By Teresa Welsh |
President Barack Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney faced off Tuesday night at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., for the second presidential debate. Obama was coming off a disappointing performance in the first debate in Denver two weeks ago, which had spurred a notable gain for Mitt Romney in both national and swing state polls. Romney, meanwhile, had to prove that his winning Denver performance was not a fluke, and that he could ride his newfound momentum to Election Day.
The second debate was town-hall style engagement with moderator Candy Crowley of CNN directing the candidates to questions asked by undecided voters. Obama and Romney revisited topics from the first presidential debate—and last week's vice presidential debate—including job growth, the deficit, and the diplomatic murders in Libya. However, the candidates also covered new ground with questions on immigration and female pay inequity.
With Obama coming at Romney far more aggressively than he did in Denver, the debate had several heated exchanges, with the candidates often interrupting and talking over one another,
Who won the second presidential debate? Here is the Debate Club's take:
Brad Bannon President of Bannon Communications Research
Judson Phillips Founder of Tea Party Nation
Jamie Chandler Political Scientist at Hunter College
Lara Brown Assistant Professor of Political Science at Villanova University