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. jt

    I got just one question for you Obama fans....Where are the JOBS????....at the end of 8 years obama will want another 4 years to make the jobs he promised.

    October 3, 2012 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  2. CL

    Debra, actually we need a great leader and politician. Both of them can promise everything under the sun to us but if the next president cannot get congress and senate to work with one another, it wouldn't matter.

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

    This is a no contest. If it was a boxing match the ref would have called it by now!

    October 3, 2012 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  4. Double07

    The president seems rather reserved but rather thoughtful. Sharing facts and insight unlike Mr. Romney.

    October 3, 2012 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  5. Kaddie

    Mitt's plan is to let the states manage health care and banking regulations. Wow. You mean states like Alabama and Mississippi that ranked in top 5 for obesity, cancer deaths and in the bottom 5 for education....great plan

    October 3, 2012 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  6. Karen

    Romney is not telling people the truth about what he plan if he became president. He told the truth when he did not know he was on a live mic but what I want to say to the people of the United State. The truth will come out before the election vote and the people will change their mind and refuse to vote for Romney so don't worry. Romney will not be President. President Obama will be president for the next four years and the people will be so happy with Obama that they will want him to stay four more years. Don't ask me how I know this because I don't know. I just know that Romney will not be President and President Obama will be President.

    October 3, 2012 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  7. Get a business NOT a JOB

    Mazz the President alway pauses before talking this is not new.

    October 3, 2012 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  8. mcemce

    Jim Lehrer is acting like a deer caught in headlights. The kids are driving this school bus.

    October 3, 2012 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  9. Sam A

    Any time private companies can take over programs run by the government, the more efficient they will be. Since NASA has moved future rocket programs to competing commerical companies, there are more rocket launches and more exciting things happening at the Cape since the 1960's. Less govt. Less govt. Less govt. More Mitt!!!

    October 3, 2012 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  10. Noname

    Romney sounds like he knows what he is talking about, and like he really cares about this country. Obama is saying what he WILL do for this economy but not what he already HAS done. Obama also is nodding his head to what Mitt is saying, because Mitt knows exactly what he wants to do, has a plan and will stick to it. Obama does not even have a well thought out plan.

    October 3, 2012 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  11. Mlarson6262

    Current as in very bad economic position

    October 3, 2012 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    MIT is confident something that Obama is not during this debate. MIT is prepared Obama is not.

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

    The true Obama is showing up tonight. He is not a leader and he is divisive. He is a socialist and Mitt is smoking him in this debate. America needs to wake up and realize that Obama will drive this country into bankruptcy and despair if he is re-elected. I can't afford to watch this debate either because I do have a job that requires that I head to work at 5AM. Obama would like to tax more of that effort.....

    October 3, 2012 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  14. Timtim

    obama sounds like hes running for city councilman

    October 3, 2012 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  15. Mary

    Let's remember that the President is NOT meant to be a legislator. He is meant to be the "LEADER" of the free world. He should set the goals and vision, Congress passes the laws to get us there and the Supreme Court protects against abuse of either. We need to go back to what the founding fathers intended. We need LESS government, not more and it needs to be focused at a state, local level with the federal govt responsible for safety and international affairs.

    October 3, 2012 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  16. tval

    Is outsourcing considered an occupation?...

    October 3, 2012 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  17. Joan

    The fact checkers are going to have a ball tomorrow. Romney is boxing himself into many corners. He is making a lot of promises but hasn't said how he can accomplish them. Also, Romney has been kind of rude, interjected a lot and talked over the moderator. President Obama should remind Romney that Pawlenty called the health care plan ObamneyCare during the primaries. President Obama has definitely seemed more statesmanlike during the debate.

    October 3, 2012 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    Romney for president!!!!

    October 3, 2012 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  19. helen1233

    I don't understand how anyone can look at these two and want Mr Romney to lead us. He makes no sense.

    October 3, 2012 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  20. Charlie

    Romney is trying too hard to be normal. He looks like he's trying, but I keep expecting him grow horns...Why not talk to the audience? He looks like he's trying to convince Obama. Obama's been so eloquent. I think Obama keeps looking down because he's trying not to laugh at him...

    October 3, 2012 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  21. Young one

    I have friends in MA and say the healthcare under Romney's health plan sucks. I am worried if Mitt is president I dont want to choose. I KNOW i wont be able to pay for a private med plan. I think are Obamacare is better at this rate. We know everything cannot be fixed lighting fast like every electronic item we use. its going to take time. Obama even said everything he hopes to accomplish will not be finished within four years! He needs the second term b/c he WILL complete his promise.

    October 3, 2012 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  22. skeleton

    Mitt is multimillionare. he does not understand anything about middle class family. The way he is saying about medicare, social security is not going to work. he hasto learn arithmatic..!!! Our nation is in this position because of GEORGE BUSH,, if mitt gets elected.. am sure our nation will go to deep depression. I know how much the private insurance is making money.. I have seen how the people suffer to get an approval for the treatment and the premium they are paying is sky high.. i am in healthcare field.. Mitt please for GOD's sake pl get real. GOD PL EASE SAVE FROM THIS MAN..

    October 3, 2012 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  23. Annette

    The President is stumbling and bumbling....doesn't sound confident in what he is saying

    October 3, 2012 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    The mediator is terrible, he is not in control of this debate. They are not directly answering the questions and just go on to talk about what they want.

    October 3, 2012 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  25. Dave

    Obama is taking more than 2mins to deliver less than 2mins of content. He should not have taken the trip to the Hoover dam.

    October 3, 2012 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
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