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October 18, 2012

Girdler praises Romney; pundits say Obama won

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“I’m sure that voters on both sides of the argument are happy with their candidates (on Tuesday),” said Girdler. “It was a good discussion filled with emotion and tension. Both candidates did a good job of discussing their believes, but I feel that Romney did a better job of answering the questions rather than just sticking to political talking points.”
Girdler said that Romney was “professional” and “handled himself well,” even as the political fur was flying on subjects including Libya, the economy, and Romney’s much-repeated remark about 47 percent of Americans not paying federal income taxes. Romney challenged Obama’s record over the last four years, and suggested that Americans already knew what they’d get with a second term for the Democrat — more of the same. 
Of course, Romney also mentioned having “binders full of women” when discussing his efforts to hire more women to his cabinet while Governor of Massachusetts. Though his intent was to actually show support for women in the workplace, the reaction from his party opposition was one that suggested an objectified view of females.
“No matter what you say, people are going to put a twist on it and turn it around,” said Girdler. “I think the comment was meant with good intent. I applaud him for reaching out to hire the best personnel he could to surround himself with in his cabinet.”
After the first debate, Obama saw the negative reaction he received as a result of his being too “polite” to Romney. Now that Obama has been perceived to have won this most recent debate between the two men, are there any weak spots in Romney’s strategy that he could firm up before the next debate, to be held next week in Florida with a focus on foreign policy?

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