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Obama Hits Hard in Second Debate

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Barack Obama returned to form in the second presidential debate at New York's Hofstra University. Gone was the polite, even reticent candidate who showed up in Debate 1. Instead, the person on stage last night was passionate, hard-hitting, and determined not to let Mitt Romney get away with the dissembling that comes so naturally to him. You can watch the whole debate here. Some highlights:

  • (24:26) Romney gave the first of many examples of just how out of touch he is when discussing his tax plan, telling middle-class viewers that their tax burden would be lowered "for this reason:  every middle-income tax payer will no longer pay any tax on interest, dividends or capital gains," adding that you'll see the difference when you get your statement from your "mutual funds or any other investment you may have."  So if you've lost your job or your mortgage is underwater, no worries -- your mutual funds are safe!
  • (32:22) Obama slams Romney's fuzzy math on his tax plan: "Now, Governor Romney was a very successful investor. If somebody came to you, Governor, with a plan that said, here, I want to spend $7 or $8 trillion, and then we're going to pay for it, but we can't tell you until maybe after the election how we're going to do it, you wouldn't take such a sketchy deal and neither should you, the American people, because the math doesn't add up."
  • (38:00) The topic moves to women. Obama notes the passage of the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, his nomination of two women Supreme Court Justices and how Obamacare helps families, Romney comes out for (don't tell Fox News) affirmative action, issuing the instant classic line about looking at "binders full" of women job applicants. Oh, and he loves women so much, he makes sure to give them time off to go home and cook dinner.
  • (64:50) Romney tries to pretend that everyone has investments in China and the Cayman Islands, hectoring the president about his pension:  "Have you looked at your pension? Mr. President have you looked at your pension?" Obama, laughing, bites back, "You know, I don't look at my pension -- it's not as big as yours, so it doesn't take me that long."
  • (68:00) Obama stands firm on getting to the bottom of the events in Benghazi, Libya, forcing Romney to his biggest stumble of the debate. Romney continued to wrongly insist that the President had failed to call the attack an act of terror and had to be corrected by the moderator -- to cheers from the audience.
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