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Video highlights from the second presidential debate

Posted by Angela Nelson, Boston.com Staff  October 16, 2012 10:19 PM

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Here are some video highlights from the second debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney.

On Libya: After Mitt Romney inferred that the president had put his campaign work ahead of the investigation into the attack in Libya that killed the US ambassador and three other Americans, Obama went offensive, and said: “The suggestion that anybody in my team — whether the secretary of state, our UN ambassador, anybody on my team — would play politics or mislead when we’ve lost four of our own, governor, is offensive.”




Equal pay: In response to a question about equal pay for women in the workplace, both candidates spoke about personal experiences. Obama cited the struggles of his mother and grandmother — and the hopes he has for his two daughters — while Romney talked about trying to find more women to work in his gubernatorial Cabinet, and offering flexible work hours once they were hired.




Economy: Mitt Romney and President Obama traded jabs over the economy, job growth, and the auto industry crisis. When Romney said he had a five-point plan to create new jobs, Obama retorted that the Republican challenger only has "a one-point plan, and that plan is to make sure the folks at the top play by different rules."




Taxes and debt: Obama brought up Romney's 14 percent tax rate, and said the governor hadn't provided specifics on how he would account for tax cuts, other than "Big Bird and eliminating funding for Planned Parenthood." Romney used the $4 trillion budget as a way of attacking Obama's record and said his policies would put the country on "the road to Greece."




Education: Romney and Obama answered a question from a college student. Romney said his key policy for higher education is to make sure students will be able to get a job when they graduate. Obama said he wants "everyone to get a great education" and would like to invest in community colleges.




Crowley fact-check: In a telling moment, moderator Candy Crowley corrected a statement made by Mitt Romney. When the former governor said that it took Obama 14 days to call the Benghazi attacks an "act of terror," Crowley jumped in and said the statement was not accurate.




Immigration: Romney said he would not "grant amnesty to people who enter the country illegally," while Obama said the country should go after people "who are hurting the country," not students or children of immigrants.




Energy: Obama said the most important thing the country can do is to "control our own energy" and spoke about looking for new sources of energy production. Romney quipped that Obama is hurting the economy by not taking advantage of the energy sources available.

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