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
soundoff (901 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    The government should not take the role of providers fo the people of America, that is not freedom, that is communism. Go Mitt! We the people.. Not We the government!

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

    Romney wants to cut education in the U.S. Of course, all his grand-kids are covered for private schools.

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

    Answer the question Mitt! Answer the question! Stop speaking about everything: we want specifics. Oh, and school of choice already is happening across the country.

    October 3, 2012 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  4. Colleen

    Rodney flipped again and again and again.....come on Mitt stop the flip flop. I'm from MA and believe me what he says about the MA healthcare is a bunch of lies. I will never vote for him again...
    The moderator is not doing a good job

    October 3, 2012 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  5. Anon

    It is disingenuous for Romney to be talking about looking out for the poorer half of America.

    October 3, 2012 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  6. Sam A

    I believe Mitt will work with the democrats in the Senate and Congress to get things done. Obama has never been willing to compromise with the Republicans. Again it goes back to a complete lack of Obama business experience. He's never had to compromise in democrat controlled Chicago or when being a community organizer. I've gained a lot of respect over the last 4 years for how well Clinton worked with both sides.

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

    Obama speaks slower so that you can understand words better. It is part of being a good speaker.

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

    Obama is on his heels and Romney shows he is much better prepared. Hard to prepare on the golf course. Also love the split screen. Why doesn't the President look at Romney? Respect or is he arrogant.

    October 3, 2012 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    Not an endorsement, but Mitt wins the debate – He has made much clearer, rational arguments backed by vetted facts, not soundbites and anecdotes...

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

    mcemce great comment – let's watch both of the kids (candidates) say nanny nanny boo boo at the end of the debate – meanwhile Leher will be checking out the lunch ladies

    October 3, 2012 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  11. rock

    Wipe that smirk off your face, Mitt Romney! You have NOT won yet. Barrack Obama is respectful and Presidential.

    October 3, 2012 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  12. Joe

    I trade stocks and full time, well before our minor 'depression, into the minor depression and now out of it. I can say that the economy is in great shape compared to what was in the building stage of destruction and this president has done a great job for the wreck he was handed.

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

    Since when is being forceful considered a bad trait for a president? The media has been lying about him all along- he needs to get the truth out!

    October 3, 2012 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  14. Joan

    I'm voting Romney. He has a better grip on what's going on. Sorry Mr President.

    October 3, 2012 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  15. Vickie

    Romney should quit saying, "poor kids". He has no clue and those are a poor choice of words. He keeps making me wince every time it comes
    out of his mouth.

    October 3, 2012 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  16. 757indie757

    Is it me or does Mitt look like his head is gonna explode? Red watery eyes..Jittery...Rapid eye blinks...

    October 3, 2012 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  17. Tony T

    Wow. I guess Romney is showing us all why he has found success at everything he has ever done. No wonder he is wealthy. Might want to consider competence instead of hope and change. Just a thought.

    October 3, 2012 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  18. Zee

    Wow, I am surprised at the amount of Romney fans here. Have you guys even listened to the debate thus far? On regulations:
    Obama: what do you think caused our economy to fall Romney? Was it too much regulation or too little?
    Romney: Well, look at the statistics of today so many jobs have been lost.
    Obama: But you're not answering my question.

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

    Romney sounds like a salesman. He is trying to sell you the same bull and that is nothing with a bunch of words that means nothing. Romney looks like a deer caught in the headlights. He is so out of touch with real life and the american people that live here..

    October 3, 2012 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  20. Independents for sanity in government

    President Obama is not so good when not surrounded by adoring fans. Defintiely a light-weight compared to Gov Romney's obvious competency in solving problems in the real world.

    October 3, 2012 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  21. ftgoo

    obama is stuttering

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

    Romney is doing great job!. intelligent, articulate and has greater depth of knowledge re: economy. Romney's presentation has given me reason to go forward with him. Bama has lost his passion and he has shown he has the leadership and business experience to make it work.

    October 3, 2012 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  23. Nerm

    Romney is blowing the President away even though Lehrer continues to cut him off and he has to fight through it.

    October 3, 2012 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  24. CP to the Sky

    Sally!!! You are all over this debate! I FEEL THE SAME WAY!!!

    October 3, 2012 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  25. Mom3

    When is Jim going to get control of this and cut Obama off????

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