Lesser: Romney's PBS Budget Comment 'Unpresidential'

State Rep. Matthew Lesser says President Obama valiantly fleshed out facts during Wednesday night's debate in Denver, but the event lacked excitement.


Editor's Note: Middletown Patch asked state Rep. Matthew Lesser, D-100th, to share his thoughts immediately after Wednesday night's first debate in Denver between President Obama and Mitt Romney. Earlier in the evening, Lesser and his Republican challenger Deborah Kleckowski met with residents at the North End Action Team candidate forum.

Middletown Patch: How did President Obama fare in tonight's debate?

Matthew Lesser: The biggest question is who scheduled the first debate on the last night of the Major League regular season! Governor Romney needed to score a home run. But instead of seeming poised, at times he seemed evasive — on healthcare, on reducing Wall Street regulation, on voucherizing Medicare and on his tax plan that he claims does not raise taxes on the middle class but which economists says does.

The biggest stretch was when his plan to balance the budget seemed to rest on canceling Sesame Street. It sounded unserious and unpresidential.

President Obama did yeomanlike work trying to set the facts straight, although the debate tended to get bogged down in wonkery. 

Middletown Patch: You took part in Wednesday evening's North End Action Team forum. What were residents interested in?

Lesser: The NEAT forum was a great opportunity to meet residents from a neighborhood that is new to the district I represent. We had many good conversations about improving schools, lowering the cost of electricity and making it easier to start a small business — all issues I continue to work on.

One of the great untold stories is the way a are closing the achievement gap. 

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Fed Up October 05, 2012 at 01:47 AM
Your first mistake is assuming that Matt Lesser watched the debate. It would surprise me to find out he did. He is the most out of the loop politician that I have ever met. He is extremely fake, and it really makes me laugh when he speaks out. We should be grateful that they are re-redistricting and we will not be represented by him anymore. He checked out a long time ago.
Scott Wheeler October 05, 2012 at 02:56 AM
Matt, you need to man up and answer these queations to save any face that you may have left. Perhaps you did not see Chris Matthews screaming for Obama to do something during the debate? You never answered my question on who funded your trip to the democratic convention when you posted about that, you need to be a man and stop this hit and run crap you pull here. The state HAS NO MONEY.....not a pot to piss in so I hope you funded that trip yourself. Oh wait....your expenses are puplic info that I could gather no problem. Be a man and answer to your constituents or be gone with your hit and run antics. Cannot wait till I see you at your next puplic session ;-).
Darrell Lucas October 05, 2012 at 03:50 AM
Darrell Lucas October 05, 2012 at 03:52 AM
Meet the Candidates! Video of Lesser and others that night at the North End Action Team forum. http://middletown-ct.patch.com/blog_posts/politicians-meet-middletown-voters-at-candidates-forum-video#youtube_video-11600114
Ralph Thayer October 05, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Big Bird richer than Mitt Romney -- and pays less taxes. [http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Hollywood/2012/10/04/Big-Bird-Richer-Than-Romney] Double-dipping? Could this be Joe Biden's moonlighting gig?


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