Obama Comes Back Fighting In Second Presidential Debate
Since 1960 it has been customary for presidential candidates to engage in a debate on some of the most controversial topics facing American society at the time. Tuesday night was the second debate held between President Obama and Mitt Romney, one that seemed to prove more successful for Obama than his lacklustre performance at the first debate at the beginning of this month.
Obama and Romney both performed aggressively during the debate, criticising and attacking each other continuously throughout. Whether it was economic policy, immigration, gun control, each man seemed to differ in opinion over every topic raised by the members of the audience where the debate was held at Hofstra University in New York.
While both did their best to prove their point, most of the attention was on Obama and the stark difference between his performance during the second debate and the disastrous showing he put on at the first.
How Obama Came Back Swinging
For the second debate, Obama was obviously more prepared. He came to the podium ready to defend his own policy and attack Romney at every opportunity. The President remained focused throughout, seeming eager to deliver.
Obama tried to cement his position as a man of the people, especially among women as he frequently spoke of the Planned Parenthood programme and contraception.
Romney tried to defend himself against Obama’s attacks by taking the best form of defence, his own attack. At one point he suggested Obama check the investments his pension fund is making, to which Obama replied, “I don’t look at my pension, it’s not as big as yours.”
Romney Focuses on Failures
While Romney did put forward enough attacks of his own, he spent a lot of time pointing out Obama’s failures.
Two-thirds of the way into the debate, Romney launched into a list of problems that have occurred during Obama’s term as president such as high unemployment, an increase in poverty and a lack of a plan to combat illegal immigration.
“The middle class is getting crushed under the policies of a president who has not understood what it takes to get the economy working again. The policies he’s put in place, from Obamacare to Dodd-Frank to his tax policies to his regulatory policies…these policies combined have not let this economy take off and grow like it could have,” Romney said.
There was at least one thing that both candidates could agree on though, the importance of education.
Unfortunately for the candidates though, many voters remain undecided, and unhappy. One questioner, Michael Jones, told Obama that while he had voted for him in 2008, he want’s sure where his vote would lie this time around as he could barely afford most day to day expenses.
The third, and final, debate will occur next Monday where the main topic for the candidates will be Foreign policy, a topic which is sure to be a controversial one as Romney has been very critical of Obama over the events of the last month at the U.S. consulate in Libya.