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Did Obama offer any plans for second term in second debate?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 3:18 am - October 17, 2012.
Filed under: 2012 Presidential Election

A liberal friend on Facebook posted, “Watching replay of the debate on CNN. Romney is too vague.”

Perhaps, he was.  But, was Obama any more specific?

So, my question:  did the president address the specifics of his second-term agenda?  If he did, could you please cite the transcript for details.

UPDATE:   Although “the public found” Obama writes numbersmuncher, “to win the debate slightly, they thought Romney was better when it came to the economy, leadership, taxes, and debt.”  Via Ace who reports that only 38% found that “Obama offer[ed]a clear vision for solving the country’s problems” as against 61% who did not.

RELATED: Halperin: So where was the second-term agenda?   “Time’s Mark Halperin”, blogs Ed Morrissey

. . . notes what I pointed out on NRA News and the Hugh Hewitt Showlast night — that the agenda debate took place entirely in terms of Mitt Romney.  Barack Obama never mentioned anything about a second-term agenda, and its MIA status is a big, big problem for an incumbent arguing for a second term. . .

Like Ace, Morrissey notes that as per this National Journal report, “Despite Obama’s slight edge overall, Romney was seen as better able to handle most issues.”

UPDATE:  2008 Obama supporter Megan McArdle asks, “What Exactly Would Barack Obama Do With a Second Term?



  1. Only thing I have heard is that he is going to raise taxes. That’s it. That’s his plan as far as I can tell.

    Comment by crosspatch — October 17, 2012 @ 4:13 am - October 17, 2012

  2. He is going to raise taxes on rich people and make sure women get birth control paid for by employers.

    That’s all I got. He spent most of the evening retreading talking points and not really answering questions.

    If my daughter was writing the SNL parody she would have Obama answer every question starting with “I was raised by a single mother” because she says he always says that.

    Obama is floundering because he can’t defend his record and has no vision except “stay the course.”

    Comment by Just Me — October 17, 2012 @ 7:12 am - October 17, 2012

  3. A Conservative economic plan will always seem “vague” because there isn’t much to it.
    1. Low taxes.
    2. Restrained regulation.
    3. Rule of Law

    The People can handle the rest themselves.

    The Liberals took 2,700 pagers to *begin* the regulation of just health plans.

    The Founders described the entire role of government in just 4.

    Comment by BigJ — October 17, 2012 @ 8:23 am - October 17, 2012

  4. Obama’s plan is “Forward.”

    He drove us through “hope” and then through “change” and next is “Forward.” Don’t look back, don’t get caught in the “past” and don’t ask “are we there yet?”

    “Forward!” Your’s is not to reason why or what or how or where, your’s is but to cast as many votes for Our Forward Dear Leader as you can get away with.

    “Forward”…… Now, onward Progressive Obamanauts, marching as to war, with the Darwin fish symbol going on before.

    “Forward!” …… There in the twilight cold and gray,
    Lifeless, but beautiful, he lay,
    And from the sky, serene and far,
    A voice fell like a falling star,

    blah, blah, blah, ad infinitum. The Progressive idol worshippers have their work cut out for them. The Won is on top of the hill at the Little Bighorn surrounded by his faithful and the savages are in for a ………. “Forward, stand your ground, fight for your lives, America needs fundamental transformation, I am the hope and the change, yes we can, the rise of the oceans depend on us, the planet must be healed, wind power, more wind, we need more wind, a horse, a horse, my skinny butt needs a horse…….”

    Comment by heliotrope — October 17, 2012 @ 9:05 am - October 17, 2012

  5. I’m guessing Obama’s plans involve him having killed Osama bin Laden.

    Comment by Rattlesnake — October 17, 2012 @ 9:09 am - October 17, 2012

  6. The private sector is doing fine and Obama’s plan worked. Why would he need to do anything different in the second term? Unlike rich, gay-hating plutocrat Mitt Romney who will export all American jobs to China on Day 1 of his presidency.

    Comment by Passing Gas — October 17, 2012 @ 9:19 am - October 17, 2012

  7. No. He offered a stump speech: green energy, manufacturing jobs, etc, but no overall theme of a 2nd term agenda to link them together. The glue is Obama’s record which he avoided.

