The 2012 Presidential Election
So unless you live under a rock, you were aware that last night was Round 2 of the Presidential Debate, held in Hofstra University in Long Island. Why they would hold a clash of intelligence in Long Island is beyond me, but the Presidential Commission does win a point for unintended irony. Anyway, following the passive performance of President Obama in the first debate, and the consequential bump for Romney in the polls, it was undoubtedly a big night for both campaigns.
If you’ve ever seen the music video for Beat It by Michael Jackson, you’ll have an idea of how the debate went. Needless to say, President Obama made sure to use all of the attacking points that he failed to in the first go-round, and President Romney was forced to confront his biggest fear, speaking to a non-White American. Both did well. President Obama, though at times straying from answering the question, was firm, articulate, and in equal parts dismissive of his opponent, making sure to use the debate to question the trustworthiness of Governor Romney and his flip-flopping. Governor Romney on the other hand made sure to characterize the four years of President Obama as a failure while simultaneously laying out his plan for the future. He stated he would.
You may be thinking that I forgot to finish that sentence, but he didn’t give any details so a cut-off sentence is my best characterization of his policy plans. BUT, to critics and supporters alike, President Obama’s aggressive tactics undercut Romney and left him on the defensive, and the loser of the debate.