by JOHN CASHON
The second Presidential Debate was to be Presidential Obama's chance to dig himself out of the hole he created for himself during the first debate.
Watching the debate, it seemed the President had regained his confidence, rebuffing Governor Romney's attempts to rattle him by his hurling question after question directly to the President.
I saw this constant barrage of questions by Governor Romney as disingenuous, because it appeared that he really did not want the President to answer but instead was only asking, and interrupting, for dramatic effect only.
During this debate, with Governor Romney continuing the same lines from the first debate, he encountered much more resistance from President Obama this time, which led to entertaining back and forth moments, especially concerning women's rights for better pay, immigration reform and their tax plans.
When it was pointed out that Governor Romney was incorrect about the President not mentioning an act of terror the day after the attack in Libya by the moderator, Candy Crowley, he had no answer. Governor Romney was acting as if he had a great gotcha moment until it boomeranged on him, and after this point, he appeared to be on the defensive.
When the last question about Governor Romney's biggest misperception that the American people have about him as a man and a candidate was asked, I believe Governor Romney set himself up for the President to counter with the 47% remark, which he made during a private fundraiser, when he said he would back 100% percent of the population. Although, it is just as likely that the President would have brought it up anyway considering that he did not mention it during the first debate.
During the first debate, I felt that Governor Romney did have the better body language, but his changing his positions from what he had been saying on the campaign trail had me questioning his integrity. Does he think that I haven't heard him say the opposite many, many times on the news? If it was not meant for me but for the people that haven't been keeping up with what has been said on the stump, I find that just as deceitful and also disturbing.
I have never seen or read anything about a candidate changing his positions so much at such a late date before the election, but Governor Romney's aides did say they would have an etch-a-sketch moment during the campaign. However, I did not think it would be so blatant.
All things considered though, I am not sure how much this debate will affect the election, but President Obama's base will certainly be pleased by his performance, and Governor Romney's base will also back their candidate just as furiously.
While the media has been twisting itself in knots from one week to the next after each of the debates, the small percentage of undecided voters will continue to be asked their opinions. Does it matter to them that both candidates have vastly different opinions for the direction the country needs to follow? For those that have already decided, some question how anyone could not know, one way or the other.