- Posted October 17, 2012 by
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Final presidential debate: Unanswered questions
The Cornfield Analysis of the 2nd Presidential Debate
The 2nd Presidential Debate of 2012 is now history. Both sides came away with something to brag about. Both President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney showed up ready to rumble.
They did not disappoint.
With the much more engaged and fiesty demeanor of President Obama, the edge tonight will have to go to him as the overall debate winner. After his performance in the last debate it was as if Lazarus had been resurrected from the dead.
Although the President by virtue of his combativeness gets the nod and the win, Romney was not a pushover by any means. The Governor went toe-to-toe with the President and held his own. But if scoring the debate on points, the win goes to the Democratic candidate over the Republican candidate.
What was most interesting to me, and long overdue in my opinion, was that the President finally came out and took responsibilty for the Benghazi tragedy which left 4 Americans dead. This the President should have done from day 1, but rather the narrative was spun of a protest gone awry over a poorly produce anti-Islam video. The President finally said he was responsible, but only after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had fallen on her sword.
The other take-away from this debate, for me, was that the President failed to answer the question of why he should be re-elected. He still did not lay out a clear idea of what a 2nd Obama Administration would look like and what policies he would pursue. Why can't he give us a clear reason to vote for him?
Romney, on the other hand, failed in responding directly on the issue of women's wages versus men's. Romney, also failed to paint a clearer and cleaner picture of how his administration would deal with the issue of illegal immigration.
Both men definitely tried to show which was the Alpha male. Both men at times tried to run over moderator Candy Crowley. Both men at times let their irritation show. The President seemed more irritated than Romney, but Romney came across as a bully at times trying to get his way.
The President came up short also in not responding to why he failed to pass immigration reform in his 1st 2 years in office. He deflected and ducked the issue.
Romney did not come out forcefully enough on ensuring that women and men be paid a comparable wage for comparable work. Though he mentioned bringing more women into his administration when he was governor of Massachusetts, it was not enough, though commendable.
Some have issue with the moderator over the Benghazi issue. Some saw that she seemed to play to the President and cut off the discussion too soon. I believe she may have overstepped and became part of the dialogue rather than not making herself part of the story.
Republicans and Democrats are able to crow tonight. Partisans in both camps saw their candidates step up and do what was expected.
Big question is will it change the dynamics of the campaign?
I do not see the momentum changing or that there will be any substantial movement in trends. Unlike the 1st debate which was a game changer in every sense of the word, this debate simply maintains where the race has stood for over a week now - a razor's edge separating the 2 candidates.
From the Cornfield, while I score this one for Obama, the Romney supporters should feel equally served by their candidate.
Now what will happen on Monday night when the candidates square off for the last time before the majority of voters take to the polls on November 6?
Don't forget that 4 days before Election Day, the final jobs numbers will come out. Those numbers could once more put a wrinkle in the outcome.