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Obama Vs. Romney 2: Who Lied?

Romney was wrong when he said Obama doubled the deficit. The president misled when he said he cut taxes by $3,600. The Daily Beast turns to the Internet’s reliable fact-checkers to reveal the truth—or falsity—of the debaters’ claims.
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The town-hall-style showdown between presidential hopefuls Mitt Romney and Barack Obama was facilitated by voters’ questions and filled with lies. From the three-way debate between the candidates and moderator Candy Crowley over the Obama administration’s handling of the U.

Anxious Moments for Obama Faithful

Beer eased the anxiety as Obama supporters packed bars in Park Slope, Brooklyn, to take advantage of debate ‘specials’ and watch and comment on the second face-off. They rooted for their man, but showed a wary respect for Romney—and concern about fickle independents.
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What’s the best balm for weary Democratic nerves, anxious after a shaky first debate performance from President Obama two weeks ago? Why, beer of course, and so a string of bars on Fourth Avenue in south Park Slope, the bluest of neighborhoods in the bluest of cities in the bluest of states, offered drink specials and promised TVs devoted to tonight’s face-off between Obama and Mitt Romney.

Obama Is Back!

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Well, Fox was calling it a draw, and its anchors started blaming Candy Crowley for how it all went down 32 seconds after it ended. Need to know anything else?Obama won the debate. Won it big. Maybe not as big as Romney won the first one, but big enough to be clear.

The GOP’s Delusional Night

The left freaked out after Denver. Tonight, the right pretended Romney won. Michelle Goldberg on the Republican disconnect—and the demonization of an undecided voter.
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Here is a major difference between liberals and conservatives. After President Obama’s abysmal performance in the first debate, liberals were rending their garments and proclaiming everything lost. After Mitt Romney’s equally bad performance on Tuesday night, many conservatives were either declaring him the winner or blaming his loss on Candy Crowley.

Romney’s Race to Lose?

The president won the debate, but the GOP nominee continued with his strategy from the first face-off—changing the storyline to present himself as centrist, compassionate, and hopeful. That could make this Romney’s campaign to lose.
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The big question about the second debate of the presidential campaign—and perhaps the entire presidential campaign itself—is this: is this now a contest between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney or Mitt Romney and himself?If it’s the former, Obama won tonight.

At Last, Passion in Politics!

The rumble at Hofstra was thrilling—a heady blend of testosterone and pedantry. Tunku Varadarajan celebrates the Long Island battle royale.
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What a delicious debate that was, and how one wished that Candy Crowley could just wave a magic wand and give us an extra half hour (even if that meant being subjected to a few more of those utterly gormless “uncommitted voters” that they seemed to have in abundance at Hofstra.

I Still Hate Town Halls

The undecided voters seemed anything but. And Candy Crowley became a player-coach. Matt Latimer on the debate everybody lost.
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One of the reasons I think town-hall debates are a waste of time is that they tend to keep the candidates from engaging with each other. Neither wants to offend the audience of “regular Americans” before them—people so disinterested in the election that they claim they still can’t figure out how to vote.

CBS Poll: Obama Wins Debate

Concludes by blasting Romney on 47 percent.
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It took until the final moments of the second presidential debate for President Obama to finally bring up what many pundits thought would be a no-brainer for an attack on Romney: the GOP challenger’s behind-closed-doors criticism of “47 percent” of Americans.

Immigration Draws Heated Responses

Obama burns Romney on pension size.
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A question about immigration policy devolved into a screaming match over the size of pensions. Welcome to the second presidential debate, everyone. After Romney finished his time talking about immigration, the Republican nominee returned to an earlier question on financial investments and attempted to turn the tables on Obama by asking if he’s seen his portfolio.

Obama Seizes the Upper Hand

Using newfound energy to slice up Romney’s record, the president forced his rival on the defensive. Howard Kurtz on the impact of the second debate.
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Barack Obama came to play in the second presidential debate Tuesday night, unleashing a series of attacks against Mitt Romney that accused him of favoring the rich and “extreme” social policies.Romney got in the president’s face more than once, repeatedly challenging him and at one point refusing to let him break in: “You’ll get your chance in a moment, I’m still speaking.

Candidates Spar Over Libya

Argue over Rose Garden press conference.
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Republican candidate Mitt Romney tussled with President Barack Obama over when the president labeled the September attacks on the American consulate in Benghazi the work of terrorists. It’s a point the Romney–Ryan ticket have hammered away at persistently in recent weeks as they strive to show that the president is weak on defense.

7 Best Moments from the Second Presidential Debate

President Obama and Mitt Romney duked it out on the economy, energy, equal pay, and more in Tuesday’s town-hall showdown at Hofstra University—and pundits are handing the victory to the incumbent. Watch the debate's most memorable moments.
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Romney’s One-Point Plan?Let the games begin! Throughout his campaign, Mitt Romney has been promoting a five-point economic plan that includes developing energy independence and slashing government spending. But to President Obama, Romney’s plan only has one point: ‘to make sure that folks at the top play by a different set up rules.

Presidential Debate Kicks Off

Romney and Obama spar on education and jobs.
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The second presidential debate opened with visibly nervous college student Jeremy Epstein asking Mitt Romney and Barack Obama how they could assuage his fears about not having a job after he graduates. Romney responded by saying he knows “what it takes to get this economy going.

Debate Pre-Spin Under Way

Democrats and Republicans are already working the media refs at the second presidential debate. Howard Kurtz is at the scene.
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Ladies and gentlemen, the spinning has begun here at Hofstra University.John Kerry was so wound up before a gaggle of reporters that if he had been this animated in 2004, he might have won.Kerry carries special status here at the site of the second presidential debate for two reasons.

Charity President: Ryan Helped a Little

Some of those dishes he washed were dirty.

Contrary to prior comments, St. Vincent De Paul president Brian Antal now says Paul Ryan did wash some dirty dishes when he showed up to the Ohio soup kitchen uninvited last weekend. Upon seeing an angelic picture of the vice presidential hopeful and his wife scrubbing pots at the charity, Antal told The Washington Post that Ryan and his crew had “ramrodded their way” into the soup kitchen and sprayed clean dishes as photographers captured the moment.

Stewart: Florida Does It Again!

On 'The Daily Show's first post-election episode, Jon Stewart questioned the Sunshine State's relevance. Sorry, Florida, we elected a president without you.

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