Obama's Town Hall To-Do List

Here’s what President Obama needs to do tonight:

  1. Show leadership, resolve, and toughness
  2. Directly call Romney on his evasions and deceptions
  3. Demolish several of Romney’s outright lies
  4. Not pass up several opportunities to make points, as he did in the first debate
  5. Not make any major mistakes
  6. Take advantage of any Romney blunders
 

Specifically:

  • Refute Romney's claims that the Benghazi attack was Obama’s failure, and shame Romney for trying to make political hay of it
  • Destroy Romney’s credibility on the budget, tax cuts for the wealthy, and Social Security
  • Press Romney directly on which tax loopholes he’d close
  • Remind voters that Romney is an out-of-touch rich guy, whose new-found identification with regular working people is a sham
  • Associate Romney with Republican blockage of Obama’s efforts to promote a stronger economic recovery
  • Push Romney hard on issues where he has changed his position or denies his real current position, such as abortion rights
  • Demolish Republican talking points not based in fact, such as the claim that the green energy initiatives supported by the Recovery Act mostly failed (in fact most succeeded)
  • Corner Romney on his deceptions, to the point where Romney makes mistakes and goes off-script.
  • Surprise Romney with a line of criticism that Romney’s handlers have not anticipated.
 

There are also some things that Obama should NOT do:

  • NOT emphasize areas where he and Romney agree.
  • NOT stick to scripted talking points, but be effective off-the-cuff.
  • NOT appear disengaged and disdainful.

Comments

•Refute Romney's claims that the Benghazi attack was Obama’s failure, and shame Romney for trying to make political hay of it

Wow; not the presidents failure? who was at fault for missing the signs and then attempting to spin the event? Is this another Bush failure?

•Destroy Romney’s credibility on the budget, tax cuts for the wealthy, and Social Security

Right; Romney has stated he is for means testing entitlement programs and that he will not agree to any tax reform that reduces the % of taxes paid by the wealthy. I hope the president brings this issue up again; it sure helped Romney last time.

•Press Romney directly on which tax loopholes he’d close
Sure; that worked well in the last debate. Romney should (and hopefully will) remind us that we are served best when democrats and republicans try and work together. There's a concept the current administration has done a poor job with over the past 4 years.

•Remind voters that Romney is an out-of-touch rich guy, whose new-found identification with regular working people is a sham.

What a bunch of meaningless drivel. Go ahead and try that tactic; it will play to Romneys message that President Obama has no plan other than to try and demonize his oposition.

•Associate Romney with Republican blockage of Obama’s efforts to promote a stronger economic recovery.

Another great idea. This is (apparently) the first administration who has had to work with an oposition. I suspect Romney would use this argument to highlight the inability of the Obama administration to negotiate. But feel free to continue to play the blaim game. Romney will continue to point out that this administration has made it a central point to avoid taking responsibility for anything.

•Push Romney hard on issues where he has changed his position or denies his real current position, such as abortion rights.

If you can't come up with any substantive issues; just make them up.

•Demolish Republican talking points not based in fact, such as the claim that the green energy initiatives supported by the Recovery Act mostly failed (in fact most succeeded)

I guess that depends on your definition of success. Most people know (or suspect) that a vast majority of these jobs are paid for by our taxes. The capital cost of wind projects (for example) are covered 100% by federal funds.

•Corner Romney on his deceptions, to the point where Romney makes mistakes and goes off-script.

Again; good luck with that one (finding any credible evidence that Romney was deceptive). Oh; by the way, what about the promises President Obama made? Do we just ignore those? I'm sorry, I forgot all the bad things that happened durring the past 4 years were the responsibility of the Bush administration. Great job taking responsibility for your decisions.

•Surprise Romney with a line of criticism that Romney’s handlers have not anticipated.

How about outlining your plan for the next 4 years of your administration. Now that would probably surprise a lot of people. On secopnd thought; the president is probably better served to try and avoid doing that. Better to call Govenor Romney a liar.

Good luck with the debate tonight. I'm sure everything will turn out well (and if it doesn't just tune into MSNBC, they will make you feel better).

He didn't need luck Trollman, he just kicked Romney's ass. Good luck in Nov., loser.

And all you have to do is stop the trolls from posting to the prospect.org site.

I'm not sure which task is easier. Me? I might try walking on water instead.

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