Second Presidential Debate: Fact Check

11:12 PM, Oct 17, 2012   |    comments
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WFMY -- With 19 days to go until Election Day, and one debate under their belt, in the second presidential debate the candidates' gloves came off.

On Tuesday night, President Obama and Governor Mitt Romney were supposed to respond directly to voters, in a town hall format, answering their questions.

Instead, for the majority of the 90-minute debate they were attacking each other. At multiple points during the debate, they called each other out for not not telling the truth.

"Not true, Governor Romney," said Obama.
"So how much did you cut?" said Romney.
"Not true," said Obama.
"By how much did you cut them by, then?" said Romney.
"Governor, we have actually produced more oil," said Obama.
"No, no. How much did you cut licenses and permits on federal land and federal waters?" said Romney.

In the heat of the moment, the facts, which should be black and white, can seem a little gray. So we wanted to get a better look at who was actually right in that last argument.

Romney said oil production was down 14 percent and gas production was down 9 percent on federal lands.

According to the Department of Energy, this is true. Oil and gas production did decline by those numbers between 2010 and 2011. However, during that time there was also a drilling moratorium after the BP oil spill.

Also according to the Department of Energy, in the four years of the Obama Administration, there's actually been in increase in drilling for oil on federal lands overall.

On Tuesday, 82 people were seated around the candidates, ready to ask them their questions.

However, because of the time-consuming exchanges between the presidential candidates, there were only 11 questions asked.

After the debate, Public Policy Polling surveyed 438 debate watchers.

According to their survey, those who watched the debate on Fox said Romney won the debate; 78 percent to 22 percent over President Obama.

The survey also found that 71 percent of the viewers who watched the debate on MSNBC said President Obama won, compared to Romney's 27 percent.


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