Fox News contributor and syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer said Tuesday night’s presidential debate was a “boxing match,” both candidates circling around each other on a stage that even resembled a boxing ring.
“We love this stuff. This was a boxing match, this was heavyweight, this was Frazier, Ali,” Krauthammer said.
“At one point I thought they were sort of going to use their mics as weapons and it would turn into the Taiwanese Parliament where you get these fantastic fist fights,” he added.
According to Krauthammer, Romney did just as well as he did in the first presidential debate, however, Obama “clearly had a good night,” especially compared to his poor performance in the first debate.
“I thought there was one point where Romney did really well.. that was on the larger general issue on the failure of this administration,” he explained. “When Romney went large, he did well. When Romney went small, trying to answer each point here and there, I think Obama got the better of him.”
He also said Obama was “completely at sea” when the issue of Libya came up.
“He was asked about the security in Libya at Benghazi, he didn’t even try to answer because he had no answer,” Krauthammer said.
However, he said Romney missed a “huge opening” to keep the pressure on Obama regarding the White House’s misleading statements on Benghazi. At one point, Obama said it was “offensive” that Romney would accuse anyone in his administration of playing politics or misleading on the issue.
“The obvious retort was: ‘Mislead? You sent out your UN ambassador to mislead America on five television shows in one morning, implying it was about a video, talking about a riot. There was none. There wasn’t a video involved in this issue in Benghazi,” Krauthammer added.
He also said moderator Candy Crowley’s intervention on the Libya question where she said President Obama called it an act of terror in the Rose Garden the day after the attack was “essentially incorrect.”
“He did not call it a terror incident,” he said.