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Watch Town Hall Debate with Barack Obama & Mitt Romney

Watch Town Hall Debate with Barack Obama & Mitt Romney

President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney go head to head again in the second Presidential Debate of the election season on Tuesday (October 16) at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y.

The debate was the second of four scheduled for the 2012 Election, with Obama and Mitt speaking to individual voters who asked questions throughout the evening.

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Barack and Mitt debated on topics such as education, gas prices, taxes, and women’s rights.

Watch the complete debate below!

WHO DO YOU THINK won the second debate – Barack Obama or Mitt Romney?

Obama & Romney Second Presidential Debate

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  • Adriana

    @Own it: I AM in the middle. Nor, am I voting for either candidate. Both candidate have their point. I’m simply stating which is better of the two. You have no right to define me based off a couple comments I have made on here.

  • Adriana

    You all back up your point SO well. Lmao. Gimme something good to rebuttal. This is just sad.

  • not American

    Could someone tell me why everyone hates on Romney ?

  • Adriana

    @not American: Because he’s white.

  • AllYouGottaDoIsTHINK

    @Karen: Nooooooo, Romney is also relying on Hollywood but for various reasons. To help him with his A-C-T-I-N-G. Where else do you think he gets his puppy dog faces and I-feel-you-poor-people tone from? Romney is relying on three things: 1.) His acting abilities 2.) His lies & 3.) Naive people to buy the previous two. And so far he’s proven to be an Oscar worthy actor because everyone who thought he “won” in the last debate, bought into his bullsh–. Example A.) He made a comment behind closed doors about 47% of Americans being lazy moochers. He then stood by them when he was called out in a press conference, and then later flip-flopped AGAIN when he apologized after he was still high from his first debate “win”. The only thing consistent about Mitt Romeny, are his inconsistencies! The man can’t make up his mind because he isn’t true to his values, his morals or his principals simply because they won’t get him into the White House! He says whatever you want to hear as long as you elect him. Wow, JUST the characteristic you’d want in a President running an entire country of 300 million+ /Sarcasm.

  • leaning to Obama

    after doing some background check on Romney, I feel disappointed he had four deferments and didn’t do military service during the Vietnam era, instead he went to France for his religion. Now all of his five sons are not in the military, is he willing to send his sons to fight the war on terror? or are they all “fortunate sons” By the way where is the 5 point plan. Romney is a spoil rich kid and will only cater to the rich. He doesn’t care about the 47%.

  • Sure About Obama 100%

    @not American: You obviously don’t pay attention to the news….

  • Huh?

    @Adriana: Is Romney running for Presidency in Africa or the Middle East?

  • Anne

    “workplace equality strategy: let female employees go home early to make dinner.” Romney

  • baugh

    Thanks Jared

  • Dean

    Romney so desperately want to come off average — he looks like a robot spit him out. He never answers the questions. He is always on the attack. He appears untrustworthy. Who is he kidding. He looks like he has been “groomed in a lab” to run for president.

    Won’t get my vote. He does not believe in the American people. He is just a pessimist pompous.

    Go Obama. Vote people.

  • Dalia

    There’s enough robots in Washington, DC. We sure do not need another one. Robot Romney is not for women rights. In fact, he appears to be for something else on any given Sunday, debate, or rally. He is a walking contradiction. He has more sides to his political beliefs than a dice. I have yet to learn what this guy stands for, aside from doing anything necessary to keep he and his cronies from paying their fair share/taxes.

    Barack has my vote. Albeit not perfect, our President has kept many of his promises, he continues to believe in the American people, he maintains his stance on bringing our troops home, he supports focusing on our many domestic issues, as opposed to depleting all our resources on wars, he believes in women right to choose (as well as religious freedom), he insists on people fighting their own wars — this is why it’s so important that we allow those we have trained to aid their own affairs and their own people. We cannot stay there forever.

  • Marigold

    Calm down. I’m not American either but to tell you the truth, this political system or we can call is control system that the world have not just America does not do any good for some of us if not all – it’s confusing and misleading for some(that includes myself, lol). To all Americans, fighting or debating who’s good or who’s not, or who’s lying or telling the truth is of NO use. I’ll say, good luck and just VOTE who you think has an honest HEART and intention, and VOTE for the person who has the ABILITY to MAKE things DONE. Peace!

  • Steve

    Romney and poser Ryan speak in such trivial terms about war probably because neither have to ever worry about going to war themselves or their children. War is bloody. Where is the empathy. Clearly a person does not have to experience something to imagine it.

