HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (CBSDC/AP) — President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney went toe-to-toe during Wednesday night’s presidential debate, talking over one another constantly during very heated exchanges.
“We have never seen anything like that in presidential history,” CBS News anchor Scott Pelley said following the debate. “They turned every question from the audience into an attack on the other.”
Pelley called it the “most rancorous presidential debate ever.”
The president was feistier from the outset than he had been in their initial encounter two weeks ago, when he turned in a listless performance that sent shudders through his supporters and helped fuel a rise by Romney in opinion polls nationally and in some battleground states.
Obama challenged Romney on economics and energy policy, accusing him of switching positions and declaring that his economic plan was a “sketchy deal” that the public should reject.
Romney gave as good as he got.