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FactCheck: Obama, Romney face off in 2nd debate

Wednesday, October 17, 2012
FactCheck: Obama, Romney face off in second debate President Barack Obama gestures as speaks at a campaign event at Cornell College, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, in Mt. Vernon, Iowa. The president sports a pink bracelet in honor of October being breast cancer awareness month. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) debates Watch President Obama and Mitt Romney speak about inequality in the workplace. Watch President Obama and Mitt Romney share their views on immigration. Watch President Obama and Mitt Romney face off on the attack on the U.S. mission in Libya.

During Tuesday night's presidential debate, President Obama and challenger Mitt Romney frequently interrupted and contradicted each other. It was a heated debate full of confrontation and claims that didn't always match the facts.

In the most talked about debate dispute, Mitt Romney questioned the president's claim about calling the Benghazi attack an act of terror. "I want to make sure we get that for the record because it took the president 14 days before he called the attack in Benghazi an act of terror," he said. "Get the transcript," Obama said.

FactCheck: The transcript shows the president did refer to "acts of terror" on the day after the Benghazi attack. It's also true that in that same Rose Garden speech, the president suggested that the reason for the attack was a protest over an anti-Islamic video.

There was a lot of back and forth over energy production. "In the last four years, you cut permits and licenses on federal land and federal waters in half," Romney said as the president declared that not to be true. "So how much did you cut? How much did you cut them by then?" Romney pressed.

FactCheck: The Obama administration did cut the number of drilling permits not by half, but by 37 percent. And the president was accurate when he said more oil is being produced on those federal lands, about 13 percent more than under the Bush administration.

"In the last four years, women have lost 580,000 jobs. That's the net of what's happened in the last four years," Romney said.

FactCheck: That's wrong. The Bureau of Labor Statistics put the figure at half that amount and then announced adjustments that push the current figure to 93,000 jobs that women have lost, making Romney's estimate six times too high.

The president stretched the facts when talking about the Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy. "For above 250,000, we can go back to the tax rates we had when Bill Clinton was president. We created 23 million new jobs," he said.

FactCheck: That's only partially true. Federal income tax rates would return to Clinton-era levels, but the Obama administration has already enacted new taxes on the wealthy. So, if the Bush-era tax cuts are repealed for the wealthy, most high-income Americans will pay more than they did under Clinton.

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