President Barack Obama responded with a stronger and feistier effort
in his second debate with Republican candidate Mitt Romney on Tuesday night.
Obama, widely criticized
for a lackluster first debate, looked energetic and confident in the second contest, criticizing Romney for his “47%” comments
and emotionally defending his response
to the killing of Ambassador Chris Stevens in Benghazi, Libya.
In a turning point, moderator Candy Crowley of CNN fact-checked Romney's statement
that the president took two weeks to call Stevens' death a terror attack, pointing out that he did so the following day in a Rose Garden address. (Crowley's decision was met by immediate criticism from the right. Breitbart.com led with the headline
“Crowley's false fact check saves president, derails debate.”) Pre-debate, Romney was thought to have a distinct advantage
on any questions about Libya.
Still, Obama's improved performance ensures the race will remain close, barring an unforeseen “October surprise,” until at least the next debate in Boca Raton, FL, next Monday night.