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Top 5 Obama Punches from Debate 2

Top 5 Obama Punches from Debate 2
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Town hall debates are supposed to be a bit less combative than other formats. Because candidates address their answers to real human beings instead of journalists, candidates usually dial back the attacks.

That did not happen on Tuesday. Instead, President Barack Obama, who had been criticized for not challenging Mitt Romney in the first debate, unloaded on the GOP nominee, taking direct aim at Mitt’s claims about a Romney administration. Moreover, he did so not just by attacking, but by sometimes giving Romney enough rope to hang himself. Here are the top five shots landed by Obama during the second debate.

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PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, think about what the governor think about what the governor just said. He said when I took office, the price of gasoline was 1.80 (dollars), 1.86 (dollars). Why is that? Because the economy was on the verge of collapse; because we were about to go through the worst recession since the Great Depression as a consequence of some of the same policies that Governor Romney is now promoting. So it’s conceivable that Governor Romney could bring down gas prices, because with his policies we might be back in that same mess.

President Obama got in a few early shots, describing Romney’s five-point-plan as really a one-point-plan — tax cuts for the rich. But it was during a discussion about energy prices that Obama first began to do serious damage to Romney.

Romney was pushing Obama hard on oil production, arguing essentially that gas prices are high now because we’re not drilling enough, baby. Obama nicely threw the challenge back in Romney’s face, reminding voters that before the collapse of the banking industry, gas prices in the U.S. were routinely over $4.00 a gallon, higher than they are now.

Gas prices fell because the economy fell apart; they’ve risen because the economy is improving, and so demand for energy is higher. With this short exchange, Obama reminded voters that oil production is not the only thing that affects gas prices. More than that, he served notice that this time, he was not going to play around with Romney; he was going to bring the attack to his challenger.

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12:42PM PDT on Oct 23, 2012

Can I point out that the cost of oil and gasoline may have another factor?? Almost everything we use has ingredients made from petroleum in them. Laundry detergent, dryer sheets, cosmetics, shampoo, soap, perfumes, air fresheners, plastics, and probably a heck of a lot more. We are surrounded by the things made from petroleum. And more people are buying and making more of them every day. That is why they want to 'drill,baby,drill' all over the place. Also, if you have a captive market with no real competition, gasoline is going to cost an arm and a leg. That is how capitalism works. If there WERE competition in the industry, you could just buy out the competition or merge with it. Oh, right, they did that already. And all the petroleum and gas CEOs get together in meetings and agree on prices. Capitalists aren't supposed to do that, but they do. Don't you understand now why they demonize regulation and the smallest little hint of social democracy?? Heaven help the rich folks if such a thing were to actually happen!! They might have to live on only 10 or 15 million dollars a year! Tragedy!!

4:59PM PDT on Oct 21, 2012

I am a senior, retired, receiving Social Security that I paid into all of my working life. I am on Medicare that I paid into all of my working life, and still pay into each and every month. The payment comes out of my Social Security check automatically. I still pay taxes. So where is it that I am getting something for nothing? At least I pay my fair share of taxes Mr. Romney, unlike you.

4:54PM PDT on Oct 21, 2012

Vote republicans out of office in every state at every opportunity. Romney and Ryan are the wrong choice for women, children, the middle class and America.

9:46AM PDT on Oct 20, 2012

David, the fact that you refer to the 47%ers just shows how stupid and mean you really are. Some of them are veterans with PTDS, some are elderly who fought to give you the right to flap your gums, some are ill or disabled. Yeah, they're all a bunch of assholes aren't they? Some are college and university grads who can't get more than a McJob because your idols have outsourced to India, Mexico or China. More assholes. It's SO easy to disparage people on line rather than to their faces. You remind me of the prick who threw dollar bills at the disabled man with Parkinsons claiming he was too lazy to work or pay for his own health care. He was a professor, well educated but had spent all his savings trying to regain his health. Another lazy asshole by your definition. My dad suffered from Parkinsons, a dreadful disease, but fortunately was Canadian and well cared for. May some such fate befall you so we can include you in the 47%. Then WE can call you a lazy asshole too.

6:29AM PDT on Oct 20, 2012

I just can't believe any female would vote for Romney!! Or anyone who's ever owned a dog. Or anyone with a brain frankly.

6:36PM PDT on Oct 19, 2012

So many care 2 posters (47ers) will be sobbing in their children’s laps, when in a few weeks they find out they are no longer entitled to their children and grand children’s hard work.

5:34PM PDT on Oct 19, 2012

I just came up with an update to my original post.

"I am not familiar with what I said, but I stand by what I said, whatever it was." - Mitt Romney, May 17, 2012, while speaking to, Sean Hannity.

Maybe he should put everything he said into binders so he could look them up when he needs to. Each statement will have to have additional sections each recording the different things he said about the same thing in different ways at different times, so he can chose the one that he thinks fits best for the moment.

3:39PM PDT on Oct 19, 2012

"I am not familiar with what I said, but I stand by what I said, whatever it was." - Mitt Romney, May 17, 2012, while speaking to Sean Hannity.

3:27PM PDT on Oct 19, 2012

Kudos to Chris C and Kevin B! To John H: If the fact that I'm still voting for President Obama "tell's (sic)..." you that I "...have "sh$t for brain's (sic)," then that's your opinion which you are entitled to. I can accept criticism and still spread hope, as I'm a very optimistic and positive person. If in fact I have "sh$t for brain's (sic)," then that's problematic for me. But I have good news for you. I believe all your spelling/grammar problems can be fixed in 3 easy lessons. And fortunately for you, they're the first 3! However, about the voices in your head that "tell's (sic)....." you things, I'm not sure much can be done about that. Try not listening to Fox News.

11:28AM PDT on Oct 19, 2012

Per James M (another hero of mine) who said:
"Even as he was saying "Please proceed, Governor," I was hearing "How much rope would you like to hang yourself, idiot."

ME TOO! That was the best moment in the debate for me!


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