In Tuesday's presidential debate, both candidates tied education to the health of the nation's economy. Both President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, stressed policies that would help make college more affordable. Obama also spoke about the importance of helping all students get a quality education. Romney said his focus would be on helping college graduates find good jobs.
President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney engaged in a highly anticipated second debate on Tuesday. The candidates focused on the economy, taxes, security and social issues, and, unlike in their first debate, they repeatedly interrupted and contradicted each other. While Romney was largely seen as winning the first debate, the outcome of the rematch was less clear.
President Barack Obama pushed back hard against Republican challenger Mitt Romney in Tuesday's debate, repeatedly asserting that Romney's claims were simply untrue. In fact, both candidates distorted the facts on issues including oil production, job creation and tax policy.
Obama campaign officials were "ecstatic" after their candidate's comeback in Tuesday's debate -- but analysts say the victory might not be enough to undo the damage done in Denver. "It's not clear that the president can 're-disqualify' Romney among voters reassured in the first encounter," notes Ronald Brownstein. "Both men have virtually no margin for error in a race that could once again divide the country almost exactly in half."
The second presidential debate saw a re-energized President Barack Obama, but Mitt Romney had another aggressive performance, with the result being a close call between the two, writes Doyle McManus. But given the reduced prospects for re-election that emerged from Obama's weak performance in the first debate, the president had more to gain from Tuesday's performance, he writes.