Debate No. 2: Narrow win for Romney
The Kansas City Star
Somebody gave the prez a can of Red Bull for this one. He was much more animated and assertive. But I give Romney the edge.
He made a key point on immigration when he noted that President Obama failed to offer a bill when his party held the Congress. He also scored when he gave that devastating litany of broken Obama promises — like cut the deficit in half — and on energy.
Obama tried to take credit for the surge in American oil and gas, which he had nothing to do with. In fact, yesterday The Wall Street Journal had an editorial pointing out that a few weeks ago, the Obama administration closed off drilling in nearly half of the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska.
Obama also rolled out the stale “policies that got us into this mess” talking point that earned him three Pinocchios from The Washington Post’s fact checker.
Romney failed to get a clean hit on Libya, but Candy Crowley seems to have muddled the issue even more on whether Obama admitted it was a planned attack in his Rose Garden statement. Later he appeared on The View and refused to call it terrorism. The questions over Benghazi will continue to swirl.
Romney would have done better for himself by bringing up the “47 percent” matter on his own, thus controlling how it comes out. He had to know it was coming. As it happened, it ended up at the end of the debate. Not good for his cause.
Now we see if tonight’s festivities moved the needle on the election. My guess is not much, if at all.