Obama & Romney's words from second presidential debate
October 18, 2012, 10:36 am TWN
An aggressive U.S. President Barack Obama scrapped with Republican Mitt Romney over terrorism, jobs, immigration and women's issues in a feisty second presidential debate. A look at what they said:
Obama: "Secretary Clinton has done an extraordinary job. But she works for me. I'm the president and I'm always responsible, and that's why nobody's more interested in finding out exactly what happened than I do. ... Gov. Romney had a very different response. While we were still dealing with our diplomats being threatened, Gov. Romney put out a press release, trying to make political points, and that's not how a commander in chief operates."
Romney: "It was a terrorist attack and it took a long time for that to be told to the American people. Whether there was some misleading, or instead whether we just didn't know what happened, you have to ask yourself why didn't we know five days later, when the ambassador to the United Nations went on TV to say that this was a demonstration. How could we have not known? ... This was an attack by terrorists. And this calls into question the president's whole policy in the Middle East."
Obama: "When Gov. Romney stands here, after a year of campaigning, when during a Republican primary he stood on stage and said 'I'm going to give tax cuts' — he didn't say tax rate cuts, he said 'tax cuts to everybody,' including the top 1 percent. You should believe him because that's been his history. And that's exactly the kind of top-down economics that is not going to work if we want a strong middle class and an economy that's striving for everybody."
Romney: "Why do I want to bring rates down, and at the same time lower exemptions and deductions, particularly for people at the high end? Because if you bring rates down, it makes it easier for small business to keep more of their capital and hire people. And for me, this is about jobs. I want to get America's economy going again."
Obama: "There's no doubt that world demand's gone up, but our production is going up, and we're using oil more efficiently. And very little of what Gov. Romney just said is true. We've opened up public lands. We're actually drilling more on public lands than in the previous administration and my — the previous president was an oil man. And natural gas isn't just appearing magically. We're encouraging it and working with the industry."
Romney: "I want to make sure we use our oil, our coal, our gas, our nuclear, our renewables. I believe very much in our renewable capabilities. Ethanol, wind, solar will be an important part of our energy mix. But what we don't need is to have the president keeping us from taking advantage of oil, coal and gas. This has not been Mr. Oil, or Mr. Gas, or Mr. Coal. Talk to the people that are working in those industries."