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October 4th, 2012
10:49 AM ET

Mark McKinnon: ‘I've never seen a debate as decisive as the one last night’

After a heated presidential debate late Wednesday, Mark McKinnon, contributor to The Daily Beast and former McCain campaign adviser, weighs in on “Starting Point.” McKinnon argues that the debate was the most decisive he’s seen and that he expects it to have an impact on voters.

“There were lots of people watching who really didn't know Mitt Romney,” McKinnon argues. “They know Obama, but they just heard a lot about Mitt Romney. And they saw a completely different person last night. They saw a guy in control, a guy who shared their values, a guy that they could trust. You know, all those sorts of attributes that people are looking for in a president, they saw in Mitt Romney last night.”

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  1. Kaleb

    I honestly have to wonder whether or not America and I were watching the same debate last night. I agree that Obama was a bit more tepid than he could have been, but Romney by no means had a fabulous performance. I would have thought, if anything, that Romney's main strategy would have been to outline specifics, but nope. Just the same ol' Romney. Obama seemed to mostly ignore Romney in favor of having a discussion with the American public, but I do hope he goes after Romney more in the coming debates.

    October 5, 2012 at 1:48 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mark

      NPR is saying that after their fact checking and all, both candidates are being equally vague. has a great article covering all the false or misleading statements of the debate and BOTH candidates did an equal job at false or misleading statements.

      October 5, 2012 at 7:30 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Kaleb

        "equally vague"

        ahaha, no.

        October 10, 2012 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mark

    I think what bears a break down is the Romney claim about the $716 billion. We know that it is actually a decrease in the rate of growth and not a "cut," however, what does that look like on a graph? If I tell McDonlads that I will pay todays price for a burger today, but then tell them that two years from now, I will only pay them the 2012 price, what will be their response? If I tell my doctor that in 2014 I will only pay him/her what his/her 2012 rates were, what will be the response? When the government tells hospitals and doctors that same thing, what will be their repsonse? They are very likely to stop taking Medicare patients. Please put the whole explanation in a graph so people can understand what it means, "decreased rate of growth."

    October 4, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. BurntOffering

    Which attributes are they? A Rich Old White Man With Hair and the ability to Lie to a Nation with a Straight Face? Well if that's all the "undecided" are looking for than they got what they wanted. But Remember GOD is watching America, and what happens if Mitt Romney dies of a stroke, heart attack and then your left with Paul Ryan?

    October 4, 2012 at 11:12 am | Report abuse | Reply

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