Romney takes beating from Obama at second presidential debate
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Romney takes beating from Obama at second presidential debate

Hempstead : NY : USA | Oct 16, 2012 at 9:23 PM PDT
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Candy Crowley, CNN's chief political correspondent and the moderator of the second presidential debate

A very different President Obama showed up at the second presidential debate at Hofstra University in New York. This one had style, substance, and he threw a few knockout punches that landed squarely on Mitt Romney's chin.

When Romney tried to score points on Obama's response to last month's attack of the Libyan consulate, he took a huge hit.

Obama said, "The day after the attack, governor, I stood in the Rose Garden, and I told the American people and the world that we are going to find out exactly what happened, that this was an act of terror."

Romney tried to make President Obama look like a liar, but it blew up in his face.

Romney said, "I think it's interesting the president just said something which is that on the day after the attack, he went in the Rose Garden and said that this was an act of terror. You said in the Rose Garden the day after the attack it was an act of terror. It was not a spontaneous demonstration."

Moderator Candy Crowley fact-checked Romney on the spot and exposed Romney's claim as completely false. "He did call it an act of terror," Crowley said.

It was all down hill for Romney from there.

Despite portraying himself on the campaign trail as a staunch Second Amendment supporter, as it turns out Mitt Romney signed an assault weapons ban as governor of Massachusetts.

However, Romney's biggest fumble may have come at the end of the debate, when Romney tried to undo the political damage of his now famous, secretly taped "47 percent" video by saying, "I care about a hundred percent of the American people."

President Obama saw an opportunity and moved in for the political kill, saying:

"I believe Gov. Romney is a good man. He loves his family, cares about his faith. But I also believe that when he said behind closed doors that 47 percent of the country considers themselves victims who refuse personal responsibility — think about who he was talking about: folks on Social Security who've worked all their lives, veterans who've sacrificed for this country, students who are out there trying to, hopefully, advance their own dreams, but also this country's dreams, soldiers who are overseas fighting for us right now, people who are working hard every day, paying payroll tax, gas taxes, but don't make enough income. And I want to fight for them. That's what I've been doing for the last four years, because if they succeed, I believe the country succeeds."

An instant CBS News poll taken immediately following the debate declared President Obama the winner. How it will play out in the national polls in the days to come is yet to be seen. But one thing is certain: Romney will need to do a lot more studying for the last debate on foreign policy if he hopes to make up any ground he lost at Hofstra.

Read the full transcript of the second presidential debate.

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