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Presidential debate: Romney’s shift, vagueness, success and more [AM Briefing]

Romney’s personality shift: “The strangest aspect of Wednesday night’s debate was Mitt Romney’s decision to change his tax policies on the fly. Having campaigned hard on a tax proposal that called for $5 trillion in tax cuts, he said flatly that he was not offering a $5 trillion tax cut. ‘I don’t have a tax cut of the scale that you’re talking about,’ Romney said — even though that is exactly the tax cut he has proposed,” writes Brookings’ E.J. Dionne. (Washington Post)

AEI’s Michael Barone: Do debates make a difference? (National Review)

“What interests me most is Mitt’s audacity. Wednesday night at long last came the full-throated return of the Rockefeller Republican many suspect is Romney’s true political nature, if indeed he has one. With one fatal exception I’ll note in a moment, on taxes, health care, education, regulation and more, Romney came across as deeply informed, experienced and reasonable, and as a powerful and articulate critic of the economy’s weaknesses on Obama’s watch,” writes CAP’s Matt Miller. (Washington Post)

Heritage has a word cloud of the first presidential debate

Ezra Klein writes that Romney’s policy vagueness was an asset last night. (Washington Post)

I wonder if the folks at Demos are satisfied with the answers to their five questions

Allen McDuffee writes about politics and policy and covered think tanks for The Washington Post from 2011 to 2013. He freelances and hosts a podcast at and is currently working on a book about the influence of think tanks in Washington.



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Allen McDuffee · October 4, 2012