Obama vs. Romney: Disagreeing to Agree

  1. During the first presidential debate, the candidates argued over six different “pods.” The most controversial topics included social security and the economy.Obama accused Romney of devising a plan for over $8 trillion in tax cuts.
    Romney refuted these accusations and said, “you can keep referring to it, but that’s not my plan.” He said he doesn’t plan to change any taxes that would further increase the deficit.
  2. CNNMoney
    Debate left many questions unresolved. But Romney tried to answer one unequivocally: He won’t cut taxes for the rich http://cnnmon.ie/SuPHCP
    Thu, Oct 04 2012 15:15:00
  3. Romney said he plans to cut spending by holding all programs to a certain criteria. He will measure if they are essential enough to keep borrowing money from China.
    Among the programs to be axed, Romney said he will cut Obamacare and PBS. He had to explain his hit against PBS since the moderator, Jim Lehrer, was a former news anchor on PBS NewsHour.
  4. HuffPostHill
    Don’t worry, Jim Lehrer, it gets better. #stopbullying
    Wed, Oct 03 2012 19:15:44
  5. “I’m sorry, Jim, I’m going to stop the subsidy to PBS. I’m going to stop other things. I like PBS, I love Big Bird.”
  6. CNN
    Fact check: Will Romney send Big Bird to the unemployment line? http://on.cnn.com/REn5Es
    Thu, Oct 04 2012 13:57:46
  7. During this part of the debate, Obama proposed to tax the rich. He said it isn’t unreasonable for the country to ask those, including himself, who have done very well in life to contribute to America’s revenue.
  8. On the point of social security, Obama made it very clear he does not agree with the idea of a voucher system. He said this would leave the elderly in the hands of insurance companies.
    Romney fired back and said it wasn’t originally his idea, it came from Bill Clinton’s presidency.Both candidates did agree, however, that voters need to decide the future of social security.
  9. Many other topics were discussed over the course of the hour and a half debate. However, the discussion became heated and tense when the candidates talked about social security and the country’s budget.
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