DeStefano Fails to Capitalize on First Debate Success
There really isn't much to write about the second gubernatorial debate. It was a tie: which means that Jodi Rell walked away the winner.
John DeStefano needed to connect in a big way with voters and build on the small amount of momentum he got from his first debate performance. He didn't. DeStefano seemed less concise and less focused--his answers often veered far away from the questions. He also wasted time by repeating the phrase "selling tickets" over and over, in reference to the Lisa Moody scandal--which is something most voters don't seem to be at all interested in.
Jodi Rell, by contrast, was a lot sharper than she was last week in New London. Her performance still wasn't exactly stellar, but she managed to be a lot more aggressive and clear than she had been. She even attacked DeStefano over his proposals, saying his suggestions for how to pay for them all simply "don't add up." She managed to look and act every inch the stern, canny grandmother Connecticut believes her to be. She still didn't offer that much in the way of substantial plans for the future, but she didn't really have to.
In short, DeStefano needed to do very well and Rell had to do very badly in order for the dynamic of this race to change. That didn't happen tonight.