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Obama, Romney Face Off in Second Presidential Debate

The Presidential candidates met for a town-hall style debate at Hofstra University in New York.

President Barack Obama and Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney sparred Tuesday night over immigration, the economy, energy production and foreign policy during the second of three Presidential debates before Election Day.

The debate, held at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY, went over the allotted 90-minutes and featured a number of sharp exchanges between the two candidates, who interrupted each other on more than one occasion.

Virginia Voters React

Delegate Scott Surovell (D-44th) was impressed with Obama’s performance Tuesday night, saying the president was “back” after his more restrained performance during the Denver debate two weeks ago.

“Candy Crowley's instant fact checking of Mitt Romney on President Obama's Rose Garden statements will be remembered for a long time,” Surovell said in an email immediately following the debate.

Prince William County Supervisor Frank Principi thought the moment stood out as well.

"Romney was rude and disrespectful and even questioned the President's integrity and blamed him for the loss of life," he said in an email. "That was a cheap shot for political points!"

Surovell also thought that Virginia voters would remember “Romney talking about how he needed ‘binders full of women’ from third party groups to find women for his cabinet.”

Delegate Rob Krupicka (D-45th) agreed that Obama was the victor.

“The President clearly won,” he said. “He was presidential, passionate and clear about his policies. He took charge and never backed down. Romney seemed flustered.”

Steve Hunt, a former Fairfax County school board member and state senate hopeful, was unimpressed with Crowley’s moderation, which he said supported the President “considering how many times the moderator allowed [him] to have the last word and actually engaged in the debate to defend [him].”

Hunt said Romney did the best he could in a “2 against 1” contest that resulted in a draw.

Romney’s discussion of energy, including drilling off the coast of Virginia and the use of coal, will resonate most with votes in the Commonwealth, Hunt wrote in an email after the debate.

“This would be a major job producer and job protector for Virginia as well as provide more funding for transportation,” he said.

The Economy

The candidates addressed employment for America’s young people right off the bat.

Romney said he planned to create more jobs so that America’s youth didn’t have to struggle to find work like they have in recent years. Obama, on the other hand, said he wanted to invest in manufacturing jobs, citing his bailout of the automobile industry as a sign of his commitment.

Obama once again took Romney to task for his tax plan, which he said would mainly provide relief for America’s wealthiest citizens.

“Governor Romney doesn’t have a five-point plan,” Obama said. “He has a one-point plan.”

But Romney said the President’s accusations weren’t true.

“I’m not looking to cut taxes for wealthy people, I'm looking to cut taxes for middle class people,” Romney said. “For me this is about jobs. I want to get the economy going again.”

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, who was in New York for the debate and spoke with Patch afterwards, said it's the economy and gas prices that will be driving voters to the polls come November.

"You don't run from the issue. You state your principle. You state what you believe in," McDonnell said.

Attacks in Libya

The Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya, which resulted in the deaths of four Americans including Ambassador Chris Stephens, was a topic of discussion for the second time in as many debates.

Romney, echoing his running mate’s sentiments from last week’s Vice Presidential debate, said the current administration’s management of the Middle East was falling apart. He criticized the Obama administration’s initial handling of the attack, after officials blamed it on protests in the wake of an anti-Muslim Youtube video.

“This strategy is unraveling before our very eyes,” he said.

But Obama said he was ultimately responsible for the lack of strengthened security during the tragic, fatal incident.

“The day after the attack, governor, I stood in the Rose Garden and I told the American people in the world that we are going to find out exactly what happened,” Obama said.

Romney took Obama to task for taking two weeks to call the attack an “act of terror.”

But the debate’s moderator, CNN correspondent Candy Crowley, confirmed that Obama called it such during his speech in the Rose Garden. She was also careful to note that it still took two weeks for the Youtube video theory to be cleared up.

Employment for Women

The candidates also covered fairness for women in the workplace.

