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. Katie

    Romney brought it and Obama lost it.

    October 3, 2012 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  2. Will

    Romney and his friends are not going to create jobs for anyone but their friends

    October 3, 2012 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  3. Joe American

    Obama is being coddled by the mediator!

    October 3, 2012 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  4. Lisa

    How can you vote for Obama if you are currently working ? How can you possibly vote for Obama if you are not ?

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

    Obama is spending money he doesn't have

    October 3, 2012 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  6. nancy

    Who does Romney want to talk to Obama or us? He is looking at Obama most of the time.

    October 3, 2012 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  7. dOrEmEfAsOlAtIdO

    I don't want higher property taxes due to Obama's education plan. Taxes will go up and he doesn't realize that there is a three layer system of taxation in this !ountry. Federal, state and lo!al. No more union !ost to our states. enough. Obama wants to bankrupt us at all levels. I love my house, my taxes are going up everyyear due to union costs. Stop it

    October 3, 2012 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  8. Sam A

    Barney Frank caused this whole economic mess when he let Fannie/Freddie run loose and give loans to anyone with a pulse. I would love for everyone to own their own home but some people are simply not responsible enought to pay their bills.

    October 3, 2012 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  9. Eric

    For me, the debate is revealing nothing new from the candidates, other just how much more composed the POTUS is...

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

    I believe Romney is winning this debate- he is poised and answers questions appropriately. All Obama can do is nod his head and appear to agree while Gov. Romney is talking. I resent Obama's insinuation that a board of 15 APPOINTED individuals can mandate how health care is run in this country. I believe he said the board would be comprised of "doctors etcetera..." Yeah, sure, I trust them to tell us how our health care should be delivered....

    October 3, 2012 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  11. Terry

    ouch! money going to green jobs to people who contributed to the BO machine!!

    October 3, 2012 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    90 billion for green energy = 2 million teachers
    Obama shame on you.

    October 3, 2012 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  13. Joe

    Romney Lie he said he would cut the Dept of Edu. of course this is His Debate plan and then there is his Campain plan.

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

    Romney is definitely better prepared then usual, but how to deliver is not something he talks about. In Mass he did cut education and gutted the dept of public health. Earlier he told Leher he would cut basic services and PBS. But just now he said he would not cut education. Which is it?

    October 3, 2012 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  15. Mike

    Romney is cleaning Barry's clock. It's an unfair intellectual fight. Barry ought to start scouting sites for his library.

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

    "Uhh" is not normally used to make one more easily understood.

    October 3, 2012 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    Mott studied very hard for the debate but that's it. Pres is talking from experience at leading the country.
    Mitt is hanging...but please get specific!!! No more high level scenarios and abstract business school scenarios and attacking.

    Just lay out the plan, mittens!!!

    October 3, 2012 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  18. HeatherW

    Romney has always had the smirk. Makes you wonder what hes really thinkn. Hhhhmmmmmm.

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

    It amazes me that people blame Bush when we had a Democratic Senate and House for the last 2 years of his term. Why don't we hear about that!

    October 3, 2012 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  20. Citizen 001

    Obama is dithering, confused and demonstrating his true colors as a poor leader; he just does not get it; he does not understand what makes Amercia great.

    October 3, 2012 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  21. dover

    The debate is what it is, one argued that the moderator gave more time to the President, I would differ Mitt often interrupts and the moderator does not control the debate, but allows rebuttals by Mitt without he, the moderator, directing the discussion. Mitt effectively gets the last word in-he is controlling the debate, why not have the two of them just talk with each other.

    October 3, 2012 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  22. Scotty

    Well Obama finally got his composure. I just love his slow and insightful tone. So Clinton. It only proves that he is making a false front. Like playing with a blank deck in a game of poker. He and you Libs on here keep complaing tha Romney is not explaining his plans well enough. Hard to do in 2 mins or less. The President is just repeating what he's done, not what he is going to do.

    October 3, 2012 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  23. tval

    If you dont like the governors policies, you can self deport to another state...

    October 3, 2012 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  24. jordyn1poppa

    Actually GI Joe
    President Obama's car czar said: we need death panels..."Well, maybe not death panels, exactly, but unless we start allocating health care resources more prudently — rationing, by its proper name — the exploding cost of Medicare will swamp the federal budget." So, that is not just a "Palin" point.

    October 3, 2012 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  25. Wolf2

    Obama has this one.....another 4 MORE YEARS!!! Come on Romney lets talk about Bain Capital.

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