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Do Now #42: Rate Mitt Romney, the Republican Presidential Candidate

| October 5, 2012 | 82 Comments
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How do you rate Romney for President? Why? Rating scale is 1….10. In your explanation, you can include what Mitt Romney has done well in his career and what he stands for.


Introduction

Mitt Romney is the Republican presidential candidate challenging President Obama in November. Campaigning on his track record in business, he promises to set the economy on the right path.

Wednesday night’s presidential debate in Denver was the most-Tweeted about U.S. political event to date. More than 10 million Tweets were posted about the event. Romney supporters were pleased with their candidate, claiming he scored way higher than the president. Pundits and polls support this claim.
But when all is said and done about debating skill, how do you rate Romney as a presidential candidate and on what basis?

Mitt Romney is a tried and tested business man who suggests that the economy can better be regulated through lowering taxes and controlling spending. He would reduce debt, especially on social programs, like Medicare and health care in general. In fact he would repeal Obama Care – The Affordable Care Act. Along with the Tea Party he argues for reining in government, limiting regulation as much as possible to allow businesses to thrive free of taxation and the market to find its own level.

Democrats don’t agree at all. They argue that democracy is all about ensuring everyone has access to healthcare and a basic standard of living and the government – and all of the citizens of our country – have a responsibility to make that happen. Taxation is a part of that responsibility. Effective government is about regulation to ensure some kind of equity in society – meaning who pays taxes and how much. Democrats say government should intervene to stimulate the economy and make recovery happen, rather than leave the free market to find a level which may be unfair.

Very different ideas. What do you think? How does Mitt Romney rate?

Resource

PBS NewsHour presents Closing Statements of the First Presidential Debate – Oct. 3, 2012
President Barack Obama and Republican Presidental Candidate Mitt Romney present their closing statements at the first presidential debate in Denver, Colorado.


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Maxine Einhorn is from London and has lived in the Bay Area for 12 years. She has worked in adult education in London,UK, for over twenty years as a tenured instructor and department manager. She has an MA in Film and TV from University of London and has taught, moderated and appraised academic work in film studies and media literacy at undergraduate and college level. She runs the ESL/ Post Secondary project at KQED which offers media-rich resources for and created by ESL educators.
  • http://twitter visualAHA

    In the recent debate for Romney against Obama, I think screw him. what is he even doing? “save the poor people, and stuff”?? are you kidding? Then he wants to try to talk over “Jim”, only to be able to get the last word. Honestly, i don’t even know how the guy won.. don’t get so comfortable, Romney!

  • http://twitter visualAHA

    In the recent debate for Romney against Obama, I think screw him. what is he even doing? “save the poor people, and stuff”?? are you kidding? Then he wants to try to talk over “Jim”, only to be able to get the last word. Honestly, i don’t even know how the guy won.. don’t get so comfortable, Romney!

  • Kim

    Mitt Romney represents pure ambition, not ideas. His platform is ever changing. He will say anything to any group of people to win. This is the *opposite* of a leader. Leaders have character, are willing to make mistakes, and do the best for all involved.

    Mitt only wants to be president, but not carry the responsibilities associated with any job where he needs to decide based on all.

  • Kim

    Mitt Romney represents pure ambition, not ideas. His platform is ever changing. He will say anything to any group of people to win. This is the *opposite* of a leader. Leaders have character, are willing to make mistakes, and do the best for all involved.

    Mitt only wants to be president, but not carry the responsibilities associated with any job where he needs to decide based on all.

  • pwayne

    Mitt Romney is a Sociopath, amoral, pathological liar and will never be President. You want a review of him….just go to the State of Massachusetts, where he failed as Governor. He trails President Obama by over thirty points. They know Mitt Romney is an evil joke.

  • pwayne

    Mitt Romney is a Sociopath, amoral, pathological liar and will never be President. You want a review of him….just go to the State of Massachusetts, where he failed as Governor. He trails President Obama by over thirty points. They know Mitt Romney is an evil joke.

