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.

LIVE BLOG


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Presidential Debates
soundoff (901 Responses)
  1. CL

    Mrs T, I have never paid close to 5 dollars per gallon under the last President. Jobs have been outsourced even before Bush. It was already outsourced under Clinton.

    October 3, 2012 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  2. Sam A

    GI Joe. What you are looking at is a commanding leader. And we've never needed one more than now!

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

    Let me see Obama Care, Romney Care, which one sounds better hmm...

    October 3, 2012 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  4. Ann

    Romney seems much more confident.

    October 3, 2012 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  5. Kaddie

    Are mitt bots insane. The HMOs are considered by most doctors to be soulless. They keep costs down by REJECTING the claims of the most seriously ill.

    October 3, 2012 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  6. maria

    Romney says leave it to the states please what a bag of crap!! . My health care is been going up for years,, and this year i at least got a refund.

    October 3, 2012 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  7. CP to the Sky

    Sally! you are right he is stumbling and falling fast!!!! I laugh at that joke hahahaha!!

    October 3, 2012 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  8. mike

    As an independent......Romney just cleaned the president's clock in this debate

    October 3, 2012 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  9. 4warned

    Mitt chooses private healthcare because he can afford whatever he wants for his family. Ridiculous.
    He does not get it for the average middle class family.

    October 3, 2012 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  10. Really

    It is funny how Romney changes like a chamelion.......I cannot be specific on what he is going to do

    October 3, 2012 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  11. GI Joe

    Insurance companies tell us what we cannot have already. And they raise their rates at least once a year.

    October 3, 2012 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  12. kim

    Romney is attacking!!! WHAT'S YOUR PLAN MITT???

    October 3, 2012 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  13. jeannette henry

    the whole health care system is so wrong, my husband an i have insurance through his employer we paid the extra, so in and out of network had the same deductibles, and there is nothing in network in our state, we were not told about a clause in the benefits about reasonable and considerate so now we owe almost sixty three thousand, when max individual is suppose to be fity nine hundred

    October 3, 2012 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  14. jordyn1poppa

    I see Romney handing Obama his shorts after paddling him with facts that Obama can't seem to answer without repeating something Romney already corrected him on three times. Obama does not look happy either and would rarely look up at him. That is not presidential. I guess teleprompters help loads.

    October 3, 2012 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  15. Cindy

    Obama looks so uncomfortable

    October 3, 2012 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  16. HeatherW

    Flip flop Mitt. He starts with "something we agree on......". Now hes saying what should be dun differently. Is he on planet earth?? Typical Mitt-cant stick to the topic & ends with a totally differnt view.

    October 3, 2012 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  17. Mazz

    Romney is coming off as being educated. Obama while educated pauses way too much and is having a hard time piecing together a sentence.

    Those of you who think Mitt is a liar... he is a politician much like Obama.. they both lie get over it.

    October 3, 2012 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  18. Get a business NOT a JOB

    If you really think all those debt could have been fix in 4 yrs then you didn't know how BAD the economy was! The Mr. "BUSH" didn't bring things to light until after the election.

    October 3, 2012 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  19. CL

    I was always told the President is a great speaker. What happened?

    October 3, 2012 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  20. don

    President Obama continues to explain what Romneys plans are, and everytime he does he repeats the same untruths...4 years and now he has a plan?? to little to late

    October 3, 2012 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  21. Kaddie

    The HMOs Have panels that determine if your claim should be paid, what the heck is romney talking about
    And by the way those insurance companies, have deliberately decided to let people die in order to pay execs bonuses

    October 3, 2012 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  22. Willie

    Romney is so spoiled – even a debate has to be played by his rules... Can you imagine what he could do to government,,,!,, God help us

    October 3, 2012 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  23. helen1233

    I don't see how anyone can watch these two men and want Romney as president. Obama is calm, cool, collected... and he makes sense. Romney's eyes are darting all over the place... and the few details that he does give on his plans keep changing... and his math does not work!

    October 3, 2012 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  24. maria

    Richard from Texas, How is Obama a disaster, please be specific

    October 3, 2012 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  25. Fred

    The President has been back peddling, avoiding specifics and demagoguing most of the night. He can't pop smoke and stall fast enough.

    October 3, 2012 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37