2nd Presidential Debate 2012: Were Candidates Overly Aggressive?

Matthew Dowd and Bianna Golodryga discuss the town hall-style debate at Hofstra University.
3:00 | 10/17/12

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Now, for more on the debate, let's bring in matthew dowd, and abc's bianna golodryga, here to break down the debate by numbers. Matt, you said yesterday on the show, president obama better bring his a-game or start packing up the boxes at the white house. Did he do it? Yes. He left his rope a dope strategy he had last time and brought the energy level to this thing. I think in the end, he won this debate. Not by a lot. He won it by points. No knockout. He did what he needed to do. Lara and I were talking. Bianna and I talking. A lot of women are agreeing with the assessment that they both seemed a tad aggressive. Overly aggressive at each other. That's the balance you have to do. You have to be strong and forceful without offending people. At moments, it felt like the frat scene from "good will hunting." Getting the female vote, i wonder if they alienated people out there. And two-thirds of the swing voters are female. We had millions of tweets again. Not as many as the first debate. 7.2 million tweets last night. More than double what we saw during the vice presidential debate last week. What was interesting the most talked about, most tweeted about moment. There's an audience member named lorraine, who asked mitt romney about immigration. He kept saying, what's your name? 109,000 tweets about that moment. That's interesting. And as far as google searches, who was winning that debate? Live debate.Binders full of women. That popped up, as well. And fact check. Quickly, matt. We have a third debate next week. This one on foreign policy. All of the debate over semantics when the president used the word terrorist about the attacks in libya. This is the point. Why was security denied, an country and an ambassador, where there is real danger. I think mitt romney missed the point. He should focus on the broad context of government. It's in the president's advantage gointo that debate. Talking about momentum? He's increased enthusiasm among his base. That's that's what he needed to do last night. Thanks so much.

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