October 28, 1980: Carter-Reagan Debate

Wednesday, October 3, AD 2012

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:

6 Responses to October 28, 1980: Carter-Reagan Debate

  • I will not watch the debate tonight. I shall spare myself the emotional turmoil and anxiety. But I do pray that Mitt Romney does well, exposing Obama for who and what he is.

  • Amen, Paul.

    Luke 12:11-12: “When you are brought before synagogues, rulers and authorities, do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say, for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say.”

    Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love.

    V. Send forth your Spirit, and they shall be created.
    R. And You shall renew the face of the earth.

    Let us pray.

    O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

  • May our Lord be with Mitt Romney and his family through this trial.
    Campaigning and debating are so far removed from the actual work of the office which is what he can and would do respectfully for every citizen. Mitt Romney is a gentleman.

    The DNC and its mouthpieces have sunk so far below any hint of good, respectful behavior and civilized, intelligent discourse. They’ve trained their voting blocks to relinquish thought, react in vehemence, and keep shorter and shorter attention spans in this world of information superhighways. May the Lord open their hearts and minds to see and hear the death, destruction, and rampant sin they unleash with violent intent.

    Animals have far more innate sense.

    Also, I will be looking forward to 11:00 pm today.

  • Thank you Donald McClarey. May you live long and prosper under God, through Him and with Him and in Him.

  • Did you e-mail a copy to the Romney camp?
    It seems much of what he talks about are the same problems today.
    “Those who fail to know the errors of history are doomed to repeat them” (or words to that effect)

  • Your prayers we’re answered…Mitt did a great job. teleprompter barry looked nude before the American people. Please keep your prayers going.