In Tuesday's presidential debate, both candidates tied education to the health of the nation's economy. Both President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, stressed policies that would help make college more affordable. Obama also spoke about the importance of helping all students get a quality education. Romney said his focus would be on helping college graduates find good jobs.
President Barack Obama pushed back hard against Republican challenger Mitt Romney in Tuesday's debate, repeatedly asserting that Romney's claims were simply untrue. In fact, both candidates distorted the facts on issues including oil production, job creation and tax policy.
Obama campaign officials were "ecstatic" after their candidate's comeback in Tuesday's debate -- but analysts say the victory might not be enough to undo the damage done in Denver. "It's not clear that the president can 're-disqualify' Romney among voters reassured in the first encounter," notes Ronald Brownstein. "Both men have virtually no margin for error in a race that could once again divide the country almost exactly in half."
The stakes are high for President Barack Obama and GOP challenger Mitt Romney ahead of tonight's presidential debate, with both candidates seeking to demonstrate passion, likability and a vision for the country's future. "Obama has to connect with people on a level he's not used to, meaning he can't be the professor and lecture; nor can Mitt Romney be the business executive looking at things systematically," said Republican strategist Ron Bonjean.
Riding his momentum from the Denver debate, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has surged ahead of President Barack Obama in two national polls and has drawn almost level in polls of key swing-states including Michigan and Pennsylvania. There are some indications that Romney's bounce is fading slightly, but analysts say he couldn't have hoped for better post-debate numbers. "Don't ever ask again if debates matter," said pollster John Zogby.