2nd Presidential Debate: Has President Redeemed Himself?

Jake Tapper discusses how the Obama campaign reworked debate strategy versus Mitt Romney.
3:00 | 10/17/12

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Up next, the two-fisted debate between president obama and governor mitt romney last night. We know more than 65 million americans watched, almost as many as the first debate. So, who won? 20 days to go before americans get to the polls, it's your voice, your vote. And abc's jake tapper was out with the president today. Reporter: Beaming and obviously feeling triumphant, president obama came out this morning in iowa with his fists still flying. You've heard of the fair deal? You've heard of the square deal? Mitt romney's trying to sell you a sketchy deal. Reporter: Polls suggest the public gives obama the edge of romney last night and on the campus of ohio university in athens, obama supporters were delighted. Angie madden liked it when the president asserted himself on libya. The suggestion that anybody in my team would play politics or mislead when we've lost four of our own, governor, is offense i. I thought he put romney in his place. I thought he did a fantastic job. Reporter: This student liked the president's feistiness. I liked when they got up and they almost looked like they were going to duke it out. No, I had a question, and the question was -- you want me to answer a question -- Reporter: Of course, it must be said, one of the reasons supporters feel high right now is because they were feeling low. How did you feel after the first debate? Not too good. Reporter: Now? Energized you? I'm ready to go. Reporter: For its part, the romney campaign was so happy about the governor's message about the obama economy, they put it in a new ad. His poll sills haven't worked and 23 americans out of work, that's what this election is about. Reporter: And winning the election is right now quite a bit about women voters, as both candidates made clear last night. Governor romney says he would eliminate funding for planned parenthood. There are millions of women all across the country who rely on planned parenthood. Reporter: Democrats think romney provided an opening when talking about staffing up his massachusetts cabinet. I went to a number of women's groups, said, can you help us? And they brought us binders full of women. Reporter: Binders of women was the number one searched item on google today and a punch line for democrats. We don't have to collect binders to find qualified, talented women. Reporter: Re-energizing supporters is one thing and the president seems to have accomplished that. We don't yet know if the president has won over any converts. And with the race incredibly tight, including here in ohio, time is running out.

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