As was the case with the first two debates of the 2012 presidential race, last week's town hall at Hofstra University in Hempstead, Long Island, was spoofed on "Saturday Night Live." And the debate--the second between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney--was portrayed as a contentious affair in front of a raucous New York crowd.
After President Obama (played by Jay Pharoah) was asked to disclose his presidential salary, Jason Sudeikis' Romney pounced.
"Four-hundred-thousand? That's what I pay my cats," Romney said. "Why don't you go sit down before I beat you to death with my paycheck."
"This isn't Colorado any more, governor," Pharoah said, mocking his Obama's sleepy performance at the first presidential debate in Denver. "This is sea level."
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The nervous, undecided voters that made up the town hall were also spoofed. Tom Hanks portrayed one in a surprise cameo, offering a one-word question: Libya.
The highlight of the debate--when moderator Candy Crowley challenged Romney's assertion that President Obama did not call the attack in Benghazi a terrorist act--was sent-up, too.
"Candy, c'mon Candy," Romney pleaded as President Obama dropped the mic.
On "Weekend Update," the campaign provided more joke fodder.
"A new Gallup poll shows that Mitt Romney now has a 7 point lead on President Obama," Seth Meyers said. "That's right, Romney leads by 7 points among people who still answer landline calls from a blocked number."
Meyers also mocked President Obama's latest celebrity endorser: reality TV star Honey Boo Boo
"I knew Obama was pro-birth control," Meyers said, "but I didn't know birth control was pro-Obama."
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