Posted 11:29 PM 10/17/2012 : Post Debate Fact Check
HEMPSTEAD, New York - Presidential debate round two provided plenty of lively moments. And once again, both candidates were making false claims and misleading attacks and keeping fact checkers busy.
First - Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney accused President Barack Obama waiting two weeks to call September's embassy attack in Benghazi, Libya, which killed four U.S. citizens an "act of terror" until two weeks after it occurred.
"Well, actually President Obama called it an act of terror twice in the same day on Sept. 12, the day after the attack occurred," said Eugene Kiely, Deputy Director of FactCheck.org. "He said it in the Rose Garden, and he also said it again that night at a fundraiser in Las Vegas."
But Governor Romney wasn't entirely wrong. The President did refrain from calling it a terrorist attack in the following weeks.
Next - President Obama misquoted Governor Romney on green energy, saying: "Governor Romney says these are imaginary jobs, when you've got thousands of people right now in Iowa, right now in Colorado who are working, creating wind power, with good- paying manufacturing jobs"
"He got it wrong when he said that Romney had called clean energy jobs imaginary jobs," said Kiely. "That's not what he said. He referred to it as an imaginary world in which the economy could be powered by green jobs and solar and wind."
Finally - Governor Romney gave an inflated figure about women who have lost jobs under President Obama's watch.
"In the last four years, women have lost 580,000 jobs," said Romney. "That's the net of what's happened in the last four years. We're still down 580,000 jobs"
Kiely corrected that figure: "The number is actually 283,000 during Obama's period, from January '09 to the most recent data."
What's more, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has announced its annual benchmarking process will result in adding jobs to official historical figures, putting the current loss of women's jobs closer to 93,000.
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