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Obama, Romney clash over policy issues in first debate

Obama, Romney clash over policy issues in first debate
US President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney exchanged sharp barbs on Thursday over major domestic policies ranging from economy, taxation, jobs and healthcare to education during the first of the three high-stake presidential debates.

Aiming to lead the country for next four years, incumbent Obama and his rival Romney during the debate held in Denver presented before their countrymen their vision of America and how they intend to govern for the next four years.

A CNN/ORC poll released just after the 90-minute presidential debate moderated by Jim Lehrer of the PBS news showed that 65-year-old Romney was way ahead of 51-year-old Obama in impressing the voters.

Romney was voted by 67 per cent of the registered voters, while Obama was supported by just 25 per cent. The results gave a big boost to the Romney campaign given that all the national polls shows that it is a tight race between the two.

The debates, a regular feature of American presidential campaigns since 1960, allow a chance to measure up the leaders who would be president as they stand side-by-side.

‘I’m concerned about America. I’m concerned about the direction America has been taking over the last four years. I know this is bigger than election about the two of us as individuals. It’s bigger than our respective parties. It’s an election about the course of America – what kind of America do you want to have for yourself and for your children,’ Romney said.

Noting that he and Obama present two very different paths for the US, the Republican nominee said they lead in very different directions.

‘It is not just looking to our words that you have to take in evidence of where they go; you can look at the record,’ he said. Ban Ki-moon urged Damascus to show compassion to its people and the UN’s Syria envoy prepared to return to the region to try to revive mediation efforts.


FIRST ROUND GOES TO ROMNEY


With a surprisingly strong showing, Republican challenger Mitt Romney shook the race to the White House by worsting incumbent Barack Obama in the first high-stake US presidential debate by calling into question his track record on the economy, health care, jobs and fiscal deficit. Using the first of the three debates, 65-year-old Romney regained momentum by aggressively standing up to 51-year-old Obama and accused him of failure to lead the country out of the deepest economic downturn since the great depression. The 90-minute prime-time showdown was an online sensation with channels reporting a near record viewership. Soon after, a CNN and CBS flash polls declared Romney the winner. Romney was voted by 67 per cent of the registered voters, while Obama was supported by just 25 per cent. The results gave a big boost to the Romney campaign given that all the national polls shows that it is a tight race between the two. The debates, a regular feature of American presidential campaigns since 1960, allow a chance to measure up the leaders who would be president as they stand side-by-side. The poll results showed Romney won comprehensively in all aspect and issues of the debate. If Romney’s goal was to show that he could project equal stature to the President he succeeded offering his campaign the lift that Republicans had been seeking, while Obama stopped short of challenging his rival’s specific policies.
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