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Obama and Romney Face Off in Second DebateSubmitted: 10/16/2012
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NEW YORK - President Obama and Mitt Romney spoke even more directly to undecided voters in tonight's second presidential debate.

The town hall format was designed to encourage straightforward answers to voters.

But sometimes the candidates couldn't get out of each other's way.

The biggest question of the debate, and the campaign, is if Americans want another term from Obama, or if Romney is a better alternative.

"The commitments I've made, I've kept," Obama said. "And those that I haven't been able to keep, it's not for lack of trying, and we're going to get it done in a second term."

"I think you know better," Romney responded. "I think that you know that the last four years haven't been so good as the President described, and that you don't feel like you're confident that the next four years are going to be much better either."

There were no foreign policy questions until more than an hour into the debate.

But when the candidates did move to international relations, the debate centered on the attack on the Libyan consulate.

Exchanges about the President's handling of the situation were tense.

"The suggestion that anybody on my team would play politics or mislead when we've lost four of our own, Governor, is offensive. That's not what we do," Obama said.

"You said in the Rose Garden the day after the attack that it was an act of terror. It was not a spontaneous demonstration? Is that what you're saying?" Romney responded. "It took the president 14 days before he called the attack in Benghazi an act of terror.

But in the end, the conversation always seemed to come back to the American middle class.

Romney and Obama go head to head once more before Election Day. The last debate in Monday, October 22nd in Boca Raton, Florida.

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