Today marked a monumental day for Hofstra, as we hosted the 2nd Presidential debate. According to CNN, President Barack Obama took home the win by 46%, but that doesn’t mean that former Governor Mitt Romney didn’t come out swinging.
From the first question on, both candidates were in attack mode. I was ready to scream, “Fight, fight!” at the TV as soon as I watched the governor stand up and walk towards the President. From that moment on, I knew this debate was fair game.
Highlights on the Republican side included the Governor’s pledge to boost the economy and make more jobs available for the public. The President repeated his success in saving the auto industry, and claimed to boost natural energy sources. Romney quickly shut this down, stating, “I don’t think anyone really believes that you’re a person who’s going to be pushing for oil and gas and coal.” While both made accurate statements, Obama’s claim was based on his first three years, and Romney’s rebuttal was based on more recent facts.
Probably the biggest issue of the night caused a controversial intervention by commentator Candy Crowley. When Romney made the comment that “It took the president 14 days before he called the attack in Benghazi an act of terror,” Crowley took the President’s side, but then quickly counter-acted her response, agreeing with Romney that “It did as well take two weeks or so for the whole idea there being a riot out there about this tape to come out.” This was an embarrassing moment for Governor Romney, as well as for Crowley, whose comment was deemed inappropriate and unnecessary.
I think this debate proved two things. One, Governor Romney is a great debater, despite his overly- aggressiveness. Two, the President does have a fight left in him, and even though he lost the first debate, he was able to handle the “town-style” with ease and grace. I don’t necessarily believe that either of the candidates won this evening, but I do have to agree with CNN’s statistics that Romney’s plans of health care and the economy are stronger than Obama’s. However, Obama is more personable and is able to deal with high-pressure situations in a more professional way. If I had to choose, I’d say Crowley for President. The other two can fight for the silver.