Re "President, Romney go toe to toe" (Page A1, Oct. 4): Any hopes that the presidential debate would uncover substantive insights were dashed in the first 15 minutes, and things got worse.
The frozen smile on Mitt Romney's face revealed a certain amount of disdain tainted by condescension, as if ready for a free-for-all rather than a civil debate. He was rude and bulldozed moderator Jim Lehrer, who completely lost control.
President Barack Obama failed to tout the economic gains his administration's policies have made. He lost the opportunity to tell of his reaching across the political aisle only to be thwarted simply because Republicans wanted him to fail, never mind the welfare of the country.
Romney was in a political slugfest; Obama was debating, but, then, it really wasn't a debate after all, was it?
-- Robert H. Fernandez, Fair Oaks
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