Evaluation during the 2nd presidential debate

Posted on October 16, 2012 by

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Though the candidates were up close and personal a couple of times, this debate was overwhelmingly civil and respectful. As we did with the previous two debates, we’ll publish the two major fact-checking organizations’ assessment of tonight’s presidential  debate in the morning. However, we’ll give you a few of our thoughts:

The President said he declared the Benghazi tragedy an act of terror on September 12th, the day after in a talk in the White House Rose Garden. We  call that incorrect.

Here’s the only relevant reference in the President’s remarks: “No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for. “

Former presidential candidate John Kerry (D-MA) also said after the debate that the President referred to the violence as a terror attack the day after it occurred.

We say they’re both wrong because the President’s words could not be seen as a clear statement intended to refer only to Benghazi. Rather it was a more general reference to violence. Plus, his surrogates said after September 12 that the attack appeared to be the result of the video.

Mitt Romney repeated once again that he has a plan to create 12 million jobs in four years. But he still hasn’t given specifics.  Many economists have expressed doubt that the number is attainable.

Pres. Obama referred to the controversial Arizona law allowing police to ask about the immigration status of those stopped for a different suspected violation. The President said their status could be questioned but didn’t mention that it could  be only after they were stopped for another possible offense.

Romney used the phrase “apology tour” to describe some of Mr. Obama’s conversations with foreign leaders, saying the President was expressing regret for various U.S. actions.

That reference to apologies has been debunked many times by fact-checkers who say that word was never used and that what the President said could not be interpreted as an apology.

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or the Romney campaign:

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