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Obama earned trust with a comeback performance

Instead, the question to think about is, Which candidate do you end up trusting the most?

President Obama regained his footing Tuesday night and demonstrated in the second presidential debate that he was up to the challenge. He knew his lines and didn t hesitate to mix things up with Mitt Romney. He showed he was willing to fight for his positions.

Most important of all, he came across as genuine.

Romney, meanwhile, seemed the well-rehearsed master of talking points, a strategy that served him well in the last debate. But he was the less likable of the two, because he seemed artificial. His rudeness and sense of entitlement showed through, as well.

Obama’s base will sleep well tonight. The Romney camp is back where it was before the last debate: with a candidate more manufactured than authentic.

Colbert I. “Colby” King writes a column -- sometimes about D.C., sometimes about politics -- on that runs on Saturdays. In 2003, he won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary. King joined the Post’s editorial board in 1990 and served as deputy editorial page editor from 2000 to 2007.

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