Is Barack Obama Talking Enough About the Future?


Reflecting on Tuesday's debate at Hofstra University at a rally this week, Romney said that the debate exposed that Obama doesn't have a plan.

"I think it's interesting that the president still doesn't have an agenda for a second term," Romney said. "Don't you think that it's time for him to finally put together a vision of what he'd do in the next four years if he were elected? I mean, he's gotta come up with that over this weekend because there's only one debate left, on Monday."

In an editorial on Wednesday, the Wall Street Journal editorial board dug into Obama for spending more time at the debate attacking Romney's plans than laying out his own.

"The paucity of this promise, the difference between now and four years ago, was never clearer than in the president's response to the young man who said he'd voted for Mr. Obama in 2008 but is less optimistic now," it said. "Mr. Obama responded by reciting his achievements -- ending the Iraq war, 'health-care reform to make sure insurance companies can't jerk you around,' more Wall Street regulation, the auto bailout and more jobs."

Still, Bob Borosage, co-director of the progressive Campaign for America's Future, said that Obama's pitch is improving.

"I do think that given where people are, he would be benefited if, in fact, he were more clearly laying out the change he wants to see in the future," Borosage said. "I thought the debate dramatically advanced his effort in that regard, but I do think he has to keep going, he has to do more."

During Tuesday's debate and in the campaign speeches that followed, Obama laid out a second-term strategy focusing on outsourced job recovery, energy independence and education to counter Romney's five-point plan.

"We've got more work to do. That's why I'm running for a second term," Obama said at a rally in New Hampshire on Thursday. "I will not be satisfied until everybody who wants to work hard can find a job. And that means we've got to have a plan to grow not just the economy and create jobs, but create good jobs, and provide security for the middle class."

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