the middle class out, not the top down. And he pointed out that Mitt Romney is offering the American people a "sketchy deal" in the form of a plan to spend $5 trillion giving the wealthy a tax cut they don’t need and $2 trillion on a defense build-up the Pentagon says it doesn’t want—all without explaining how he’d pay for it. Romney misfired on his attacks, and at times was caught in his own misleading statements.
In case you missed the exchanges, here are a few highlights from President Obama.
In response to Governor Romney's jobs plan, which was challenged by fact-checkers throughout the day:
“Governor Romney doesn’t have a five-point plan. He has a one-point plan, and that plan is to make sure that folks at the top play by a different set of rules. That’s been his philosophy in the private sector, that’s been his philosophy as governor, that’s been his philosophy as a presidential candidate."
President Obama just sent this message:
Tonight, I hope you saw exactly what's at stake in this election.
This race is neck and neck. What happens in the next three weeks will determine which side wins.
That's in your hands—I'll be fighting as hard as I can, but I can't do this without you.
Stand with me tonight. Make a donation to support this campaign before tomorrow's final FEC deadline.
The First Lady sent this message to supporters ahead of tonight’s debate:
I am so proud of Barack—and I can't wait to see him on stage during tonight's debate.
It gives us both so much strength to know you're out there, cheering him on, building this campaign from the bottom up.
Tonight at the debate, you're going to see the guy who will always be out there fighting tirelessly for you.
Show Barack you're with him by making a donation.
President Obama and Mitt Romney are set to meet for the next presidential debate. Americans with diverse backgrounds will ask the candidates simple questions about how their plans would impact our lives. As always, the President will speak directly with voters about how we can move this country forward together. But will Mitt Romney stand by his "severely conservative" positions or dishonestly hide them in order to bolster his chances of winning? After all, as a longtime aide to his father, George Romney, noted, "It seems that Mitt would say and do anything to close a deal—or an election."
But what Romney now espouses is starkly different from what Romney would actually do as president. Here's a guide to what you may hear Romney say—and what he really means.
What's your tax plan and what will it mean for middle-class families?
What he says: "I will not, under any circumstances, raise taxes on middle-income families."
Translation: Romney is proposing $5 trillion in tax cuts weighted to millionaires, and promises he’ll pay for his plan by cutting deductions—but he’s proposing $1 trillion more in tax cuts to the wealthy than there are tax benefits to close. That means multimillionaires would still get average tax cuts of $250,000 even if their deductions were taken away—and the middle class would be left paying more. There's no avoiding the math: Paying for Romney's tax cuts for the wealthy would mean an average tax increase of $2,000 a year for middle-class families with children.
How does your Medicare plan affect the guaranteed benefits that seniors have earned and deserve?
What he says: "What I support is no change for current retirees and near-retirees to Medicare, and the President supports taking $716 billion out of that program."
Translation: The Romney-Ryan plan to turn Medicare into a voucher system would end the program as we know it for future retirees. In fact, a recent nonpartisan report found that, if Romney's plan had been in place already for seniors, nearly 60% would have paid more to get the same coverage they receive today. And as another recent study confirmed, seniors that retire in 2030 would have to pay an average of $6000 more a year—based on an analysis of Romney's current proposal.
To avoid talking about the consequences of his plan, he continually offers the well-debunked, $716 billion falsehood. As numerous fact-checkers and the AARP have noted, Obamacare actually strengthens Medicare for seniors by adding new preventive and prescription drug benefits, and the $716 billion in future savings helped extend Medicare’s solvency an additional 8 years.
How do we know that your tax plan will help the middle class and spur economic growth?
What he says: "As governor, I cut taxes 19 times and didn't raise taxes."
Translation: What Gov. Romney actually did was raise more than 1,000 taxes and fees, more fees than any other state in his first year alone. From raising fees on hospitals, nursing homes, and mortgage filings to creating a fee on the blind, Romney cost Massachusetts taxpayers $750 million a year.
Will you stand up to China and its unfair trade practices that are hurting us?
What he says: "It's time for us to stand up to China for their cheating."
Translation: Romney has no intention of standing up to China—not when he's invested in the success of Chinese companies. As the head of Bain Capital, Romney invested in a "low-wage, low-tax" Chinese firm after it told investors it "would not be subject to taxes in the United States." And when President Obama moved to protect American tire workers from China's unfair trade practices, Romney said his actions were "bad for the nation and our workers."
How will you bridge the deep partisan divide in Washington?
What he says: "We need to have leadership—leadership in Washington that will actually bring people together and get the job done...I've done it before, I'll do it again."
Translation: Gov. Romney watched Massachusetts fall to 47th out of 50 states in job creation under his leadership--leadership that Massachusetts legislators rated decidedly ineffective. Not only did he close his doors to legislators hoping to meet with him--but his aides actually erected velvet ropes around his office and wore “Secret Service-style earpieces” to keep legislators at bay.
To get more translations of Romney's rhetoric, take a look at this memo from Campaign Manager Jim Messina—then make sure to share the facts about the real Romney so they know what to look out for at the presidential debates.Read More…