    We have had enough of our men and women dying. And, no, Romney, I do not want the US to go to war with Iran. Your hardball business sense is not going to work in every scenario, especially in the name of diplomacy and international matters. Foreign policy should not be treated like you are on Wall Street –where cut throat, distrust, backstabbing, no honor etc are the norm…

    Obama understands that the truth matters. He also understands that sometimes you can agree to disagree and still manage to come to an understanding for the sake of peace, even if it takes time. I am not keen on having someone in the White House who thinks every international conflict necessitate a violent response. Obama has my vote.

  • Texas

    Equal rights for Romney as it pertain to women is nothing more than a political topic for the day. He is rehearsed. He has no affect, as he is merely muttering the words prepared by his handlers. Although most, if not all politicians have speech writers, some improvise, and make alterations extemporaneously –but not Romney.

  • Pete

    Regardless of political Party….take a long hard look at the shape America is in.

    Our National Debt is $16 trillion dollars!!!….That is an increase of $6 trillion in less than 3 yrs.
    Unemployment was above 8% for over 3 years.
    Food Stamps are up 46%.
    Americans in poverty has risen from 39.8 million in ’09 to 46.2 million in ’11.
    Gasoline has gone from $1.86 to $3.70 as a national average.
    Economic growth has been a dismal 1.5% or worse the past 3 yrs.
    Home values have decreased over 13%.
    America’s Competetive Rating has gone from 1st place in ’08 to 7th place in ’12.
    Our National Credit Rating has been lowered…..TWICE!!!

    Is THIS what YOU were promised? Are THESE the results YOU expected?
    These are not just EMPTY numbers people!!!
    This is hard evidence of a complete policy FAILURE!!!

    This is OUR country!!! We the PEOPLE PAY TAXES to our government to be used for OUR BENEFIT…..AND OUR NATION’S BENEFIT!!!
    Do YOU feel like you have benefitted from the policies of the last 4 years?
    Is THIS what YOU call…..SUCCESS?!?!?!?!!!

    Barack Obama came out in true campaign mode in the 2nd debate. Loud, rude, condescending, interruptive, dismissive…..Oh yeah, that’s sooooo Presidential!!!

    All of Obama’s ranting and accusations and preaching about how great HIS plans are….don’t change the fact that…..HIS PLANS HAVE NOT WORKED!!!!!

    Not only have they NOT worked…..they have FAILED…..and failed MISERABLY!!!!
    And you want MORE of this?!?!?!?!?

    God help us!!!

  • Corey

    Mr. President, you have my vote. Things are not perfect (it’s been a hard road) but you bet we are better off. I cannot imagine the disaster we would be in today if it were not for a change in leadership. I believe you when you speak, I believe you when you talk about your humble beginnings, I believe you when you are talk about women rights, I believe you when talk about the importance of education/opportunities, I believe you when you say you have much left to do.

  • @66

    “Loud, rude, condescending, interruptive, dismissive…..”
    Funny, you just described Romney in the first debate.
    He tried it here, too. But he was caught in so many lies that he had to shut up. Even the moderator fact checked him into silence.
    BTW, the debt has increased because we are still paying for two wars that george W didn’t pay for. And the fact that the republican congress refuses to let POTUS raise taxes on the wealthy.
    Unemployment is going down, more people are going back to work here in America. Romney only fires Americans to send their jobs to China. That’s his specialty, yet you think that he will fight for us?
    Detroit is alive and well thanks to POTUS. Romney would have let those jobs disappear.
    Oh, and in early 2008. gas prices were over $4.00 per gallon. I remember that well, because we purchased two economy cars and got rid of our guzzlers, just for that reason. Prices dropped nearing November because big oil wanted a republican in office, and tried to make them look good. They went down even farther because of the recession caused by the policies of a republican president.
    President Obama respects the middle class, where Romney disdains it.
    The President’s policies are working. It just takes time to dig himself out of the hole that Bush left him in.
    President Obama has my vote…AGAIN!

  • Jeff

    The thing I find odd is, Romney seems to prepare his rebuttals/and attacks on Obama with precision, yet he fails to offer any of his so-called plans. What a joke. I am not falling for it! Romney does not talk about the specifics of his plans because he knows the American people would be mortified. Currently, he just thinks the American people are plain dumb devoid of critical thinking skills so he is just spreads vitriol and smack with no substance.


