Last night President Barack Obama brought his full attention to the stage during the second Presidential Debate. To say that Romney got crushed I think would be an understatement.
One of the most masterful moments, and most devastating for Governor Romney, was on the matter of the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Governor Romney has been claiming for weeks that it took the President 14 days to call the attacks an act of terror. As the President pointed out numerous times last night, on multiple issues, what Governor Romney has been saying is simply NOT TRUE.
The president stated that he went into the Rose Garden the day after the attack and said:
“No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character, or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for. Today we mourn four more Americans who represent the very best of the United States of America. We will not waver in our commitment to see that justice is done for this terrible act. And make no mistake, justice will be done.”
Here is a portion of that exchange:
ROMNEY: “I think it’s interesting the president just said something which is that on the day after the attack, he went in the Rose Garden and said that this was an act of terror.”
OBAMA: “That’s what I said,” Mr. Obama replied.
ROMNEY: “I want to make sure we get that for the record, because it took the president 14 days before he called the attack in Benghazi an act of terror.”
CROWLEY: “He did in fact, sir.”
OBAMA: “Can you say that a little louder, Candy?”
For the New York Times Andrew Rosenthal wrote:
Mr. Romney clearly thought he had a big opening and he moved in for the kill when Mr. Obama said he had called the attack a terrorist act the very next day, in a Rose Garden speech.
Whoever coached Mr. Romney on that question did the candidate no favors. Here’s what the president said in the Rose Garden: “No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character, or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for.” A little purple, but he undeniably used the word “terror.”
The exchange left voters in the uncomfortable position of assuming that Mr. Romney either believes his own propaganda or doesn’t care whether what he says is true, which fits into the narrative that he’s willing to twist the truth for political gain.
So what are other people saying about the debate last night?
Mark Halperin: “I don’t think anyone can say Governor Romney won this debate… His answer on Libya was the closest thing to a moment, a horribly weak moment, I think that the debate had.”
Neil Cavuto: “The President put in a better performance tonight.”
John King: Romney on Libya: “That one moment, there, just a little bit of deer in the headlights.”
John Harris: “I sensed that this time Mitt Romney’s competitiveness sometimes made him seem a little peevish… I did feel that he was slightly annoying, frankly.”
ABC Fact Check: “Mitt Romney, when he says the President doubled the deficit – that’s just false.”
Charles Krauthammer: “I think on points, if you’re scoring it on points, Obama wins on points.”
Ed Schultz: “I think the President had a stellar performance tonight … the dagger came out, the dagger of truth: Mitt Romney this is who you are behind closed doors, and the President hit him with the 47% comment in just the right tone, just the right way.”
Brit Hume: “[The President] will probably be declared the winner of this on most cards.”
Juan Williams: “I think Obama won the debate.”
Even some of the most conservative pundits give President the WIN for last night’s debate. There’s really no question that President Obama brought his full attention to the debate, and Governor Romney was no match for the President. Over and over again President Obama called out the falsehoods that Romney keeps dumping on the American people.
The debate showed how far Romney is willing to go to distort his record, and stated positions, to win this election. Pinning Romney down on where he stands, is like trying to nail Jello to a wall.