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. Double07

    I'm amaze with those people who are asking where are the jobs. My question to you is where were you when we were loosing 700 thousand jobs four years ago. Were you asking where are the jobs back then?

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

    We don't need more teachers we need more teachers in core subjects. Problem is that the numbers of grads in those subjects is the lowest ever. we need investment in helping college students who are in the sciences and math.

    October 3, 2012 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  3. Name Mrs T

    Yes Bush put America in the deep hole and he had 8 years to dig the hole that all of America's money was thrown in behind our backs. And everyone is seriously looking for Obama to recover all the money Bush lost jobs ect in less than 4 years!!??? Really? The extra people on food stamps r thos who lost their jobs under Bush and lost their unemployment funding and 401K due to the businesen like Romney

    October 3, 2012 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  4. HeatherW

    Imaging trying to tell Mitt not to push "the red button" if he was president???like telling a child no. God help us all if he gets into office.

    October 3, 2012 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  5. Diana Buckley

    Jim Lehrer is doing a terrible job of moderating this debate – he is not controlling the process.

    October 3, 2012 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  6. Jason

    Mitt just spent more time preparing... Why not, he's got nothing else to do? Obama has been a bit busy being "the President".

    October 3, 2012 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  7. Frayedknot

    Cmon refresh the comments!!!

    October 3, 2012 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  8. Gina

    Romney is so much smarter than Obama, its a joke.

    October 3, 2012 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  9. NanH

    Ok just delete my comment......Romeny stop calling Mass MY STATE, Mass is not your state. Also stop with the goofy smile, you look like Joan Rivers

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

    Obama is babbling on endlessly and Lehrer is letting him yet he cuts Romney off and challenges him. I havent heard him challenge Obama. In my opinion this wasnt even a contest. Obama has done a terrible job. Lets see the media spin it so that he is a genius.

    October 3, 2012 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  11. GI Joe

    Romney said he didn't get tax deduction to send jobs overseas. ha ha ha ha ha ha

    October 3, 2012 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  12. Joe

    Romney is very disrespectful and He still will not say how he wil pay for his plans

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

    Insurance companies set the rate they will pay for a procedure. The rate is set not on cost, but, on the basis of profit. The higher the rate allowed, the higher the cost. The higher the cost the higher the actuary tables. Insurance rates are based on the actuary tables. Insurance companies make more profit from a higher actuary table. It is in their interest to have a higher actuary table.

    October 3, 2012 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  14. Oncie

    Wow, Mitt looks like he's done this before. The Pres not so much. We can all learn a lot about how to carry ourselves by watching this. The feel good stories that the Pres is sharing just won't cut it. Mitt knows his stuff.. Why do so many of us hate him for being an ultra successful businessman and all that he stands for??? We used to applaud successful, enterprising people. What happened to us? What has this elitist president been doing for the past 4 years? All of you that want to live in a forthcoming government mandated society (already socialist society in my opinion) vote for the existing and pray that 4 years go quickly. if we stay this path, we will be right there with you Canada.

    October 3, 2012 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  15. GI Joe

    romney stilll bullying his way thru evrything

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

    The president is still every bit as brilliant as he was four years ago. He walked into a disaster four years ago and he has done wonders with the healing of this nation...May the American people realize this and grant him another term to lead us forth.

    October 3, 2012 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  17. L

    Romney,
    I "believe" in this I "believe" in that.. I "want" this.. I "want" that....
    What are you going to DO?
    He hasn't said a single specific!!!!!! That's awesome that you believe in good things... we all do.
    What are your SPECIFICS?

    October 3, 2012 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  18. Sally

    Love how Mitt just gave kudos to some Senator for work in education while looking right at Obama....classic!!!!

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

    Jim looks tired and fustrated.

    October 3, 2012 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  20. HelloThere

    Wow, I am just floored by Obama's inability to get a point a!ross. Time wasting yammering over talking nothing to say little boy. Yikes. And does Obama not realize that adding 100,000 new tea!hers will raise taxes in my STATe. Union wages, union benefits, union pensions. No way. Private s!hools is the way to go. Romney is pro vou!her and so am i.

    October 3, 2012 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  21. Lois

    Romney is the man for our country! His class, intelligence, and confidence far outweighs Obama's!

    October 3, 2012 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  22. HeatherW

    "poor kids" – he must be talkn about that 47%. Ignorance is bliss, i guess mitt.

    October 3, 2012 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  23. Michelle

    Please will someone else comment on the fact that the side by side view of them on nbc – its obvious that they are trying to make Obama look better – crisper clearer HD.?

    October 3, 2012 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  24. Oswald Snide

    If the ability to "think on your feet" is a good measure of presidential intelligence (and it is) Romney is well ahead of the president.

    October 3, 2012 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    I love how the President sounds like he is speaking from experience of actually dealing with these issues of being a leader.

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