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Who Won The Presidential Debate Last Night? Obama Romney Debate Results

By Shiryn Ghermezian, EnStars
on Oct 17, 2012 10:15 AM EDT
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  • Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama answer a question from a member of the audience at the second presidential debate on October 16, 2012. (Photo : CSPAN)

Many reports confirmed the same thing - that our current president clearly had the upper hand in the second presidential debate that aired last night, Oct. 16.

This was Obama's debate to win apparently, after the defeat he experienced the first time around when he went up against Mitt Romney on Oct. 3. Reports suggest that if Obama performed this way in the first debate, his seal for re-election would be almost guaranteed. And there was not just one news report that believed Obama came out victorious on Tuesday night.

"In every debate, whatever the format, whatever the questions, there is one and only one way to identify the winner: Who commands the room? Who drives the narrative? Who is in charge?" Yahoo News reporter and political correspondent Jeff Greenfield said. "More often than not on Tuesday night... Obama had the better of it."

Obama had a strong counter punch in many of the attacks that Romney made. When the Republican said, "have you checked your pension?" Obama swung back with "I haven't looked at my pension; it's not as big as yours."

When Romney accused Obama of holding back the use of coal, the president answered back by reminded Romney of a time where he vowed to shut down a coal-fired power plant.

Obama was not playing nice. 

"President Obama soundly beat expectations in his second contest against Republican challenger Mitt Romney," The Washington Post reported, sourcing three sites where people bet on who will win the election - with Obama's chance rising as the debate went on last night."

One set of statistics included in the report showed a rise in the president's chances from 61.7 percent before the debate started, to 64.1 percent shortly after it ended.

Who else?

NBC Chicago stated that a survey of the network's viewers revealed 2,558 to 991 that President Obama prevailed, a complete reversal of their first debate match-up, where viewers voted 1,946 to 933 that former Gov. Mitt Romney won.

Who do you think won?

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