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Obama regains edge after second debate

  • U.S. President Barack Obama hit out at Republican rival Mitt Romney as he headed back on the campaign trail on Wednesday following a debate performance that has revived his bid for a second term.

    A day after the second of three presidential debates, the Democratic incumbent slated Romney over comments he had received "binders full of women" to consider for cabinet positions when he was governor of Massachusetts.

    "I've got to tell you, we don't have to collect a bunch of binders to find qualified, talented driven young women ready to learn and teach in (science, technology and engineering) right now. And when young women graduate, they should get equal pay for equal work," Obama told a crowd of supporters at Cornell College in Iowa.

    With 19 days to go until the election, Obama campaigned in Iowa and Ohio while Romney was in Virginia, all crucial battleground states.

    In Chesapeake, Virginia, Romney said Obama had failed to help women get well-paying jobs. He also accused the president of failing to produce an agenda if he were to win a second term.

    "Don't you think it's time for them to finally put together a vision for what he'd do in the next four years if he were re-elected?" Romney asked supporters outside a community college.

    Romney continued to list promises he claimed Obama had failed to keep from his 2008 campaign, as he had done in Tuesday night’s debate.

    Voters said Obama outperformed Romney by a substantial margin, according to a post-debate Reuters/Ipsos survey. Obama sat at 48 percent compared to Romney at 33 percent.

    Meanwhile, according to a Rasmussen Reports tracking poll of 11 swing states Obama leads Romney by 50 percent to 47 percent.

    The final presidential debate is scheduled for Monday in Boca Raton, Florida and will focus on foreign policy.