Democrats and President Obama’s campaign team promised in the days leading up to the second presidential debate at Hofstra that Obama would do something he didn’t in Denver: directly confront Mitt Romney and call him on it when he thought Romney wasn’t telling the truth.
After the Hofstra debate ended Tuesday night that turned out to be a promise kept.
Over and over and over again, Obama interrupted Romney to say “that’s not true” after Romney made a point he disagreed with. The contrast with Denver, when Obama barely confronted Romney, was stark.
TPM’s Tom Kludt compiled all the “that’s not true” moments from Obama into this super reel:
After Denver, Democrats and Obama supporters were convinced that if Obama had directly confronted Romney, then the generally agreed upon outcome at the first debate — a solid win for Romney on style and confidence — would have been different. Now that they got the aggressive, interrupting, confrontational Obama they wanted, their theory will be put to the test. Indeed, initial snap polling immediately following the Hofstra debate uniformly showed Obama had won, a complete turnaround from Denver when polls showed Obama had stumbled.