  • anOPINIONATEDsob

    Romney represents the last gasp of the Reagan Marxists in their agenda to rule the worlds wealth for their own use and the rest of us are nothing but pawns to be sacrificed at the alter of their imperialism. “A nation of sheep begets a government of Wolves!

  • anOPINIONATEDsob

    Romney represents the last gasp of the Reagan Marxists in their agenda to rule the worlds wealth for their own use and the rest of us are nothing but pawns to be sacrificed at the alter of their imperialism. “A nation of sheep begets a government of Wolves!

  • ArchiesBoy

    Report card: FUU on all counts.

  • ArchiesBoy

    Report card: FUU on all counts.

  • Garry l. Todd

    Romney is just another Bush. He has no real vision other than to do the same old
    failed trickle down. I believe he would create nothing but massive poverty. Just
    another spoiled brat from a politil family that has nothing in common with ordinary
    working people.

  • Garry l. Todd

    Romney is just another Bush. He has no real vision other than to do the same old
    failed trickle down. I believe he would create nothing but massive poverty. Just
    another spoiled brat from a politil family that has nothing in common with ordinary
    working people.

  • Silverback

    Romney was the only candidate that was there to debate. The other was window dressing and eye candy.

    Much like the debate, If we want the United States of America to come back, we have to have God. If you want human leadership under God, then get rid of what we jokingly refer to as leadership.

    • Star

      Really? The multimillionaire who hides his money offshore to covetously guard his wealth at all costs to escape paying his fair share of taxes and lies so easily with arrogance and cunning is what you consider ‘have to have leadership under God’? What god are you referring to? The one who will bring back the human leadership of the U.S.A.? The ‘joke’ (the President) you refer to is a man of color, a man with decency and try to recall that God’s son, a jew by birth whose true name was Yeshua, changed to Jesus by the christians who could not accept a jewish name for their Messiah was a man with dark bronzed skin because of the region of his birth, NOT the anglo-saxon, blonde haired, blue eyed man the organized religions depict as their savior. The joke is on those who embrace the rich man who would crush you of the middle class to line the pockets of the wealthy as well as his own pockets.

  • Silverback

    Romney was the only candidate that was there to debate. The other was window dressing and eye candy.

    Much like the debate, If we want the United States of America to come back, we have to have God. If you want human leadership under God, then get rid of what we jokingly refer to as leadership.

    • Star

      Really? The multimillionaire who hides his money offshore to covetously guard his wealth at all costs to escape paying his fair share of taxes and lies so easily with arrogance and cunning is what you consider ‘have to have leadership under God’? What god are you referring to? The one who will bring back the human leadership of the U.S.A.? The ‘joke’ (the President) you refer to is a man of color, a man with decency and try to recall that God’s son, a jew by birth whose true name was Yeshua, changed to Jesus by the christians who could not accept a jewish name for their Messiah was a man with dark bronzed skin because of the region of his birth, NOT the anglo-saxon, blonde haired, blue eyed man the organized religions depict as their savior. The joke is on those who embrace the rich man who would crush you of the middle class to line the pockets of the wealthy as well as his own pockets.

  • Star

    Mitt Romney was only considered the winner of the first debate to the people who anticipated a ‘dog’ fight. When Romney went into his tirade about PBS and China he became a junk yard dog yipping and yapping blathering about what he’d do and offering no explanation of how it would be done. It would only be more bush-o-nomics and we saw what those eight years brought us AND President Obama. It was a mess that will take far more than four years to fix. I am glad the President conducted himself in a gentlemanly fashion as is his usual demeanor. He didn’t use zingers when he had many opportunities to do so. Now it appears his campaign wants him to change his strategy but I’m certain he will come out the winner.

    Obama/Biden 4 more years!

    • Bruce K.

      PBS … is great. Here in the Bay Area we are losing the talk radio that we used to have that had political diversity.

      PBS clearly does something very valuable for the American people that they private sector cannot do and ruins every time it touches news and public interest programming. That is an argument for increasing PBS funding, not removing it.

