“Obama came back swinging,” was Wolf Blitzer’s outburst as the debate concluded. As a matter of fact, Obama was indeed there; he actually showed up. Problem is, it was the same exact Obama that has been president for the past four years.
Romney stayed on course in presenting the facts about Obama and his record, and even pulled a Newt when confronting the moderator in getting a fair share of time to respond. Under no circumstances did Romney allow Obama to run away from his record.
In my opinion, if the first debate was a game changer, the second simply was a game maintainer. If Romney had to win the first debate to remain relevant as a candidate, Obama had to win big this time, in overcoming the arguments about his bad record, and successfully portray Romney as worse than him or at least get Romney to stumble and shift in defense mode. That didn’t happen. Obama came back scoring a few political points and added some fuel to his unenthusiastic campaign. But, Romney won on style, looking presidential, and at the same time hitting the President over his record, and boy, was that a long list.
The post-debate CNN poll of debate viewers felt Obama edged out Romney in the 2nd debate with 46% to Romney’s 39%. But, they expressed greater confidence in Romney’s ability to lead, especially on the economy.
Romney enhanced his role as an effective alternative to President Barack Obama.