As the year draws near its end, and time shows the four-year mark since President Obama took office, the presidential debates have returned.
PBS aired the debates across the nation on Oct. 4, and here at Texas A&M University—Kingsville, the Javelina Broadcast Networked (JBN) aired a discussion about the debates following the actual program.
“It was a pretty even (debate),” said Manuel Flores, chair of the communications department. “Sometimes Obama was taken aback by some of the statements that Romney made, especially when it came to trickle down.”
Flores explained that trickle down is primarily a conservative issue, however Romney turned it into a democratic one.
“On the same token, Romney was taken aback by some of the things Obama said about education,” Flores said.
The main consensus of the discussion was primarily democratic, however members of the panel tried to remain unbiased for the discussion.
“It’s in the mind of the observer,” said Richard Hartwig, political scientist. “If you’re Republican, I suspect you thought (Mitt) Romney won. If you’re a Democrat, you probably thought President Obama won.”
The panel agreed that President Obama won the overall debate, especially with issues such as health care and education.
“President Obama kept asking (Romney), ‘where are the details,’” said Hartwig. “I think this is maybe the most telling thing in the debate.”
“Where are the details on all of these plans,” Hartwig asked.
Christian Acevedo, junior communications major and multimedia editor for The South Texan, felt Obama was also more focused on the American people.
“I think Romney was talking to Obama a lot, because he was in his defense mode,” Acevedo said. “I felt like Obama was talking to me.”
Although the overall panel favored President Obama as the victor of the debate, they all agreed that Obama’s overall poise was not up to par than his previous debates and speeches, and Romney proved to be more awake.
Mary Lee Grant, political science professor, said she thought President Obama had a less than impressive closing statement.
“Obama’s (closing) was a lot weaker. He kind of stumbled and it seemed like he didn’t know what to say at first,” Grant said. “But what he did do several times, was he looked directl into the camera, and was very much looking at the people.”
“It was like he was talking to you. I think he gained his composure again,” Grant said.
Hartwig said he thought Romney’s closing statement, although more powerful, was more focused on attacking Obama.
“He made this point, this point, one, two, three…six, seven, eight points. You know, saying, ‘you’re doing the wrong thing by reelecting President Obama,” Hartwig said.