Debate reaction roundup - AEI scholars weigh in

Last night’s debate between President Obama and former Governor Mitt Romney covered an array of issues from taxes, healthcare, the economy,  and the role of government.   

American Enterprise Institute (AEI) scholars are weighing in, sorting the policy from the politics and offering expert analysis on these important issues.  Below are some of the instant reaction highlights to the major points made during the debate.

If you would like to speak with an AEI scholar on background or would like to arrange an interview please contact michael.pratt@aei.org or 202-862-5823.

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POLITICAL/PUBLIC OPINION
Karlyn Bowman, AEI senior fellow and public opinion expert:

“For many voters, the campaign started last night.  The polls have been closing, and Romney’s strong performance last night should help him in the next four weeks. Was last night a game changer?  It’s too early to say, but Romney’s strong performance last night puts him back in the game in a significant way.”  

ECONOMICS
Alex Brill, AEI economist and former staff of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers:

“At the first debate President Obama accused Gov. Romney of both raising taxes $86 billion and of cutting taxes $500 billion and neither stand up to scrutiny. Tax reform, as Romney has outlined, is about simplification, fairness and economic efficiency and it should be debated on those grounds.” 

HEALTH POLICY
Jim Capretta, AEI visiting scholar and former associate director at the White House’s Office of Management and Budget.

"Gov. Romney did two things last night that were very important in the health care debate.   He made it very clear that the president's cuts in Medicare will hurt seniors.  And he also made it clear that Obamacare will hurt the economy even as it was unnecessary to fix the problems in American health care."

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Karlyn
Bowman
  • Karlyn Bowman compiles and analyzes American public opinion using available polling data on a variety of subjects, including the economy, taxes, the state of workers in America, environment and global warming, attitudes about homosexuality and gay marriage, NAFTA and free trade, the war in Iraq, and women's attitudes. In addition, Ms. Bowman has studied and spoken about the evolution of American politics because of key demographic and geographic changes. She has often lectured on the role of think tanks in the United States and writes a weekly column for Forbes.com.
  • Phone: 2028625910
    Email: kbowman@aei.org
  • Assistant Info

    Name: Andrew Rugg
    Phone: 2028625917
    Email: andrew.rugg@aei.org

 

Alex
Brill
  • Alex Brill is a research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he studies the impact of tax policy on the US economy as well as the fiscal, economic, and political consequences of tax, budget, health care, retirement security, and trade policies. He also works on health care reform, pharmaceutical spending and drug innovation, and unemployment insurance reform. Brill is the author of a pro-growth proposal to reduce the corporate tax rate to 25 percent, and “The Real Tax Burden: More than Dollars and Cents” (2011), coauthored with Alan D. Viard. He has testified numerous times before Congress on tax policy, labor markets and unemployment insurance, Social Security reform, fiscal stimulus, the manufacturing sector, and biologic drug competition.

    Before joining AEI, Brill served as the policy director and chief economist of the House Ways and Means Committee. Previously, he served on the staff of the White House Council of Economic Advisers. He has also served on the staff of the President's Fiscal Commission (Simpson-Bowles) and the Republican Platform Committee (2008).

    Brill has an M.A. in mathematical finance from Boston University and a B.A. in economics from Tufts University.

  • Phone: 202-862-5931
    Email: alex.brill@aei.org
  • Assistant Info

    Name: Brittany Pineros
    Phone: 202-862-5926
    Email: brittany.pineros@aei.org

 

James C.
Capretta
  • James Capretta has spent more than two decades studying American health care policy. As an associate director at the White House's Office of Management and Budget from 2001 to 2004, he was responsible for all health care, Social Security and welfare issues. Earlier, he served as a senior health policy analyst at the U.S. Senate Budget Committee and at the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means. Capretta is also concurrently a Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. At AEI, he will be researching how to replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (best known as Obamacare) with a less expensive reform plan to provide effective and secure health insurance for working-age Americans and their families.

  • Email: James.Capretta@aei.org
  • Assistant Info

    Name: Neil McCray
    Phone: 202-862-5826
    Email: Neil.McCray@aei.org

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