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Too little, too late

Obama delivered a stronger performance in the second debate, but he has missed the chance to fight a war of ideas

By Tom Streithorst  

Obama's strong showing in the second presidential debate (photo: Pete Souza)

Last night’s town hall debate was a draw. President Obama certainly wasn’t as lacklustre as in the first debate and a CBS poll of undecided voters gave him a 7 per cent advantage. But no one landed a knockout blow. Had Obama spoken so forcefully two weeks ago, the race would not be as tight. But second impressions count for less than first impressions; I don’t think he has recovered…

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