Publicado el 10-17-2012
Unfortunately, More of
a Fight than a Debate
The second presidential debate held Tuesday night surprised many what it was and what it wasn’t. Both candidates were under immense pressure. President Obama needed to make a significant presentation to get his campaign back on track after polls show Governor Romney gaining significant ground in Battleground States while Romney needed to seal the deal. Unfortunately, both spent too much time interrupting each other and being confrontational. It was more of a fight rather than a debate. It really was not a town hall meeting. The tone of the debate was too aggressive and viewer often expressed discomfort.
Obama threw the first punch by criticizing Romney for supporting a set of plans that favors the wealthy over the middle class. Romney countered by saying that he favored lowering taxes for middle class because they have been buried for the last four years under Obama’s policies. Taxes, immigration, trade, energy and women’s issues were aggressively argued, the differences were clear. At the end of the day, the facts are clear: 23 million people are unemployed, 1 in 6 live in poverty, more than 46 million are on food stamps and 1.8 million undocumented men and women have been deported under this administration.
On the issue of Libya, Romney was correct. President Obama said that he did call it a terrorist attack the day after in a speech in the White House Rose Garden. Moderator Crawley said that was true but transcripts show that is not. He said the U.S. would not tolerate a terrorist attack in reference to 9/11 but not at all in reference to the terrorist attack in Libya.
But both candidates missed the opportunity to truly connect with the voters.
They will have another chance, next Monday in the final presidential debate held in Boca Raton, Florida at Lynn University, all devoted to foreign affairs.