The Corner

The Call

This was a tough debate to call. I suppose I’d give it to the president on points, but it was a close fought contest that won’t substantially shift the momentum of the race. Each candidate had some good moments. Fortunately, the president’s overall performance was strong. He was knowledgeable and confident throughout. I’m delighted that he leaves the public with what I think is a clear impression of strength and thoughtfulness. But that by itself isn’t going to decide the election. In the end this contest is going to come down to an honest choice by the public between two different views of the world. Both candidates have acquitted themselves honorably. They’ve outlined their very real differences, and put the matter where it belongs–into the hands of the American people.

Stanley Kurtz — Stanley Kurtz is a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.

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