Analysis Of The Obama-Romney Debate

Analysis Of The Obama-Romney Debate

A different host, a different format: President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney square off in a town hall setting. Morning-after analysis of the second presidential debate.

President Obama went up against Gov. Mitt Romney last night in a town-hall-style debate. After a lackluster performance during the first debate two weeks ago, the president had something to prove. By nearly all accounts, he came across much tougher and more engaged. He challenged his rival for the White House on differences of policy and plans for the nation's future. The two men sparred over energy and economic policy, tax cuts and immigration. And they squared off over the best path to improve U.S. competitiveness and create jobs. Diane and her guests talk about what Americans learned from the candidates and whether it will make a difference in November.


Michael Hirsh

chief correspondent at National Journal magazine and author of "At War with Ourselves: Why America Is Squandering its Chance to Build a Better World."

Linda Killian

journalist, senior scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center and author of "The Swing Vote: The Untapped Power of Independents."

Ron Elving

Washington editor for NPR.

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