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Live Blog: The Second U.S. Presidential Debate

October 16, 2012 7:45 PM

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) speaks as Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney (L) listens during the second U.S. presidential debate in Hempstead, New York, October 16, 2012.
U.S. President Barack Obama (R) speaks as Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney (L) listens during the second U.S. presidential debate in Hempstead, New York, October 16, 2012.

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9:57 PM
October 16, 2012
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Some quick instant reaction before we end the live blog for tonight. Stay with us for our wrap in a few minutes.
9:53 PM
October 16, 2012
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9:51 PM
October 16, 2012
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Crowley ends debate, thanking both candidates
9:50 PM
October 16, 2012
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The Benghazi security questions may have been a turning point for many tonight. 

9:40 PM
October 16, 2012
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Question 12: Man asks candidates what they believe is the biggest misconception America has about them? 
 
Romney says he wants to help the American people and that his passion flows from the fact he believes in God. He talks about serving as a missionary and a pastor. Romney says the nation doesn't have to settle for what it's going through, listing struggles such as unemployment and high gas prices.
 
Obama says a lot of the Romney campaign has been devoted to the notion that he thinks the government creates jobs. Obama says that's not what he believes and that he believes in free enterprise, self-reliance. But he says he believes everybody should play by the same rules. He says he believs Romney is a good man, loves his family and cares about his faith.
 
Obama brings up widely-criticized secretly-taped Romney comment that 47 percent of Americans think of themselves as victims. Obama says he wants to fight for them, because if they succeed, the country succeeds.
9:39 PM
October 16, 2012
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9:35 PM
October 16, 2012
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Crowley asks about Apple products such as iPhones and Macs being produced in China.
 
Romney says China has been "cheating." Romney says the nation will have to have people play on a fair basis to attract companies like Apple to manufacture in the U.S.
 
Obama says there are some jobs that are not going to come back to America because they are low wage, low skill jobs. He says he wants high wage high skill jobs for the nation.
 
Obama says he wants investment in research and education to help build good jobs. 
 
Romney says "government does not create jobs."
9:32 PM
October 16, 2012
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President Barack Obama, right, and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney participate in the presidential debate, October 16, 2012, at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York.
President Barack Obama, right, and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney participate in the presidential debate, October 16, 2012, at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York.
9:32 PM
October 16, 2012
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Question 11: Female audience member asks what plans candidates have to create jobs and keep jobs in the United States. 
 
Romney says he wants to make America the most attractive place in the world for entrepreneurs. He says the nation has to make sure that as it trades with other nations that they play by the rules. He says China hasn't, in part by manipulating its currency.
 
He says Obama refuses to label China a "currency manipulator," but that he would do so on day one as president.

Romney says the U.S. has to be competitive if it's going to create more jobs. He says regulations have quadrupled under Obama and that businesses feel they are under attack. 
 
He says Obama's health care plan has been a deterrent for businesses. He repeats that one part of his own plan for the nation is to keep China playing by the rules.

Obama says both he and Romney agree on lowering the corporate tax rate, but that he wants to close loopholes allowing companies to have tax advantages offshore, but that Romney wants to expand those tax breaks.

Obama says the nation is on pace to double its exports. He says his administration has been pushing trade deals that ensure American businesses are getting a good deal.

On China, Obama says the Chinese currency has gone up 11 percent since he's been president, because his administration has pushed them hard.
9:26 PM
October 16, 2012
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Obama says Romney was for an assault weapons ban before he was against it. Romney shakes his head after Obama says Romney changed his mind because he was seeking the endorsement of the National Rifle Association. Obama says education reforms his administration has put in place are showing gains. Overrides moderator to continue discussing the issue of education. Crowley points out "the question was guns."
9:23 PM
October 16, 2012
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October 16, 2012
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Question 10: Woman asks next President Obama what his administration has done to limit the availability of assault weapons such as AK-47s.
 
Obama says his belief is that the nation has to enforce the laws it already has, make sure it's keeping guns out of hands of criminals and the mentally ill, but he says he also shares the belief that weapons designed for soldiers in war theaters don't belong on the nation's streets. 
 
He says he wants a broader conversation on how to reduce violence generally, and that part of it is introducing an assault weapons ban, but also what can the nation do to intervene to make sure young people have opportunity and that schools are working. He says he wants a comprehensive strategy.
 
Romney says he does not agree with introducing new gun laws.
 
Romney says the nation can make changes to bring people away from violence. Romney raises the issue of the heavily-criticized Fast and Furious operation designed to track weapons used by drug traffickers.
 
