Romney hits Obama on “math,” deficits

posted at 9:21 am on October 17, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Fox News has one of Mitt Romney’s better moment of the debate last night, although Romney certainly had a number of good responses in the townhall debate.  Barack Obama had attacked Romney’s tax plan as a $5 trillion tax hike, a figure that even his deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter admitted a couple of weeks ago was false.  Romney defended his plan by going on offense, asking the audience whether a President who ran trillion-dollar-plus deficits each of his four year in office has any business talking about plans “not adding up”:

Mitt Romney took on President Obama on the issue of balancing the budget, saying that he has the experience needed to correct failed policies of the current administration.

“I was someone who ran businesses for 25 years and balanced the budget … I ran the Olympics and balanced the budget … I ran the state of Massachusetts […] and balanced the budget,” he said, adding, “If we’re talking about math that doesn’t add up, how about $4 trillion in deficits over the past four years, $5 trillion … that’s math that doesn’t add up.”

I’ve been waiting for this counterattack for some time. It takes a lot of chutzpah for a President who rang up nearly $5 trillion in deficits to claim that their analysis of an opponent’s tax plan has some hidden insight into irresponsibility. This gets back to my argument earlier that Obama is still running a campaign that believes it can run solely as the anti-Romney. That strategy no longer “adds up” after the first debate, but Team Obama doesn’t seem to have gotten the message.

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gumbyandpokey on October 17, 2012

…D I A H R R E A …!!!

KOOLAID2 on October 17, 2012 at 12:01 PM

The big loser in the debate was the US economy. When Romney says it sucks and Obama says it sucks, that narrative doesn’t help the President.

The biggest gaffe of the might was Obama’s claim that high gas prices were the result of a growing economy. Obama showed time and again that he has no clue about economics or business. Four more years of Obama’s growing economy and we’ll all be riding bicycles because we won’t be able to afford to fill up our tanks.

PackerBronco on October 17, 2012 at 12:04 PM

This was one of the better lines from Romney last night.

Obama simply has no answer to his record.

jhffmn on October 17, 2012 at 12:06 PM

This was nicely done.

Mitt did great.

pambi on October 17, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Yep, the elephant in the room is that Obama’s plan for the next 4 years is more of the same failed policies and leadership.

jhffmn on October 17, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Yes, and for any of his promises this time around, the question should be -“why haven’t you already done that?”

slickwillie2001 on October 17, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Well done Mitt! The Obama Campaign Staffer on stage, you know, Candy Cowley, needed to be taken on, just like I said. It was a 2 on 1 show and you should’ve just told her to put on her “Media for Obama” t-shirt & stand next to Obama, so I can debate you both! At least that will be honest to the American people!
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God Bless America!

paratisi on October 17, 2012 at 12:40 PM

All that matters is who won the debate and who lost.

And Obama won ever post-debate poll.


gumbyandpokey on October 17, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Matters to who? The leftist voters that are already in the tank for the Empty Suit?

Get a grip…the polls I see show that Mitt by far had a better handling on the economy and jobs. Unlike many of your ilk and those in the MSM that think “woman issues” is the number one priority to voters, it is not and from what I saw and hear, your Dear Leader has absolutely NO solution to fix it other than his stump talking points. That unfortunatley is not going to “seal the deal” with undecided voters.

mrmagoo on October 17, 2012 at 1:15 PM

I think one of the strongest points of the whole debate of the night was on the Obama record. That one man asks Obama basically “What will you do in the next four years to make my life better?” and Obama gives him a runaround rhetorical answer with NO real answer…then Romney stands up flatly lays out Obama’s record to the man…and then says “I am a business man who knows how to make things run and will get this economy going again.” LOVE IT!

Highlar on October 17, 2012 at 1:18 PM

That strategy no longer “adds up” after the first debate, but Team Obama doesn’t seem to have gotten the message.

Oh, they got the message. It’s just that they don’t have any other message, because President Obama truly is a SCOAMF.

Greg Q on October 17, 2012 at 1:20 PM

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