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Kudlow: A Huge Victory for a Principled Mitt Romney

By Lawrence Kudlow

Mitt Romney politely cleaned Barack Obama's clock last night. A lethargic and at times tired looking President Obama was out-hustled, out-facted, out-energized and out-informed by former Gov. Mitt Romney.

Completely unlike Romney's convention speech, tonight he focused on strong economic issues, developed his philosophy of limited government and convinced me beyond a shadow of a doubt that he is in fact a pro-growth tax reformer who wants to lower the rate and broaden the base in a revenue-neutral fashion that will actually create jobs and spur the economy.

This is the first time I have been totally convinced of his tax reform bona fides and principles. Elsewhere in the debate, Romney had to correct President Obama on a number of issues, including oil tax breaks, health care issues, job training programs in the federal government and even how Obamacare works. Romney's knowledge base was broad and deep, much broader and deeper than President Obama showed tonight.

At times, Obama looked petulant because he knew he was beat and he knew he was outhustled and not in command of the facts. What's more is that Romney's demeanor was calm but insistent. You could see a man who is for limited government and private enterprise, who wants to make sure that people understood his commitment to those key principles, and he never wavered.

On the other side, you could see Barack Obama committed to big government all the way. Also, we have no new knowledge of what President Obama would do if elected to a second term. We know he opposes everything Romney supports, but we have very little idea about what President Obama himself actually believes in.

That is because his not-so-hidden agenda is to spend more on government programs, keep pouring money into the losing ventures of green energy and raise taxes in order to do so. For almost every question, President Obama had a government solution. For almost every question, Mitt Romney had a private-sector solution.

My hunch, though he won't say, is that a re-elected Obama will not only run the table on more big government spending, not only try to raise taxes on upper-end successful earners, but will move toward a value-added tax. An across-the-board, European-style tax would be the only way to finance President Obama's government spending dreams.

Finally, Romney went toe-to-toe with President Obama and looked presidential every step of the way. Romney kept an even demeanor and showed himself as a man who was in control. It was a different Romney than I saw at the convention. It was much more of the Mitt Romney that I have come to know through many interviews and personal conversations throughout the years.

He is indeed the leader of the Republican Party, and he will in fact, with his performance tonight, attract many independent voters. My hunch is that some Democrats who yearn for solutions to our nation's problems to keep us out of bankruptcy and grow the economy will move into Romney's camp.

And, by the way, time and again, Romney indicated his willingness for bipartisan solutions, particularly on tax reform, but also rewriting health care laws. At one point, Romney said there were multiple ways he wanted to achieve tax reform, and he would be happy to take suggestions from the other side of the aisle -- whereas, Obama's health care was all Democratic and sought no Republican suggestions.

In sum, a huge victory for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

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  1. billwvComment by billwv
    October 4, 2012 @ 12:50 pm

    Mr. Ozero: After last night — “How do you spell overwhelmed?” Mr. ‘Conservative’ Romney sure did a number on you and last night will be hard for you to wipe off. Next time you go to a ‘gun’ fight, PLEASE don’t take ‘rubber’ bullets. ‘Foolish’ was how you looked and acted!

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    • foxmulderComment by foxmulder
      October 4, 2012 @ 3:59 pm

      It’s clear that Romney won the debate. Obama had to defend his sorry economic record and he just couldn’t do it. Way to go, Mitt!

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    • solrakComment by solrak
      October 4, 2012 @ 4:48 pm

      Look you people out there better listen up you just cannot let a Republican run this country for at least a minumum of a 100 years because they will keep widening the gap from the middle class, and we can’t let that happen. And do not let this country become a privately run country because their ar e so many things that happen to you because you work for a privatetly owned company that will affect those that done know any better but when you are employed with the government itt doesnt affect you. If we let another Republican run this country we willl fall like Rome did fall. It will be sad but we all should ralley around the President and come together as one nation. under God, indivisable and prosper once again. We will be VERY SORRY if we vote DUMB STUPID people.

      karlos henry
      solrak@aol.com

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    • adrianpaulComment by adrianpaul
      October 4, 2012 @ 7:19 pm

      Right solrak – we should not vote for DUMB STUPID people…
      like ODUMBO!

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  2. csbridgComment by csbridg
    October 4, 2012 @ 12:58 pm

    Was shocked this morning that even the liberal media were talking about how well Romney did. They seem to be backpedaling on that now, probably got strong-armed by some administration goon but it was still quite interesting. And yet, a woman I work with said Obama just did not appear to be feeling well. When the rest of us wouldn’t let that pass she said it was his anniversary and they should have rescheduled. What does it take for people to see truth?

