Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was “solid across the board” in his first debate with President Barack Obama on Wednesday, former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu told Newsmax.TV.
“It was impressive that he shows that he understands the needs of people that need jobs, of people that need the safety nets in government and the people that need support for the private-sector jobs that they’re looking for,” Sununu told Newsmax in an exclusive interview following the debate.
“He had a perfect balance tonight — and I can’t imagine anybody who feels pain out there who doesn’t understand by looking and doing, if you will, comparison shopping that Mitt Romney is the guy that’s going to make life better for them, not Barack Obama who has failed them for four years.”
Sununu, who served as Chief of Staff to President George H. W. Bush, said neither man exceeded his expectations.
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“The governor did what I expected him to do, and the president did what I expected him to do. The people now know why the country’s in trouble, why we have 8-plus percent unemployment and 23 million unemployed. It’s because we have a president that has no idea what’s going on and no idea how to fix things and, frankly, no idea about his own programs or Gov. Romney’s programs.
“The governor demonstrated governors make better presidents,” Sununu added. “He understood his programs, he understood the role of the states, the role of the federal government, how to cut spending, how to bring jobs back in America.
“Even the most liberal of Democrats has got to concede that if they watched Obama tonight, they’re embarrassed.”
He added that he was “absolutely not” surprised by Obama’s debate performance. “I’ve said the president’s an empty suit, and he proved it tonight.”
What was most significant for Sununu was watching “Mitt Romney explaining to the president different roles of what government should do and shouldn’t do.
“It was clear that, in one case, it’s somebody that believes in capitalism and free enterprise system and, in the president’s case, he just thinks that the government is supposed to do it all — and if the people needed a better submission of the difference between the two, it’s right there.”
And he believes that Romney’s debate performance is a definite game-changer for this election.
“Of the 50 million or so that were watching, about 20 million of them had never seen Mitt Romney up close and personal,” Sununu said. “They had their chance tonight. It’s going to have a huge impact on them.”
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