A few minutes into last night’s debate, I noticed that President Barack Obama had a very determined look in his eyes. When the debate was over Obama was the clear winner.
Slugfest. Intense. Rough and tumble. Brawl. Sparks flying. Best Presidential debate ever. Romney battling with the moderator. The “Binders full of Women” debate. These are a few descriptions that I heard after the debate from around the country.
The final results from The Western Word poll have President Obama winning the debate 54% to Mitt Romney’s 31%. 15% thought it was a tie. Thanks to all who participated. CBS and CNN also showed Obama winning.
So now we go to the “rubber match” of this series which will be held Monday night in Florida. Bob Schieffer, Host of Face the Nation on CBS, is the moderator. The topic for the night is foreign policy.
The debate last night started with a question about gaining employment after college graduation and ended with a question about the biggest misperception people have about each candidate. There were plenty of fireworks in between.
Conservatives were hoping for a question about the security of our embassy in Benghazi, Libya. They got it and Romney lost points because of it. I thought Obama did a good job answering it. He made a great point about Romney putting out a press release and trying to score political points when we “were still dealing with our diplomats being threatened.”
Reuters reported, “Obama takes Romney to task on Libya in smack-down moment.”
Looking back, it would have been nice if Romney would have kept his “powder dry” and instead of trying to politicize the terror attack, he should have gotten behind Obama and showed that in times when the USA is attacked, we unite no matter our political differences.
Another issue that conservatives are probably worried about is Romney flip-flopping on coal. Obama said, “Governor, when you were governor of Massachusetts, you stood in front of a coal plant and pointed at it and said, ‘This plant kills,’ and took great pride in shutting it down.”
Romney has changed his views on a lot of things and it should worry his supporters that, if elected, what he will actually stand for.
One funny moment was when Romney responded to a question about pay equity for women and said that when he was Governor of Massachusetts he searched for qualified women to fill cabinet posts and women’s groups brought him “binders full of women” who were good candidates.
Soon after that remark we had a new Twitter account “@RomneysBinder” which has over 6,000 followers and “@Romneys_Binder” which has over 14,000 followers. Then there’s a Facebook page “Binders Full Of Women” which has over 257,000 likes.
As I said after his performance in the first debate, Romney should receive a bump in the polls. He has. Obama’s performance last night should give him a bump.
The final debate on Monday may decide the whole thing!
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