1 Debate Left; 2 Alphas Wage Fight Of Their Lives


UPDATED: Wednesday October 17, 2012 12:27 PM

President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney sparred Tuesday with passion and grit in a debate that previewed the closing arguments of a campaign that keeps circling back to bedrock questions about which candidate can do more to strengthen the fragile economy.

With just three weeks left in the race, the candidates fan out in all directions Wednesday to pitch their tuned-up messages directly to voters on some of the campaign's most treasured turf: Romney in Virginia, Obama in Iowa.

It was a re-energized Obama who showed up for Thursday's town hall-style debate at Hofstra University, lifting the spirits of Democrats who felt let down by the president's limp performance in the candidates' first encounter two weeks ago. But Romney knew what was coming and didn't give an inch.

During the debate, Obama said the responsibility for what happened at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, falls to him, and to no one else.

Romney said the president's team either didn't know all the details - or didn't tell the truth - about the deaths of four Americans there immediately after last month's terror attack.
  
Obama and Romney also clashed over immigration, with Romney accusing Obama of failing to reform the immigration system during his first term.

Obama said that Romney has opposed the DREAM Act, a bill that would have provided a path to legal status for many young illegal immigrants.

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