At the dinner, moderator John Donvan, who during the debate navigated the difficult task of corralling impassionaed audience questions, praised the performances of the debate winners Robert Reich and Mark Zandi, and their oppoinents Glenn Hubbard and Arthur Laffer: "They all came to fight and have fun...It would be easy to make this a Romney vs. Obama issue, but the debaters avoided doing so."
Edward Stern, founder of Hartz Capital, called the debate "very good...very spirited" while Jesse Greene, Senior Fellow at The Richman Center, commented on the timeliness of the night's topic with Election Day less than two weeks away: "This is a point that we're all debating within our own heads right now." Richard Richman, founder of The Richman Group, said the debate was fantastic, entertaining , and informative...the debaters came in wanting to have fun and I want to give credit to everyone who was involved in picking them to speak tonight."
Over dinner and dessert, Zandi praised the structure of the IQ2 debate series saying it "shows we can debate in a civil way and that we can ultimately learn from each other."
Robert Rosenkranz, Richard Richman and Mark Zandi
John Donvan and Van Greenfield
Alexandra Munroe and Robert Reich