  • LOL

    My favorite line tonight?
    Mr. President: “Get the transcript”
    Mr. Romney: “DOH!”

  • Ryan

    I guess America got a glimpse of Romney today. He is one pompous, privileged, lying, jerk. He could barely hide behind his mask. He keeps citing his so called “corporate business experience” as the reason why he would perform well as president. Hmmm.. okay… we all know what goes on in corporate America, Romney, and it’s ugly. No thanks!

  • HardWorkingLutheran


    Did you watch the complete Mother Jones video from the fundraiser or are you regurgitating sound bytes? He did not say they were lazy I quote:

    “There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe that government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what. And I mean, the president starts off with 48, 49, 48—he starts off with a huge number. These are people who pay no income tax. Forty-seven percent of Americans pay no income tax. So our message of low taxes doesn’t connect. And he’ll be out there talking about tax cuts for the rich. I mean that’s what they sell every four years. And so my job is not to worry about those people—I’ll never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives. What I have to do is convince the 5 to 10 percent in the center that are independents that are thoughtful, that look at voting one way or the other depending upon in some cases emotion, whether they like the guy or not, what it looks like. I mean, when you ask those people…we do all these polls—I find it amazing—we poll all these people, see where you stand on the polls, but 45 percent of the people will go with a Republican, and 48 or 4… [Recording stops.] ”

    We never hear the rest of the statement. But my point is this is a fundraiser talking approach to the campaign. In regards to the statement “And so my job is not to worry about those people—I’ll never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.” taken out of context is very damaging but if you see the whole statement and place it in the perspective of a fundraiser not so.

    As for the 47 percent read this post it might bring you some enlightenment:


  • cara

    It is true that it is easier to keep track of the truth, as opposed to keeping track of lies. Romney clearly looked befuddled because he lost track of his lies. How does he expect me to vote for him if he cannot even manage his lies, let alone voting for him to manage a nation!

    Obama has my vote. Perhaps when Obama has some time he can teach Romney a thing or two about decorum and civility. What a jerk that Romney is — I guess money cannot buy class, not even for a few hours for a television debate!

    Go Obama!

  • Bryon

    The people who try to make excuses for Romney’s dismissal of millions of Americans when he thought no one was listening are delusional. Romney could careless about the American people, so much so, he has not even bothered to tell the American people EXPLICITLY what he plans to do if he were to be elected. He is merely counting on us being dumb enough to let him in with his evasive responses to important issues. Romney is a joke.

    Obama all the way. Go and vote people.

  • Annie

    According to my dad Romney looks like a “sleazy London bank manager”. Just thought that was funny.

  • hd

    you live in a fantasy land if you believe anything will change with obama in the white.. Romney 2012 VOTE folks

  • Frozoid

    @toni: Stuff and nonsense.

    Romney/Ryan 2012.

    By the way, did you happen to catch the undecideds in focus groups on MSNBC and Fox? They’re all breaking for Romney.

  • Frozoid


    Huh? Obama didn’t answer the man’s question about security in Libya.

    Undecideds in focus groups say Romney came across as more presidential.

    It’s over for Obama. Undecideds breaking for Romney at a record speed.

  • Frozoid

    @Ash: Gee, if Romney is bad news, then you should boycott AMC movie theaters, Staples, Dunkin Donuts, Dominos Pizza, Toys R Us, the Weather Channel.

    Romney helped all these businesses become a success. What part of those businesses don’t you like?

  • Frozoid

    @Romney Is a Phoney: Obama lied repeatedly.

    Again, if you don’t like Romney, then I expect you to start boycotting all businesses he helped make a success like AMC movie theaters .Staples. Dunkin Donuts.

  • Frozoid

    @Kevin: How is he fake? Have you seen or heard about all the people he’s helped, paralyzed in accidents? Did you know he gave three million to charity last year?

    Did you know that Joe Biden gave just $547 to charity?

  • Frozoid

    @leaning to Obama:

    Um, did you know that Joe Biden got FIVE MILITARY DEFERMENTS so he wouldn’t have to go to Viet nam?

    Was Obama in the military ? Was Bill Clinton? You know he dodged the draft, right?

  • Bria

    Romney talks about women in a very foreign, unfamiliar tone. His women in a binder comment was very awkward for someone who is trying to position himself as some kind of pioneer for women advocacy. Who is he kidding.

    Ironically enough, Romney was completely dismissing the (woman) moderator as if she was not there, as if she was beneath him. He probably mistook her for the help. I guess she was not in that binder he spoke of.

