Obama's Second Debate Performance 'Different From Denver'

Sen. Dick Durbin says president was clear winner against Mitt Romney.
3:00 | 10/16/12

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I want to go to the spin room in Illinois senator Dick Durbin a Democrat is with us. As senator but as we continue to watch these pictures in the aftermath of this debate with the two candidates. Working the room they're family neither side. I presume you are going to tell us. That President Obama won this debate so let's stipulate that tell us why. I -- this was very different the Denver. This president was positive and forceful. He took this case to governor Romney on all of the key issues on jobs on taxes. And I can -- roundly taken steps back. Because when he was confronted with some of these facts -- couldn't answer these questions even Candy Crowley at one point had the correct governor Romney. When it came to a statement made in the Rose Garden the day after that tragedy in Libya. It was a forceful night -- the president anyone who doubted that he could stand up and bring his message forward with conviction. Is gonna have that -- dispel the -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Really a tightening of the race after. The -- performance by Mitt Romney in the very first debate do you expect that this race -- back. To President Obama -- -- -- real movement in the polls in the days after this debate. You know this is a very close election we've said that from the start I can't tell you -- the trend lines are going. If there was ever any question of -- slippage or sliding. That would dispel -- on the campus of Hofstra University writer in Long Island because what the president did was to stand his ground and to confront governor Romney. And governor Romney couldn't answer the questions. Basic questions how we gonna pay for all -- five trillion dollars -- tax cuts and two trillion dollars on the defense side and then balance the budget. They don't arithmetic is not an opinion it's about facts and couldn't answer tonight -- -- Senator we've -- a little bit of it from the -- tonight about about how he's an effective manager about how he would we would reach across party lines we heard from President Obama the outlines. Of keep policies and a second term but but given the situation in Washington why -- -- -- we think that either of these men would be success. Well I couldn't understand. Some people who were sent a -- question -- and when that senator Mitch McConnell the Republican leader in the senate. Said that his highest priority is to make sure that Obama -- one term president. I would say to senator McConnell wants the president's re elected whether to roll up your sleeves and make your highest priority. Solving the problems and challenges facing working families in this country. I think there's going to be more of a spirit of getting things done in the second term. If anybody thought that -- irony in this presidency with one -- the voters have the last word on November 6 I think the -- -- -- be reelected. Senator Durbin we appreciate your time thank you very much --

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