President Barack Obama woke up and came back in the nick of time in the second presidential debate Tuesday night, making clear the wide differences between himself and Gov. Mitt Romney.
Polls showed the race tightening up after the president’s weak showing in the first debate. But this time, in a town hall setting at Hofstra University in New York, Obama was the attacker.
He pressed Romney hard for details on the former governor’s vague five-point plan to revive the economy. Romney, except to promise to create more jobs and to cut taxes, had no concrete answer. Obama wasn’t exactly clear where he would steer us in his second term, but he took pride in his record and held his rival to promises made during the reactionary Republican primaries. Once again, Romney insisted that he was focused on the middle class, but the president effectively dismantled the Romney plan to cut taxes for the wealthy and hope the proceeds filter down to the middle class and the poor—a strategy that has failed in the past. Details!