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    • andyross53Comment by andyross53
      October 4, 2012 @ 5:38 pm

      As usual… excuses, excuses. The cold hard fact is Obozo is dumber than a box of rocks….

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    • teapartyproudComment by teapartyproud
      October 5, 2012 @ 5:22 am

      Please don’t make the mistake of thinking Obama is dumb. He knows exactly what he is doing.

      He’s destroying this country very purposefully and as fast as he can get away with it. Give him another term and he will complete the job. We cannot let that happen!

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    • KBBComment by KBB
      October 10, 2012 @ 1:17 am

      You are right, teapartyproud. Obama is not dumb. He knows what he’s doing and he’s succeeded pretty well, so far. In the debate, he was often looking down and speechless, not because he is dumb, but because, off teleprompter, he must be very cautious of what he says and not let his plans slip out. Also, speechless because it’s difficult to defend destructive plans, so he wisely kept fairly quiet, thus just looking dumb.

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  3. braines57Comment by braines57
    October 4, 2012 @ 2:19 pm

    One of the problems of not believing in the 2nd Amendment and an armed citizenry is that you have no choice but to take a water pistol to a gun fight, which is exactly what happened to Osama last night. He was cut off at the knees by the Sword of Truth; completely out-gunned and unarmed.

    NOVEMBER 6, 2012 – NATIONAL TAKE OUT THE TRASH DAY!

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  4. CarmineComment by Carmine
    October 4, 2012 @ 5:22 pm

    Al Gore is blaming the altitude for Obama’s poor performance in the debate. He said that Obama only got there a couple of hours before and didn’t have time to adjust to the five thousand foot altitude. Sorry Al, you missed it on that one. It was Bush’s fault.

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  5. andyross53Comment by andyross53
    October 4, 2012 @ 5:37 pm

    @Solrak… What the he** are you smoking???? You are obviously a mentally retarded libtard. We can’t afford another 4 minutes of Obozo, much less another 4 years.

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    • nvrickComment by nvrick
      October 4, 2012 @ 6:28 pm

      I was hoping that Solrak was trying to be funny. The alternative is just too sad to consider.

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  6. desertdivaComment by desertdiva
    October 4, 2012 @ 6:50 pm

    @solrak — have you lost your freakin mind?????????

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  7. centslessComment by centsless
    October 4, 2012 @ 7:07 pm

    I’ve said for years ‘To profess the liberal agenda one must be intellectually challenged, intellectually lazy, and/or intellectually dishonest.’ IMHO professional liberals fall exclusively into the third set, but @solrak fits the first set.

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  8. elixirmixerComment by elixirmixer
    October 4, 2012 @ 9:22 pm

    Romney should not get complacent after last night. I hope he stays on the offensive and attacks “Dumbo” and his idiotic policies at every opportunity.

    No quarter! That’s the road to victory.

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  9. calconservativeComment by calconservative
    October 4, 2012 @ 11:22 pm

    Having lived in Venezuela for four years under Commandante Hugo Chavez’ rule, I would have to say last night’s performance by the Big 0 (That’s ZERO!) reminds me of the Chavez Communist Style. Despite what Romney had just said (for example, repealing portions of Dodd-Frank). the Big 0 then claimed that Romney would repeal all of Dodd-Frank. Communists will lie and speak untruths repeatedly so the masses will believe in them.

    Quite frankly Mr. Obama, I don’t know what the hell you are talking about!

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  10. freedomfighterComment by freedomfighter
    October 4, 2012 @ 11:35 pm

    It is a real shame that so very many early bird voters have already made their choice before watching this debate. Romney made sure that people understood where he stood, unlike the rampant slur campaign ads making it look like he was out to take down the middle class. I think many made a decision which after seeing the debate, if they even bothered to watch it, might now could very well be a different decision.
    Romney showed poise, a relaxed expression, a huge grasp on the issues, his way of looking at things, and changing them for the better, given a chance in November.
    I am very pleased that they did not permit the teleprompters to be in the debates. I am sure everyone, wanted to hear Nobamas own answers, not those of a scripter telling him what to say. I am also very pleased that the questions were not softballed, and lacking in opportunity for Romney to be able to get his points across. It was a great debate, well, depending upon which side of the isle you were on. Romney triumphed handily, and put the attack, and facts on with a smile, as he laid open the plans of the O, to put him to rest.
    If the next two debates go as well, and barring a order of Martial Law, or possibly some voting machine glitches, Romney should have a good descent shot at defeating the O, in November. He definitely backed Nobama into a corner, and dispelled most of the negativity presented in the Nobama campaign ads.

    TAKE OUT THE TRASH IN NOVEMBER.
    VOTE FOR THE AMERICAN CANDIDATE.

