Yes, but what did Gideon Fountain think of it, that’s the real question…
The answer is, unlike last time, this time both sides were probably happy with their guy’s performance. But I think Romney’s chances were once again strengthened, Obama’s weakened. Why? Because these debates, particularly this stupid “Town Hall” format, actually elevate the contender; the contender is put on equal footing with the President of the United States, and tonight, Romney looked at least as “presidential” as Obama.
Another advantage for Romney is Obama’s record. Obama spent so much time talking about what he’s going to do, you’d swear he was the contender running against an incumbent!
The classic contender question is “Are you better off than you were four years ago?” For most, the answer is no.