October 3rd, 2012
01:40 PM ET
2 years ago

By the numbers: Presidential and vice presidential debates

(CNN) – The first of four debates - three presidential and one vice presidential - in the final month of the election takes place October 3 in Denver. While we would love to tell you what will happen, the CNN Crystal Ball is out of order. Instead, our best guess of what to expect comes from debates past. Here's a look back, by the numbers, of the trends and surprises of past debates.

61: Percent of households that watched the third debate between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon on October 13, 1960.

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  1. 200 TON HAMMER

    Betcha $10,000 dallors middleclass republicans mitt romney loses

    October 3, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  2. Ind.

    Biden is going to look like the buffon he truly is.

    October 3, 2012 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  3. Borderless

    Here is our choice as it stands: A run of the mill Republican that has yet to give us a reason while serving in office to doubt either his sincerity or his honesty. A Democrat that acts just like a Republican but with a bad health plan who has proven he will lie, cheat and scheme his way into office.
    If only the Democrats had nominated Hillary this year. It would have been an easy vote. So to you Obama supporters out there. How many of you would rather have had Hillary Clinton running this year than Obama? Honest answers.

    October 3, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  4. truth hurts

    The sad part is that Obama will be lying faster than Romney can counter his lies and most of the electorate is too stupid to know the long term damage Obama has done to the economy and this country. The leftwing media meanwhile pounds home the Obama propaganda while totally ignoring the Obama disasters (some resulting in the death of Americans) and true condition of the economy. Hopefully the American people awaken like they did in 2010 and do the right thing to save this country, give Obama his walking papers.

    October 3, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  5. GI Joe

    Obama will wipe the floor with Mittents. It won't show, because Mitt is not smart enough to realize when he's been had.

    Will Mitt keep saying "IT'S MY TURN, IT'S MY TURN IT'S MY TURN" Like he did in the primaries??

    October 3, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    "A run of the mill Republican that has yet to give us a reason while serving in office to doubt either his sincerity or his honesty"

    Do we really need to go into the litany of flip-flops in which Mittens has engaged? Even if we just focus solely on the flip-flops from his time as governor of MA compared to the new and entirely different Mittens running for POTUS now, the list is very long. And as for no reason not to trust him while governor? You're talking about a man who destroyed every single harddrive in his governor's office in order to wipe away the record of his term.

    "A Democrat that acts just like a Republican but with a bad health plan who has proven he will lie, cheat and scheme his way into office."

    You mean the health care plan based in part on what the GOP proposed in the 90's and what the aforementioned "run of the mill Republican" enacted whle in office? As for the rest, swallow less Faux Noise and, magically, you'll probably regurgitate less of it too.

    "So to you Obama supporters out there. How many of you would rather have had Hillary Clinton running this year than Obama? Honest answers."

    Do you really think that attempting to stir up resentment among Dems that HIllary lost in 2008 and didn't run this year is going to help Mittens? Seriously? Limbaugh's PUMA thing didn't work then and it's not even remotely relevant now.

    October 3, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    FORTY SEVEN: Percentage of Americans that Mittens and the GOP/Teatrolls consider worthless, subhuman and of no value to society.

    October 3, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  8. truth hurts

    FORTY SEVEN: Percentage of Americans that vote for Obama in 2012.

    October 3, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  9. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Scary when I think about Republicans were serious about Texas Governor Rick Perry as their candidate, a lot of Republicans are atleast breathing a sigh of relief that he's not the one, now they have to worry about Romney.

    October 3, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  10. FactCheck

    I miss Herman Cain. Yeah, he had about as much chance as Mitt to win this thing but at least he was honest and a little bit crazy.

    October 3, 2012 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    "FORTY SEVEN: Percentage of Americans that vote for Obama in 2012."

    Even if that were true, the demographic breakdown wouldn't match Mittens' cynical, disgusting statement. And BTW, polls have come out showing that the 47% thing did and is doing serious damage to Mittens and the GOP/Teatrolls this election. You might want to consider staying away from it.

    October 3, 2012 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  12. ghostriter

    Borderless, i may not agree with you, but I may have to respect one.

    There's been alot of lying going on for some time now. But more importantly, there has been a lot of time spent on nonsense. We could be focused on important things. Like what any of these yahoos will do specifically.

    October 3, 2012 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |