The debate #2

17 Oct

There was a conspiracy theory a couple of weeks ago.

It went like this:

Barack Obama was abducted by aliens that replaced him with an android/robot whose battery ran out before the first debate.

We can put that one to bed – the President showed up for the debate, feisty and ready to rumble.

A lot of people were concerned Candy Crowley, the moderator, was going to do more than just sit there.

She did more and good for her.

When Romney and Obama got off track and she yanked them right back.

We’ll call the first debate a big Romney win.

This second was a moderate win for Obama.

Since Obama started off ahead in the polls, our call is it comes down to the third and final one.

Romney got nailed on one thing.

When he heard Obama say he had called the assault at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi a terror attack in the days after the incident, Romney went for the jugular, expressing amazement and doubting that the president said that.

“I stood in the Rose Garden and I told the American people and the world that we are going to find out exactly what happened, that this was an act of terror,” said Obama.

Romney was incredulous, apparently having forgotten the speech.

“I think it’s interesting, the president just said something which is that on the day after the attack he went in the Rose Garden and said this was an act of terror?” Romney said.

“That’s what I said,” said Obama.

“You said in the Rose Garden the day after the attack, it was an act of terror, it was not a spontaneous demonstration, is that what you’re saying?” Romney asked Obama again, eyebrows flying.

“Please proceed, Governor,” Obama says to the stunned Romney – waiting for him to walk into his own trap.

“I want to make sure we get that for the record because it took the president 14 days before he called the attack in Benghazi an act of terror,” Romney said.

In jumps Crowley: while it was true that many days passed before the Obama administration stopped suggesting the attacks had been spontaneous, the president did technically use the word “terror” on the day after they occurred.

“He did, in fact, sir,” Crowley told Romney.

Oops.

A new CBS news poll conducted using an online panel of “about 500” uncommitted voters finds 37 percent say President Barack Obama won the debate.

While 30 percent said Mitt Romney did.

And 33 percent called it a tie.   Obama held the advantage on better handling the middle class, 56 percent to 43 percent.

Fifty-five percent of poll respondents said Obama gave direct answers to questions, while 49 percent said the same about Romney.

As many as a third of voters have already cast their ballots absentee or early mail-in.

No matter how good or bad an individual candidate did in the first two debates, that won’t change those votes.

Obama will get a small bounce in the polls but probably not enough to offset the bounce Romney got from the first debate.

Remember, these debates are aimed at undecided voters and there’s not that many left.

And remember Obama was doing well a couple of weeks ago.

That one-third changes the dynamics of this election – a lot.

We hope your choice did best.

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