In the Battlegrounds -- Romney Presidential; Obama No New Policies

RNC Communications - October 23, 2012

Battleground reporters weighed in tonight and found Mitt Romney “presidential,” “measured,” and “the winner.” President Obama on the other hand had “steam coming out of his ears”, was “playing from behind,” and “didn’t offer new policies.”  Plus in Jacksonville, FL, Portsmouth, NH, and Norfolk, VA the President’s derisive comments on the Navy are not playing well at all.

It’s no wonder the PPP swing state poll showed Indys breaking for Romney.

Some of the top comments:



Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Kevin O’Brien: “It's a good thing this is the last debate. I don't think Obama could get through another one without completely losing his temper. #debates” (Kevin O’Brien, Twitter Feed, 10/22/2012)

Lorain Morning Journal’s Tom Skoch: ““Romney the winner: Too much "malarkey" from Obama vs specifics from Romney. Obama's automaker pitch backfired on him.” (Tom Skoch, Twitter Feed, 10/22/2012)



Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Salena Zito: “Obama weak on Syria, Assad.” (Salena Zito, Twitter Feed, 10/22/12)

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Salena Zito: “Former Dem congressman Sestak tells me Romney appeared to lay out a more compelling argument for the future on economy/foreign policy” (Salena Zito, Twitter Feed, 10/22/12)



Ralston Report’s Jon Ralston: “Could the President barely mask his disdain on that split screen any less?” (Jon Ralston, Twitter Feed, 10/22/12)

Ralston Report’s Jon Ralston: “Romney: ‘Mr. President, The Reason I Call It An Apology Tour Is You Went To The Middle East… And You Skipped Israel.’ This Is Wrong.” (Jon Ralston, Twitter Feed, 10/22/12)

Ralston Report’s Jon Ralston: “‘Attacking me is not…’ Rehearsed Romney line. Used a few times. That is a frontrunner’s line.” (Jon Ralston, Twitter Feed, 10/22/12)

Reno Gazette-Journal’s Ray Hagar: “Obama: ‘Nothing Gov. Romney said is true, starting with me apologizing.’ Steam coming out of his ears?” (Ray Hagar, Twitter Feed, 10/22/12)



Washington Examiner’s Conn Carroll: “That horses and bayonets line just cost Obama Virginia” (Conn Carroll, Twitter Feed, 10/22/12)


New Hampshire

New Hampshire Union Leader’s Drew Cline: “The man whose budget projects a $25 trillion national debt just criticized Romney on debt.” (Drew Cline, Twitter Feed, 10/22/12)

Concord Patch’s Tony Schinella, @ConcordNHPatch LOL RT @grantbosse: Hey, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, guess you can stop making horses, bayonettes. Don't need ships either. #nhdebatewatch (Concord Patch, Twitter Feed, 10/22/12)



Detroit News’ Nolan Finley: “I doubt Israel thinks the relationship with US is stronger than 4 years ago.” (Nolan Finley, Twitter Feed, 10/22/12)

Detroit News’ David Shepardson: “Obama hits back on his emotional visit to Israel before he took office, but doesn’t explain why he hasn’t visited Israel since taking office.” (David Shepardson, Twitter Feed, 10/22/12)


North Carolina

ABC11-WTVD’s Joel Brown: “Romney comes into tonight’s debate having closed the gap on foreign policy.” (Joel Brown, Twitter Feed, 10/22/12)

News 14’s Brad Broders: “Romney responds to Obama: I’m not going to wear rose colored glasses on Russia. Attacking me is not a foreign policy.” (Brad Broders, Twitter Feed, 10/22/12)

ABC11-WTVD’s Joel Brown: “Romney invokes economy in argument that Obama’s world leadership lacking: ‘America must lead and we can’t do that with a weak economy.’” (Joel Brown, Twitter Feed, 10/22/12)

ABC11-WTVD’s Joel Brown: “Foreign policy debate slipping back into a debate on the economy. Advantage Romney.” (Joel Brown, Twitter Feed, 10/22/12)



Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Christian Schneider: “So far, Romney answering like a front-runner. Obama taking shots like a guy who needs to make up ground.” (Christian Schneider, Twitter Feed, 10/22/12)

Milwaukee WTMJ’s Charlie Sykes: “Nice Pivot by Romney to economy. Linking economy to national strength.” (Charlie Sykes, Twitter Feed, 10/22/12)

Milwaukee WISN’s Jay Weber: “Romney looking informed, measured, and presidential tonight. Great answer on Pakistan answer, proving deep knowledge.” (Jay Weber, Twitter Feed, 10/22/12)



Iowa City Press Citizen’s Adam Sullivan: “Obama wont mention many of his congressional Democrats are on board with Romney about maintaining military spending growth.” (Adam Sullivan, Twitter Feed, 10/22/12)



Denver KDVR’s Eli Stokols: “In a debate about foreign policy, Romney's made two overtures to women -- both on gender equality in the Muslim world.” (Eli Stokols, Twitter Feed, 10/22/12)

KUSA-TV’s Brandon Rittiman: “Romney: I would tighten sanctions against Iran, shun their diplomats. Military action is last resort. #Debate” (Brandon Rittiman, Twitter Feed 10/22/2012)

Denver Post’s Lynn Bartles: “Problem for O is he has more ground to make up than Peyton Manning at half time. #lynndebate” (Lynn Bartles, Twitter Feed, 10/22/2012)



Miami Herald’s Marc Caputo: “But, as with his previous debate performances, Obama didn’t lay out new policies as much as challenge Romney to come up with better ones” (Marc Caputo, 10/22/2012)

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