17 Oct '12, 4pm

Obama and Romney, Oil and Science attn: @sheril_ @levi_m @bradplumer @drgrist @tomzellerjr

Agence France-Presse — Getty Images The second debate between President Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was perhaps most notable for its macho choreography — with the two men circling, jabbing and interrupting — and the intense Benghazi moment. The need for reinvestment in science and basic research made an appearance, albeit fleetingly, in the context of the exodus of jobs to China. I’ll get to that in a second, but first, a reality check on another big focal point — fights over policies related to high gasoline and oil prices. [2:31 p.m. | Update | As Will Oremus wrote today, the debate came close to touching on global warming, as well. See an excerpt below] It’s not surprising that the first substantive energy exchange between the two candidates dealt with gas prices, given — as a national poll by the University of Texas just found — that this is by far ...

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