The first direct clash forand Mitt Romney. In Denver debated about domestic politics. There is no doubt that the Republican candidate won. - He was on the offensive for 90 minutes of the meeting - said Reuters. Similarly, consider the majority of commentators and viewers in the United States. The next debate on October 16.
1.5-hour debate in Denver led the doyen of American journalismof PBS public television, which has moderated the twelfth time candidates battle for the highest office in the USA.
Before the debate raged in earnest, Romney congratulated the 20th competitor wedding anniversary and flashed a sense of humor. - This is the most romantic place in which you could be today - he said.
Obama surprised just laughed, and the leader of the Republicans went on the offensive.
Wrong answer for America
Romney attacked Obama, mocking his economic policies, which - in his opinion - has failed and led to an increase in unemployment (currently at over 8 percent).
- I'm afraid we're on a path that is not effective. The President is of the view very similar to the one presented four years ago when applying for office. That spending more, imposing higher taxes, more regulation requiring government investments will result. This is not the right answer for America - said clearly satisfied.
Republican government is constantly attacking the achievements of the president, blaming him for not only the doubling of the budget deficit, but also slow economic growth after the recession and the unnecessary subsidies for companies, "green" economy, which went bankrupt.
He criticized the health care reform imposing too great a burden on small business.
Deficit: a moral issue
- The budget deficit is a problem not only economic, but also moral - said the Republican candidate, stressing that the long contracted today will have to pay for future generations.
- The president said he will reduce the deficit, and in the meantime led to his double - said Romney.
Romney presented on the occasion of counting five points of the U.S. economy recovery plan.
Obama - save using Bush
Office of the President as he could be rescued. He recalled his predecessor who was and who inherited the high deficit.
- When I walked into the Oval Office was waiting for me deficit. I know where he came from - resisted the attacks, referring to, who cut taxes, even though the war in Iraq and Afghanistan have cost billions of dollars.
Reduce the deficit, accelerate growth
Romney explained how he plans to reduce the deficit and accelerate growth in the economy - by reducing taxes, especially from corporations, and reductions in government spending. He noted, however, that his government will not cut spending on education and reinforcement.
Obama retorted that Romney's tax plan will result in an overall reduction in state revenue of $ 5 trillion in the coming years.
Romney denied. President also denied the claim that the program favors the wealthiest Americans especially. - I do not intend at all to reduce the tax burden on the wealthiest citizens - assured. Obama - he said - increase taxes "not only, and it eliminates jobs."
Attack as a "green" company
GOP candidate, then pointed to Obama, supporting multi-billion budget subsidies for companies that produce alternative energy sources such as solar and wind. - Tax're assured of $ 90 billion for companies such as Solyndra and Tesla, which turned out to be losers - he said.
Solyndra, a company producing solar energy, went bankrupt, and Tesla Motors, maker of luxury electric cars, has great difficulties in the market.
Obama defended the subsidies for "green" companies as "investment in the future", similar to investment in education.
Business unfriendly policies
Romney also criticized through Congress by the White House health care reform, which - in his opinion - it imposes too great a burden on small business, forcing them to insure workers. He accused the president that the first two years of his term focused on the reform, instead of stimulating the economy to faster growth.
Obama pointed out that the reform of medical insurance will ensure all Americans. Romney replied that he only passed it votes Democrat, although more than half of the population does not want it.
The Republican candidate also described the president's economic policies as hostile to business due to increasing government regulation. He said that would lead to the cancellation of the initiative of President enacted Dodd-Frank Act, which tightened regulation of banks.
The first comments after the debate are more favorable to the former governor of Massachusetts.
Romney's last chance
Before the debate in Denver and the other two TV debates (16 and 22 October, will focus on external and internal) were convinced that they are practically the last chance for Romney to win the election on Nov. 6.
According to the last pre-election poll, conducted by the "Wall Street Journal" and NBC TV News, if elections were held on Wednesday, at 49 percent would vote Obama. Americans, and 46 percent of its rival.
Partly President melted by 2 percentage points compared with the previous survey, and within the limits of statistical error. Still leads in key states that will decide the final outcome, since the chances of both candidates are aligned there. It is all about Ohio, Florida and Colorado.