      We used to understand this when radio and TV first started, now all we have is a kind of test-case monopoly totalitarianism that is completely UnAmerican.

  • Star

    Mitt Romney was only considered the winner of the first debate to the people who anticipated a ‘dog’ fight. When Romney went into his tirade about PBS and China he became a junk yard dog yipping and yapping blathering about what he’d do and offering no explanation of how it would be done. It would only be more bush-o-nomics and we saw what those eight years brought us AND President Obama. It was a mess that will take far more than four years to fix. I am glad the President conducted himself in a gentlemanly fashion as is his usual demeanor. He didn’t use zingers when he had many opportunities to do so. Now it appears his campaign wants him to change his strategy but I’m certain he will come out the winner.

    Obama/Biden 4 more years!

    • Bruce K.

      PBS … is great. Here in the Bay Area we are losing the talk radio that we used to have that had political diversity.

      PBS clearly does something very valuable for the American people that they private sector cannot do and ruins every time it touches news and public interest programming. That is an argument for increasing PBS funding, not removing it.

      We used to understand this when radio and TV first started, now all we have is a kind of test-case monopoly totalitarianism that is completely UnAmerican.

  • edm

    KQEDE ROMNEY FOR PRESIDENT? NO, very disappointed in a potential president of the USA because of needing to be taught what to say by others prior to the debate several days ago/this reminded me of how school children spends so much time studing for thier annual test /assessing their abilities plus the outcome assess the teachers ability and qualifications and overall how the school system will rank with other school.

    The education level of the potential president is very good but just can’t get over a big grown man who believes he should be president has demonstrated he will need others to run the white for him plus their us no passion in his core skills, knowledge and allegations he can get the jobs the american people needs to plain old live. My question is if he has a plan to get american people back to work why wait until you are president, why not at this president. HE is just not the right man for this great job for the american people/the USA and not because he is white and or a billionair HE CANNOT CUT THE MUSTARD Romney is to needy. He needs to attend school on Big Birds terms.

  • edm

    KQEDE ROMNEY FOR PRESIDENT? NO, very disappointed in a potential president of the USA because of needing to be taught what to say by others prior to the debate several days ago/this reminded me of how school children spends so much time studing for thier annual test /assessing their abilities plus the outcome assess the teachers ability and qualifications and overall how the school system will rank with other school.

    The education level of the potential president is very good but just can’t get over a big grown man who believes he should be president has demonstrated he will need others to run the white for him plus their us no passion in his core skills, knowledge and allegations he can get the jobs the american people needs to plain old live. My question is if he has a plan to get american people back to work why wait until you are president, why not at this president. HE is just not the right man for this great job for the american people/the USA and not because he is white and or a billionair HE CANNOT CUT THE MUSTARD Romney is to needy. He needs to attend school on Big Birds terms.

  • Earl George

    @visual Obama spoke for 4 minutes longer than Romney. If you don’t know how Romney won how sad it mustbe to be you. Romney talked pure facts and Obama couldn’t even look him in the face. Obama’s campaign consists of of libel and slander and is pure lies. When Romney confronted him with FACTS and a PLAN all Obama could do was hang his head low and look down. Obama is a failure and a sorry excuse for a President. Disgraceful.

  • Earl George

    @visual Obama spoke for 4 minutes longer than Romney. If you don’t know how Romney won how sad it mustbe to be you. Romney talked pure facts and Obama couldn’t even look him in the face. Obama’s campaign consists of of libel and slander and is pure lies. When Romney confronted him with FACTS and a PLAN all Obama could do was hang his head low and look down. Obama is a failure and a sorry excuse for a President. Disgraceful.

  • Wac22

    After watching the recent debate, Romney looks sharp, knowledgable, and ready to be president. He seems to cut through issues with a clear understanding and confidence about him. In response to him speaking over the moderator- it seemed he had to to get his fair share of time.

  • Wac22

    After watching the recent debate, Romney looks sharp, knowledgable, and ready to be president. He seems to cut through issues with a clear understanding and confidence about him. In response to him speaking over the moderator- it seemed he had to to get his fair share of time.

