However, over 80 percent believe President Obama will be declared the "consensus winner" by media outlets.
New Jersey political insiders declared their party’s candidate the winner of the second presidential debate Tuesday night. However, most believe President Barack Obama will be the consensus winner among national media outlets over Mitt Romney. According to a Patch flash poll sent to elected officials and political party insiders, 24 out of 27 Democrats responding believed Obama was the victor, while 20 out of 24 Republicans declared Romney the winner. “I think Romney had a better understanding and explanation of how to create jobs and grow the economy. He looked much more presidential,” one Republican said. The results of Patch’s second presidential debate poll of New Jersey insiders contrast with those from last week’s head-to-head, in …
Barack Obama and Mitt Romney both turned in forceful performances, but who won the second presidential debate? You tell us.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
The turnaround was remarkable—following a first sedate presidential debate marked by long answers, the second debate turned into a rapid fire grudge match between President Barack Obama and former Gov. Mitt Romney. Perhaps Diane Sawyer put it best: “It was a rocket ride fueled by adrenaline.” Or maybe it was George Will: "Both men tonight tiptoed right up the point of rudeness, but stepped back." The town hall format gave the candidates opportunity to confront each other, not just verbally, but physically. And Obama and Romney embraced that, often moving toward each other as they verbally sparred over the other’s record. Both were feisty, refusing to concede any points to the other and often talking over each other—and moderator Candy …