O'Malley and Ayotte Review Debate, Economic Numbers
The first presidential debate of the 2012 campaign season is in the books, and another debate, this one between vice presidential candidates, is coming this week.
Governor Martin O’Malley (D-MD) and Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) joined "Fox News Sunday" to give their take on the state of the race!
"We have three more debates," Governor O'Malley said in reaction to the near consensus that Mitt Romney won the first debate.
But, O'Malley added that Romney has yet to explain how his tax plan maintains its goals without raising taxes or busting the budget.
O'Malley also previewed Thursday's debate by pointing to what many think the Democrats' strategy will be, going after Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-WI) legislative record.
"He has been very clear what he would do (in office)," O'Malley said.
Senator Ayotte said Romney's strong performance was "a reset of this campaign."
The other important headline this week was the positive jobs report, and how that might impact the race.
The unemployment rate went from 8.1% to 7.8% in September, which is the lowest rate since the president took office in January 2009.
"What’s disappointing is that the downtick in the unemployment rate is because of part time jobs," Ayotte argued.
"You can’t support a family on part time work."
While O’Malley conceded that he didn't think "anyone should be satisfied," and that the economy, "still has a long way to go," he pointed out that when the president took office the economy was losing 800,000 jobs in some months.
"It is far better to be gaining jobs than losing 800,00 a month as we were when President Bush left office," O'Malley said.