President Barack Obama came prepared to fight last night in his second presidential debate with GOP candidate Mitt Romney.
The two met at Hofstra University in New York for a town hall-style debate that covered a range of topics including foreign policy, immigration, the economy, equal pay and the job market.
While their first debate may have gone to Mitt, largely due to his overly aggressive debate style, the president appeared focused on standing his ground this time. That determination seemed to win over the public.
A CBS poll gave the debate to Obama, at 37 percent over Mitt Romney’s 30 percent. The president fared even better in a CNN poll that had him winning the night 46 percent to Mitt’s 39 percent.
Not unlike his behavior in the first debate, Mitt seemingly held no regard for the rules of debate. He often spoke longer than his allotted time, and he even talked over moderator Candy Crowley of CNN. However, the president was not about to let his opponent steamroll him.
President Obama called Mitt out on several claims he made throughout the evening. One such allegation was that he didn’t identify the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya as a terrorist act until two weeks after it happened. The president immediately countered Mitt’s statement.
"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," the president said. "That this was an act of terror and I also said that we’re going to hunt down those who committed this crime."
He then added, "Get the transcript." Moderator Candy backed up the president’s correction and MSNBC later played tape of that Rose Garden press conference.
The president also called out his opponent on his five-point tax plan, arguing that Mitt will not change his history of political action if elected.
“Governor Romney 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,” the president said. “That’s been his philosophy in the private sector. That’s been his philosophy as a governor. And that’s been his philosophy as a presidential candidate.”
He also attacked Mitt’s failure to give any details on how he plans to make good on his campaign promises. “We haven’t heard from the governor any specifics beyond Big Bird and eliminating funding for Planned Parenthood in terms of how he pays for that," President Obama accused.
Things got so heated at one point that the two men got in each other’s faces while discussing gas prices. In case you missed anything from last night’s debate, you can catch the whole thing below!