Recently, our very own Princeton Moses G wrote an article on what Obama needed to accomplish to continue his success on the campaign trail. While I don’t want to sound like I’m putting words in his mouth, but “Mission Accomplished.”
The debate today was different from the past two. For the first time there was a clear victory in the Obama camp. While maneuvering around a town hall format, Obama laid on the heat to Romney who was unable to avoid the shrapnel coming from Obama’s microphone.
Even with a strong plea to keep clapping and noise to a pin drop – when Obama said “hey Candy, can you say that again” to Romney’s false statement of Obama’s speech the day after the Benghazi attack in which he called it an “act of terror” audible applause for the President ensued.
He further jumped in highlighting Romney’s flip-flops, stepped up on the gender gap, rebuked attacks on oil and coal, and made Romney work against himself.
On oil Obama rebuked a misleading remark of Romney’s claim that oil production had decreased on federal lands as “simply untrue.” The fact-checker’s have confirmed Obama’s claim.
“Gov. Romney was a successful investor,” Obama said, turning to Romney. “If somebody came to you with a plan that said, ‘Here, I want to spend $7 trillion or $8 trillion, and we’re going to pay for it — but we can’t tell you until maybe after the election how we’re going to do it — you wouldn’t have taken such a sketchy deal.
On the Libya attack Obama got huge points calling Romney’s comments “offensive” suggesting he campaigns and capitalizes on national tragedies, “that’s not who I am.”
Obama was not without his weaknesses, often he seemed too ready to interrupt and get his time on the punching bag. He also was a little rough at times with the moderator Candy Crowley, talking over her and ignoring pleas to move on.
We will see if there is any fallout as a result, and if the strong performance will lead to any changes in the polls. The future will tell…