The second presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Republican contender Mitt Romney has triggered a wave of mixed responses around the world.
In Britain, Obama was seen as taking a far more "aggressive" tone than in the first debate, which he was said to have lost by being too passive and failing to engage with his challenger.
Romney raised eyebrows with his “binders full of women” comment. "Why did the phrase resonate? Because it was tone deaf, condescending and out of touch with the actual economic issues that women are so bothered about. The phrase objectified and dehumanized women," the Guardian wrote.
HuffPost Italy, however, said that while Obama was more “lucid” and “presidential” in the 90-minute encounter, Romney managed to “defend himself quite well (or actually counter-attacked decently) on the economy, which remains a key argument to sway the 5% of indecisive voters who would make the difference."
This is while Le Monde in France believed that Obama gained the upper hand by waiting for the last leg of the debate to attack Romney’s “47-percent” fundraiser remarks. The daily reports that it was his smartest move as it left Romney at a loss for words as the debate drew to an end.
HuffPost Canada took a jab at Romney's tax plan, saying that "it seems certain that regardless of who wins the White House, the next President will be looking to Canada not only for energy, but for fiscal advice as well."
According to El Pais, Obama made a much-needed comeback in last night’s debate, which the newspaper described as "intense, brilliant, and one that successfully exposed the two different models defended by both candidates."
The third and final presidential debate is scheduled to take place on Monday, Oct. 22.
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Romney On Obama's Libya Response
"There was no demonstration involved, it was a terrorist attack and it took a long time for that to be told to the American people. Whether there was some misleading, or instead whether we just didn't know what happened, you have to ask yourself..."
Romney On Obama's Record
"The president has tried, but his policies haven't worked. He's great as a speaker and at describing his plans and his vision. That's wonderful, except we have a record to look at and that record shows that he just hasn't been able to cut the deficit, to put in place reforms for Medicare and Social Security to preserve them, to get us the rising incomes we need."
Romney On His Job Plan
"I want to make small businesses grow and thrive. I know how to make that happen. I spent my life in the private sector. I know why jobs come and why they go. And they're going now because of the policies of this administration."
Romney On Comparisons To George W. Bush
"President Bush and I are different people and these are different times. And that's why my five-point plan is so different from what he would have done."
Romney On Energy
"I want to make sure we use our oil, our coal, our gas, our nuclear, our renewables... But what we don't need is to have the president keeping us from taking advantage of oil, coal and gas. This has not been Mr Oil, or Mr Gas, or Mr Coal."
Romney On Taxes
"I will not under any circumstances reduce the share that's being paid by the highest-income paying taxpayers and I will not under any circumstance increase taxes on the middle class. The president's spending, the president's borrowing will cause this nation to have to raise taxes on the American people, and not just at the high end."
Romney On Unemployment
"We have fewer people working today than we had when the president took office... We have not made the progress we need to make to put people back to work."
Romney On Employment After College
"The key thing is to make sure you've got a job when you get out of school. And what's happened over the last four years has been very, very hard for America's young people... Half of college kids graduating this year without a job, without a college level job, that's just unacceptable.... When you come out in 2014, I presume I'm going to be president. I'm going to make sure you get a job."
On Romney's Libya Response
"While we were still dealing with our diplomats still being threatened, Governor Romney put out a press release, trying to make political points. And that's not how a commander-in-chief operates. You don't turn national security into a political issue, certainly not right when it's happening."
Obama's Response To The Libya Attack
"I'm the president and I'm always responsible ... Not everybody agrees with some of the decisions I've made, but when it comes to our national security I mean what I say... When I say that we're going to find out exactly what happened, everybody will be held accountable and I am ultimately responsible for what's taking place there, because these are my folks and I'm the one who has to greet those coffins when they come home - you know I mean what I say."
Obama On Romney's Tax Plan
"What he says is he's going to make sure that this doesn't add to the deficit and he's going to cut middle-class taxes. But when he's asked, 'how are you going to do it, which deductions, which loopholes are you going to close?' he can't tell you... We haven't heard from the governor any specifics beyond Big Bird and eliminating funding for Planned Parenthood in terms of how he pays for that."
Obama On Why He Deserves A 2nd Term
"The commitments I've made, I've kept. And those that I haven't been able to keep, it's not for a lack of trying and we're going to get it done in the second term."
Obama On Romney's Energy Policies
"When I hear Governor Romney say he's a big coal guy, I mean, keep in mind, Governor, when you were governor of Massachusetts, you stood in front of a coal plant and pointed at it and said, 'This plant kills,' and took great pride in shutting it down. And now suddenly, you're a big champion of coal."
Obama On Gas Prices
"The economy was on the verge of collapse because we were about to go through the worst recession since the Great Depression, as a consequence of some of the same policies that Governor Romney now promotes. So it's conceivable that Governor Romney could bring down the gas prices, because with his policies we might be back in that same mess."
On Romney's Energy Plan
"He's got the oil and gas part, but he doesn't have the clean energy part. And if we're only thinking about tomorrow and the next day and not thinking about ten years from now, we're not going to control our economic future. Because China, Germany, they're making these investments, and I'm not going to cede those jobs in the future to those counties."
On Romney's Economic Plan
"Governor Romney says he's got a five-point plan. Governor Romney doesn't have a five-point plan, he has a one-point plan. And that plan is to make sure that folks at the top play by a different set of rules. That's been his philosophy in the private sector, that's been his philosophy as a governor and that's been his philosophy as a presidential candidate."