Romney scored points of his own during last night’s debate when he spoke of middle class economic struggles and listed promises he said the current president failed to fulfill.
However, both sides claimed victory, but most polls still favor Obama, who saw his lead in polls contract sharply after a lackluster performance in the first debate October 3, Reuters reports.
Respondents to a poll, conducted by CNN, gave their voices to Obama by a 46%-39% margin – though they also liked Romney’s responses on economic issues by 18 percentage points.
“Mitt Romney was seen as better able to handle the economy, taxes and the budget deficit among the debate audience, but it seems that issues were trumped, or at least blunted, by intangibles, including the expectations game,” says CNN polling director Keating Holland.
After Obama lost the first round of the presidential debates in Denver, his top advisers couldn’t hide their disappointment and gloom. They even tried to dress up a clear loss with complaints about Romney’s prevarications.
So it was no surprise that President’s top aide was quite pleased with Obama’s feisty effort at the second presidential debate Tuesday night.
He lauded President’s “dominant” performance and said he believes that Obama’s performance would win back voters’ support as well as swing states.
“If the election were held today, I’m as confident as anything I’ve been in my life, that we would win the election,” Obama’s senior adviser David Plouffe told reporters Tuesday night as the President’s motorcade left the debate site in Hempstead, N.Y.
A day after the second of three presidential debates, a revitalized Obama continued sparring with the former Massachusetts governor, making fun of Romney’s comment that he had received “binders full of women” to consider for cabinet positions during his governorship.
“I went to a number of women’s groups and said, ‘Can you help us find folks?’ and they brought us whole binders full of women,” Romney said Tuesday.
“I’ve got to tell you, we don’t have to collect a bunch of binders to find qualified, talented driven young women ready to learn and teach in (science, technology and engineering) right now,” Obama smiling told an audience of about 2,000 people at Cornell College in Iowa.
He continued: “And when young women graduate, they should get equal pay for equal work.”
With 20 days left before the election, the President campaigned in Iowa and Ohio while his Republican rival was in Virginia – important “swing states” that can go to either candidate on November 6.
In Chesapeake, Virginia, the Republican nominee claimed that Mr Obama has failed to help women get well-paying jobs and criticized him for failing to produce a second-term agenda.
“Don’t you think it’s time for them to finally put together a vision for what he’d do in the next four years if he were re-elected?” Romney asked about 3,500 supporters outside a community college.
Despite being slammed for his Tuesday comments, Romney pressed forward next day by deploying the highest ranking woman in his administration, former lieutenant governor Kerry Healey, The Boston Globe writes.
“As we took office, our administration actively sought to recruit the best and brightest women the Commonwealth had to offer,” Healey said in a statement.
“And Governor Romney wasn’t just checking a box. He sought out our counsel, and he listened to our advice. We didn’t always agree, but we were always respected.”