Romney responded by describing his method for selecting his cabinet when he took office as Gov. of Massachusetts. He said the applicants who showed up were all men, and when he asked if there were any qualified female candidates, his staff brought him “binders full of women.”

"Binders full of women" quickly began to trend on Twitter.

Obama noted that he signed equal-pay legislation soon after taking office.

Jonathan Erickson October 19, 2012 at 08:13 PM
so you do not like his methods?
Colter95 November 03, 2012 at 06:31 PM
I saw Obama yesterday claiming the new job numbers are proof that his policies are working and that we are in an economic recovery... Fact is, that is not the truth, or even close to the truth... First, the unemployment rate ticked up to 7.9% and the year-to-date monthly average of 157,000 payroll jobs is barely enough to keep up with population growth -- much less make up for the 8 million jobs lost during the Great Recession. Second, the so-called real unemployment rate (U6) remains elevated at 14.6%, albeit down from 14.7% the prior month. Similarly, the labor participation rate is at 63.8%, up from its multi-decade low but still incredibly weak. Third, average hourly earnings fell a penny in October and average hours worked fell to 34.4 from 34.5 in September. Stagnant wages means "we're not generating income," Reinhart says. "That's a problem in terms of the durability of an economic expansion, which is usually fueled by consumption. To get consumption you've got to generate income." Also, just look at your checkbook. We are paying a lot more for everything now than we did in 2008. The price of gas has doubled. At the same time, wages have gone down, and that's if you're lucky to have a job. In 2008, 25 banks went out of business. In 2012, 48 banks have gone out of business. Almost double the amount. Does that sound like recovery to you? Don't believe the Obama lies!! Romney/Ryan 2012
Colter95 November 03, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Please don't let Obama sweep Benghazi under the rug... Lets not forget those four who were left to be slaughtered in Benghazi... Do not reward Obama for this epic failure… Every voter needs to read this excellent article... Very well worth your time... http://spectator.org/archives/2012/11/01/benghazi-obamas-core-deceit/ These are pretty good as well: http://www.gazette.com/opinion/romney-146793-obama-benghazi.html http://frontpagemag.com/2012/dgreenfield/benghazigate-obamas-many-lies-about-libya/ http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/50657 http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2012/10/25/CBS-Busts-Obama--and-Itself-Hidden-60-Minutes-Clip-Proves-White-House-Lied-About-Benghazi Romney/Ryan 2012
The Anti-Alinsky November 03, 2012 at 07:51 PM
TOP TEN REASONS NOT TO RE-ELECT BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA ==================================================== 10)Obamacare has increased my insurance premiums by 12% just for next year! 9)2009 Apology tour. (where were Springteen and Katy Perry then?) 8)27% more each year in Federal spending 7)Government Motors 6)Jobs created by B.O.'s stimulus only cost us $110,000/job (if you believe B.O.'s jobs numbers) 5)Median household income down $4,000/yr 4)46.7 MILLION people on food stamps. 3)Deficit doubled, not halved. 2) 6 TRILLION in new debt (3 times Bush's rate) and the number 1 reason not to re-elect Barack Hussein Obama . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1) Unemployment still at 7.9%. (not counting people that gave up looking)
The Anti-Alinsky November 03, 2012 at 07:51 PM
TOP TEN REASONS TO ELECT MITT ROMNEY ==================================== 10) Improved Massachusettes economy while Governor 9) Knows how to create jobs (actually that's all we need, but let's continue) 8) Has proven he can work with others across the aisle (instead of ramming bad legislation through without reading it or letting other's read it) 7) Will repeal Obamacare (maybe I can get my 12% back) 6) Went out of his way to hire qualified women in his cabinet 5) Will ease burdensome regulations that hurt this economy while keeping productive ones in place 4) Not only delivered a budget, but balanced it four times. 3) Actually had a plan to improve the United States 2) Will put United States interests ahead of all else and the number 1 reason to elect Mitt Romney . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1) Unemployment still at 7.9%. (not counting people that gave up looking)

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