Presidential debate: round two recap

Patrick Ryan, News Editor

This past Tuesday in the presidential debate, Obama surprised everyone, clearly earning the, “most improved,” award. If you compare Obama’s appearance last ngiht to the one two weeks ago, he was much more aggressive and established his place on the stage.

Was it enough to lessen the game between Romney and him? Gallup says no.

According to a recent poll, Gallup, the same organization that selected the 82 undecided voters asking the questions in the debate, said Romney has 50 percent of likely voters while Obama has 46 percent.

Comparing the polls at this time in 2008, the last presidential election, Obama was up about seven points on Senator John McCain. According to Gallup, Obama is down significantly among men, college graduates and southern voters compared to the last election.

If I had to pick one moment that stood out to me as the most surprising or perhaps, most important of the night, it would probably be when Romney called out Obama on calling the Libyan consulate attacks an, “act of terror.” Obama didn’t. It took the entire administration and his staff nearly three weeks to come out and finally say that it was an act of terror.

Candy Crawley, the moderator and the Chief Political Correspondent on CNN backed up Obama the whole way, right away in front of the national audience saying that he did.

Obama did, in fact, say, “No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation.” That’s it.


Check out the video for yourself. It isn’t even six minutes long, watch it and make your own decision. What he did call it, however, was, “senseless violence.” (Jump to 1:30)



While still speaking to that subject, Crawley interrupted Romney a total of 28 times, while only nine times to Obama. Moderators are supposed to moderate, not provide one candidate all of the talking points and cutting off the other whenever he brings up a quality rebutle.


No matter who you believe should be the next, or remain the President of the United States, do your civic duty on Nov. 6 and get to the polls. You owe it to yourself, your family, and most of all, your country.