Obama Campaign and Democratic Reactions to the First Presidential Debate

Obama for America

Statement from OFA Campaign Manager Jim Messina on Tonight’s Debate
CHICAGO – Obama for America released the following statement from Campaign Manager Jim Messina in reaction to tonight’s debate:
“The President spoke directly to voters tonight about his vision for an economy that grows from the middle out, while Mitt Romney spent the night on the defensive, doubled down on the same bad ideas that crashed the economy, and got testy when he was pushed on specifics. Romney confirmed that he opposes a single dollar in new revenue from the wealthiest to reduce the deficit and continued to hide the details about how he’d accomplish his plans because he knows they don’t add up and are bad for the middle-class. He was unable and unwilling to explain the math behind his $5 trillion tax cut favoring the wealthy, refused to say what rules he’d put in place to protect consumers after repealing Wall Street reform, and didn’t offer a single idea to protect families from insurance company abuses after repealing Obamacare. Tonight the American people saw the clear contrast between where the two candidates will take the country in the next four years.”
Democratic National Committee

DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz on Tonight’s Presidential Debate: While President Obama Laid Out a Clear Vision for Moving America Forward, Mitt Romney Offered No Specifics Other than Doubling Down on the Failed Policies of the Past

Washington, D.C. – DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement on tonight’s presidential debate in Denver, Colorado:

“Throughout this election, voters have been offered the clearest choice they’ve seen in a generation – and tonight, the contrast could not have possibly been any greater.  During tonight’s debate, President Obama laid out his vision for continuing to move America forward with an economy that grows from the middle out, not the top down.  We didn’t see the same specifics from Mitt Romney, and there’s one simple reason for that: if the American people knew the details on how Romney would accomplish his plans and policies, they’d go running in the other direction.
“At no point tonight did Mitt Romney say how the math adds up on his $5 trillion tax cut favoring the wealthiest few and paid for on the backs of the middle class.  He wants to repeal Obamacare but refused to provide a single idea to protect hardworking families from the worst abuses of big insurance companies, and his promise to do away with Wall Street reform was not accompanied by even one new rule he’d put in place to keep America’s consumers protected.  Tonight, Mitt Romney made a full-fledged commitment to double down on the same failed policies that crashed the economy and brought the middle class to its knees – and that’s the very last thing the American people can afford.”