    Comment by Sebastian Shaw — October 17, 2012 @ 9:42 am - October 17, 2012

  8. After Romney pummeled Obama in the first debate, the local liberals (Maine) were stomping their feet and screaming, “debates don’t matter”. Now, when it appears the second debate was a tie, they are stomping their feet and screaming, “the election is over, Obama wins !”.

    In the comment section for the local newspaper (owned by D. Rep. Pingree’s husband) there is are many comments bashing Romney but very few backing Obama. One of my favorites was “Romney and his elitist Harvard buddies”. When I called the poster out on their comment as flawed logic, they still didn’t get that Obama is also a graduate of Harvard. Just goes to show how little the lefty left really knows about Obama.

    Comment by TnnsNE1 — October 17, 2012 @ 10:26 am - October 17, 2012

  9. Rattlesnake wrote: I’m guessing Obama’s plans involve him having killed Osama bin Laden.

    Yes, I think that’s about it, and having passed Obamatax and the Lilly Ledbetter act, and having told all those big, bad oil companies that if they aren’t drilling on federal lands currently, they can’t retain the permits. And as Michelle said the other day, the economy is really booming now. She couldn’t possibly be lying to us just to help Barack, now, could she?

    Comment by Kurt — October 17, 2012 @ 11:49 am - October 17, 2012

  10. #QuestionsLiberalsCan’tAnswer: If women are only paid 72% of what men are paid for the same work, why aren’t most companies staffed entirely of women?

    Comment by V the K — October 17, 2012 @ 12:16 pm - October 17, 2012

  11. I was thinking the same thing last night, V the K. I wish Romney could have asked that question in his response!

    Comment by Kurt — October 17, 2012 @ 12:51 pm - October 17, 2012

  12. Obama DOES like to say he was raised by a single mother, but of course it is not true. He was raised by grandparents and boarding schools. His mother was astute enough to know that her life and parade of sketchy partners was not a good influence on little Barry.

    Comment by Graham — October 17, 2012 @ 1:41 pm - October 17, 2012

  13. BigJ’s point is spot on. Conservatives are always plagued against the natural “go-something” bias. That’s why the media and the conditioned masses basically force Romney to have a “plan.” It may sound ineffectual to say that the economy can heal on its own—certainly much better than it has done under Obama, but that doesn’t make it untrue. It’s not that no one does anything to fix the economy but that the government isn’t seen as the driver of it. So, Romney comes up with a plan, and it’s actually quite a good one. And the only reason Romney’s detractors want him to be more specific is because they want something to use against him.

    Pres. Obama and his supporters should be wary about celebrating that the debate is always about Romney’s plan while basically ignoring his plan, or lack thereof. We’re now finished with debates that address election-driving economic concerns, and Obama never really took the opportunity to explain how the next four years under him would be any different than the last four. It would be one thing if our economy were on a positive trajectory, but it isn’t. People who are being challenged and hassled by their bosses aren’t the ones most likely to lose their jobs; it’s the ones who sit undisturbed in their cubicles all day who are most at risk for finding themselves unemployed. America is quite interested in what Romney will do because they are quite interested in parting ways with Obama, and they aren’t even all that interested in asking Obama his plans because they know he is nothing but a big time BS artist.

    Comment by chad — October 17, 2012 @ 2:01 pm - October 17, 2012

  14. People are slowly recognizing that Barack Obama has only three answers to anything.

    1. I have black skin

    2. I will give you free stuff in exchange for your vote

    3. Questioning me means you are a stupid and ignorant racist who wants poor people to die.

    For liberals and the Obama base, 1 and 2 are sufficient. And the reality is that their numbers have reached 47% of the US population.

    In 2008, Obama’s margin of victory came primarily from those frightened of number 3. The challenge for Romney will be encouraging those people to overcome their fear.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — October 17, 2012 @ 2:45 pm - October 17, 2012

  15. I heard a clip of this on the radio a little while ago. Romney has now picked up this theme as one of the points in his speeches: Obama still has no second-term plan.

    Comment by Kurt — October 17, 2012 @ 4:56 pm - October 17, 2012

  16. Wonder why Levi — or any of our critics — haven’t weighed in on this post.

    Comment by B. Daniel Blatt — October 17, 2012 @ 5:52 pm - October 17, 2012

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