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Obama-Romney: the best presidential debate ever?

Conservative columnist Will said that Obama “cauterized” wounds he had inflicted on himself in the first debate and that both men “tiptoed right up to the point of rudeness but stepped back.”

Here was Will’s take: “It was a very good fight. I have seen every presidential debate in American history” since 1960. “This was immeasurably the best.”

Will saluted Obama’s ”tactical victory” in holding his response to Romney’s 47 percent comment to the end. “As a tactical measure, the president did very well indeed,” Will said.

Chris Matthews just pointed out that Mitt Romney blundered by saying he cared for 100% of Americans because he reintroduced the idea and reminded everyone of the 47% moment, and set up the opportunity to President Obama to make the final statements.  

Tue Oct 16, 2012 at 9:31 PM PT: Mediate has a much better report of George Wills live comemnts on ABC

George Will: ‘This Was Immeasurably The Best Debate’ I Have Ever Seen
by Andrew Kirell | 11:35 pm, October 16th, 2012

During ABC’s post-debate coverage, conservative columnist George Will had a glowing review of Tuesday night’s second presidential debate between President Barack Obama and GOP challenger Mitt Romney.

When asked who won the debate, Will responded: “I think there was a winner in the sense that Barack Obama not only gained ground he lost but he cauterized some wounds that he inflicted on himself by seeming too diffident and disengaged.”

“It was a very good fight,” he added. “I have seen every presidential debate in American history since the floor of Nixon and Kennedy in 1960. This was immeasurably the best.”

“I think as a tactical measure tonight, the president did very well,” he concluded.

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