This isn't very thrilling. I have to say that Obama won this debate very clearly. The first half, the President dominated as Romney looked stiff, lacked compelling responses, and very clearly was NOT on his game.
On the other hand, Obama was facile, more responsive to the questioners, and more focused. Of course when you lie with impunity, as the President did repeatedly, your job is much easier.
One of the most egregious lies told was amplified by the "unbiased" moderator, Candy Crowley, when she confirmed the President's claim that he called the attack in Benghazi a terrorist attack that first day when he made his speech from the Rose Garden (just before he jetted off to fund-raise in Las Vegas and Colorado).
In fact, he never called the terrorist attack a terrorist attack, he mentioned vaguely generic terrorist attacks . . . not the same thing at all. We know the truth of this, because he sent his UN Ambassador, Susan Rice out that Sunday--5 days after the President Rose Garden address--to DENY that this was a terrorist related attack.
However, the real problem was Romney's weak responses to the President's lies. In the discussion above, the President, as is his custom, took great offense (he does that often) at any implication of a cover-up. The correct response to that would have been to say:
"Mr. President, what is "offensive" is being lied to by your administration for weeks following the attack. What's offensive Mr. President is your sending Ambassador Rice out to deceive the American people when (according to what you just claimed) you knew it was a terrorist attack.As I said, Romney was not on his game, though he did get stronger in the second half.
"So which is it Mr. President, did you know the first day that this was a terrorist attack and thus you sent Ambassador Rice out with false information, or did you not know at that time and Ambassador Rice was providing the information you had accurately?"
The verdict, Obama wins. The score is now 1 - 1.
More later after I have had time to digest it all . . . right now I have indigestion . . . LOL!
Long Live Our American Republic!!!