Live blog: First presidential debate
October 3rd, 2012
02:35 PM ET
2 years ago

Live blog: First presidential debate

(CNN) – President Barack Obama and GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney go head to head for the first time Wednesday night, taking the stage in Denver for this cycle's inaugural presidential debate. After spending days in preparation and raising expectations for their respective opponent, both candidates will have the chance to make their case with a little more than one month before Election Day.

Tune in to get minute-by-minute updates throughout the evening, including trivia, fact-checks, polls, and tweets.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Presidential Debates
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  1. Name Mrs T

    What is Mitt wanting to do for America all he has said is the opposite of the President and Mitt is saying he is taking away this getting rid of that America is looking empty in his hands!! He is not lettinge know what he is planning on doing

    October 3, 2012 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    Are you all listening to this.......Romney with all his talking "this is what I would do" has not offered one single plan and how to pay for it. You guys can fall for o'l okey doke. But I have ears and Romney has not offered a single paln

    October 3, 2012 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  3. GI Joe

    Romney smirks, blinks, and bullies the moderator. "IT'S MY TURN IT'S MY TURN". all over again.

    October 3, 2012 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  4. maria

    President Obama is winning!!!!

    October 3, 2012 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  5. anon

    Anybody else annoyed with the fact that Obama has been talking at least twice as much as Romney?! He refuses to be cut off. Just 'cause he's the President doesn't mean no rules apply to him.

    October 3, 2012 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  6. Sally

    Obama is completly outclassed intellectually...he doesn't seem to have a good grasp of the details of any of these topics!

    October 3, 2012 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  7. Mcoli

    Everything is about 'trust me'forObama. The lawyers biggest lie.

    October 3, 2012 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  8. DKK

    I am boiling as I hear the president state he made no cuts to the seniors health care. That is an out and out lie, and I have proof, in black in white. We just buried my brother in law, that was denied chemotherapy for cancer. My mother has received a letter as well, no chemo.Reason, over 70, medicare no longer covers this treatment. Explain that to me mr president. If you want votes, how about start by stopping your lies. Seniors in the worse shape now than ever under your plan. Shame on you.

    October 3, 2012 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  9. Txooj

    RE: BONES

    Inflation much? You honestly don't think gas, food, etc will go up over time? I don't think you can blame the cost of milk going up the last 40 years on the President. Also i'm currently serving in the Military. There's a huge amount of waste that goes on. Definitely do NOT need a raise, and like Obama stated, the military never asked for a raise.

    October 3, 2012 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  10. Chris

    Why are Romney's eyes so red. Perhaps he had a little something before the debates. Because we are the USA Pres.Obama is unable to make all decisions for our country. Unfortunately Congress/Senate have blocked so much so we the normal citizens have not seen much. Get rid and limit terms for Congress and the Senate and lets get things done. I also agree that Romney appears to be a bully and not want to play by the announcers rules. He is too good to go by the rules. He appears to be over anxious and suffering from anxiety.

    October 3, 2012 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  11. Roz

    All Mitt says is everything is covered under his plans, but he never says what his plans are.

    October 3, 2012 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  12. anonymous

    I am confused about how changing medicare and social security for people who are not near retirement age is going to help the economy today...

    October 3, 2012 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  13. Kaddie

    The private market place does not allow young people to stay n their parents insurance. That's why so many colleges require offer health insurance

    October 3, 2012 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  14. jt

    What can they both agree on???? that is what i want to know....

    October 3, 2012 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  15. Jason

    This is the weakest debate I've seen Obama have. He's making Mitt look good. That's not an easy thing to do!

    October 3, 2012 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  16. Sam A

    Kaddie – that's not fake. It's called polished. Professional. Business like. Obama has no business experience. Hasn't passed a budget in years. Never been employeed ever! Only been voted into jobs. Interesting that Obama nods in agreement when Mitt mentions how badly this current administration has handled the economy, raised debt, lost jobs, and created more people dependent on the govt to live and eat.

    October 3, 2012 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  17. JAN PIPKINS

    Spit it out Obama. Good grief just awful. Mitt makes far more sense.

    October 3, 2012 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  18. American made

    So many personal attacks on Romney when Obama is babbling and when he stops babbling he spouts unfounded lies

    October 3, 2012 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  19. Jose

    Obama keeps giving small irrelevant examples attempting to prove his policies are correct. Obama is not capable to provide reasonable believable logic so he resorts to meaningless examples.

    October 3, 2012 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  20. Richard C. Texas

    I think this debate is finally pointing out that Obama is such a disaster, one doesn't know how to get your arms around it. I agree that Mitt is finally articulating my view.

    October 3, 2012 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  21. skeleton

    mitt is a big joker

    October 3, 2012 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  22. Sally

    I am getting so mad at the level of disrespect Obama is showing by continually looking down and smirking! This is unbelievable!!!!!!

    October 3, 2012 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  23. GI Joe

    There is no 15 person board – he bought into Palin's death panel crap.

    October 3, 2012 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  24. Name Greg

    President Obama is not in touch with the cost of government! The Cleveland Clinic is a private company. We need less regulation. Obama does not understand this!

    October 3, 2012 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  25. Willie

    Have we all forgotten what came down 4,years ago! This mess went global thanks to republicans

    October 3, 2012 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
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