Presidential Debates

5:49am

Wed October 17, 2012
It's All Politics

A Stronger Showing At Hofstra, But Ghost Of Denver Still Haunts Obama

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 10:42 am

President Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney participate in the second presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., on Tuesday.
Charles Dharapak AP

President Obama beat at least one of his adversaries on the stage at Hofstra University last night. He easily outperformed that guy — whoever he was — who debated against former Gov. Mitt Romney two weeks ago in Denver.

That much was obvious — and necessary for the president. The question now is whether it will be sufficient to restore his momentum in the race itself.

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10:56pm

Tue October 16, 2012
It's All Politics

Media Circus: Candidates Brawl, Pundits Reverse Course Yet Again

Originally published on Fri October 26, 2012 12:57 pm

CNN's Candy Crowley moderates the second presidential debate between Mitt Romney and President Obama at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., on Tuesday.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Pundits fretted that the town hall format for Tuesday's presidential exchange would yield tepid results: undecided voters posing questions over 90 minutes with little more than a passing touch from the moderator, CNN's Candy Crowley.

Boy, was that a misplaced fear. "So much for the analysis this would not be confrontational," Fox News anchor Bret Baier said in the moments after the debate.

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10:47pm

Tue October 16, 2012
It's All Politics

How Obama Got His Groove Back, And Other Debate Takeaways

Originally published on Tue October 16, 2012 11:25 pm

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and President Obama spar over energy policy during the second presidential debate at Hofstra University on Tuesday.
Charlie Neibergall AP

Anyone who thought the presidential candidates couldn't get aggressive within a town hall-style format underestimated the sharp differences in policy that divide them.

President Obama and Mitt Romney remained continuously critical against one another throughout their second debate Tuesday night. Neither ever seemed to finish a statement without launching an attack against his opponent.

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9:57pm

Tue October 16, 2012
It's All Politics

Along With Sparks, Errors Fly in Second Debate

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 6:18 am

The "facts" came fast in Tuesday's presidential debate, and the checkers found many that didn't quite check out.

Here are some of the early words from the news outlets and independent organizations that were watching closely what President Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said.

From PolitiFact.com's tweets:

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9:12pm

Tue October 16, 2012
Politics

TRANSCRIPT & VIDEO: The Town Hall Debate Between Obama And Romney

Screencap from the town hall debate at Hofstra, held on Tuesday October 16th, 2012
YouTube.com

Transcript and video of the second debate between President Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney, Oct. 16 in Hempstead, N.Y., moderated by Candy Crowley of CNN.

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