For some it was a “nauseating” pseudo-clash of wonky, compassionless political automatons. For others, it was an “intense” and substantial clash on live TV of competing ideologies and visions for the immediate future of the United States.
Whatever the perspective, US media were bursting Wednesday with a torrent of opinions, assessments and solemn pronouncements on the performances of Democrat President Barack Obama and his Republican rival for the White House, Mitt Romney, in their latest public debate.
Here is a sampling of some of the best comments (and links to the full article) on online US media following Tuesday’s debate:
- “Romney v. Obama Was a Nauseating Draw, and Both Deserve to Lose” moaned the headline in an article on the Forbes website.
- “We have never seen anything like that in presidential history,” exclaimed a television news anchor on the CBS network. It was the “most rancorous presidential debate ever.”
- “Another debate, another debacle for America’s media,” charged an opinion piece in the conservative Washington Times daily.
- “The exchanges were intense and personal,” stated The New York Times in a report summarizing the debate.
- “The result is a race that is at once clearer and just as uncertain,” explained a pro-Obama analysis published on the Huffington Post website.
- “Candidates Tangle in Fractious Debate,” blared the headline over a news story published on The Wall Street Journal website.
- “If it was a draw, I think the draw in this case goes to the president because the onus was really on him to come out of his gate strong here, which he did,” Josh Gerstein, White House reporter for the Politico website, opined in an interview on Washington’s WTOP radio.
- “Romney Whiffs on Some Easy Pitches,” asserted CNN in a story labeled “analysis” on its website, using a term from baseball to describe when the batter takes a big swing and fails to connect with the ball.
- “Bottom line: Obama and Romney scored points while turning off independent voters with their point-scoring,” complained Ron Fournier, veteran White House correspondent, in an article published by the National Journal.
- “President Obama came back big-time from the way he was a week ago,” asserted Dave McConnell, congressional correspondent for WTOP radio.