President Obama, Mitt Romney square off in second debate

Candidates pack punches in Hofstra University debate

HEMPSTEAD, NY - Tempers and tension flared Tuesday night as President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney face off in their second debate.

This second debate was held on Hofstra University's campus in New York. The town hall forum invited audience members to ask the questions. Topics touched on nearly every national issue --- from women's rights to foreign policy.


REPLAY: Debate Chat

One of the most tense moments of the evening unfolded during a discussion of the terrorist attack in Libya last mognth that killed four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador.

Debate Poll

"But I find more troubling than this is that on the day following the assassination of the United States ambassador, when we have four Americans killed there, when apparently we didn't know what happened -- the president the day after that, flies to Las Vegas for a political fundraiser and the next day to Colorado for another political event," Romney said.

"The suggestion that anybody in my team, whether the Secretary of State or UN Ambassador, would play politics or mislead when we've lost four of our own, governor, is offensive," Obama replied. "That's not what we do. That's not what I do as president."

The third and final presidential debate will be held on Monday night at Lynn University in Boca Raton. Live coverage begins at 9 p.m. on Local 10. The debate will also be streamed live on

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