October 16th, 2012
10:40 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama comes on strong, Romney stands ground in second debate

Hempstead, New York (CNN) - President Barack Obama fought back and Republican challenger Mitt Romney mostly stood his ground.

The second of three presidential debates on Tuesday night brought the desired energy from the president sought by worried Democrats after a lackluster performance in the first encounter nearly two weeks ago.


Filed under: 2012 • Debate • Mitt Romney • New York • President Obama
soundoff (162 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    President did great–let Detroit go bankrupt....he shut mitt mouth.

    October 16, 2012 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  2. Gurgyl

    Mitt Romney shipped jobs to china. He is Mr. china.

    October 16, 2012 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  3. bb

    Romney looks like he wants to cry.

    October 16, 2012 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  4. Name

    Obama has his mojoe back. He surely is the winner tonight!

    October 16, 2012 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  5. Gurgyl

    Mittens is gone Mental....

    October 16, 2012 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  6. bb

    Mittens is twisting himself up into a pretzel regarding a ban on assault weapons.

    October 16, 2012 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  7. Fran

    Bain was the biggest outsourcing company..started during the Regan years....made billions. Is Mitt really going to bring jobs back – at decent wages, benefits, including health care? Really?

    October 16, 2012 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  8. Cljatlantis

    Romney is such a liar. I can barely stand to listen to his anything he has to say. Anyone making less than $251,000 a year could be a complete fool to vote for him. If he wins the new American lifestyle will be very painful to all non-millionares.

    October 16, 2012 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  9. dachozen1

    Wow!! Romney is getting his but whipped. He has become unhinged. I felt the power of the Presidency when he smacked Romney down about Syria. That was powerful.

    October 16, 2012 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  10. maria Bryan

    Romney really done have a true bone in his body, and he not for the middle class, he say what people wants to here but he is a big lier

    October 16, 2012 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  11. Cljatlantis

    would be not could be

    October 16, 2012 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  12. Name

    I guess theres no concern over physical proof of four years of failed policies

    October 16, 2012 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  13. 1twinsfan

    Romney is coming across as a petulant child. I also find it funny that he is even flip-flopping here in the debate on the current question to be answered choosing instead to go back one from two or three questions ago.

    October 16, 2012 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  14. kll

    it would be nice if obama let rommey response and finish a point... and the director of the debate didn't keep the lining of questioning the same for both the canidates seriously, obama interupted on almost every rommey's topic

    October 16, 2012 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  15. NameIVORIE

    Romney is all talk!!! Just like bush he will say whatever it takes to get into office and do what he wants....and not what is needed! Dont buy in to what he says ppl!!!! TALK IS CHEAP!!!!!!!

    October 16, 2012 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    I agree with the Lybia smack down. We definately have a great commander in chief and Romney better stay off that topic

    October 16, 2012 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  17. bb

    I'll say again, Romney has 8 million dollars worth of stock in Bain that holds 51% of shares in Sensata Technology of Freeport Illinois that is currently in the process of closing down and outsourcing all of it's jobs to China on Nov. 5th, the day before the presidential election. Romney is such a hypocrite!

    October 16, 2012 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  18. 1twinsfan

    Someone call Johnson & Johnson because Romney needs seem Band-Aids!

    October 16, 2012 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  19. Rick McDaniel

    Decision Romney!

    October 16, 2012 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  20. bb


    Forward Obama/Biden 2012!

    October 16, 2012 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  21. Tyrese M

    President Obama won this debate and Won my vote this election..!!!!

    October 16, 2012 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  22. Renae

    Even though Romney was cut off several times and had less time to speak. He still got his point across.

    October 16, 2012 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  23. bruce wayne

    i think Obama is going take the country a head and better then Mitt Romney will do

    October 16, 2012 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  24. Jeff E

    Obama won tonight and it was a wider blowout than the first debate was for Romney.. what a whoopin he put on Governor Romney, you could tell, even Romney knew he was whooped tonight by the look on his face in the end. what a complete beat down by the president!!!

    1-1 rubber match next week!!!

    October 16, 2012 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  25. Name flo

    Romney bold faced lied the gas price in the Hempstead area was NOT $1.86 TRY ALMOST $5. I STILL HAVE NO IDEA WHAT ROMNEY IS SELLING. Obama was great. No one asked the question about Abortion or why Romney does not tell the people who say We should make it the WHITE House again. Romney is like a the travelin medicine man. Candi did a great job fact checking Romney about Libya. The President has my vote. Romney can GO KICK ROCKS. Romney is a misleader of facts.

    October 16, 2012 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
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