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Mandy Hofmockel: 
Join MassLive.com for live video and live updates on the second presidential debate between President Barack Obama and former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney at 9 p.m. tonight. Political reporter Robert Rizzuto will be reporting from Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 6:17 Mandy Hofmockel
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Young voters split on Barack Obama and Mitt Romney outside #CNNDebate at Hofstra University- bit.ly/S2hrfE
Tuesday October 16, 2012 8:20 RRizzuto413
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Mandy Hofmockel: 
We're about 10 minutes out from the beginning of the debate. The audience at Hofstra University has been receiving directions from debate officials.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 8:51 Mandy Hofmockel
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Tuesday October 16, 2012 8:53 
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Mandy Hofmockel: 
Moderator Candy Crowley, of CNN, has taken the stage. She's giving more instructions to the audience.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 8:54 Mandy Hofmockel
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Live on the ground at Hofstra University, here's a look at what's driving the young voters this election season- bit.ly/S2hrfE
Tuesday October 16, 2012 9:00 RRizzuto413
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Mandy Hofmockel: 
Crowley's introducing the candidates. President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney take the stage to audience applause.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 9:03 Mandy Hofmockel
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Audience member: What can you say to reassure me that I'll be able to support myself after I graduate?
Tuesday October 16, 2012 9:04 Mandy Hofmockel
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Romney: We have to make it easier for kids to afford college and make sure that when they do graduate they get a job.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 9:05 Mandy Hofmockel
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Romney: "I know what it takes to get this economy going... More debt and less jobs, I'm gonna change that."
Tuesday October 16, 2012 9:05 Mandy Hofmockel
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Obama: The most important thing we can do is to create good paying jobs. I want to build manufacturing jobs in this country again.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 9:06 Mandy Hofmockel
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Obama: We got to make sure we have the best education system in the world. We've got to control our own energy.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 9:08 Mandy Hofmockel
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Romney: 23 million people are struggling to find a job. We have not made the progress we need to make to put people back to work.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 9:09 Mandy Hofmockel
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Obama: Gov. Romney has a one-point plan to make sure that the folks at the top play by a different set of rules.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 9:11 Mandy Hofmockel
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Questioner: Should the energy department help lower gas prices?
Tuesday October 16, 2012 9:12 Mandy Hofmockel
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Obama: We can't just produce traditional sources of energy. We've got to look to the future. We've doubled clean energy production, which has lowered our oil imports.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 9:13 Mandy Hofmockel
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Romney: Oil production is down this year on federal land because the president cut permits. I want to make sure we use our oil, our coal, our gas, our renewables.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 9:15 Mandy Hofmockel
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Obama: I've tried to be consistent. We've made the largest investment in clean coal. We're starting to build cars that are more efficient, which will keep money in your pocket.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 9:18 Mandy Hofmockel
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Romney and Obama are go back and forth over oil production.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 9:20 Mandy Hofmockel
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Romney: I will fight for oil, coal and natural gas. If the president's energy policies are working, you'll see the cost of energy come down.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 9:21 Mandy Hofmockel
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Obama: Gas prices were low when I took office because the economy was on the verge of collapse.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 9:21 Mandy Hofmockel
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Obama: I'm all for pipelines. I'm all for oil production, but we can't ignore the other half of the equation (renewable energy).
Tuesday October 16, 2012 9:22 Mandy Hofmockel
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Romney overtakes Candy Crowley in 2nd question rebuttal
Tuesday October 16, 2012 9:23 RRizzuto413
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Questioner: Romney, concerning deductions the mortgage deduction, the education credits, etc. what would be your position on those things, which are important to the middle class?
