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One debate victory will not make Romney president

After much anticipation, the big Wednesday night showdown between Romney and Obama was just plain boring. Most of America was waiting for these famous zingers we had heard about, but none came.

But if you’re rating purely on style and delivery (and many Americans do), Romney won, hands down.

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Most of us on the president’s side were waiting for him to go on the offensive — not like your opponent didn’t give you enough ammunition, Mr. President. Plus, Jim Leher was just table dressing when it came to controlling the candidates and molding a constructive discussion. But the buck stops with the president, and he didn’t bring his “A” game.

For those of us watching (and tweeting) everything erupted when Romney spoke about cutting funds from PBS. It was like, “Oh, no he didn’t! Bro just talked smack about Big Bird. S–t just got real!” Obama could have easily taken that now infamous meme-generating moment and revealed Romney’s stupidity. Instead, we got this very presidential yet very weak response.

Never fear though, my fellow Dems, because one debate loss does not crown Romney the winner of the White House. While I would have loved to see Obama hammer Romney, there is a golden lining to Obama’s abysmal debate performance.

First and foremost, you have to look at the big picture here. Romney’s campaign has been in a downward spin, not because Romney is a tool, but because the GOP platform is unpopular. You can ask anyone, “Are you better off now then you were four years ago?” and people will say yes. They may not feel it economically, but they understand it from a policy perspective.

Republicans are still pushing the same trickle-down economic theories that most Americans believe got us into this mess; and don’t forget that whole unnecessary war Bush fought. People still remember how it was under Bush’s eight-year watch, during which we went from a budget surplus to a deficit and saw a financial meltdown. It is still all about the economy, and the country blames the GOP for getting us into this recession and doesn’t want to try their way again.

On other issues, from reproductive rights, marriage equality and immigration, the Republican base is wearing away with age.

My prediction is we won’t see the Obama we saw in the first debate again, for no other reason than the backlash he’s received from within his own ranks. Had he come out attacking Romney in this debate, he would have been less-than-presidential. We also knew that Romney had nowhere to go but up and would naturally see a bump by merely standing on the stage with the president. This was the first opportunity for Romney to look presidential.

While each campaign is different, I can’t help but draw an analogy from Sarah Palin in ’08. She had been making one flop after another in the media and had been sinking till she debated Biden. We Dems only heard “soccer moms” and “you betcha,” but moderate voters gave her a momentary bump for the sole fact that, for the first time, she didn’t come across like an idiot. This was short lived.

Romney will lose because he’s Romney. Both as a person and on his policies, he doesn’t connect with the center. You can blame the liberal media as much as you want, but more people are talking about his attack on Big Bird then on how badly the president did. That says a lot about his views.

I’ll be wearing my PBS t-shirt to the polls in November. Till then, my fellow liberals, don’t follow the GOP lead and get cocky. Many voter registration deadlines are October 9th. Time to make sure all 0f your friends are good to go, and I’ll see you on Twitter for the next debate.

By Jose Cruz, guest contributor

Jose Cruz is the editor of worked in the Clinton White House and on three Presidential campaigns. He is the founder of ImmigrationPAC a pro-comprehensive immigration reform Federal Political Action Committee and active political commentator.

You can follow Jose on Twitter at @josecruz2000

About Adriana Villavicencio

Dr. Adriana Villavicencio is the youngest child of Ecuadorian immigrants. She has moved 29 times in her life, taking her on a journey from California to Bangalore, India, and New York City, where she recently earned a Ph.D. in Education Leadership and works as a Research Associate at New York University. An avid traveler, Adriana has collected experiences in four different continents and 16 different countries. But as a former high school English teacher, some of her fondest memories are those of her brilliant and brilliantly funny students in Brooklyn and Oakland. Adriana has contributed to several publications including the Daily News and, and is a managing editor for the Journal of Equity in Education. She earned a B.A. in English and an M.A. in English Education at Columbia University, and currently serves on the board of Columbia’s Latino Alumni Association (LAACU). She enjoys scary movies with red vines, Sauvignon Blanc, and her Maltese dog, Napoleon.

To learn more about Adriana’s education consulting company, please visit

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be understood to be shared by Being Latino, Inc.


  1. PBS will not go away, they have a lot of money, and the money spent by the guvmint to fatten PBS can go to other more worthwhile things. Only 12% of federal money goes to this behemoth. Plus Obama lied about 12 times during the debate! Look it up, it’s already out in the open for all to see. And Ryan is going to cream crazy uncle Joe Biden! Latinos are such Obama tools! War on women, Latinos, gays, big birds my foot! More like Obama’s real war on the American people!

  2. PBS will not go away, they have a lot of money, and the money spent by the guvmint to fatten PBS can go to other more worthwhile things. Only 12% of federal money goes to this behemoth. Plus Obama lied about 12 times during the debate! Look it up, it’s already out in the open for all to see. And Ryan is going to cream crazy uncle Joe Biden! Latinos are such Obama tools! War on women, Latinos, gays, big birds my foot! More like Obama’s real war on the American people!

  3. Obama lied, Big Bird died!

  4. Obama lied, Big Bird died!

  5. Besides, putting John Kerry in charge of Obama debate prep is like hiring Sylvia Plath to be your life coach!

  6. Besides, putting John Kerry in charge of Obama debate prep is like hiring Sylvia Plath to be your life coach!

  7. Is this the best Jose C???????? i see why you have a president as your prince, “The prince of fools!”

  8. “Reproductive freedoms” snicker…

  9. Please, if any of you Mitt Romney’s fan know of a site ****DETAILING**** Mitt’s plan, please share. Thanks!

    A 17 minutes audio for those who don’t want to read; it’s very brief, to the point. Please take a listen.

