With 1 debate left, Obama, Romney circle back to who's best on economy

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Associated Press

Posted on October 17, 2012 at 7:01 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 17 at 7:04 AM

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) — Both campaign teams are calling last night's presidential debate a win for their candidate.

President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney engaged in a pushy, interruption-filled encounter, making charges and countercharges that the other guy wasn't telling the truth. Georgetown University debate director Jonathan Paul says at one point, he thought President Barack Obama and his Republican rival Mitt Romney "were going to come to blows."

Both men forcefully argued that their policies would do more to strengthen the economy. In the town hall-style event at Hofstra University in New York, they laid out sharp contrasts on issues including taxes, energy, health care, the deficit and foreign policy.

Romney's running mate Paul Ryan issued a fundraising appeal issued not long after the debate ended, declaring "Mitt crushed it again at tonight's debate."

Obama's team also claimed victory for the re-energized incumbent, though adviser David Plouffe (pluhf) allowed that the race remains tight as ever. He says while Obama won 53 percent of the vote last time, he's not expecting to get that again.

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025-w-35-(Warren Levinson, AP correspondent, with former Governor Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama, presidential nominees)--Aggression and interruption marked last night's second presidential debate. AP correspondent Warren Levinson reports. (17 Oct 2012)

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064-a-17-(President Barack Obama, at debate)-"a sketchy deal"-President Obama says Governor Romney still won't say how he plans to balance the budget and give tax breaks. ((note length of cut)) (17 Oct 2012)

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APPHOTO DBT124: President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney exchange views during the second presidential debate at Hofstra University, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012, in Hempstead, N.Y. (AP Photo/David Goldman) (15 Oct 2012)

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APPHOTO NYCK133: President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, shake hands after the second presidential debate, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012, at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (16 Oct 2012)

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APPHOTO NYCK138: President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, pause as they participate in the second presidential debate, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012, at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (16 Oct 2012)

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