  • DaveMillvalley

    Sorry all you gopers
    Romney was rude and appeared to have
    changed his positions still another time
    Pres. Obama has to run the country and
    campaign. Romney gets to practice, practice,
    and practice his bad responses. Of course the
    fact that he kept talking over the moderator is also
    being ignored

  • DaveMillvalley

    Sorry all you gopers
    Romney was rude and appeared to have
    changed his positions still another time
    Pres. Obama has to run the country and
    campaign. Romney gets to practice, practice,
    and practice his bad responses. Of course the
    fact that he kept talking over the moderator is also
    being ignored

  • Jonathan Wardwell

    I rate Mitt Romney a 6 out of 10 because it seems like obamas health care sysytem is working fine. and he has a private island somehwere in the bahama area

  • Jonathan Wardwell

    I rate Mitt Romney a 6 out of 10 because it seems like obamas health care sysytem is working fine. and he has a private island somehwere in the bahama area

  • Brennan Sullivan

    I grade Mitt Romney a 6 because I agree with what he wants to do about the health care situation.

  • Brennan Sullivan

    I grade Mitt Romney a 6 because I agree with what he wants to do about the health care situation.

  • Brycen Anderson

    Brannan wrote that

  • Brycen Anderson

    Brannan wrote that

  • Brycen Anderson

    Mitt Romney gets a 8-10 because of the things he said made a lot of sense. Obama might have a run for his money.

  • Brycen Anderson

    Mitt Romney gets a 8-10 because of the things he said made a lot of sense. Obama might have a run for his money.

  • Brandon Cogburn

    I think Mitt Romney a 1 because he pays 6% taxes while the rest pay close to 50%. He also wants Obamacare gone and he also ships out jobs to foreign countries

    • Bruce K.

      Romney’s tax history is ridiculous.
      ObamaCare is not so great, we should just do Medicare for all, with supplemental health insurance policies if people want more.
      Jobs will continue to level across the world, and both sides need to level with the American people that jobs aside from service sector jobs are going away. Automation and computerization destroy many time more jobs than offshoring now, but we never hear that talked about, and that is just is going to get worse.

  • Brandon Cogburn

    I think Mitt Romney a 1 because he pays 6% taxes while the rest pay close to 50%. He also wants Obamacare gone and he also ships out jobs to foreign countries

    • Bruce K.

      Romney’s tax history is ridiculous.
      ObamaCare is not so great, we should just do Medicare for all, with supplemental health insurance policies if people want more.
      Jobs will continue to level across the world, and both sides need to level with the American people that jobs aside from service sector jobs are going away. Automation and computerization destroy many time more jobs than offshoring now, but we never hear that talked about, and that is just is going to get worse.

  • Shealtiel Mulder

    I think Romney deserves a 5 because his ideas are fine, however that doesnt make him a great president.

  • Shealtiel Mulder

    I think Romney deserves a 5 because his ideas are fine, however that doesnt make him a great president.

  • Natalie

    I would give Romney a 7 because he seems to be trying to really work on getting more jobs and also to reduce debt.

  • Natalie

    I would give Romney a 7 because he seems to be trying to really work on getting more jobs and also to reduce debt.

  • AJ

    I rate him a 0, because the last thing this nation needs right now is someone solidifying the plutocracy, it’s the kiss of death to democracy and our future prosperity as a nation. We also need to restore our standing in the world, and despite what Romney says to the people at home (most of whom have never traveled), much of the rest of the world sees Obama almost like JFK, and Americans are going to face significantly more problems overseas if we get another blustering hawk like we had with Bush in the White House.

    When is the last time this nation really did well? We made real investments. We dreamed about the future. We educated everyone. We were WE the People. (Republican) Eisenhower kept debt and deficit low by keeping the highest marginal tax rate at over 90%. He cut defense spending 30%. He invested at unprecedented levels in infrastructure including building the interstate highway system. He enforced civil rights laws by sending the national guard into Little Rock. He honored the GI bill which created the greatest educated class this nation has ever known, and was the foundation of our future technological ascendancy. The middle class saw unprecedented prosperity and incomes rose 25%, and the rich did just fine. Romney’s Republican Party would call anyone a Communist today who did these things.

