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Main difference in Debate No. 2? This time Obama punched back

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October 16, 2012|By James Rainey

A feisty, articulate and confident President Obama, who went missing two weeks ago, returned to the stage Tuesday in his second debate with Mitt Romney. It was a performance likely to halt the momentum the Republican has enjoyed since their last encounter and to set up an extremely close finish in the race for the White House.

The challenger seemed a bit off his game, in part because he was fielding questions about social policies — such as gun control, women’s rights and immigration — that put the president on his most comfortable ground. But Romney made no huge missteps that are likely to make a huge difference in a contest in which the men have been in a virtual dead heat for months.

Obama charged out of his seat at the first question and took the offensive, rattling off achievements from his first term, so eager to get going that he didn’t issue the standard thanks to moderator Candy Crowley, his opponent or the audience.

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