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

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 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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