Boris Epshteyn 9:23: President Obama continuously is attacking Romney, not talking about his own achievements. Good point by Romney on energy production on private land. Great zinger by Governor Romney about his sons and continuing to say an untruth.
Robert Schlesinger 9:22: Romney abandons the GOP position on taxes—rhetorically anyway. He says he doesn’t want to cut taxes for the wealthy, which drops 30 years of GOP dogma. It’s also not what’s in his plan.
Robert Schlesinger 9:17: Romney says he doesn’t have a tax cut. He means net—he is advocating a cut in the tax rate. But even so, this flies in the face of all independent studies which say that his 20 percent tax cut adds up $5 trillion (in addition to extending the Bush tax cuts) and that there are not enough tax breaks available to offset the cost of the his tax cuts.
Boris Epshteyn 9:12: Former Gov. Mitt Romney looks more presidential, President Barack Obama comes out with the soft moment, but Romney gets the bigger laugh. Most importantly Romney cites specific points and actually answers the question of how he will create jobs.
Robert Schlesinger 9:10: Mitt Romney starts with a human touch, talking about voters he’s met over the last few years who have had economic difficulties.
Robert Schlesinger 9:08: President Obama opens smartly—with a "happy anniversary" to his wife of 20 years.