Someone woke up the President, but was it enough?
Both President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney came ready to play tonight and it was evident from the opening question.
The President led off with an aggressive tone. It was noticeable from the first answer to the first question. My god, he scared the first young man who had to ask his question about education. Both Obama and Romney spoke to that young student and reassured him he had a future.
Obama and Romney did not back down from each of their respective economic plans. They debated the logic of the basis of their fiscal logic but didn’t knock each other back.
There were face-offs throughout the debate. Oh yes, there were. The townhall, open space, format of the debate actually promoted more confrontations between the candidates and moderator Candy Crowley, than it did interaction from the audience.
The discussion of opportunities for women came up. President Obama brought the Lily Ledbetter act. Romney countered with his own experiences in the private sector ensuring women received equal treatment.
When the subject of immigration came up. President Obama brought up DREAM act measures and tried to call out Romney on the his “self deportation” remarks. Romney emphasized bringing the right people into the country was key for the future.
Tense moments with the foreign policy discussion. Romney calling for accountability and Obama shouting down concerns over Secretary of State Hilary Clinton’s involvement. “She works for me” Obama said. Romney questioned the timeline of the Presidents actions involving Libya, with a fundraiser the President attended the day after the attacks.
The overall environment of the debate was a combative one. Moderator Candy Crowley’s follow ups, not only ran the debate long but, seem to disrupt the flow of the discussion. Obama and Romney had several tense moments throughout the debate when they were arguing in the middle of the debate stage. Both men bended but none broke to the pressure and committed an inappropriate act.
If you’re an Obama supporter, congratulations. He returned with more energy tonight and was more aggressive with his opponent.
If you’re a Romney supporter, feel confident that you’re guy didn’t flinch for a second when the President decided to wake up and in the next debate in a more traditional environment, Romney might be able to trap him in a corner.
Public opinion will swing the final debate into a tie-braker.