    How is he different than the last rich businessman promising his business experience would make him qualified to be President? He’s proposing the same policies. Every Republican President going back to Reagan was a hawk, and they go to war far too easily, and Romney is promising to be no different — except he’s the only one to have expressed an open disdain for half of the population when he didn’t think he was being watched.

    Trickle-down economics were disavowed by one of its architects, Reagan’s budget director, thirty years ago, as a ruse to cut top tax rates on the wealthy. As a consequence of decades of trickle-down-heavy policies, our nation has experienced greater income inequality, stagnation of wealth at the top (no one ever feels they have enough money), and power concentrated in non-elected plutocrats because of it. Romney’s ideological bent is the wrong thing for our democracy.

  • AJ

    I rate him a 0, because the last thing this nation needs right now is someone solidifying the plutocracy, it’s the kiss of death to democracy and our future prosperity as a nation. We also need to restore our standing in the world, and despite what Romney says to the people at home (most of whom have never traveled), much of the rest of the world sees Obama almost like JFK, and Americans are going to face significantly more problems overseas if we get another blustering hawk like we had with Bush in the White House.

    When is the last time this nation really did well? We made real investments. We dreamed about the future. We educated everyone. We were WE the People. (Republican) Eisenhower kept debt and deficit low by keeping the highest marginal tax rate at over 90%. He cut defense spending 30%. He invested at unprecedented levels in infrastructure including building the interstate highway system. He enforced civil rights laws by sending the national guard into Little Rock. He honored the GI bill which created the greatest educated class this nation has ever known, and was the foundation of our future technological ascendancy. The middle class saw unprecedented prosperity and incomes rose 25%, and the rich did just fine. Romney’s Republican Party would call anyone a Communist today who did these things.

    How is he different than the last rich businessman promising his business experience would make him qualified to be President? He’s proposing the same policies. Every Republican President going back to Reagan was a hawk, and they go to war far too easily, and Romney is promising to be no different — except he’s the only one to have expressed an open disdain for half of the population when he didn’t think he was being watched.

    Trickle-down economics were disavowed by one of its architects, Reagan’s budget director, thirty years ago, as a ruse to cut top tax rates on the wealthy. As a consequence of decades of trickle-down-heavy policies, our nation has experienced greater income inequality, stagnation of wealth at the top (no one ever feels they have enough money), and power concentrated in non-elected plutocrats because of it. Romney’s ideological bent is the wrong thing for our democracy.

  • Remo

    Romney’s good point: He is bright, hard-working, adaptable, flexible and not an ideologue. These are generally good points for a leader. However, Obama rates high on these characteristics, too.

    Romney’s weak points:
    1. He is a plutocrat. His campaign is funded by plutocrats. His low taxes are primarily the result of lobbying by plutocrats, like him. (Low rates on carried interest, capital gains, and dividends) .

    2. He appears to have been captured by both the tea party and the plutocrats.

    3. Instead of educating the public, he tends to lie to gain an advantage. Obama’s instincts, in contrast, tend to be more of an educator.

    4. While I agree that the tax code needs to be simplified and many deduction done away with, I don’t trust Romney to lead the charge.

    5. The lowering the taxes on “the job-creators” is just a give away. Investments are made on the rate of return and the risks. The tax rate is ancillary to this decision. Yes, if you have to pay 10% more/less in taxes on your profits, it will have an impact on your investment decisions — but the primary focus is on probable net profitability compared with other investments. Right now, we have too much capital and not enough good investments. Cleaning up the tax code will help because investments won’t be made based on which investment can avoid taxes; however, lowering the tax rates will have little effect.

    • Bruce K.

      > Romney’s good point: He is bright, hard-working, adaptable, flexible and not an ideologue.

