After a lackluster performance in the first presidential debate, President Barack Obama fought back in his second faceoff with Republican challenger Mitt Romney. The town hall-style debate at Hofstra University between both candidates witnessed a sharp exchange of words between the two.
The candidates looked physically forceful and intimidating towards each other as they shook each other’s hands during Tuesday’s debate.
Immediate reaction after the second presidential debate was one of relief for the democrats that Barack is back! Comments from analysts and pundits too, considerably went in favor of President Obama, while some Republicans said that the debate was a draw.
“This time, President Obama showed up.” Democratic analyst and a long-time American Democratic campaign worker and consultant, Joe Trippi said in his remarks on Fox News.
Brit Hume, who accompanied him during the transmission, said “Mr. Obama would probably be declared the winner on most cards.”
On CNN David Gergen said, “the night goes to Barack Obama.” Also, according to a new CNN poll 46 percent of respondents said President Barack Obama won the debate, whereas, 39 percent declared said Mitt Romney victorious.
Rev. Al Sharpton credited Obama on MSNBC by saying, “Best performance of his career as a debater.”
To the Republicans it seemed that the debate was a draw. Check out the tweet of the former George W. Bush press secretary Ari Fleischer regarding the debate.
Rom was highly effective in showing what O did in 4 yrs hasn't worked. O was good at punching at Rom's positions.Draw.— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) October 17, 2012
On the other hand, Steve Schmidt, the Republican strategist, said on MSNBC, “I’m not sure that the president’s performance is enough to arrest Mitt Romney’s momentum in the race.”
Conservative columnist, George Will on ABC, during post-debate coverage, complimented both candidates and the moderator, Candy Crowley: “I have seen every presidential debate in American history, since the four of Nixon and Kennedy in 1960. This was immeasurably the best.”
Obama's performance at the second presidential debate remarkably better when compared to his lackluster performance in Denver, and based on his energetic comeback viewers rated him the winner by a seven-point margin in a CNN poll.
Also a CBS news poll conducted using an online panel of "about 500" uncommitted voters stated that 37 percent declared President Barack Obama as winner of the debate, while 30 percent voted in favor of Mitt Romney. The remaining viewed the event as a tie.