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Politics

Romney and a revived Obama spar in 2d debate

President comes out swinging in round two

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — In a critical debate three weeks before Election Day, President Obama and Mitt Romney turned a Town Hall conversation with several dozen voters into a combative duel on Tuesday, delivering punches and counterpunches on the economy, foreign policy, and social issues.

Unlike the previous debate in Denver, in which Obama was widely described as disengaged and listless, their second face-to-face encounter was animated and pointed. The candidates frequently spoke over each other, pointed at each other, and fought for time with moderator Candy Crowley of CNN.

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