    Obama has my vote. And I sincerely hope the people who Romney believes are imbeciles do not vote for him. Show him you are smarter than he would like to give you credit for.

  • Lola

    Romney, I am a woman, and I am not interested in being told what to do with my body by a condescending robot.

    It appears there are a few trolls here, spreading their venom under identical and phony aliases–trying to paint Romney as a saint. What I find perplexing is that these individuals are always on the defense bashing.

  • jean from TX

    Romney was rattled tonight, was funny to watch a robot rattle.

    On the basis of education, equal opportunity, political diplomacy — I cannot bring myself to vote for Romney. Not happening.

    President Obama, while not perfect, is the clear choice. I’m an Independent, former Republican. Vote people.

  • some never learn

    …watching the American idiots bite at the ancient divide and conquer,,,doesn’t matter who wins you all lose because the real issues that effect everyone’s lives are never pick your tribe and satisfy your ego wanting to be on the winning team while you all get taken for idiots by the powers that be

  • lari

    obama for the win!

  • @72

    This quote; “I’ll never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”, proves that he has no idea about the way normal Americans live, and CAN’T be taken out of context.
    He thinks that if you don’t pay taxes, you aren’t working. Well, Mittens, many people who don’t pay taxes are working two or three low paying jobs, trying to make ends meet for their children. Or seniors who have worked their entire lives, and now draw social security. Or the disabled, be they veterans who risked their lives to protect us, or those dying fom cancer. And yes, Mitt, our soldiers across the globe who even now are under attack, don’t pay taxes either. Are they “victims” to you?
    You see. Mitt only understands the wealthy. He has no busines being president to us all.
    President Obama will be getting my vote on November 6th.

  • @frozoid

    Why don’t you talk to the Americans that Romney and his cronies at Bain put out of business? All of those jobs that he outsourced? Hmm?
    And sure he gave three million to charity, and paid more than he should on a tax return during a year he was running for office. Why won’t he release more returns? Because they would show how crooked his business dealings are, that’s why.

  • Frozoid

    Ok, all of you who say Romney is a liar, then I am expecting you to boycott each and every business he helped make a success.

    Here’s a PARTIAL list:

    AMC Entertainment
    Burger King
    Burlington Coat Factory
    Clear Channel Communications
    Dominos Pizza
    Dunkin’ Donuts
    Guitar Center
    Sports Authority
    Toys ‘R’ Us
    Warner Music Group
    The Weather channel

    Bet you don’t have the guts to boycott. Seems hypocritical of you to blast someone whose stores’ you patronize.

    Just sayin…

  • Frozoid


    Um, hell? Do you happen to know how many tax returns John McCain released in 2008? JUST TWO AND NO ONE PROTESTED. And Mccain was married to a beer heiress.

    Additionally, during the primaries in 2008, Obama nagged Hillary Clinton to release her tax returns. She never did.

    You can spout all the bogus obama lies you want but you are not going to win with me.

    As stated, Joe Biden gave just $547 to charity AND he evaded serving in the Viet nam war by getting FIVE Deferments.

  • Frozoid

    @jean from TX: Really? Rattled? Then how come all the focus groups of undecideds called Romney presidential and authoratitive?

    Riddle me this: Why has there been a huge surge towards Romney in swing states? Why is he winning more Hispanics than Obama in Florida? Why has he surged with women and they’re now even?

  • Frozoid

    @Lola: Um, I think it’s the other way around, painting Obama as a saint.

    Last time I checked, this was an entertainment site, not a conservative or liberal site, and there’s such a thing as freedom of speech.

    Romney supporters have as much right to post here as Obama supporters.

  • Frozoid

    @Xo: Can you show me the link where Romney “stomped off like a child?” I’m waiting…… tick, tock, tick tock.

  • Frozoid

    @Corey: I already voted for Romney/Ryan in a swing state.

  • Frozoid

    @Ryan: Yes, that’s right, a pompous privileged work who gave away three million to charity, paid for the hospital and college expenses of two boys who were permanently paralyzed in a car accident in Massachusetts, came to see them on Christmas day.

    Shame on you for your comments.

  • MrJeffery

    Go Obama! Romney is not trustworthy.

  • Dd

    The people here are the sand who thinks aniston is an A-list.

  • @91

    You’re defending Romney by using another republican who refused to come clean?
    And BTW, Ohio, a CRITICAL swing state, has The President leading the polls.

  • @Frozoid

    Any woman who votes for Romney is an IDIOT.