Everyone, even most Democrats, declared Mitt Romney the winner after the first presidential debate. Many polls started to swing Romney’s way. However, the winner of the second debate has not been as clearly established as in the first debate. Some say that Romney won the second debate and others declared Barack Obama the winner.
Historically, experts say that the debates have little effect on changing voters’ minds, but this may be the year when they have a greater impact than usual. For instance, one political commentator and pollster, Frank Luntz had a group of undecided voters in a studio after both debates. In Denver, many of the undecideds said they were going to vote for Romney.
During the second debate, Luntz was with a group of people in Las Vegas, many of which had voted for Obama in 2008, but were currently undecided, or at least claimed to be undecided on who they would vote for prior to the second debate. To my surprise, a significant number of the former Obama voters said that they had switched their votes to Romney because he seemed more presidential and offered hope, whereas Obama didn’t seem to have anything new to offer.
I did find it interesting that the only two people that spoke up for Obama were women and the issue was women’s rights, meaning abortion. They didn’t list or give any other reason to support President Obama other than women’s rights – that is the right of a mother to premeditatedly murder her defenseless unborn child.
Just a caveat – but have you ever realized the inconsistency of many pro-abortion people in the U.S.? They decry the right of a Muslim man to beat and kill his wife or daughter for dishonoring him, the family or Allah. But at the same time, they demand to have their right kill a defenseless infant still in the womb.
What was encouraging was the one woman, who does happen to look somewhat similar to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, who said that she was undecided about whether to vote for Romney or not at all. She also was dead on when she said there are a lot of people like that in the country. I know, because my next door neighbor is one of them. He says he can’t bring himself to vote for either man, so he’s not going to vote. I told him that if you don’t vote you don’t really have a right to complain afterwards, but it doesn’t matter to him. I also told him that not voting is the same as voting for Obama, especially since he usually votes Republican, but again to no avail.
I found the video of the Luntz group to be encouraging, I also hope and pray that millions of other former Obama voters see the light and cast their ballots for Romney. What a wonderful day that would be.