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. D & J Jacks

    Romney came out ahead in our opinion in the Debate.

    October 3, 2012 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  2. anonymous too

    Romney had a bigger American Flag pin!

    October 3, 2012 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  3. Sherry

    Romney is stil beating around the bush.

    October 3, 2012 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  4. Middleamerica

    Where are Romney facts? I was impressed with Obama's stance and specifics. Please get a panel that is more focused on seeing both sides!Pros and cons for both candidates!

    October 3, 2012 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  5. troy

    Who cares who "won" a debate. Debates mean nothing to me. Obama could have sat silent for the whole time for all I care. I'm still voting for him. I like Obama's policies. I don't need a debate to understand that.

    October 3, 2012 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  6. albert

    Romney put a lot of the lies that the Democrats have been telling to rest tonight.

    October 3, 2012 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  7. Harry

    I saw a sharp business man doing a great presentation on how to get rich faster and a president with a passion for his people who suffer so much in the hands of the rich.

    October 3, 2012 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  8. Fran

    I'm kind of mad about the presidential debates. Jim Lehrer was weak as a moderator of this debate. Romney ran over him several times and wouldn't shut up, then he got the final words in almost every category. Then Jim kept interrupting Obama. I will be voting for President Obama.

    October 3, 2012 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  9. Laurel Johnson

    ONe more thing....Obama had 3 minutes and 50 seconds MORE than Romney....so enough about how Romney was butting in and talking over the PResident.

    October 3, 2012 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  10. Roberta

    We aren't voting for who wins a debate. The whole idea of the debate is to explain the policies and President Obama did a good job of pointing out the differences. President Obama seemed tired but after all he was on duty today as President of the United States and we have no idea of what he had to deal with.

    October 3, 2012 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  11. JES

    Romney was victorious. Obama was an embarrassment. He clearly memorizes his information. He is incapable of debating and being spontaneous and when he was challenged tonight could only repeat his lines. Romney stated the facts about the dire state of this economy and his plans. Obama could only stutter and stumble on his lies only this time Romney called him on it. Crucial debate and very telling.

    October 3, 2012 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  12. Nancy Schueffner

    Romney definitely won his first debate. Obama kept talking and mostly about what he thought Romney's position was rather than telling his own position and letting Romney explain his own position and points.

    October 3, 2012 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  13. Rachael Rossk

    Romney won this hanfs down in my book! Obama looked and acted arrogant, at a time when we the people don't have the time or patience for anyones arrogance. Romey may not have flooded us with all the specifics, but the oned he shared and how he challenge Obama on issues that Obama couldn't even clarify and dig himself out of. Obama hasn't thought things through as far as from where I am sitting, which by thr way is at home on mu couch. Romney has my vote any day over Obama at this point!

    October 3, 2012 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  14. sfederle

    What Romney showed is that it is easy to win a debate so long as you have no regard for the truth. He flopped on his flips!

    October 3, 2012 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  15. Clarity is a beautiful thing

    Romney clearly did a better job. The President seemed perturbed most of the time and didn't have factual data to back up many of his claims, mostly unfounded rhetoric for the uneducated devout in his base of support. You don't run elections this way unless you believe the majority of voters are ignorant.

    October 3, 2012 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  16. Meddleone

    It was nice of Obama to take the high road rather than jab at Mitt for all of his miss steps during this campaign. He showed a lot of class while Romney just took over. I doubt that Obama can continue to be so unaggressive in the debates to come if he wants to win this election. He'll have to stoop down to Romney's level.

    October 3, 2012 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  17. DEE ALAN

    Obama only uses campaign slogans and make promises he can't keep or has no intention of keeping. His idea is just to borrow money from the Chinese, drive our dollar into the tank by printing more money and ensuring the unions get what they want. Obama needs to lose and his bad ideas repealed along with him.

    October 3, 2012 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  18. Jan

    Mitt knows what he is talking about, he has build a business. I am a small business person. I know if this president is reelected my company will be closing. It's far better for me to stand in lined to draw unemployment with others than try to continue to go forward with my business..

    October 3, 2012 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  19. PJ Phillips

    Governor Romney was aggressive with excessive eye blinking which indicates a lot of deception.

    October 3, 2012 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  20. Joshua R.

    I found that Romney has an issue with self control. Romney over talked Obama and the moderator multiple times, Obama on the other hand carried himself in a very professional manner. Also Romney spent all his energy trying to get the last word on every point, but still has yet to mention any specifics on any of his plans.

    October 3, 2012 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  21. Clarity is a beautiful thing

    Romney rocked! Presdent Obama flopped.

    October 3, 2012 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    Romney killed it. He looked and spoke more Presidential then our current POTUS.

    October 3, 2012 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  23. AJ

    Ouch Mr. President. Look that opponent in the eye when he's talking to you

    October 3, 2012 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  24. Andre

    I think Mr. Romney did well.

    October 3, 2012 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    Romney won what? How to defend his lies. The American people are not stupid, and they know who is going to fight for them. Bottom Line!!!

    October 3, 2012 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
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