obama & romney (2nd debate)*Wow, what a difference a second debate makes.

Maybe there was a method to Obama’s madness, so to speak.

Maybe last time WAS all about the rope-a-dope. No matter what it was, it was a beautiful debate comeback by the President.

An aggressive President Barack Obama ripped into Mitt Romney’s economic blueprint in a town hall style debate Tuesday night, accusing his rival of favoring only 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 truth, Romney said, is that “the middle class has been crushed over the last four years.” It was the first of repeated highly charged moments of the 90-minute debate, the second of three between the campaign rivals three weeks before Election Day in a close race for the White House.

The president was feistier from the outset than he had been in their initial encounter two weeks ago, when he turned in a listless performance that sent shudders through his supporters and helped fuel a rise by Romney in opinion polls nationally and in some battleground states.

Obama challenged Romney on economics and energy policy, accusing him of switching positions and declaring that his economic plan was a “sketchy deal” that the public should reject.

Romney gave as good as he got.

“You’ll get your chance in a moment. I’m still speaking,” the former Massachusetts governor said at one point while Obama was mid-sentence. He said the president’s policies had failed to jumpstart the economy and crimped energy production.

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