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Who Won the Second Debate Between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama?

Who Won the Second Debate Between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama?

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:


The Arguments

#1
144 Pts
Town Hall Style Gave Obama an Edge

Obama – Town Hall Style Gave Obama an Edge

Ford O'Connell Republican Strategist, Conservative Activist, and Political Analyst

#2
9 Pts
Obama Won the Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Debate

Obama – Obama Won the Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Debate

Jamal Simmons Principal at The Raben Group

#3
3 Pts
Obama Won the Debate While Romney Lost Credibility

Obama – Obama Won the Debate While Romney Lost Credibility

Brad Bannon President of Bannon Communications Research

#6
-20 Pts
If Independents Turn Out, Romney May Have Winning Argument

Romney – If Independents Turn Out, Romney May Have Winning Argument

Lara Brown Assistant Professor of Political Science at Villanova University


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