HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- President Barack Obama is coming out swinging in the second presidential campaign debate, striking immediately at Republican Mitt Romney's opposition to the Democrat's handling of the auto industry bailout.
Obama was seen as having missed opportunities to make gains in the first debate with Romney two weeks ago. Romney was viewed as having won the debate.
Obama also said Romney's plan is to let the oil companies write the energy policies.
At least twice Obama has accused Romney of being untruthful. And he's addressed Romney directly, unlike their first debate in Denver, when Obama primarily addressed the moderator, while Romney criticized the president.
Obama, Romney offer jobs pitch at start of debate
President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney offered their jobs agenda at the start of the second presidential debate, responding to a college student concerned about finding a job after graduation.
Romney told the student that his question was one that's being asked by college student across the nation. He said his administration would try to make it easier for students to afford college and promote economic growth to help students.
Romney said the nation faces more debt and fewer jobs. He says, quote, "I'm going to change that."
Obama says he would build upon the 5 million private sector jobs created during his first term, pushing for more manufacturing jobs. The president said his policies aimed to improve the education system and promote a variety of energy sources.
Romney, Obama joust over tax plans and debt
Mitt Romney and Barack Obama both said their tax plans would benefit the middle class and spur job creation, and both are suggesting their opponent's plan would do the opposite.
Romney said cutting tax rates across the board would spur job growth. He said bringing rates down makes it easy for small businesses to keep more of their capital and hire more workers.
But Obama, who supports raising tax rates on upper incomes, says Romney's proposed tax cuts and his calls for increased military spending would add trillions to the federal debt.
Obama said to Romney, a former businessman, quote, "You wouldn't have taken such a sketchy deal."
He said the American people shouldn't accept that deal either.
Obama, Romney paint opposing picture of Obama term
President Barack Obama ticked through promises kept as having halted the economic slide but is pledging to go hard after those campaign pledges from 2008 that he has not met.
In response at the presidential debate, Republican challenger Mitt Romney said Obama's unmet commitments have slowed the nation's economic recovery.
Obama listed small-business tax cuts, health care legislation and financial regulation as measures that helped stabilize the faltering economy.
Romney said Obama chiefly has failed to meet employment targets.