Obama came out snarling and lying.
Mitt remained a [frustrated] gentleman.
Few direct answers to mostly pro-democrat questions. ABC blanked Obama’s screen when Mitt was talking about Fast & Furious.
If Obama wanted to re-energize his flagging base, he probably succeeded, but he made no new friends.
Mitt made new friends. Again he looked more presidential, – and more in command of the facts – including the facts of Obama’s investment portfolio.
No final handshakes. Blood in the water.
Mitt remained a gentleman. Obama was more animated, – but continued to tell his stump-speech lies. Candy Crowley [aka Mrs. Java the Hutt] was decidedly on Obama’s side.
The debate failed because with just 2 minutes to answer – neither candidate could give a comple answer. Obama cut into his own time each time - to attack Romney and Republicans. After several bombastic lies – Crowley cut off Mitt’s rebuttal – pretending to want to move on.
Look at the faces. Are they convinced?
The Frank Luntz focus group in Las Vegas, Nevada: