Second Presidential Debate Roundup

Well, that was fun. Tuesday night’s second presidential debate was everything a presidential debate should be: a feisty, contentious, illuminating look at the two candidates who are asked and ask each other tough questions. Unlike their first debate, for which President Barack Obama was mysteriously absent, this showcased both him and Governor Mitt Romney at the top of their game, and decidedly on the offense. ABC’s George Will called it “immeasurably” the best presidential debate in history and famed conservative Charles Krauthammer said, “This was Frazier vs. Ali. This was a very tough fight.” There was no resounding winner this time around, leaving each party free to claim victory for themselves. Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said the President “couldn’t defend the truth.” MSNBC’s Al Sharpton said, “It was really clear that Romney played the bully and the president stood up to the bully.” A CNN poll said viewers narrowly picked the President as night’s victor, but almost all pundits agree that few, if any, undecided voters will be swayed by the performance.

A few highlights were Mitt Romney’s instantly viral mention of receiving “binders full of women” upon being asked about women’s equality in the workplace; and moderator Candy Crowley’s on-the-spot fact check of Romney’s assertion that Obama had not called the attack on Benghazi an act of terror, which raised a larger issue of whether she overstepped her bounds as a moderator.

Miss the debate? No worries, the full video is right here

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