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Presidential Debate: Round Two

October 17th, 2012

Image of President Obama and Governor Romney via Flickr user DonkeyHotey/CC

President Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney met for the second of three debates last night.

Regular voters who had not yet made up their minds got to ask the questions.

About 70 million people also watched on TV to see how each candidate would do.

This was a highly anticipated debate because President Obama didn’t do as well in the first debate as most experts thought he should. Even the president said so. Polls are also saying the race is neck-and-neck.

So, how did it go?

It was fiery.

President Obama and Governor Romney were both very assertive, interrupting each other to make their points and accusing each other of not telling the truth. It was clear they both really wanted to win. The president had to be extra careful because he is also expected to act presidential — with some decorum and grace.

Mr. Romney said he has a plan to save Americans money … and balance the national budget … while also spending more money on the military to keep the U.S. safe. The President said Mr. Romney’s math doesn’t add up and that he hasn’t given enough details on how his budget would work. Mr. Obama said Mr. Romney is a “good man” but called his plan a “sketchy deal.”

Mr. Romney said that the President has had his chance to govern the country and hasn’t done enough for the American people in his four years as president. Mr. Romney said that more people are out of work and have less money in their pockets because prices, like gas for cars, are too high. He blamed Mr. Obama for failing to manage the economy and producing enough new jobs.

They argued about how their policies on energy, job creation, taxes, education, immigration, health care, and national security (keeping the U.S. safe), are different … and would be better for the American people.

For an excellent review of the  issues in this election and the candidates’ positions on them , you can click here to watch  Nick News’ video on Kids Pick the President . Of course, please have your adult or caregiver make sure this content is appropriate for you.

The debates are a chance for the candidates to showcase how they are different from each other, but one questioner wanted to know how Mr. Romney would be different from the previous Republican President, George W. Bush. President Bush is widely accused of causing many of the problems that Mr. Obama inherited four years ago. Mr. Romney and Mr. Bush belong to the same political party. Mr. Romney replied, “President Bush and I are different people and these are different times.”

President Obama also sounded like a different man last night, much different than the first debate. At one point he became visibly angry with Mr. Romney, scolding him.

So who won last night? With one debate (Oct. 22) and three weeks left until the election, we won’t know for sure until November 6.

Have you made up your mind who you would vote for?

To watch a funny video about very young kids who aren’t quite sure what the whole election is about, click here for Parenting.com ‘s feature.

You can watch the entire debate here, courtesy of The New York Times .

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