October 16th, 2012
10:40 PM ET
1 year 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.

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Filed under: 2012 • Debate • Mitt Romney • New York • President Obama
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  1. Joe

    Romney is the winner oboma lies so much oboma runied this country oboma cannot win go romney!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 16, 2012 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  2. Carl

    OBAMA won tonight.. Period...

    October 16, 2012 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  3. Sharon Skogen

    Decision Obama.

    October 16, 2012 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  4. kay

    Mitt was quite rude, its not a street debate between to gang members, it is presidential debate. Mitt was really rude not strong with words but rude with gesture and his tone.

    October 16, 2012 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  5. okwede

    Mitt is a liar. He does not care about the middle class, he never has. He looks at the office of president of the United States as the next step in his career. Just another job to add to his resume. This is the most important election in our country's history and romney is treating it like he is running for student council in 8th grade. The commander in chief is the president for all americans not just the rich who live off capital gains and dividends. Mitt get a real job!

    October 16, 2012 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  6. Name

    ROmney doesn,t have a plan in place for the American people.The president won this debate with flying colours. Ari Fletcher and Alex Castellenos were probably sleeping while the debate was going on

    October 16, 2012 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  7. Rod

    Obama won!! Who do you bielive more? Obama or Romney? Obviously Obama cause he actually has the experience of being a president ....unlike the lier standing beside him!

    October 16, 2012 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  8. Bill lant

    Why is it that Romney was allowed to rant and rave over his time, and only stopped once. But Obama was stopped almost every time except for once.

    October 16, 2012 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  9. Geo

    Yes, Mitt was rude it all boils down to desperation. when people lash out it means they are desperate.
    Mitt have some respect. this is not your campaign manager. this is the POTUS

    October 16, 2012 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  10. NameK

    I think the POTUS won this debate hands down. I'm an independent and I know how I'm voting now

    October 16, 2012 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  11. Ralph

    @kay Mitt was rude? Mitt shows he cares. If you want rude watch the VP debate again, and see how rude Biden was.

    October 16, 2012 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  12. Mrs. Smith

    Obama had no record to defend romney will help us women as he's proven with his governing in his home state.

    October 16, 2012 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  13. Nameray f

    All this talk about immigration mitt family lived in Mexico for a long time before coming to America .we are all immigrants let's treat all as humans that we are all are here on USA . From a Vietnam bet 68-70

    October 16, 2012 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  14. RogueRobots

    Get him, get him, got him... Call that liar out... Shake and bake and take him... Make that liar pout... Rope-a-dope around him ... OBAMA wins the bout. Cheers from an enthusiatic Obama voter. You made us proud tonight, MR. PRESIDENT!!

    October 16, 2012 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  15. NameRhonda

    Obama won................

    Rommey lied.....

    October 16, 2012 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  16. Kevin

    Fairly even debate tonight, Obama was much more aggressive, almost to a fault, any unbiased person watching would agree that this debate will be spun by both parties to show superiority. However, It would be great if the individuals claiming stupidity on the candidates part were able to spell their insults correctly.

    October 16, 2012 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  17. Linda ingram

    great job President Barack Obama. you did a great job with the little time that was left after mitt tried to take over the whole debate. thank you for doing things respectfully and in order. you made it very clear about what you want to do the next 4 years. Well done President Barack Obama.

    October 16, 2012 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  18. Fancy

    Romney was very weak and didn't answer the questions accurately. He was all over the place when answering questions. I felt he repeated allot of things the president spoke about. Obama won this debate with a land slide. Romney was not honest and it was bought to his attention through the debate moderator. Obama won this debate.

    October 16, 2012 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  19. Name. Bo

    Romney won first debate, Obama the second. Pretty clear. Obama Answered questions more clearly and outlined his policy. Romney in attack mode mostly with little real substance. Wonder how many assault weapons Mitt and the boys gave in their closets??

    October 16, 2012 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  20. Renae

    Romney did a great job. He was aggressive which apparently he needed to be as Obama was shouting over him.

    October 16, 2012 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  21. Name

    Big bird reference....really!

    October 16, 2012 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  22. jacques Tootite

    I think it was pretty clear that Obama swept Romney back under the rug. Put a fork in Mitt, he's done.

    October 16, 2012 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  23. mario

    obam won because stubles too much in the anwsers

    October 16, 2012 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  24. Jason Bono

    Obama all the way!

    October 16, 2012 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  25. Ike

    Obama won debate...

    October 16, 2012 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
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