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Obama takes the offense, says Romney just for rich

Posted: October 16, 2012 10:00 p.m.
Updated: October 16, 2012 10:00 p.m.

President Barack Obama answers a question as Mitt Romney listens during the second presidential debate at Hofstra University.

 

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) — An aggressive President Barack Obama ripped into Mitt Romney's economic proposals in a town hall style debate Tuesday night, accusing his rival of favoring a "one-point plan" to help the rich at the expense of the middle class. The Republican protested the charge was way off the mark.

"The middle class has been crushed over the last four years," Romney said in the opening moments of the 90-minute debate, the second of three between the two men.

Obama strode onto the debate stage seeking a stronger showing than the listless performance in their initial encounter, which had sent shudders through his partisan supporters and helped fuel a rise in opinion polls by Romney.

The president was feistier from the outset, quickly challenging Romney on economics and energy policy, and accusing him of switching positions on coal production.

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