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  11. noveldogComment by noveldog
    October 5, 2012 @ 5:21 am

    Too much ego and too much Ale King and down in flames he went. He will not do the right thing and resign and endorse Mitt, but he will keep lying and keep on asking for more money. His vanity will not allow him to admit hie got whipped. His lies could not stand up against the truth.

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  12. habaladyComment by habalady
    October 5, 2012 @ 6:12 am

    @solrak

    Can you say BAAAAAAAAAAA! BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!
    like the good Obama sheep that you are as you are being lead to the slaughter by him!
    I believe you are the one that needs to wake up!

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  13. freedomfighterComment by freedomfighter
    October 5, 2012 @ 3:13 pm

    @sholrak,
    Since you are so obviously left, please take the time to let us know just three things Nobama has done POSITIVELY for our Country in the last near,4 years of his reign. That is a average of less than one positive thing a year, and should be easy to come up with, since you see him as the savior of the American people.
    Was it his adding 6 TRILLION dollars to our debt?, or maybe his efforts to remove God and Christianity from our great Nation?, or maybe his adding of trillions of dollars in extra burden on the taxpayers by allowing the illegal Aliens to stay, and try to give them legal status?. This alone has added uncounted billions of dollars to our debt, as they take their kids to the emergency rooms, just because they have the sniffles, and never pay a dime of the bills they create.
    They receive more in cash and subsidies than both my wife and myself make on Social Security. We have to pay House payments, We have to wear the bargain name clothes, while I see many non English speaking large families walking through Wal-Mart, wearing the best and most expensive clothing, with the newest of electronic gadgetry. We have to pay for our own food, we have to pay our cell phone bills, we have to pay our utilities, and put gas in our car just to do what we absolutely must, and scheduling all things so that we have to go our as little as possible, and then still try to have a dime or two left so that we might be able to go see a movie now and then, or possibly go out to eat.
    Please tell me why this is happening?. Oh, never mind, I know. He needs their votes for now, and they are too stupid to realize that once he is re-elected, should he be, that will all change. While supporting those illegals is very expensive, and a huge draw on our cash and resources, he knows he cannot allow this to continue, as he needs that money to pay off all his supporters, and contributors to his re-election campaign. He also realizes that money could be going for so many other of his pet projects, such as bringing the Muslim Brotherhood into our Country, to eventually establish the laws we will all live under, not to mention that they will be living large, and free on the taxpayers contributions, as the Illegals are doing now.
    Are you really so ignorant that you cannot see this going on, or is it that he is so cute, or well groomed, or well spoken, at least as long as he has the teleprompters telling him what to say, or maybe it is just his hate of America, it’s people, Constitution, Bill of Rights, and any and all other documents which make us a free Country, and free People.
    Please tell us that you are just putting us on, and that you actually realize just how bad this man is for our Country!. He is the rotten apple, which brings decay, and finally ruin and rotting to all the other apples in the barrel. Do not be deceived by this slick, snake oil salesman who sits undeservedly in the Presidents chair.
    He is about hope, and change, and the complete overhaul of America into what he wants it to be. We have seen his change, and do not like it. We had hope, now we have none, except his removal from office, and Transforming America, his first agenda, has begun and is in full speed ahead. All you have to do is actually read the near three thousand pages of his Obamacare fiasco, to see what he is doing?. That whole bill is maybe 40% about medical, and the rest is much of the same, set up to take on our Country after the end of 2012, should be win re-election. You will be amazed at the many things he has earmarked into that bill, which is strictly opening doors to bring down our Country and it’s people. I truly believe that he is in power to usher in the last days, prophesied in the Bible. If you doubt this, I urge you to also search, Last Days Bible Prophecies, on your computer. You will see much of what was foretold thousands of years ago, of what will happen as the final days approach. You will easily be able to observe much of those prophecies already fulfilled, being fulfilled, and being set up for coming events, which will be fulfilled, bringing about the final battle between good and evil, Satan being cast into the eternal pit of Hell, along with his followers, and all those who failed to believe in the Gift God gave us of his Son to die on the cross that all, could be saved.
    Is this really what you want for our Country?. Are you really that Gullible?. Can you really not see that he is un American, while holding the highest seat our Country can give to any person?. Can you say that you, or our Country are better off than you were before he became the Proxident of our Land?. We are all doomed, along with our Nation, if he is re-elected.
    Take a good look around you, and see the hopelessness on the faces of your Friends, and Family, then ask yourself why they have that look, when once they were content in life, and now seem so very unsure of what the future holds for ALL.
    TAKE OUT THE TRASH IN NOVEMBER,
    VOTE FOR THE AMERICAN CANDIDATE.
    ROMNEY/RYAN, A VOTE FOR AMERICA.

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