Live blog: First presidential debate
October 3rd, 2012
02:35 PM ET
6 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.


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Presidential Debates
soundoff (901 Responses)
  1. Mike

    I like how Obama says he's been fighting for us everyday. Does that include the over 100 days when he's played golf?

    October 3, 2012 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    Obama does not fight every single day... He skips briefings critical to our security and has played more golf in one year than I could think of playing in a lifetime because I'm busy working to pay my bills and taxes.

    October 3, 2012 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  3. Kathy

    Obama promised to fight but he doesn't promise to deliver!

    October 3, 2012 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  4. Will

    carrie says:
    October 3, 2012 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm
    Ben, as a physician, i can tell the you that the private vs federal admin cost statement is true. Obamacare is finanacially MUCH better for all of our communities and I wiah that patients were better informed so that they knew this.

    October 3, 2012 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  5. Terry

    Intellectually BO was not in this debate, he was pre armed with rhetoric that he did his best to get out, Mitt thought on his feet, he had BO's number from start to finnish, O what a difference a prompter makes!

    October 3, 2012 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  6. Sam A

    Wow Suzy. Even pulling Bush 1 into it. That was prior to Clinton. Last I checked, 4 + 8 is 12! The problem is that it's always someone else's fault. Always something else causing the problems. Obama can't take responsibility for anything!

    October 3, 2012 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  7. Joe

    Unemployment at 8+ % is the new norm until tariffs reinstated.

    October 3, 2012 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  8. Dave

    The President looks like he has no idea what to do next, except to attack Mit Romney. Romney did a good job of out lining his plan and how to help us and out future generations. The President looks frustrated, this is how we have felt under him for nearly 4 years.

    October 3, 2012 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  9. Zee

    I am repeating this post so that more may see it:

    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 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  10. Mary

    Obama 0
    Romney 100

    What a stark difference in performance. How anyone can think Romney is not the best leader for this country is beyond my understanding

    October 3, 2012 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  11. just wondering

    Romney didnt say anything except Obama had good ideas sometimes but, he has better just doesn't tell anyone what they are
    Obama said if you want to go back to the old way of doing business vote for Romney
    so it comes down to each persons perception of our past history... as to how we vote...

    October 3, 2012 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  12. Ted

    Mitt destroyed him......just destroyed him

    October 3, 2012 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  13. Bibi

    Obama has been far too passive and hesitant in this debate and I'm genuinely surprised by Romney's alertness and fluidity. If I was an American undecided voter I would be leaning Romney after this.

    October 3, 2012 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  14. Fred

    Romney wins this one, can't wait to see Biden and Ryan.

    October 3, 2012 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  15. Kat

    Who controlled this wasn't the was Obama....and Romney spent the whole time defending himself which is quite odd considering that Obama has been the president for the past four years! I realised just how shallow Romney's plans are today...I think we need to give Obama the chance to follow through with his ideas....

    October 3, 2012 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  16. sandy

    The most poorly moderated debate ever. Mr. Romney seems to think he can bulldoze the facts under so much garbage that the rest of us will be so confused about what he's saying we won't be be able to read between the lines and ferret out what his real intentions are. Pitiful.

    October 3, 2012 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    Mitt seems like he is sneering condescendingly to the President! Shame on you!

    He was Not good for us in MASSACHUSETTS!!! Check the facts!

    October 3, 2012 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  18. Mike

    Or how about all those vacations in Hawaii an Martha's vineyard? Was he fighting for us little people on those days too?

    October 3, 2012 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  19. Robert

    Medicare is not government health care, it is government health insurance. This is not like school vouchers and charter schools, which compete with lesser quality public schooling. It is paying for the same doctors and treatment. The question is how can a for-profit private sector company offer it cheaper than the government? Once out, you the tax payer are at the mercy of whatever coverage your voucher can pay for. My state offers these supplemental vouchers for lower income workers whose employer does not offer health insurance. About 5-10 years after the program started, the monthly premiums the workers have to pay out of their own pocket increased by double digit %. This is the government paying a standard fixed portion of the premium, a voucher, and the worker paying the rest. And the policies of the for-profit insurance company cover decreases with new rules and higher premiums. This is what awaits those who will be under the voucher plans once enough transfer over. They will want to get as many people to come over as possible, but once they have enough on it, best of luck. Welcome to the private sector. Complain? Get the government to fund even larger vouchers going to for-profit Wall Street corporations. The point of this is to eventually get rid of Medicare, funnel money to Wall Street corporations. Looks like there may be jobs for new oligarchs. Please wiki Russian oligarch. And if you are well-connected enough, you too can become an American oligarch after the privatization of Medicare.

    October 3, 2012 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  20. sara levy

    Romney doing a great job. reminding Obama of his failed policies,
    despite the media's bias for the president,Romney did a fabulous job.
    President Obama should get used to losing.

    October 3, 2012 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  21. Name Mrs T

    Ramsey is not honest and truthful cant be trusted. Obama is for all people not all of America Mitt is for the big business and his bank account

    October 3, 2012 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  22. Frank E. Baca

    What about dismanteling Monsato and the GMO's issue? Occupy Wall Street & Help keep the Bill of Rights INTACT!

    October 3, 2012 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  23. CP to the Sky

    Did I just hear this wrong or right ... I think I just heard Obama say "President" Romney at the end of his final words to this debate!!????

    October 3, 2012 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  24. Lisa

    Wow Romney was this debate. Obama looked like he was push into a corner most of the time. Did anyone notice Obama never denied cutting Medicare. The President did look good. I have to say Romney looked good and made very good points

    October 3, 2012 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  25. QuietObserver

    Romney did good, really good. He was so fo!used and looked us in the eye. Obama never did. What a brat!

    October 3, 2012 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
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