Tonight we are having the first of three Presidential debates between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama. They have both been engaged in debate preparation, and I would imagine that in both camps close study has been made of the best presidential debate performance ever by a candidate: that of Ronald Reagan against Jimmy Carter on October 28, 1980 in their one and only debate. Reagan was everything in the debate that a candidate should be: relaxed, in command of the facts, humorous and a master of devastating one liners: “There you go again!” Reagan at the end asked the essential question that almost all American voters do ask themselves when judging a president: “Am I better off than I was four years ago?” American presidential elections usually come down to the state of the economy, and Reagan understood this, and used the poor state of the economy in 1980 with devastating impact against Carter. I was a Reagan supporter and watched the debate with keen interest. After the debate I had no doubt that Reagan was going to win, and probably overwhelmingly. Here is a video of the complete debate:
Donald R. McClarey
Cradle Catholic. Active in the pro-life movement since 1973. Father of three and happily married for 35 years. Small town lawyer and amateur historian. Former president of the board of directors of the local crisis pregnancy center for a decade.