Tuesday October 16, 2012 9:24 Mandy Hofmockel
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Romney: Middle income tax payers have been buried in recent years. Middle income people are going to get a tax break.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 9:26 Mandy Hofmockel
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Romney: The president's spending, the president's borrowing will cause taxes to be raised on Americans.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 9:27 Mandy Hofmockel
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Obama: Four years ago I said I would cut taxes for middle class families and small businesses and I want to continue that. In addition to some tough spending cuts, we need to see that the wealthiest Americans do a little more.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 9:28 Mandy Hofmockel
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Obama: I think what grows the economy is when small businesses get tax credits for hiring veterans.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 9:30 Mandy Hofmockel
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Romney: I'm not looking to cut taxes for wealthy people. I want to get America's economy going again.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 9:31 Mandy Hofmockel
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Romney: I spent my life in the private sector. I know why jobs come and why they go.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 9:32 Mandy Hofmockel
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Obama: Romney doesn't give specifics on his tax policy.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 9:33 Mandy Hofmockel
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Obama: Romney's math doesn't add up. You can't buy this sales pitch.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 9:35 Mandy Hofmockel
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Romney: I balanced the budget in Mass. We have a president talking about my plan in a way that is completely foreign to what my plan is.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 9:36 Mandy Hofmockel
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Romney: I know what it takes to balance budgets. I've done this my entire life.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 9:36 Mandy Hofmockel
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Candy Crowley takes back control! And onto women's issues.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 9:37 RRizzuto413
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Mandy Hofmockel: 
Obama: Women are increasingly the breadwinners in the family. We've got to make sure education is more accessible for young people. We've expanded Pell grants.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 9:39 Mandy Hofmockel
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Obama: We've got to make sure that in every walk of life we do not tolerate discrimination.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 9:40 Mandy Hofmockel
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Romney: All of my cabinet applicants in Mass. were men. We went out to find qualified women candidates for my staff.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 9:40 Mandy Hofmockel
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Romney: If you're going to have women in the workforce, sometimes we need to be more flexible. Employers in the new economy are going to be more anxious to hire women.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 9:42 Mandy Hofmockel
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Obama: Romney feels comfortable letting those in Washington make decisions about women's health care. When he says we should eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood, millions of women depend on Planned Parenthood for health care (i.e. mammograms).
Tuesday October 16, 2012 9:44 Mandy Hofmockel
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Questioner: I'm undecided. I fear a return to Bush-era policies. How do you differ from George W. Bush?
Tuesday October 16, 2012 9:46 Mandy Hofmockel
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Romney: Bush and I are different people and these are different times. Now, we can with new technologies get all the energy we need in North America. Bush didn't crack down on China, but I will. I'm going to get us to a balanced budget. Bush didn't.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 9:47 Mandy Hofmockel
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Romney: Our party has been focused on big business for too long. Everything I'll do is to help small businesses grow and create jobs.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 9:48 Mandy Hofmockel
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Obama: I think it's important to tell you that we did come in during some tough times. The plans that I've talked about will create more jobs. What we've done when it comes to trade, is set up new trade deals.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 9:50 Mandy Hofmockel
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Obama: There are some things where Romney is different from Bush. Bush embraced comprehensive immigration reform. In some ways Romney's gone to a more extreme place in terms of social policy.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 9:51 Mandy Hofmockel
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Questioner: What have you done or accomplished to earn my vote this year?
Tuesday October 16, 2012 9:51 Mandy Hofmockel
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Obama: I told Americans I would cut taxes for middle class families, and I did. I committed that I would reign in the excesses of Wall Street. We saved an auto industry that was on the brink of collapse.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 9:53 Mandy Hofmockel
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Romney: We just can't afford four more years like the last four years. Obama said he would by now have reformed medicare and social security, he hasn't. He has not been able to do what he said he would do.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 9:55 Mandy Hofmockel
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Romney: There are more people on food stamps. The economy is growing more slowly. Obama's policies have not helped this economy take off and grow as it should have.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 9:57 Mandy Hofmockel
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Questioner: What do you plan on doing with immigrants without their green card who are living here as productive members of society.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 9:59 Mandy Hofmockel
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Romney: This is a nation of immigrants. We welcome legal immigrants into this country. You shouldn't have to hire a lawyer to come here legally.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 9:59 Mandy Hofmockel
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Romney: I will not grant amnesty to those who come here illegally. I would not give drivers licenses to those who came here illegally.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 10:00 Mandy Hofmockel
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Obama: We are a nation of immigrants. Talent from all around the world wants to come here. We need to fix a broken immigration system. We streamlined the legal immigration system, which is good for our economic growth.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 10:02 Mandy Hofmockel
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Obama: We should go after those here illegally who are committing criminal acts. We should make sure children of illegal immigrants have a pathway to citizenship.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 10:03 Mandy Hofmockel
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Romney: Self deportation says let people make their own choice. I'm not in favor of rounding up people.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 10:06 Mandy Hofmockel
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Obama: Immigration used to be a bipartisan issue.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 10:08 Mandy Hofmockel
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Questioners: On Libya, who was it that denied enhanced security to the Americans working for the U.S. in Libya?