      I really agree with this. I feel, hope, that if he got elected that he would be a moderate, a bit like Obama turned out not to the far left, I suspect Romney would not be far right, but who knows. I don’t have much trust in that assertion since this is exactly what George W. Bush looked like at the time of his election.

      I cannot trust Romney, that’s the bottom line. I’m not crazy about Obama anymore, but I don’t want to lose what we have now for a return to more tax cuts, it’s insane.

      Neither party is being honest with Americans about how the future is looking for average people. Robert Reich, Joseph Stiglitz and Charles Ferguson have all written books about the recent history or corruption and trends for the future – we need to act intelligently, not pretend like nothing is happening.

  • Remo

    Romney’s good point: He is bright, hard-working, adaptable, flexible and not an ideologue. These are generally good points for a leader. However, Obama rates high on these characteristics, too.

    Romney’s weak points:
    1. He is a plutocrat. His campaign is funded by plutocrats. His low taxes are primarily the result of lobbying by plutocrats, like him. (Low rates on carried interest, capital gains, and dividends) .

    2. He appears to have been captured by both the tea party and the plutocrats.

    3. Instead of educating the public, he tends to lie to gain an advantage. Obama’s instincts, in contrast, tend to be more of an educator.

    4. While I agree that the tax code needs to be simplified and many deduction done away with, I don’t trust Romney to lead the charge.

    5. The lowering the taxes on “the job-creators” is just a give away. Investments are made on the rate of return and the risks. The tax rate is ancillary to this decision. Yes, if you have to pay 10% more/less in taxes on your profits, it will have an impact on your investment decisions — but the primary focus is on probable net profitability compared with other investments. Right now, we have too much capital and not enough good investments. Cleaning up the tax code will help because investments won’t be made based on which investment can avoid taxes; however, lowering the tax rates will have little effect.

    • Bruce K.

      > Romney’s good point: He is bright, hard-working, adaptable, flexible and not an ideologue.

      I really agree with this. I feel, hope, that if he got elected that he would be a moderate, a bit like Obama turned out not to the far left, I suspect Romney would not be far right, but who knows. I don’t have much trust in that assertion since this is exactly what George W. Bush looked like at the time of his election.

      I cannot trust Romney, that’s the bottom line. I’m not crazy about Obama anymore, but I don’t want to lose what we have now for a return to more tax cuts, it’s insane.

      Neither party is being honest with Americans about how the future is looking for average people. Robert Reich, Joseph Stiglitz and Charles Ferguson have all written books about the recent history or corruption and trends for the future – we need to act intelligently, not pretend like nothing is happening.

  • Julia H

    I feel like Romney is saying all of these things but has no means of them actually happening. He didn’t explain his plans to make them happen but still tells us he can improve our lives.

  • Julia H

    I feel like Romney is saying all of these things but has no means of them actually happening. He didn’t explain his plans to make them happen but still tells us he can improve our lives.

  • Tina N

    I rate him 6 because he will create more jobs and lower the health care prices but if he becomes president a war will happen because of his attention to the military.

  • Tina N

    I rate him 6 because he will create more jobs and lower the health care prices but if he becomes president a war will happen because of his attention to the military.

  • http://coutureforever.tumblr.com Kaitlyn O’Connor

    I am usually a republican but I do not agree with Romney/s way’s at all. He is focusing way more on the wealthy when the poor outnumbers the wealthy so we should help them instead of making the poor poorer and making the middle class become low class. Romney is also a Mormon and I do not want a Mormon ruling the country

    • Bruce K.

      Your comment resonates with me. I have not voted Republican lately but I have been a registered Republican since I was a kid, and this year I finally changed that to Democrat. Not TEA Party, not Libertarian, Democrat, though more and more my sympathies are starting to move me towards the Green Party if they were a viable alternative. Both parties are owned by money now, but Republicans more pervasively and more mechanically, they are like an army aimed against America … at the 99% of America.

  • http://coutureforever.tumblr.com Kaitlyn O’Connor

    I am usually a republican but I do not agree with Romney/s way’s at all. He is focusing way more on the wealthy when the poor outnumbers the wealthy so we should help them instead of making the poor poorer and making the middle class become low class. Romney is also a Mormon and I do not want a Mormon ruling the country

    • Bruce K.

