Detroit was the topic that ignited passion between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney during the second Presidential Debate last night. Questions from a few of over 80 undecided voters were the focus of the debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York while moderated by CNN’s, Candy Crowley.
The question that incited the start of an unbelievably heated exchange between the candidates came from a young college student who asked what promises can the hopefuls make to ensure jobs for upcoming graduates.
It started off polite and orderly until the subject of bailing out Detroit and the automotive industry instigated a war of words that had the candidates in a defensive stance.
“I want to build manufacturing jobs in this country again”, President Obama went on to say. “Now when Governor Romney said we should let Detroit go bankrupt, I said we’re going to bet on American workers and the American auto industry and its come surging back”.
President Obama drilled Governor Romney on his plan to let his home town, go bankrupt with no restructuring plan in place afterwards. That statement hit home for many Detroiters and plenty of anger spawned a private debate that left folks in the “D” with plenty to say.
“I’m still pissed off about that remark how can you publicly say you don’t mind seeing your hometown tank, I just can’t get that out of my mind”, said Henry of Detroit.
Stanley of Detroit says, “I don’t trust Governor Romney, he is an embarrassment to all Detroiters and he didn’t have a plan to pull Detroit out of the mud behind declaring bankruptcy, people need to open their eyes”.
“A lot of people took what he (Romney) said out of context, the entire auto industry here was on the brink of collapse and as you can see bankruptcy was unavoidable, just because Governor Romney said it out loud he is accused of not caring about Detroit, we’re recovering because we are Detroit”, said Angela of Detroit.
“The President took Detroit bankrupt”, said Governor Romney. “You (Obama) took General Motors bankrupt, you took Chrysler bankrupt, so when you say that I wanted to take the auto industry bankrupt, you actually did.”
“When they stood up and started arguing with each other my husband asked me why did I have my hand over my face, I admit I was shocked that they couldn’t debate respectfully,” says Kim Edwards of Southfield.
At times Governor Romney appeared rude, combative and untamable arguing and interrupting moderator Candy Crowley who had to wrestle to bring about a level of calm. President Obama also showed a lack of restrain by running long on questions and reiterating topics that were long addressed all while undecided voters endured long pauses the President is characterized for.
“I don’t want excuses when me and my wife have to borrow money from relatives to stay above water, I was not impressed and I’m really tired of all the “talk”, says Doug D of Westland.
Religion made its way in the debate with regard to assault weapons in the hands of violent criminals, President Obama spoke about praying with a mother and son who survived the massacre in Aurora and showed the need and importance for prayer.
“Her son had been shot through the head and we spent some time, and we said a prayer and remarkably, about two months later, this young man and his mom showed up, and he looked unbelievable, good as new”, said President Obama.
Governor Romney openly admitted, “I believe in God and I believe we’re all children of the same God, I believe we have a responsibility to care for one another, I served as a missionary for my church, I served as a pastor in my congregation for about 10 years.”
“I was shocked to hear that Romney was a Pastor, I was like really,” said Deb Wilson of Detroit.
The next and final presidential debate is scheduled for Monday, October 22, 2012 at 9:00 p.m. at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida.