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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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135 Responses to “Watch Town Hall Debate with Barack Obama & Mitt Romney”

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  1. 51
    Adriana Says:

    @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.

  2. 52
    Adriana Says:

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

  3. 53
    not American Says:

    Could someone tell me why everyone hates on Romney ?

  4. 54
    Adriana Says:

    @not American: Because he’s white.

  5. 55
    AllYouGottaDoIsTHINK Says:

    @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.

  6. 56
    leaning to Obama Says:

    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%.

  7. 57
    Sure About Obama 100% Says:

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

  8. 58
    Huh? Says:

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

  9. 59
    Anne Says:

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

  10. 60
    baugh Says:

    Thanks Jared

  11. 61
    Dean Says:

    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.

  12. 62
    Dalia Says:

    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.

  13. 63
    Marigold Says:

    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!

  14. 64
    Steve Says:

    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.

  15. 65
    Texas Says:

    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.

  16. 66
    Pete Says:

    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!!!

  17. 67
    Corey Says:

    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.

  18. 68
    @66 Says:

    “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!

  19. 69
    Jeff Says:

    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.

    Obama/Biden

  20. 70
    LOL Says:

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

  21. 71
    Ryan Says:

    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!

  22. 72
    HardWorkingLutheran Says:

    @AllYouGottaDoIsTHINK:

    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:
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/wp/2012/09/18/who-doesnt-pay-taxes-in-charts/

    enjoy

  23. 73
    cara Says:

    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!

  24. 74
    Bryon Says:

    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.

  25. 75
    Annie Says:

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

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