Gloves come off between Obama and Romney

In the second presidential debate, Obama unleashed a much more aggressive streak than the first round, attacking Romney over tax loopholes and his controversial business past.

by Michael Northcott
Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013

In a much more aggressive round of sparring between Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and Barack Obama, the latter fixated his rhetoric on Romney’s perceived pro-rich policies. He said: ‘Governor Romney doesn’t have a five-point plan – he has a one-point plan. And that plan is to make sure that folks at the top play by a different set of rules.’

Romney tried repeatedly to attack Obama for the time he has already spent in office. He said: ‘The President has tried, but his policies haven’t worked. He’s great as a speaker, and describing his plans and vision – that’s wonderful. But we have a record to look at.’ 

Both men have some clawing back of public approval to do: Romney after appearing to dismiss half the population for being ‘dependents’ on the state, and Obama for having a feeble first go in the presidential debates, as well as a pretty poor approval rating over the last 12 months.

One of the funnier exchanges was when Romney asked about Obama’s overseas savings, saying: ‘Do you look at your pension? Do you look at your pension?’ Obama responded, ‘I don’t look at my pension – it’s not as big as yours.’ We’re glad the great economic questions of our time can also be made into jokes. Ahem.

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