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Round Two Of Presidential Debate
Posted by Ivetta Babadjanian on Oct 16, 2012 - 10:21:47 PM

HEMPSTEAD, NEW YORK—Presidential candidates battled it out on Tuesday, October 16 in order to gain votes from citizens across the nation come the election on November 8.
Romney and President Obama shake hands before the debate.

Various sources, both Republican and Democrat, concluded that Republican candidate and former Massachusetts Governor, Mitt Romney, was the winner of the first debate that was held two weeks prior. However, many claim that Democratic President Barack Obama came out victorious during the second presidential debate held at Hofstra University in Long Island, New York.

The 90-minute town hall-style debate was moderated by Candy Crowley fron CNN's "State of the Union." The 80 undecided voters that made up the audience were handpicked by polling organization Gallup. The two politicians discussed topics that were brought up by Crowley as well as members of the crowd such as issues on taxes, Libya, job opportunities and education.

"We have not made the progress we need to make to put people back to work. That's why I put out a five-point plan that gets America 12 million new jobs in four years and rising take-home pay. It's going to help Jeremy get a job when he comes out of school. It's going to help people across the country that are unemployed right now," said Romney as a response to a question about that nation's unemployment.

Obama responded to the question by stating, "And Governor Romney's says he's got a five-point plan? Governor Romney doesn't have a five-point plan. He has a one-point plan. And that plan is to make sure that folks at the top play by a different set of rules. That's been his philosophy in the private sector, that's been his philosophy as governor, that's been his philosophy as a presidential candidate...That's exactly the philosophy that we've seen in place for the last decade. That's what's been squeezing middle class families."

At one point, Romney claimed that President Obama did not call the Libya strike as an act of terror and stated it took the president 14 days before he indicated the Benghazi attack as such. Obama interrupted Romney stating that he did in fact call it an act of terror. Crowley confirmed the President's statement and said that Obama did use the term "act of terror" to which Obama responded with, "Can you say that a little louder, Candy?"

Although the candidates both attacked their opponent and defended themselves efficiently, both made references that did not coincide with facts.

"For young people who've come here, brought here often times by their parents, have gone to school here, pledged allegiance to the flag, think of this as their country and understand themselves as Americans in every way except having papers, we should make sure we give them a pathway to citizenship. And that's what I've done administratively," said Obama.

Facts, however, indicate that his administration allows up to 1.7 million young illegal immigrants to apply to avoid deportation for two years at most and get a work permit. This process does not extend legal status or a process resulting in citizenship.

"I'm going to bring rates down across the board for everybody, but I'm going to limit deductions and exemptions and credits, particularly for people at the high end, because I am not going to have people at the high end pay less than they're paying now," said Romney.

The Tax Policy Center, a Washington Research Center, has concluded that the tax cuts proposed by Romney would reduce federal tax revenues by approximately $5 trillion over ten years. The study also states that there aren't an adequate amount of tax breaks for the wealthy to make up for the lost revenue. Thus, the proposal would either add to the deficit or shift more of the tax burden to the middle class which Romney claims
would not occur with his proposition.

The final debate for the 2012 election will take place on Monday, October 22 in Boca Raton, Florida and will focus mainly on foreign policy.


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