Aggressive Obama overcomes Romney in second debate

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012 11:02:04 by

In the recent face-to-face encounter, an antagonistic Barack Obama landed telling blows on contender Mitt Romney as naked dislike boiled over between the White House foes in a tense debate.

Obama – widely perceived to have lost their first encounter – came out swinging in New York on the economy, tax and foreign policy.

According to CBS News Instant poll, Obama with 37 percent of uncommitted voters edged Mitt Romney for a win in the second presidential debate.

Obama’s performance was far stronger second time around, more aggressive, more personal, and he commanded the floor. By contrast, some of the bad old Mitt from the primaries was back.

According to the reports, the Republican shuffled around the stage and seems to tire halfway through. As he often does under pressure, Romney talked in innuendoes.

The US president bounced off the ropes after a dismal showing in their first encounter two weeks ago, knowing his tumbling poll numbers could doom him to the historical ignominy of a single term without a sharp intervention.

On question after question, Obama took it to Romney. On Romney’s differences with President George W. Bush, Obama said that their economic plans are the same but that Romney is more to the right on immigration and women’s health.

On Romney’s “five-point plan,” Obama remarked, “Governor Romney doesn’t have a five-point plan. He has a one-point plan. And that plan is to make sure that folks at the top play by a different set of rules.” On Romney’s tax plan, the president said, “You wouldn’t take such a sketchy deal and neither should you, the American people, because the math doesn’t add up.”

On immigration, Obama noted that Romney’s chief adviser on that issue is the major architect of the controversial Arizona law.

When Romney effectively critiqued the Obama record, the president countered well and did a good job of taking the race to the future, nailing Romney as a “me too” rubber stamp for the obstructionist Republicans in Congress.

BBC reported that the two men freely roamed the stage in the town hall-style forum at Hofstra University on Long Island, circling, interrupting and at times heckling one another as they took questions from an audience of 80 undecided voters.

The moderator, CNN’s Candy Crowley, often had to intervene to keep order between the rivals as each fought to make his point. The third and final presidential debate is scheduled for 22 October in Boca Raton, Florida.

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