HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — Mayor of Los Angeles Antonio Villaraigosa told The Daily Caller that the second presidential debate was a “knock out” win for President Barack Obama.
In the spin room following the debate, Villaraigosa praised moderator Candy Crowley for her on-air “fact check” of GOP nominee Mitt Romney after he disputed whether Obama called the Benghazi attack an act of terror on September 12.
“It was the first time I’ve ever seen a moderator fact-check on the spot a candidate in the way that she did Mr. Romney and I think it was another example of Mr. Romney backing up all night long – a dominant performance by the president,” he told TheDC.
“If it was a boxing match, it would have been a knock out.”
TheDC asked Villaraigosa for his response to critics saying that Obama was not clearly referring to the Benghazi attack in his Rose Garden speech on Sept. 12 with his “act of terror” remark.
“I think it was pretty clear that he had already said that, he said it in the Rose Garden and I do believe that the president is a man who’s going to do what he says and that is he’s going to hunt these people down until we find them,” Villaraigosa said.
On September 12, Obama said, “No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character, or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for. Today we mourn four more Americans who represent the very best of the United States of America. We will not waver in our commitment to see that justice is done for this terrible act. And make no mistake, justice will be done.”