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. Joan

    Amazing that Obamacare can be explained so simply. I'm still waiting for Nancy Pelosi to read it all so we know what is really is about.

    October 3, 2012 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  2. Debra Wood

    Go Mitt – we need a businessman to get us out of this mess.

    October 3, 2012 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  3. Annette

    Again the moderator has given Obama more than two minutes!

    October 3, 2012 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    Still not hearing anything of substance from Mitt.

    October 3, 2012 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  5. Nina

    Mitt needs to calm down. When he talks, I get uneasy. He can't seem to control himself. He doesn't provoke a calm head. I understand passion but when he just seems angry. Do we want this man as our leader when he can't even control speaker over Jim and Obama? Mitt is an Alpha male, which is great for a business man but in this volatile global economy – we need someone who is in control...

    Did he shave right before the debate? Why is is upper lip so red?

    October 3, 2012 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  6. Really

    I for one cannot believe a word Romney is saying...thank goodness he revealed alittle..Romney will end medicare and social security and repea;l dude/franklin...he is for big business like banks and insurance companies

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

    Does Romney think the democrats will rubber stamp all his policies? ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

    October 3, 2012 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  8. Peter

    Who is the best one to balance the budget ?? Just look at the campaign spending......Obama debt:$2,832,414.00. Romney debt: $0.00 Who is better at handling money?.. Go Mitt. You are far the better strategist to get us out of this Obama mess.

    October 3, 2012 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  9. Michelle

    Why does Obama look like he is in hd and Romney looks blurry ?

    October 3, 2012 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  10. rb

    i dont think romney knows what he is talking about, going against his own statements after making them a month again....so expected

    October 3, 2012 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  11. Really

    Obama care sounds better

    October 3, 2012 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  12. Mlarson6262

    So far... Obama has been on the defense... Let's see what changes current admin. can do the next four years. So far Obama has stated the current

    October 3, 2012 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  13. helen1233

    And... Romney says that he will give the middle class " tax relief", but he wont raise taxes on the rich ( he seems to not know they already HAVE a tax cut which was supposed to be temporary) ....and Romney somehow thionks that will not increase teh deficit? One word, Mr. Romney – ARITHMETIC!

    October 3, 2012 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  14. DPope

    Who says Americans do not want government managed healthcare? Take a poll??? Is it that bad for Canada and Europe?

    October 3, 2012 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  15. HeatherW

    Maybe Canada could give us some insight on how they handle gov't funded/run healthcare.

    October 3, 2012 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  16. candice

    Omgosh...I cant even watch Obama....its like hurting me to watch the TV like Im watching people trying to sing on American Idol. Obama go home. Your done!

    October 3, 2012 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  17. Fred

    Romney is speaking quickly because he knows what he is talking about. The President is much slower denoting uncertainty.

    October 3, 2012 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  18. Timtim

    Obama explaining obamacare is karl marx explaining socialism as a good thing

    October 3, 2012 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  19. John

    Governor Romney is destroying obama in the presidential debate. Hands down! Wow, President Obama has met his match. He looks so angry. Romney has perfectly landed each knockout punch. Checkmate, the first one to knock his opponent out wins!

    October 3, 2012 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  20. Sydney

    I can't believe Romney is being so rude to Joey. He talks over him, ignores him. He is not used to being told no.

    October 3, 2012 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    Mr President....keep looking in the camera. Feels like you are talking directly to us in tv-land. You are definitely connecting with us and giving us something solid to talk and think about.

    October 3, 2012 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  22. Terry

    BO is not in the debate, he seems intent on getting out his rhetoric not participating in the debate. The reason Romney looks like he is controlling is because he has something cogent to say, BO is not able to think on his feet, he is losing his train of thought on many occasions until he can recall the script and then he gets going again.

    October 3, 2012 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  23. renee

    Romney is a bully and the President has manners but also tact and substance...real answers...not generalities like Romney

    October 3, 2012 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  24. Name Greg

    President Obama misses a point: if you smoke .. Why should I pay for your insurance! If you are a bad driver, you pay a higher premium! Health insurance should be the same! Not government mandated.

    October 3, 2012 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  25. Melinda

    What does the graph at the bottom of the screen mean?

    October 3, 2012 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
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