After the Biden and Ryan debate, the presidential race is too close to call. In the first debate, the president lost a large lead in the polls as a result of his performance. Initially, I called the first debate a draw, but after the pundits and the media determined that Romney had won, I eventually agreed with their opinion.

The polls showed Romney pulling into the lead, energizing the Republicans and demoralizing the Democrats. Andrew Sullivan, an Obama supporter and blogger said, “I’ve never seen a candidate this late in the game, so far ahead, just throw in the towel in the way Obama did last week. I was horrified that Obama would throw away almost every single advantage he had with voters and manage to enable his opponent to seem as if he cares about the middle class as much as Obama does.”

Based on the most recent polls, as a result of the debate, President Obama lost 16 points among women, and in some polls Romney is winning by 2 points in the national polls. There is always a margin of error by 2 or 3 points, so the race is deadlocked or tied. The momentum appeared to be on Romney’s side, but in the VP’s debate Biden came out swinging and he was the aggressor.

Vice President Biden held Ryan’s feet to the fire, and he countered and challenged every position that Ryan argued. He forced Ryan to say on national television that Romney was wrong when he said that he was not interested in getting the vote of 47% of Americans, because they were lazy, and didn’t pay taxes. Biden also challenged Ryan, when he told the American viewers that Ryan received millions of dollars from stimulus funding to create jobs and keep other Americans working.

Even though Ryan was more reserved during the debate, he raised some good points that made Biden scramble. When Ryan asked Biden what happened with the killed Libyan Ambassador at the consulate in Benghazi, it appeared that Biden throw the entire intelligent community under the bus. Biden blamed the entire intelligent community for the bad information, and there are still many questions that need to be answered about that incident.

Nevertheless, Biden won the debate, because he supported his positions with plausible facts, and Ryan was struggling with many of his answers. This was a good night for the Democratic base, because Biden was energized, and Americans are more interested in the performance in the debates, as opposed to the content.

It will be important in the last two debates that the president is aggressive, and he takes off his scholarly and professor hat, and puts on his respectful attack dog mentality. He cannot allow Romney to say anything he wants, and not challenge flip flops, and changes that are fundamentally wrong. There is no way that Romney should be allowed to say he is for the middle class, and he cares more about them than the president.

These last two debates are for all the marbles, and if the president wants his job for another four years, he must show up at the debates, and be willing to throw punches and fight. Romney believes that he can now win the race, because he has Americans thinking that the president did nothing for four years, but again that is a lie.

In the last two debates President Obama must articulate his achievements, and the success the economy is having in the housing market, the stock market, the banks, the auto industry, the green industry, and the job market. It is time for the president to take off his Mr. nice guy hat, and become Mr. pushy, and put Romney on the defense and make him scramble for answers.         

  

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