Zingers and memorable catch phrases aside, Tuesday night’s lively debate performance by President Barack Obama and GOP challenger Mitt Romney underlined the stakes of the coming election.
How do you think the candidates did? Did the debate do anything to sway you either direction? And what did you think of their answers?
But now it’s your turn. We’ve split up some of the more noteworthy exchanges from the town hall-style debate below. Re-read the questions, re-watch the candidates’ answers and then tell us how you think they performed.
JEREMY EPSTEIN: What can you say to reassure me, but more importantly my parents, that I will be able to sufficiently support myself after I graduate?
KATHERINE FENTON: In what new ways do you intend to rectify the inequalities in the workplaces, specifically regarding females making only 72 percent of what their male counterparts earn?
SUSAN KATZ (addressing Romney): What is the biggest difference between you and George W. Bush, and how do you differentiate yourself from George W. Bush?
LORRAINE OSARIO: What do you plan on doing with immigrants without their green cards that are currently living here as productive members of society?
KERRY LADKA (addressing Obama): We were sitting around talking about Libya, and we were reading and became aware of reports that the State Department refused extra security for our embassy in Benghazi, Libya, prior to the attacks that killed four Americans. Who was it that denied enhanced security, and why?
NINA E. GONZALES (addressing Obama): What has your administration done or plan to do to limit the availability of assault weapons?
BARRY GREEN: What do you believe is the biggest misperception that the American people have about you as a man and a candidate? Using specific examples, can you take this opportunity to debunk that misperception and set us straight?
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