PRESIDENT OBAMA: There’s a fundamentally different vision about how we move our country forward. I believe Governor Romney is a good man. He loves his family, cares about his faith.
But I also believe that when he said behind closed doors that 47 percent of the country considers themselves victims who refuse personal responsibility — think about who he was talking about: folks on Social Security who’ve worked all their lives, veterans who’ve sacrificed for this country, students who are out there trying to, hopefully, advance their own dreams, but also this country’s dreams, soldiers who are overseas fighting for us right now, people who are working hard every day, paying payroll tax, gas taxes, but don’t make enough income.
And I want to fight for them. That’s what I’ve been doing for the last four years, because if they succeed, I believe the country succeeds.
Obama never brought up Romney’s “47 percent” line during the first debate, and it looked like he might not do so again. Instead, he saved the line for the final response of the night, one Romney did not get a chance to rebut.
The timing was masterful. Had the line been trotted out mid-debate, Romney no doubt would have argued that he really likes all Americans and just had a slip of the tongue. Instead, Obama had the last message of the night, and that message was the message that has defined the Obama campaign: Romney doesn’t care about average people. Barack Obama does.
We won’t know for a while how Obama’s attacks on Tuesday will impact the campaign. Their impact may be transitory — or may be decisive. Whatever their long-term impact, there’s no question that on Tuesday, Barack Obama showed up to fight for his party, his presidency, and the American people. Whatever the electoral impact, it was gratifying to watch.
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