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.

LIVE BLOG


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

    Go Mr. President. We wish you all the best from New Zealand. Don't let Mr. Romney have his chance to take other Americans to divert all the investment in overseas banks. Please keep the investments in the US so that we can come as tourists and enjoy your great country.

    October 3, 2012 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  2. GI Joe

    If Ann is worried about Mitt's mental well-being, should he be trusted with national security and our troops?

    October 3, 2012 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  3. Tim/Canada

    Canada is watching as well...go Obama.

    October 3, 2012 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  4. chef willie Bumbinos italian restaurant

    question for both PRESIDENT Obama and Mit Romney

    How do you plan on making the American People feel our nation will get into a better economy in the next for years, and what are your plains to help sm mom and pop bussiness like bumbinos be able to remain in bussiness? we are having very bad times and getting harder to keep the door open please help!!!!!

    October 3, 2012 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  5. HeatherW

    Looking forward to the battle & see how each one handles themselves.

    October 3, 2012 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  6. Gurgyl

    Obama12. Period.

    October 3, 2012 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  7. Jim A

    I'm a 31 year Vet and I am tired of hearing nothing but yahda yahda yahda from both sides. I want to know "Where's the beef!" What is the plan. Specifics, not ideology, just the facts. Repub. How will giving breaks to big business that have trillions to invest already, going to stimulate them to start producing in the US and hopefully hireing workers. Why would they start producing without first having a demand. Dems. How are you going to balance "stimulating thru supporting research, education, and public utility" with getting a handle on trimming down spending on "benifits" in order to get our spending under control.

    October 3, 2012 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  8. Cor/Canada

    Canada is watching. GO ROMNEY!

    October 3, 2012 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  9. mogran

    Mitt will knock the ball out of the field...he's smarter than Obama and Obama has a 4 year record of failure!

    October 3, 2012 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  10. GI Joe

    I can truthfully say that my high-paid tech job was out-sourced in 1995 as a direct result of Bain Capital. Will that continue to happen?

    October 3, 2012 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  11. Nacho/Texas

    Obama will win!!

    October 3, 2012 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  12. DENNA

    Stay strong, Mr. President. Let Mittens have his zingers and cute phrases. Just feed him facts, lots and lots of hard facts and watch his had explode.

    October 3, 2012 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  13. HeatherW

    I dont think anyone could have fixed in 4 years all that is wrong with this country. Obama needs 4 more years to finish what hes been working on

    October 3, 2012 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  14. Patrick

    Mr. President I know that the economy is not where you or any other American would like to see it. I also understand that your presidency started in the toilet (and then some). You have done a "masterful" job considering there was NO REPUBLICAN support (absolutely none). I hope to see you in the White for another 4 to finish cleaning up the Bush-era mess!!!! OBAMA '12

    October 3, 2012 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  15. tensaiconsulting

    Here is a question they should ask both candidates – "Considering you both hate Freedom and Liberty and everything in the Bill of Rights, which is the first right you wish to strip away from Americans in order to preserve our 'safety'"

    October 3, 2012 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  16. GI Joe

    How can romney say he would get tuff on China when he recently sold his shares of a Chinese oil company that breaks sanctions against Iran?

    October 3, 2012 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  17. Patrick

    Mr. President I know that the economy is not where you or any other American would like to see it. I also understand that your presidency started in the toilet (and then some). You have done a "masterful" job considering there was NO REPUBLICAN support (absolutely none). I hope to see you in the White House for another 4 to finish cleaning up the Bush-era mess!!!! OBAMA '12

    October 3, 2012 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  18. bailey

    Go obama

    October 3, 2012 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  19. GI Joe

    tensai consulting – why did you say they both hate freedom and liberty. Spreading your hate and propaganda against both men is NOT the thing to do in this area. Go to FoX. This site is for Amercans.

    October 3, 2012 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  20. Ginny

    Seems that the surrogates have begun the debate an hour early!

    October 3, 2012 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  21. vivian

    1, Why is CNN so in favour of mitt romney or are they just marketting mitt? they only invite mitt supporters to come on air and chat how awesome mitt and his family are then once in every 20 mitt supporters we see 1 obama supporter. It doesn't take somuch to see that mitt cares nothing for the elderly, poor and believes people have no right to love who ever they want.

    2, why do americans think the faker mitt romney is the sviour of the economy? even a blind man can see the dude has no grip and if he gets voted in then his advisers would run the states as he has no clue what goes with being president. Americans need to salute obama, the guy has raised the economy (obviously not as fast as it took to destroy it)

    Anyway i hope mitt wins then we'll see how miraculously he sorts out the crisis...speaking of which, i hope mitt doesn't jump to quick into fighting the middle east.

    October 3, 2012 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  22. LovehasNogender

    Obama/Biden 2012 Forward.

    October 3, 2012 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  23. GI Joe

    Watch them both walk – a man's walk says a lot about him.

    October 3, 2012 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  24. HeatherW

    I agree with GI Joe. There eyes say a lot about them too. Alot of blinking = they are lieing. Lets see how many times Mitt blinks while talking about sending jobs over seas.

    October 3, 2012 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  25. Richard hulla

    It's all you Obama !!

    October 3, 2012 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37