Long Island, NY (Northland's NewsCenter) --- The lack luster performance from President Obama on the first round of debates was no where to be seen Tuesday night.
Both President Obama and Governor Mitt Romney clashed during a charged and confrontational debate at Hofstra University in Long Island, NY.
Romney stood his ground against the President, who was much more aggressive than in the first debate two weeks ago.
Some surveys show that President Obama may have won last night's debate.
Both candidates seemed to circle each other like boxers in a ring on each hot button issue, citing each others records on oil independence in the U.S., taxing the middle class and the top 5%, immigration reform, and women's rights.
Many of the questions presented by "undecided voters" at the town hall spurred differing statistics and required a lot of fact checking by political experts.
The controversial questions also had both candidates on their feet for much of the debate with both Romney and President Obama interrupting each other in order to get their point across.
Both candidates also had problems staying within their time limit.
However, the issue that may be the most memorable was the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.
Romney insisted that the President did not initially call the attack an act of terror.
President Obama told the governor to look up the transcript and here is what the President said in the Rose Garden following the news of the attack:
"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.”
During the Today Show, Romney's Vice Presidential running mate Paul Ryan clarified the governor's point saying that the more we learn about what happened in Benghazi, the worse it looks for the Obama administration in their handling of the situation.
Both candidates are back on the campaign trail on Wednesday with President Obama in Iowa and Mitt Romney in Virginia.
Both candidates have less than a week to prepare for their final debate on Monday, October 22nd in Florida, where the focus is expected to be on foreign policy.
Posted to the web by Krista Burns