Tuesday October 16, 2012 10:10 Mandy Hofmockel
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Obama: We are gonna find out who did this and we are gonna hunt them down. When we were still dealing with the situation in Libya, Romney issued a press release.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 10:11 Mandy Hofmockel
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Obama: I am ultimately responsible for what's taking place there (in Libya).
Tuesday October 16, 2012 10:11 Mandy Hofmockel
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Romney: The buck does stop at the president's desk. There were other issues associated with this tragedy. There was no demonstration associated with this. This was an attack by terrorists. On the day following the event, the president flew to Vegas for a political event.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 10:13 Mandy Hofmockel
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Obama: The suggestion that anyone on my team would play politics after this event is offensive.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 10:15 Mandy Hofmockel
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Questioner: During the 2008 DNC, you said you wanted to keep AK-47s out of the hands of criminals. What would you do to keep automatic weapons out of their hands?
Tuesday October 16, 2012 10:18 Mandy Hofmockel
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Obama: My belief is that we've got to enforce the laws we've already got. We've got more to do when it comes to enforcements. I'm trying to get a broader conversation about how we reduce the violence generally.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 10:19 Mandy Hofmockel
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Obama: What can we do to intervene to make sure young people have opportunity? I want a comprehensive strategy.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 10:20 Mandy Hofmockel
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Romney: I'm not in favor of new pieces of legislation on guns. We need to make enormous efforts to enforce the laws we have. We need moms and dads helping to raise kids.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 10:21 Mandy Hofmockel
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Obama: I think Gov. Romney was for an assault weapons ban before he was against it. One area where we agree is on the importance of parents and schools.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 10:24 Mandy Hofmockel
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Questioner: What plans do you have to put back and keep American jobs in the U.S.?
Tuesday October 16, 2012 10:26 Mandy Hofmockel
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Romney: I will make sure it's more attractive for business to come here. I want to make America the most attractive place for entrepreneurs, for small business, for big business.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 10:28 Mandy Hofmockel
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Romney: On day one, I will label China a currency manipulator. We're going to make sure the people we trade with play by the rules.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 10:28 Mandy Hofmockel
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Going over the 10:30 p.m. end time at the #CNNDebate Scramble network people!
Tuesday October 16, 2012 10:30 RRizzuto413
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Mandy Hofmockel: 
Obama: We need to create jobs here. We need to double our exports, which will create thousands of jobs across the country.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 10:31 Mandy Hofmockel
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Obama: We've put unprecedented pressure on China.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 10:32 Mandy Hofmockel
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Romney: We can compete with anyone in the world as long as the playing field is level. We have to make America the most attractive place for entrepreneurs.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 10:33 Mandy Hofmockel
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Obama: There are some jobs that are not going to come back. Those are low wage, low skill jobs. We want high wage jobs.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 10:34 Mandy Hofmockel
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Questioner: What do you believe is the biggest misperception that the American people have about you as a candidate?
Tuesday October 16, 2012 10:34 Mandy Hofmockel
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Romney: I care about 100 percent of the American people. I care about our kids. I'm a guy who wants to help, with the experience that I have, the American people. As Gov., I was able to get our schools ranked No. 1 in the nation. We don't have to settle for what we're going through.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 10:36 Mandy Hofmockel
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Romney: If I become president, I'll get America working again. I'll get our incomes up.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 10:37 Mandy Hofmockel
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Obama: There's a fundamentally different vision for how we move our country forward.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 10:37 RRizzuto413
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Obama: I don't believe government creates jobs. I believe in self reliance and individual initiative. But I believe everyone should play by the same rules.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 10:38 Mandy Hofmockel
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After going about 10 minutes over, the presidential debate comes to an end. The candidates wives join them on stage.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 10:40 Mandy Hofmockel
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Mandy Hofmockel: 
Thank you for watching our live chat. Check http://www.masslive.com/politics for more coverage.
Tuesday October 16, 2012 10:41 Mandy Hofmockel
 
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