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. Bobbyc

    now i know why the president plays so much golf/ he dosn't want to deal with his job/ I will vote fir romney

    October 3, 2012 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  2. Double07

    Romney reminds me of a fast talking insurance salesman or some pyramid scheme. It's quite easy to criticize what someone else is doing when you are looking from outside in. But I don't believe he has the middle class interest as his one of his priorities. Romney agenda is definitely pro business and no taxes and no concern for the average person.

    October 3, 2012 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  3. Kasha

    Rude, agressive, create job but cut the culture. Another cowboy out there.

    October 3, 2012 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  4. olay

    I lived im Massachusetts and know what Mitt is capable of doing. He will say one thing till he wins and do the opposite after he wins. He was a nightmare for our state and will be for the country. I am an independent voter and will not vote for Mitt if my life depends on it. I cannot relate to him. He is a liar

    October 3, 2012 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  5. MT

    Wow, just look at how mass faired under Romney, not pretty!

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

    What has the president done in 4 years??? why is he constantly saying what Mitt is planning to do? what has the President done in 4 years??? Why do so many want to be led to the trough instead of wanting to make their own choices. Do the right thing for our future and vote for Mitt.

    October 3, 2012 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  7. Will

    Lol lol Romney is now advocating government programs lol

    October 3, 2012 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  8. Gail

    Jim you have done a poor job!

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

    Moderator! Ask about gay rights! Ask about abortion!

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

    Romney sounds like Bush and he is disrectful

    October 3, 2012 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  11. Sam A

    PRESIDENT ROMNEY. What a sweet sound!

    October 3, 2012 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  12. Credibility

    CL,

    Good point. Romney somehow thinks Congress is going to relegislate heathcare and finance all over again. I believe each can be built upon but not completely repealed and startover from scratch from a disfunctional Congress.

    Romney is also coming across very condescending and arrogant with the smirk. It's not appealing IMHO for presidential material.

    October 3, 2012 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  13. Mark

    Wake-up people!!! Obama has done nothing in the 4years!! Lets give someone else a chance!! I'm dem. and the more i hear Romney talk the more i see he the man for the job!! Were voting for Romney!!

    October 3, 2012 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  14. Joe

    Obama has applied many new tariffs to even currency matter and trade .I have yet to hear anything on TARIFFS through this whole campaign. When more tariffs are applied to all the garbage we import, only then will this economy rebuild. Free trade should be only a hypothetical study left at any college classroom. It doesn't work

    October 3, 2012 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  15. Jann

    Mitt should become president! We need a change! I can't believe I am saying this...I voted for obama...he just could not get the job done!

    October 3, 2012 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  16. Double07

    I simply don't believe a word Mr. Romney says. He's simply not believable.

    October 3, 2012 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  17. jt

    Mr. President say the truth.... First we tax the rich, then we cant tax them anymore we go after the middle class.

    October 3, 2012 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  18. Jsmiles

    To To Katie Sand – A living will is a list of instructions about decisions you have made if you become incapacitated – such as you do not want to be on life support. Obamas's reference to this in regards to banks is that banks must have a plan for how they would wind things down if they could not continue.

    To Ben – YES – Medicaid and Medicare hands down in EVERY study have lower administrative costs than ANY private insurance company. Nobody ever gets anywhere saying the government did anything good – but WE ALL depend greatly on the government and few politicians have done anything to improve things more than Obama who took on amazingly unpopular tasks.

    October 3, 2012 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  19. Ell

    Romney is winning.........

    October 3, 2012 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  20. Jason

    Mitts in this race because there are people that are really hurting... Is that the 47% you recently insulted twitt? Oops Mitt

    October 3, 2012 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  21. HeatherW

    I think Obama redeemed himself. Hang in there. Hopefully people will see the light & let u finish wut u started.

    October 3, 2012 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  22. Mark

    Mitt is sweet talking the American people. When he gets there he will turn his back. Voting for Obama, anytime, any day.

    October 3, 2012 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  23. House

    My vote is for President Barack Obama!

    October 3, 2012 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  24. Fred

    If counting the "Uhhs" was a drinking game we'd all be loaded by now.

    October 3, 2012 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  25. jennie

    the key words anonymous are 'sounds like.' He know how to talk the talk but we've not seen any real action

    October 3, 2012 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
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