Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Presidential Debate II

Tonight the second presidential debate took place at Hofstra university.  The format was a town hall one in which audience participants ask questions of the candidates.  The candidates then respond to the audience member and to one another.

In this debate, President Obama did much better.  Both candidates were feisty and battling each other.  Obama was more assertive this time.

He countered Romney's statements better than in the last debate.  Romney of course countered.  Controversy surrounded the debate due to the fact that Candy Crowley was to be the moderator.  Crowley stated that she would actively participate in the debate.  Both campaigns protested this.

Crowley's bias was not masked at all.  It was obvious that she is an Obama supporter.  She constantly interrupted Romney and even helped out Obama by contradicting Romney's claim that Obama did not state at the Rose garden conference that the attack in Libya was a terrorist attack.  She was obviously wrong.  Obama DID NOT state that the attack was a terrorist attack.






ROMNEY: I -- I think interesting the president just said something which -- which is that on the day after the attack he went into the Rose Garden and said that this was an act of terror.
OBAMA: That's what I said.
ROMNEY: You said in the Rose Garden the day after the attack, it was an act of terror.
It was not a spontaneous demonstration, is that what you're saying?
OBAMA: Please proceed governor.
ROMNEY: I want to make sure we get that for the record because it took the president 14 days before he called the attack in Benghazi an act of terror.
OBAMA: Get the transcript.
CROWLEY: It -- it -- it -- he did in fact, sir. So let me -- let me call it an act of terror...
OBAMA: Can you say that a little louder, Candy?
CROWLEY: He -- he did call it an act of terror. It did as well take -- 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. You are correct about that.
ROMNEY: This -- the administration -- the administration indicated this was a reaction to a video and was a spontaneous reaction.
CROWLEY: It did.
ROMNEY: It took them a long time to say this was a terrorist act by a terrorist group. And to suggest -- am I incorrect in that regard, on Sunday, the -- your secretary --
OBAMA: Candy?


Obama seemed uncomfortable addressing Romney's point.  Crowley's interjection gave more attention to Obama's apprehension.  Obama even said, "lets move on."  This shows that Obama had no rebuttal to Romney's statement.

The media is calling Obama the winner; however, others say it was Romney who won again by responding to Obama's statements and cornering him .



Source:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/17/candy-crowley-libya-fact-check-backtrack_n_1973431.html?ref=election-2012-blog&icid=maing-grid7|maing8|dl1|sec1_lnk2%26pLid%3D221821

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/16/presidential-debate-2012_n_1970698.html?&icid=maing-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl1%7Csec1_lnk2%26pLid%3D221152

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/16/candy-crowley-fact-checks-mitt-romney-libya_n_1972313.html?icid=maing-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl1%7Csec3_lnk2%26pLid%3D221152

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/15/candy-crowley-debate-complaints-obama-romney_n_1966386.html?ref=topbar

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/17/presidential-debate-winner_n_1972215.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/16/candy-crowley-fact-checks-mitt-romney-libya_n_1972313.html?ncid=webmail2

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