Romney says he would like to understand whose idea this was and why it led to the violence.
9:20 PM
October 16, 2012
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Members of the audience look on as U.S. President Barack Obama (R) speaks as he debates Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney during the second U.S. presidential debate in Hempstead, New York October 16, 2012.
Members of the audience look on as U.S. President Barack Obama (R) speaks as he debates Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney during the second U.S. presidential debate in Hempstead, New York October 16, 2012.
9:18 PM
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Crowley asks about Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's statement that she was ultimately responsible for the security of those in Benghazi.
 
Obama says Secretary Clinton works for him. He then pointedly tells Romney the suggestion that anybody on his team would play politics or mislead when the nation has lost four of its own is offensive.
 
Romney charges that it took Obama administration a long time to say the attack was a terrorist act rather than a spontaneous protest as was initially stated.
9:14 PM
October 16, 2012
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Question 8: Man in the audience asks next question, this time on Libya. Directs question to Obama asking about reports that U.S. staff involved in attack in Libya were denied extra security.
 
Obama says he called for investigation into exactly what happened around the attack, which killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three others. Obama says his stance was "we are going to find out who did this, and we are going to hunt them down."
 
Obama says he is ultimately responsible for what's taking place there.
 
Romney says he feels deeply sympathetic for the families of those who lost loved ones in the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi. He says the president rightly acknowledged that he is responsible for the failure to provide extra security.
 
Romney criticizes Obama for holding campaign events in the days after the Benghazi attack and the death of four Americans.
 
Romney characterizes Obama strategy as a "strategy of leading from behind."
9:13 PM
October 16, 2012
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9:07 PM
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Question 7: Woman in audience asks Romney what he would do about undocumented immigrants living in the U.S.
 
Romney says the country is a nation of immigrants and that "we welcome legal immigrants into this country." He says he wants the process to be streamlined.
 
Romney says he will not grant amnesty to people who have come here illegally.
 
Romney says the kids of those who came here illegally should have a pathway to become a permanent resident of the U.S., such as through military service.
 
Romney challenges Obama record on immigration, asking why Obama failed to pass an immigration bill during his first term.
 
Obama says the U.S. is a nation of immigrants. Obama says young people who have come here understand themselves as Americans and that the nation should make sure it gives them a pathway to citizenship. Obama says Romney said he would veto the DREAM Act that would allow these young people to have access. Obama says Romney encouraged self-deportation and called the Arizona law a "model for the nation."
 
Obama says Romney's charge that he did not try is not true.
 
Romney says he did not say that the Arizona law is a model for the nation but that the e-Verify portion allowing employers to determine whether a person is in the country illegally was a model for the nation.
 
Romney says his view is that Obama should have honored his promise to accomplish immigration reform in his first year in office.
 
Romney says he is not in favor of rounding up people and taking them out of this country, but of allowing them to choose.

Obama attempts to interrupt Romney as Romney begins to address issue of Chinese companies.

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by: Ron from: Los Altos, CA
October 16, 2012 11:04 PM
Great victory by President Obama. Romney looked flustered and like the clueless plutocrat he is. With his final statement, Obama blew Romney out of the ballpark.


by: kathy brown from: North Carolina
October 16, 2012 10:54 PM
It's clear to me Mitt Romney won the debate tonight. Obama got caught in one of many of his lies tonight about standing in the Rose Garden the next day after the Ambassator of Libya was murder by terrorist. Obama has told his lies so much that he actually believes them.


by: Pat Burns from: Chicago
October 16, 2012 10:19 PM
Is Candy Crowley biased?


by: vg from: atlanta
October 16, 2012 10:14 PM
I am a little surprised that Candy Crowley is unable to control Gov Romney. Where are Robert's Rules for order...the clock means nothing and it seems as if she's been bullied to ignore the time limits. Gov Romney is behaving like a little kid who isn't content until he has the last say.


by: Evan Chmielewski from: Cleveland OH
October 16, 2012 9:54 PM
I am 16 and the governors policy's are what will change I am the one that will be paying for all of this debt don't you want my generation to have a fighting chance in the world let us stand up to china and make the USA as great as it was back in the 80's with Regan


by: amy morgan from: indiana
October 16, 2012 9:21 PM
Romney's response about more energy at home on federal lands and criticism of the president's energy policy and practices do not make him an attractive candidate to me. His plan to drill on federal lands is not what is desired! Protect Yellowstone and other public lands. Thank you Obama for innovatitive initiatives for alternative energy sources. Romney is a scary man.

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