    “Politifact-Checking the First Debate”

  10. Let me get this right, Mario thinks 12% of the federal budget goes to PBS. What you smoking man?

  11. @ Jose Cruz: This column was a much needed Alka Seltzer, but let’s be realistic, we are not better off than we were four years ago. Not by a longshot. Not after 44 months of 8%+ unemployment or 23M out of the workforce. Not by a long shot. Food prices have skyrocketed because gasoline prices have skyrocketed. A gallon of milk cost $1.87 in 2008 (average). A gallone of milk now costs between $3.55 and $4 NOW. This is what hurts the middle class and the poor. Gasoline prices cost $1.87 on January 20, 2009. Now, it’s between $3.48 and $5.10 depending on the region one lives in. Still think the Bush years were bad years?

  12. Putting it into perspective, Romney says he believes we must fully fund our Military at all costs.

  13. Now, do you really want to get it on with me about the Clinton surplus, the burst in 2000, then 9/11 and the recession it helped to extend right up until 2003? See, you can’t seriously tell us folks that the Bush years were bad years when they weren’t. Bush had a great economy from 2003 – Sept. 2008 when the housing/mortgage/bank bubble burst NONE OF WHICH WERE THE RESULT OF HIS ECONOMIC POLICIES!

  14. But you cant tell JC that Lee because thats all lies, something Obama and those who still follow him use as back up when all else fails

  15. Lastly, you want to bring in Palin’s flops, have you heard Obama’s and Biden’s flops during the 2008 campaign? Nah, you ignored them and chose just to look at the GOP. Have you heard any of Obama’s presidential and Biden’s vice presidential flops lately?

  16. The Gatling gun from a Warthog fighter jet cost $2,339 dollars to fire 10 sec of amo. That’s one Big Bird costume in 10 sec. Who has a bloated budget? You tell me what is more important, teaching an entire generation of Americans to count with PBS or trimming a little off of your military budget.

  17. Sorry dude, but the focus nowadays is not really on Romney despite the MSM and pundits striving to make it so. People are focused on Obama because HE IS PRESIDENT WITH A TRACK RECORD, however dismal it is. What Romney showed on Wednesday was that he is a leader and he is capable of going eye-to-eye with Obama, and doing so makes him capable of going eye-to-eye with world leaders and our enemies.

  18. There are two more presidential debates, one a town hall setting and the other on foreign policy. No teleprompters. Ever watched Obama hem and haw in a town hall? Do you actually believe Obama will want to talk about his foreign policy missteps? We’re going to hear Romney talk about Libya and the deaths of four Americans and why it took the Obama administration almost a month to send the FBI to investigate for a few hours before they left. A few hours in Libya and they left? How does a president allow this to happen? How about the entire Middle East exploding before our eyes? Israel?

  19. Nice column though, Jose, but after thinking about it, I kinda like the carbonated Alka Seltzer instead.

  20. So let me get this straight Big Bird showed you JC how to count? and many others? really? If and when that day comes that we could not defend our nation, God forbid that, because we decided to allocate money to a Sesame street counting Pimp that children see in passing, what will be your excuse. I see that you would like to come out as some advocate activist for the Latinos, but you lack leadership and true vision for a nation because you are pushing liberal agendas and forget that latinos are part of a nation, and as Citizens of this nation we should look for the good of it as a whole, yet your Rhetoric only alienates the latinos into this stereo type designation of only caring about their issues, why? because you allegedly want to promote good within the hispanic community but with some lame ideology and dont care about what this nation’s other priorities are. So lets see “Im sorry to inform you America that we could not defend our country properly because JC wanted funds to go to Big Bird because of a nostalgic childhood preference and misconception that our nations children were taught by Sesame street. Great JC thats why we as a community are not taken seriously as a force by that same Party of liberals you support because they see your ( blank) (blank) and say hey we could use the latinos to push our agenda because they are clueless.

  21. I cannot believe the PBS and Big bird topic is still such an issue… PBS will end and the country will go on. OMG people are acting as if Americans will stop learning because PBS will be no more lol. Hello pick up a BOOK and read more!! Children could use more books/reading than TV in their lives. I thank GOD none of my children liked Sesame Street!

  22. LMAO Laura Perez-Garcia

  23. Louis Hernandez says:

    I believe that President Obama will be re-elected
    Because the country will realize Mitt Romney was
    Telling lies all evening in the debate. Mitt Romney
    Is ingenious because he will not own up to the
    Fact that he had the same health care plan as
    Obamacare. He also will not explain how the
    Government is expected to operate when he is
    Talking about a 20% cut in income taxes. Mitt
    Knows that the rich stand to benefit the most
    With his Five (5) trillion dollar cut from the budget. Mitt will cause a hugh deficit and he will
    Start a war in the Middle East to distract the public from his Economic failures.
    The unemployment was reduced to 7.8% and
    More than 114,000 were created. I believe this
    Shows the people of the United States that the
    President’s policies are working.
    The president is a good man and he truly wants
    To end the war in the Middle East. President
    Obama started the surge in troops in Afganistan and he wants to be the President when he greets
    The last troops leaving the war zone. The American people tradionally will not change
    Presidents in the middle of a war. Lets us not
    Start now and work to re-elect a man who cares
    About the United States Of America.
    Louis Hernandez
    Past President of the New York City Police Department.
    P.S. Do not worry too much about the first
    Debate as President Barack Obama will win
    The next round!

  24. InsertTheFacts says:

    Talking about the next debate, I saw interviews of multiple students from university of Wisconsin, saying that it was unfair that Obama was not allowed to use a teleprompter. I was floored.

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