The Obama campaign promised a more aggressive, more assertive candidate in this second presidential debate. And that’s what we saw, a feistier Barack Obama. But that was inevitable. The only way he could have been less assertive is if he had fallen off his chair and slipped into a coma.
There were no knockouts during this second debate. Reasonable people may disagree, but I think Romney won on points, but not by much.
Expect the so-called mainstream media to say Obama made a comeback – which he did. But he really couldn’t do worse than last time around.
As Chris Wallace said, Obama’s performance stopped the bleeding in his campaign, so Democrats will be happy. I think Republicans will be happy, too. Romney came off as knowledgeable and didn’t back down.
Missed opportunity for Romney: Libya. If Obama really believed that the attack in Benghazi was an act of terrorism, why did he allow U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice to go on five Sunday talk shows and say a video touched off riots that led to the murders? But I’m not sure voters care enough about this to make a difference. Stay tuned.
Voters do care about who can turn the economy around. That’s their number one issue. And I think Romney comes out ahead on this one. And it’s why I think he narrowly won on points.
This debate didn’t hurt Obama … but it didn’t hurt Romney either. And that may mean that Romney’s momentum has not been halted. And that’s bad news for Obama.