      Your comment resonates with me. I have not voted Republican lately but I have been a registered Republican since I was a kid, and this year I finally changed that to Democrat. Not TEA Party, not Libertarian, Democrat, though more and more my sympathies are starting to move me towards the Green Party if they were a viable alternative. Both parties are owned by money now, but Republicans more pervasively and more mechanically, they are like an army aimed against America … at the 99% of America.

  • Alexandra Nicolopoulos

    I think Romney seemed very knowledgable about the best way to go about many issues. During the debate he seemed like he had really good ideas and solutions to many problemes.

  • Alexandra Nicolopoulos

    I think Romney seemed very knowledgable about the best way to go about many issues. During the debate he seemed like he had really good ideas and solutions to many problemes.

  • Megan

    I believe that Mitt Romney would be a different, and very important asset to the United States if we elected him president. He took down Obama in the debate, showing that he is really serious about being president. Some people think he’s rude for the way he acted during the debate, but the truth is is that this was debate. It’s supposed to be like that. Romney had morals and ideas that he wanted to present before Americans. I would rate Romney an 8 or a 9.

  • Megan

    I believe that Mitt Romney would be a different, and very important asset to the United States if we elected him president. He took down Obama in the debate, showing that he is really serious about being president. Some people think he’s rude for the way he acted during the debate, but the truth is is that this was debate. It’s supposed to be like that. Romney had morals and ideas that he wanted to present before Americans. I would rate Romney an 8 or a 9.

  • cassy

    I would give Romney a 1 because I think that he is a horrible person and I think that he will take away womens rights. and he doesnt seem like he cares about the american people he only wants to do things for himself.

  • cassy

    I would give Romney a 1 because I think that he is a horrible person and I think that he will take away womens rights. and he doesnt seem like he cares about the american people he only wants to do things for himself.

  • Xavier Meraz

    I give Mit Romney a 7/10 during is debate against President Barack Obama. He approached situations in a different manner than obama, hopefully trying to put a rise to our economy. Romney also mentioned an important part towards his debate, Jobs. Many people have been struggling to get a job, and Romney will give it his all to fix the situation.

  • Xavier Meraz

    I give Mit Romney a 7/10 during is debate against President Barack Obama. He approached situations in a different manner than obama, hopefully trying to put a rise to our economy. Romney also mentioned an important part towards his debate, Jobs. Many people have been struggling to get a job, and Romney will give it his all to fix the situation.

  • cassy

    I would give Romney a 0 because I think that he is taking away the rights of the american people especially women and i also think that he is only running for president to make steal the american money, and the Medicare is a ponzi scheme

  • cassy

    I would give Romney a 0 because I think that he is taking away the rights of the american people especially women and i also think that he is only running for president to make steal the american money, and the Medicare is a ponzi scheme

  • Ruby Josehart

    I would give Romney a 5. I don’t believe what he says because he is constantly changing his plans and promises to try to gain support but this just makes him seem more untrustworthy.

  • Ruby Josehart

    I would give Romney a 5. I don’t believe what he says because he is constantly changing his plans and promises to try to gain support but this just makes him seem more untrustworthy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/NicoleMaureenOfficial Nicole Maureen Espina

    Oh and I rate Romney 10

  • http://www.facebook.com/NicoleMaureenOfficial Nicole Maureen Espina

    Oh and I rate Romney 10

  • Andrew Weeks

    If I was 18 which I almost am, yet I do not meet he voting deadline, I would vote for Obama. Romney is a Republican conservative who does not know what he is doing in office.

  • Andrew Weeks

    If I was 18 which I almost am, yet I do not meet he voting deadline, I would vote for Obama. Romney is a Republican conservative who does not know what he is doing in office.

  • Chad Petkovich

    I would rate Romney an 8 out of 10. Mitt Romney proved himself; going into the debate as an underdog and coming out as a contender for the president of the United States. One may argue that Obama had more to lose and was playing it safe, but it was clear that Romney dominated on most of the points.

