Valley speech coaches offer advice to Obama, Romney for second debate

Valley speech coaches offer advice to Obama, Romney for second debate



Going into the second presidential debate, President Obama should go on the offensive while Mitt Romney needs to provide more details about his plans, according to Mahoning Valley high school debate coaches.

“If you’re looking at how things were said and the energy, a lot seem to think Romney won,” said Eric Simione, head coach of the speech and debate team at Boardman High School. “If you look at substance and what was actually said it seems like a whole list of incorrect things were said. There was flawed math. The average person probably thought Romney won from style perspective. If you were listening to what was said, the President left too many things unchallenged.”

Romney did a good job of presenting his arguments with “some real enthusiasm and excitement compared to many of his campaign speeches,” Simione said. “He was energetic and forceful in what was presented, but a lot of questions were left unanswered.”

A lot of questions many viewers were probably expecting didn’t even come up, he said.

Jen Gonda, forensics director for Cardinal Mooney High School’s debate team, thought Republican challenger Romney did well in the debate.

The second presidential debate takes place 9 p.m. Tuesday at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. Most broadcast and cable-news networks plan live televised coverage.

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