Tags: Editor's Pick | | schoen | romney | debate | win

Democratic Political Consultant Schoen: Romney Won Debate

Thursday, 04 Oct 2012 12:31 AM

By Newsmax Wires

Veteran Democratic political consultant Doug Schoen says Mitt Romney clearly emerged as the victor of Wednesday’s debate with President Barack Obama.

“This was a win for Mitt Romney,” Schoen told Newsmax in an exclusive interview. “He controlled the dialogue, he controlled the argument. The president lost his focus midway through, he lost his specificity and precision, and it became a win for Gov. Romney.”

Watch the exclusive interview here.



Schoen found Romney particularly persuasive on the issues of healthcare and the role of government. “I thought he won the debate on those two issues. . . . Bottom line: Gov. Romney avoided being seen as an extremist. He made it clear that he would stand up for the middle class and protect social programs. In that way I think he made a huge step forward.”

Already Romney was benefiting from a reversal in momentum during the past week or so, and the debate helps further, Schoen said.

Still, “I don’t believe it’s a knockout,” the pollster said. “I don’t believe he closed the sale. But I think for the process of convincing the American people that he’s qualified to be president and offering an alternative vision, he started a process that he needs to continue in the next two debates.”

If Schoen is correct, those next two events may be quite important. “In 1984, Ronald Reagan lost the first debate and won the second debate,” he said. “In 2012, the governor has to build on this success, become more specific about issues he didn’t talk about, like jobs, like growing the economy, like how he’s going to revitalize the American spirit. It’s an open question whether he will succeed.”


© 2015 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Koch Brothers Budget $889 Million for 2016

Monday, 26 Jan 2015 16:27 PM

Freedom Partners, the political operation run by the Koch brothers, has budgeted $889 million for its political activiti . . .

Steve Forbes to Newsmax TV: Scott Walker Made 'Huge' Iowa Impact

Monday, 26 Jan 2015 15:04 PM

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker emerged from a political pageant in Iowa over the weekend looking like a contender for the p . . .

Round I in Iowa: Scott Walker Emerges

Sunday, 25 Jan 2015 14:42 PM

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's rousing speech at the Iowa Freedom Summiton Saturday has early speculation favoring his  . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved