ObamaRomney townhall debate is a tussle

first_imgo FACT CHECK: Not all claims in debate stand up to scrutinyo LOCAL ANGLE: Romney looked good to friend David Nierenberg from CamasHEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — An aggressive President Barack Obama accused challenger Mitt Romney of favoring a “one-point plan” — to help the rich in America — and playing politics with the recent deadly terrorist attack in Libya in a Tuesday night debate crackling with energy and emotion just three weeks before the election.Romney pushed back hard, saying the middle class “has been crushed over the last four years,” that 23 million Americans are struggling to find work and that the death of the U.S. ambassador to Libya was part of an unraveling foreign policy.The president was feistier from the outset than in their initial encounter two weeks ago, when his listless performance sent shudders through his supporters and helped fuel a Romney rise in opinion polls nationally and in some battleground states.Obama and Romney disagreed, forcefully and repeatedly — about taxes, measures to reduce the deficit, energy, pay equity for women and health care as well as foreign policy — across 90 minutes of a town-hall style debate.“You’ll get your chance in a moment. I’m still speaking,” the former Massachusetts governor said at one point while Obama was mid-sentence, drawing a gasp from the audience.last_img read more

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