October 16th, 2012
10:40 PM ET
10 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. Name w.bullock

    Ronmey will be wins for presdient

    October 17, 2012 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  2. Xyz

    Obama=say anything to get re-elected

    October 17, 2012 12:38 am at 12:38 am |

    2016: Obama's America

    See it

    October 17, 2012 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  4. Mojo

    Romney is finished, your facts are wrong just like you guy Obama. Look at the debt idiot.

    October 17, 2012 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  5. BigDonStars

    Obama told the most brazen lie of his campaign tonight in the debate when he said he called the attack in Libya an act of terror. For those of you Obama supporters who can read, go find the transcript. He was talking about 9/11 when he said, "No act of terror..." More proof? Look a couple words later when he says, "Here are 4 others who have died..." The act of terror comment was connected to the 9/11 talk, and then he goes back to talk about Libya. READ IT!!!!! CNN, MSNBC, and all the other Obama spin machines can spin it like they will. The American people KNOW it was a lie! Romney is going to win this election in a landslide and it will be a complete referendum on not only Obama's policies and the left in general, but also on the news media and all of their left wing lies. VOTE ROMNEY!!! Let's get back to conservative values instead of going down the road to communism.

    October 17, 2012 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  6. Karl

    Romney acted like an angry little brat on the monkey bars, who had his toys stolen from him at recess. Obama won this debate. It wasn't a blowout or anything, but Romney appeared angry, rude, and overly controlling; even to the point of cutting the moderator off, and getting far off on another tangent. He couldn't keep his composure and he became flustered too easily; not the signs of presidential leadership. Imagine what kind of war monger he would be and how the rest of the world thinks of him

    Between Romney being a "car guy" salesman, and Ryan washing clean dishes, looking for a photo-op, the GOP ticket just comes off as too fake, and scripted. How are you going to attack 47% of the population behind closed doors, then kissing up to them on live TV? Fake, Come on people wake up.

    October 17, 2012 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  7. SuzieQ

    Romney is finally exposed as the liar and flip flopper he is! Obama by a landslide!

    October 17, 2012 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  8. phildon31

    Good job mr president you show the diffrence u my man

    October 17, 2012 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  9. usmc for Romney

    i find it amazing all these people who support obumma, you all realize the stimulus and autobailout were all started by bush right, soooo shouldnt you dislike that

    but then again i rememeber war protesters when bush was around then suddnly disappeared when obumma elected even though the wars continued..... lets get a real commander in cheif, not the one who makes us not point our weapons at muslims cuz were afraid of offending them or were not aloud to carry loaded weapons in a combat zone thank you obumma

    October 17, 2012 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  10. myviewis

    Romney = Jobs
    Obama = more unemployment, bad economy

    October 17, 2012 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  11. Mark Michael

    If I am a rich person I can beat limiting my deduction under Presedent Romney. I will pay off my mortegage if I have one, cut down or cutoff my charity contribution and enjoy atotal of 20% reduction of my income tax, it is a good deal.

    October 17, 2012 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  12. John Kerry

    This is the beginning of the end of the Romney campaign. Question is not if they lose but how much.

    A landslide Obama victory or a slighlly lesser but essentially the same margin as 2008. Romney needs to save face and try to achieve the latter.

    October 17, 2012 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
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