    • Bruce K.

      I think … more like HOPE that Romney is not a bad guy, but considering George W. Bush’s totally misstatements before the election there is no way I would take the chance. Romney proved himself through the year in the Republican debates, but how did he really do that? He was the one who was never conservative enough, and now he is doing the same thing to the nation, dodging, pretending and being non-specific.

      Romney’s criticisms of Obama are all due to Republican obstructionism, yet no mention of that and it’s totally dishonest of him to now use that against Obama … it’s just Republican politics as usual. No thank-you.

  • Chad Petkovich

    I would rate Romney an 8 out of 10. Mitt Romney proved himself; going into the debate as an underdog and coming out as a contender for the president of the United States. One may argue that Obama had more to lose and was playing it safe, but it was clear that Romney dominated on most of the points.

    • Bruce K.

      I think … more like HOPE that Romney is not a bad guy, but considering George W. Bush’s totally misstatements before the election there is no way I would take the chance. Romney proved himself through the year in the Republican debates, but how did he really do that? He was the one who was never conservative enough, and now he is doing the same thing to the nation, dodging, pretending and being non-specific.

      Romney’s criticisms of Obama are all due to Republican obstructionism, yet no mention of that and it’s totally dishonest of him to now use that against Obama … it’s just Republican politics as usual. No thank-you.

  • hayley ricci

    I rate romney and ryan 0s, because as a woman, I would prefer to not have my rights taken away! HE PLANS ON GETTING RID OF TITLE X. Like joe biden said last night “My religion, defines who i am, and i’ve been a practicing catholic my whole life…with regard to abortion i accept my churches position on abortion…life begins at conception, that’s the churches judgement, i accept it in my personal life, but i refuse to impose that on others, unlike my friend here, the congressman, i do not believe we have a right to tell people that women they can’t control their body, it’s a decision between them and their doctor…i’m not going to interfere with that” If you vote for Romney, you are setting back women at least 100 years. And to put it simply, he simply doesn’t understand what it’s like to be in the middle class. Obama may have had a hard 4 years, but he took on the insidious job of cleaning up the mess that bush left for the next president.

  • hayley ricci

    I rate romney and ryan 0s, because as a woman, I would prefer to not have my rights taken away! HE PLANS ON GETTING RID OF TITLE X. Like joe biden said last night “My religion, defines who i am, and i’ve been a practicing catholic my whole life…with regard to abortion i accept my churches position on abortion…life begins at conception, that’s the churches judgement, i accept it in my personal life, but i refuse to impose that on others, unlike my friend here, the congressman, i do not believe we have a right to tell people that women they can’t control their body, it’s a decision between them and their doctor…i’m not going to interfere with that” If you vote for Romney, you are setting back women at least 100 years. And to put it simply, he simply doesn’t understand what it’s like to be in the middle class. Obama may have had a hard 4 years, but he took on the insidious job of cleaning up the mess that bush left for the next president.

  • Bruce K.

    I think Romney is better than George W. Bush, but that is only a hope. The Republicans have been famous for the extreme makeover thing, and also a tactical rudeness and misstatements. Also the business party of fiscal conservatism has allowed money to completely take them over and even run over to the other side to manipulate everything with money gotten from tax cuts by putting America in debt.

    It’s awful, I don’t trust Republicans, and this year, finally, I went down to the DMV and changed my voter registration from Republican to Democrat because the Republican party is just not going to return to sanity.

  • Bruce K.

    I think Romney is better than George W. Bush, but that is only a hope. The Republicans have been famous for the extreme makeover thing, and also a tactical rudeness and misstatements. Also the business party of fiscal conservatism has allowed money to completely take them over and even run over to the other side to manipulate everything with money gotten from tax cuts by putting America in debt.

    It’s awful, I don’t trust Republicans, and this year, finally, I went down to the DMV and changed my voter registration from Republican to Democrat because the Republican party is just not going to return to sanity.