A bevy of statistics and accusations of lying characterized some of the heated debate Tuesday between presidential candidates Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama. Here is a fact check of three of those exchanges.
The Terrorist Attack in Benghazi, Libya
Obama claimed that he called the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi an "act of terror" in a Rose Garden speech the day after the attack. Romney took exception to that and said that it took 14 days for Obama to call it an "act of terror." The debate moderator, CNN's Candy Crowley, claimed that both were correct -- Obama did call the attack an "act of terror" but Obama also claimed for two weeks that the attack was sparked by an anti-Muslim YouTube video. more >>
Viewers of the second presidential debate Tuesday night between GOP candidate Mitt Romney and Barack Obama were surprised to see what many have described as the former Massachusetts governor being caught in a lie about the president's response to last month's deadly attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya. However, it seemed that the Republican presidential hopeful was not the one who got the facts wrong.
The Huffington Post called the moment in which Crowley "fact checked" Romney "the debate stumble that will be replayed for years." Harry Blodget, CEO and Editor-in-Chief of The Business Insider, also weighed in, writing on Twitter, "Boy did Romney blow himself up on the Libya 'act of terror' thing."
A video of the exchange between Romney, Crowley and Obama during the presidential debate Tuesday night can be seen here (a transcript is also included below): more >>
President Barack Obama clearly showed up for Tuesday night's second presidential debate and Mitt Romney stood toe to toe with the president in such critical issues as the violence in the Middle East and energy policy. But determining the winner has sparked new debate among supporters of each candidate.
A CBS instant poll taken immediately after the debate showed Obama winning with 37 percent and 30 percent claiming Romney won. Another 33 percent called the face-off a tie.
Interestingly, 65 percent of those surveyed in the same poll thought Romney could do a better job handling the economy and taxes. more >>
President Barack Obama showed more punch in his second debate against Republican challenger Mitt Romney. Making up for his lackluster performance in the first debate, he likely re-energized the supporters who worried that another poor debate would end his chances of getting re-elected.
Romney delivered an assault on Obama's record with a litany of statistics. He also complained about following the rules of the debate while also breaking the rule about asking the other candidate questions.
Undecided voters asked the questions in the town hall style debate moderated by CNN's Candy Crowley. Rather than stand behind a podium the whole time, the candidates were able to walk around. At times, both candidates got into a heated back and forth, complete with finger pointing and accusations that the other candidate was not telling the truth. more >>
Now that Mitt Romney has pulled ahead or is within striking distance in virtually every swing state, the town hall debate tonight may become the most important event in President Obama's political career, according to political analysts.
Unless President Obama turns the tide back tonight, analysts say Romney is poised to continue a surge in the swing states that began as a result of his performance in the first debate.
Even Ezra Klein, one of the most articulate progressive bloggers in The Washington Post, asserts today, "Joe Biden did his job Thursday. But in the end, winning the election is up to the presidential candidate, not the vice presidential candidate." more >>
The vice presidential debate in Kentucky definitely provided a teachable moment for parents all across the country. Parents of all political persuasions in our nation tend to teach their children that it is right to show respect to others....and wrong to constantly interrupt people while they are talking. Many liberals and conservatives alike were embarrassed for Joe Biden, and even appalled at his level of condescending behavior toward Paul Ryan. It gave parents an opportunity to teach their children what not to do when discussing opposing ideas with someone.
If we were to poll Americans, my guess is that less than 10% of all adults would say they want their own children and teens to be that disrespectful toward others. Biden and Ryan obviously have very different views on various issues, but the vast majority of Americans seem to understand that Joe Biden's behavior was way out of bounds and a poor example for the youth of our country. Joe Biden would probably say that he aspires to be a role model for youth....but would he also say that he wants young people to imitate the way he treated Paul Ryan? I guess that is a question that only Joe Biden can answer for himself.
Perhaps Joe truly believes that manners do not matter anymore. I am sure his parents and grandparents didn't hold that view. It's one thing to have a strong disagreement with someone. It's another thing altogether to throw civility out the window. The question is this....do we care if our young people learn the value of respect? Or is that just another prudish value that we can let slip away along with all the other values which have been going by the wayside in our country in recent decades. more >>