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October 16, 2012
Feisty second debate yielded confrontation, but no clear winner
The second presidential debate was less one-sided than the first, meaning President Obama was not as distracted, while Mitt Romney turned in a solid performance.The level of confrontation was far higher than anything previously seen between the two men. Obama was very stale. He didn't look good. Romney looked a lot better -- like a president. Obama looked like a salesman
It is clear the media will declare Obama the winner, for his performance was not as weak as previously, and because they are predisposed to do so, as Daren Jonescu laid out earlier tonight. I am far from certain that the president gained any support. Mitt Romney interacted well with the audience, and gave the lie to the hundreds of millions of dollars of Obama propaganda that has labeled him a monster.
Both men interrupted each other, to my eyes Obama more than Romney, and both entered each others' personal space. Obama enjoyed 2 -3 more minutes of speaking time that Romney did, as was true int he first debate.
Later fact checkers can clarify the dispute between the two men over Obama's contention that his Rose Garden address on 9/12 called the Benghazi attack a terror attack. But moderator Candy Crowley entered the dispute, essentially calling Obama correct, the clearest indication of her bias.
Romney laid out the failures of Obama clearly. Obama for the most part repeated previous talking points, and for anyone paying attention, his answers were stale.
Alana Goodman in Commentary fact checks Crowley:
Richard Baehr writes:
Even though Crowley's intervention saved Obama's bacon tonight, we have another debate coming, this time focused on foreign policy. The contradictory and fact-challenged answers on the Baneghazi coverup will continue to fester.
When Romney incredulously asked Obama if he was actually saying that he had called Benghazi a terror act, the president gave a nonconmittal answer, asking Romney to move along ("Please proceed"). He knew he could not say yes, but he wiggled out of saying no. Romney has one more chance to pin him down on Libya, and he must do a far better job of it in the final debate than he did tonight.
Elise Cooper writes:
No one is talking on how wrong the President was regarding the Arizona law. First, no law enforcement officer stops anyone unless they have committed a violation. The Supreme Court decision upheld that part of the law.
Obama's attempt to maintain the fiction that he called Benghazi an act of terror in the Rose Garden on 9/12 runs smack into reality.
The Obama Blame Game: First the movie, then the Governor, followed by House Republicans, and now the intelligence community.
Update: Paul Mirengoff of Powerline lays out an analysis that complements my own contention that Romney looked more presidential:
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