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
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  1. Mike

    Obama – the people's president
    Romney – the rich man's president

    October 16, 2012 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  2. California

    Obama, You out right lied about Benghzi.


    October 16, 2012 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  3. RWB1956

    Nelson from the Simpson's(whose been keeping track of the debates)...to Romney: HA-HA!

    October 16, 2012 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  4. California

    Obama,You've now resorted to blaming a video (an inanimate object).

    What is the truth? Are you even capable of the tuth?

    October 16, 2012 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  5. Romney is Finished!

    @Holly Hilt

    This is how Obama is helping our economy....$325,000 to make a robotic squirrel to see how snakes react to it, $27 million to train Morrocans to make & sell pottery, $516 thousand to make a video game simulating going to a prom, $300 thousand for Smokey Bear balloons, $300 thousand to promote caviar, $268 million to let paper manufacturers claim waste byproduct as alternative energy, and $91 million in tax breaks to the NFL!
    You do know the Congress spends the money... You're spending too much time on Fox News and not enough time thinking. Any budget can look foolish when you take everything out of context. I might point out that Romney's "vision" to increase the defense budget by two TRILLION dollars above what the Joint Chiefs wants is real pork. Do you suppose that draft dodger might have some campaign contributions to repay?

    October 16, 2012 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  6. Allan Payne

    There was only one alpha dog in this debate, and it wasn't Obama. You didn't notice how many times he was deferential to Romney? He tried to be an alpha, but he was exposed.

    October 16, 2012 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |

    It's amazing that the country believes ths idiot.

    October 16, 2012 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  8. Florida

    The level of delusion prevalent in Republican posters here is astonishing. I have now seen several posts where they shame the moderator for correcting Romney when he was IN FACT wrong about what the president said in the Rose Garden!!! It's ON FILM.... Its a fact. Romney was schooled.
    what's next from the Repubs? "Clearly it's a conspiracy because the video of the briefing the day after the attacks was doctored"?? .... Repulicans have reached a whole new level of pathetic.....

    October 16, 2012 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  9. tony

    Governor Romney can not get aways with lies, the American public deserves to know the truth on every issues. The governor should be specific, and own up to his words.

    October 16, 2012 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |

    Candy Crowley gets it wrong: Obama never called Benghazi a ‘terror attack’ in Rose Garden speech

    October 16, 2012 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  11. Arthur Davis

    The moderator interceded with an inappropriate and incorrect defense of the President concerning the Libyan deaths. It was ill-timed and mischaracterized the President's words. She should be required to issue a clarification and apology.

    October 17, 2012 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  12. Phil Thomas

    This is to funny, the same people who had the Nerve to attack Biden last week are cheering this bully Romney. No respect for the office of the president ridiculous

    October 17, 2012 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  13. RogueRobots

    Mitt is still working on his Arithmetic, trying hard to make us believe his plan adds up to 12 million new jobs, no deficit, 20% tax cuts. I guess his fancy prep school teachers forgot to explain that he needs to show his work, not just give a fake Utopian propaganda answers that won't come true. President Obama has to deal with Reality - The Reality that was left to us by the last Republican disaster of job losses, high deficit, wars on a credit card, and tax cuts for the wealthy. Romney lies, Obama is wise. Vote Obama 2012

    October 17, 2012 12:01 am at 12:01 am |

    Obama couldn't even answer a simple question.


    October 17, 2012 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  15. JOE

    Mitt Romney was finally exposed tonight, he lies so much and is so stiff, not president worthy and CNN your polls are lies, stop the propaganda, you are starting to act like fox news.

    October 17, 2012 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  16. STEVEN

    At least Romney HAS a plan. Please, Please tell me Obama's plan for reducing the deficit and creating more jobs. How does a community organizer beat a career businessman in creating jobs? Please tell me the Presidents plan (he who has not passed a BUDGET in three years).

    October 17, 2012 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  17. Sylvester Stanislas

    Pres. obama very powerful tonite exposing romney in his lies. I don't see how anyone could support romney he clearly care about the middle class or the poor, Obama won

    October 17, 2012 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  18. oldjarhead

    Romney won this hands down. Not sure what debate some of you watched but I saw the President of the United States just lie to the American public about calling the attack in Libya being an act of terror. After saying the Taliban was on the run, the White House did not want to say we had another terror attack. The President and the White house has misled the American people for this until they could no longer cover their deception.

    October 17, 2012 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  19. Elvis99

    Mr President can you name one thing you lead from the begining to the end....What is your plan for the next 4 years that I have heard from the last 4 years? Why haven't your policies worked? My electric bill, gas tank, food, health care have risen sharply and I can not feel any excitement things are going to change... My son was disappointed that you didnt go to boy scouts 100th birthday but the View was more important I see that hasn't change since the death of 4 americans. I never saw an oval office speech...I think this country is running on its own and don't sense you are in charge!

    October 17, 2012 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  20. Fancy

    Candy did a great job on calling the liar Romney on his lies. Romney was asked a question and answered everything he wasn't asked. What does that tell you!!!!! Romney repeated everything the president said about making a change. Romney has no clue on how to run a country and has never ran one. The president has made allot of changes with this economy. I am a true believer of his change having a special needs kid. Obama has opened a path way to recovery for my family. Romney doesn't have a plan on place and can't say how he's going to change the economy. I don't trust Romney at all.

    October 17, 2012 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  21. Fancy

    Romney is a looser!!!!!

    October 17, 2012 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  22. joe

    The president clearly won this one. Called out the lier romney every chance he got. Romney was rude overly agressive and gave no substance to his comments. Fact check already calling him out but the repo jerks won't accept the fact that this rich boy is just a flat out lier.

    October 17, 2012 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  23. omar

    Why both did'nt speak about drugs war in U.S.A

    October 17, 2012 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  24. Kris K

    Everyone is tired of Obama's empty promises. We tried it, it didn't work. Let's move on! Romney!!

    October 17, 2012 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  25. Fancy

    Everyone says Romney ran around his questions!!!!! Romney ran from answering his questions but wanted to attack the president about the truth. You can't believe NOTHING that comes out of Romneys mouth. Go Obama. You got this. Even Romney agreed the president is a great speaker. What does that tell you!!!!

    October 17, 2012 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
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