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Romney outboxes Obama in the first debate

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Governor Mitt Romney took the gloves off Wednesday evening and showed the American electorate what a heavyweight fighter really looks like, and what such a heavyweight fighter can do as president of the United States.

Romney jabbed and hooked Barack Obama throughout the 90-minute debate to the point where the president, appearing like a stunned boxer being pummeled at the ropes, begged the referee Jim Lehrer, “Jim, you may want to move on to another question,” as the Republican contender challenged Obama on his inability to create jobs.

Obama was stunned and showed he could not endure the pounding, and despite the referee attempting to provide cover for Obama by interrupting the former Massachusetts governor, Romney kept on the attack viciously attacking the Obama record with facts on Obama’s jobs creation record, tax increases via ObamaCare and over-regulation.

Obama brought vacuous counter punches, often rehashing tidbits about millionaires not paying their fair share, scaring seniors that the Ryan Medicare plan would gut their benefits, and stating how he used the RomneyCare model to implement ObamaCare.

Romney countered hard, saying, “I just don’t know how the president could have come into office, facing 23 million people out of work, rising unemployment, an economic crisis at the kitchen table, and spend his energy and passion for two years fighting for ObamaCare instead of fighting for jobs for the American people. It [ObamaCare] has killed jobs.”

Romney eloquently stated that what he did for his state was a bipartisan effort for the people of that state. He told Obama that ObamaCare was a partisan effort which forced the entire nation into it without a national discussion and GOP support.

So how did Obama respond to this attack? He literally said he has grown fond of the term “ObamaCare.” Was that presidential leadership or what?

Romney walloped Obama by stating “he picks losers” and naming a number of the alternative energy companies the Obama administration provided with taxpayer funds which have gone bankrupt costing billions of dollars. All Obama could do was avoid eye contact, looking down at his lectern and smirking.

In fact, knowing he was winning, Governor Romney taunted weakened Obama by practically calling him a kid who constantly lies hoping to get away from the devastation that was taking place.

“Look, I’ve got five boys. I’m used to people saying something that’s not always true, but just keep repeating it and ultimately hoping I’ll believe it. But that is not the case.”

That was the knockout punch of the evening. Romney clearly showed voters who was the man and who was the child who appears like a man.

What this debate did was to provide substance over style. Obama won 2008 because he provided a jazzy style and eloquent rhetoric that masqueraded as substance at a time of great political distress and economic turmoil. In 2008 Obama blinded an American electorate that sought something different, and was elected because he made Americans feel good. Instead, Obama made a bad situation far worse than we could have ever imagined.

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, the Aga Khan of political punditry for the left, was beside himself. Matthews was visibly disturbed at Obama’s performance, saying, “What was he doing?”

There is no doubt the left-wing mainstream media has protected Obama these past four years, and it clearly looks like that protection has crumbled for all to see. If Obama cannot stand up and fight (without a teleprompter), then why has he chosen to run for re-election? Does Obama think he can win re-election by simply having the media blow smoke over the people’s eyes again?

By Lee Anthony Nieves, guest contributor

Lee Anthony Nieves is a conservative libertarian political commentator and frequent Being Latino blogger. He resides in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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. Laura Perez-Garcia says:

    You people are ignorant…” What a way to start off a comment. For a clear clarification on the “27 lies in 38 min” portrayed in the media, Gov. Romney’s exaggerations don’t make the facts lies, they are still true with slight correcting. ;-) On that note there’s no need to be a sore loser and disregard that Pres. Obama as well exaggerated and lied. All factchecked! GREAT ARTICLE LEE!

  2. Amazing article!!!

  3. Great article!!!!

  4. you hit the nail

  5. Toma!!!

  6. save big bird! lol

  7. Big Bird is going down, yes this is a great article, finally a straight blow to Obama and and his rhetoric!!!! My God this has been a good week!!!

  8. i see it as President Obama exposed (R)omney for the pathetic liar that he is…. the man told 28 lies.. (all checked) in 38 minutes… so please stop the rhetoric…

  9. exactamente.

  10. Ah i was wondering when the defenders of poor Obama would show up, and as awaited everything is lies right? or was it the Denver air was too much for Obama, or better yet was it because he was partying in Vegas, he come out bad in the Debate plain and simple, stop with the excuses!!!

  11. You people are ignorant and pathetic when it comes to the real facts. Fine vote Romney and see how the economy goes to shits again just like it did with Bush, and FYI just cuz that liar was more aggressive does not mean he won, he went back on everything he had said before. I don’t know who the man was up there debating with Obama but it couldn’t have been Romney, cuz it was everything opposite to what he had said before. 27 lies in 38 minutes. Pathetic.

  12. Ahhh when it comes down to it Obama didnt have a leg to stand on, why dont you all go get him a teleprompter??? may be that might help

  13. Dubious Denver Debate Declarations
    Obama and Romney swap exaggerations and false claims in their first meeting.

  14. I didn’t realize BL has a few 1 percenters on board.

  15. No such thing as 1 % all that is Marxist agit prop. Lets put it this way, Romney was JFK and Obummer was Nixon during this debate. Of course traitorous anti American Lateeeenos are going to get their panties in a twist! Jes, I said it: anti American TRAITOROUS Lateenos!

  16. If Romney lied so much, then why didn’t Ma

  17. If Romney lied so much, then why didn’t Ma

  18. I’m happy to see Lee finally wrote something. Congrats to the GOP on their only political victory of this campaign. See, we can admit when our guy sucked at something.

  19. I’m happy to see Lee finally wrote something. Congrats to the GOP on their only political victory of this campaign. See, we can admit when our guy sucked at something.

  20. Maobama call him out on the lies?

  21. Biden is next. He’s gonna get owned too!!

  22. Biden is next. He’s gonna get owned too!!

  23. No stupid! Obama couldn’t keep a straight face with all the lies. Romney’s performance will be made into a classic political ad. All it shows is that Romney can lie with a straight face. Wake up!

  24. No stupid! Obama couldn’t keep a straight face with all the lies. Romney’s performance will be made into a classic political ad. All it shows is that Romney can lie with a straight face. Wake up!

  25. Hey, Walter. Anyone can tell a lie. Romney is just the master at it. Vote for him, and get screwed.

  26. Ah excuse # 33 for Obama why he couldnt debate = “he was trying to keep a straight face” right

  27. Ah ya hablo Jose C ………………only ??? this Campaign as it evolves will show it was victory from day 1 for the Country JC because it was the beginning of the end for Obama!!!!

  28. But when it comes to admitting anything you are far and secluded from admitting your prince sucks in every aspect of his presidency!!!!!!!!


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