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Pundits: Romney wins, Obama didn’t bring ‘his ‘A’ game’



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Obama hammered Romney’s tax reform plan and tried to pull in the flip-flop label without using that phrase.

"Well, for 18 months he’s been running on this tax plan," Obama said. "And now, five weeks before the election, he’s saying that his big, bold idea is, ‘Never mind.’"

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Short sound bites weren’t in the president’s quiver on Wednesday — he didn’t even attempt to bring up Romney’s controversial comment that he didn’t worry about 47 percent of Americans — but Obama did call out his rival for the vagueness of his plans.

"At some point, I think the American people have to ask themselves, is the reason that Governor Romney is keeping all these plans secret because they’re too good?" Obama asked.

Memories » While there were no unforgettable oops moments and few stumbles, the memorable part of the first debate might just be how little a role the moderator played. The agreed-upon time limits were tossed out soon after the debate started as both candidates talked their way past Lehrer’s attempts to refocus the questions.

"Excuse me. Excuse me," Lehrer said, trying to interrupt Romney. "Just so everybody understands, we’re way over our first 15 minutes."

"It’s fun, isn’t it," Romney responded.

tburr@sltrib.com


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