Obama better in second debate, poll says
President Barack Obama was almost universally seen as improving on his performance in Tuesday's second election debate from his listless showing two weeks earlier, when he seemed to lose ground in the campaign against challenger Mitt Romney, dpa reported.
A survey by broadcaster CNN of people who watched the debate found 46 per cent thought Obama won, while 39 per cent favoured Romney.
Joe Trippi, a Democratic campaign consultant and Fox News analyst, said that Tuesday's event saw the same Romney as in the October 3 presidential debate, but a much more effective Obama: "(Romney) does a lot better when the other guy doesn't show up. This time Obama showed up."
David Plouffe, a senior Obama advisor, said that Obama "exposed" Romney's "sketchy" tax proposals and did well discussing the September 11 Benghazi attack. "Governor Romney looked like someone playing politics, and President Obama looked like commander in chief," Plouffe said.