What is the takeaway from last night’s debate between President Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney? Le Figaro columnist Pierre-Yves Dugua writes that the big winners were Mitt Romney and the debate format, which he calls ‘clear and informative.’ And the big loser? The establishment media that has strongly favored President Obama and which so dislikes Romney.
For Le Figaro, Pierre-Yves Dugua starts out this way:
I don’t know if this debate will impact the race for the White House. But from my point of view, there were two winners and one loser in the first direct confrontation between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.
1) The big winner is the debate format.
For the first time since such debates began (i.e.: since the debate Carter-Reagan debate in 1980), we witnessed a genuine exchange. The rules weren’t as strict as they have been. Journalist Jim Lehrer, who did great job steering the debate, was neutral, relaxed and effective. He allowed the debaters go longer then initially allotted, but at the same time, he forced them to remain on the themes he chose. The flow of the arguments were clearer and more informative. We now better understand what both candidates have on offer.
2) The second winner is Mitt Romney
Mitt Romney has showed himself to be much more relaxed, friendly and pragmatic than he did at the Republican Convention. The candidate was precise and aggressive without being rude; pugnacious while being presidential.
Mitt Romney corrected several un-truths that he is constantly being bludgeoned with by U.S. media do-gooders.
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