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
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  1. Doug

    I think over all it was a great debate but we new a leader that knows where he stands and Romney seems to be confused if you want a multiple choice leader then vote Romney but put statistics into the evacuation for multiple choice 1 out of 4 now multiply that by our population he is an unusual event the wrong choice tell us what it is you plan to do

    October 3, 2012 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  2. MomaVoteObama

    Romney Fake go around the question instead of addressing it BLAH BLAH BLAH and yes Presendent Obama may appear tired he's running a country while romney running around questions

    October 3, 2012 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  3. Jean2

    Romny repeated his lies over and over. He is good salesman and just as pushy.

    What will he talk about in his stump speech?

    Where are the fact checkers??

    October 3, 2012 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  4. Bob

    Mitt rocked tonight

    October 3, 2012 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |

    Obama is condencing and arrogant. He doesn't give respect to anyone, because he thinks he's all that.

    October 3, 2012 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  6. Dockers

    I'm confused... I thought we Americans are good at understanding the differences between trends, lies and illusion, looking at your comments I'm not sure. We seem to believe in a presidential candidate that can offer little in the way of specifics but yet come out a proposed winner of a debate.

    October 3, 2012 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  7. denver Girl

    I think obama has a clear vison and is doing an amazing job in office my vote is for obama !

    October 3, 2012 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  8. raj joshi

    As a Canadian looking from the outside in, I can only offer a non-biased opinion to the debate.
    A debate is the best way to judge the principals and ideology of the candidate, because he is speaking to the common individual.
    This is the only time the american people will see the true person that will lead the country. Without all the billion dollar campaign and the super pack contribution that influences the individual which is lucky to win.
    They both have great points and I believe that Romney did present his case better. But , due to the funding policies for campaigns in the US. The new contender can say what ever gives him points and the president can only say what his experience dictates.
    Fluff is great for TV, but what you need to ask yourself is. Who is the person that will not get influenced or coerced by their campaign contributions?. Who will try new things and actually change the country with out big money, big business and general influence dictating the next four years?
    America needs new direction. Talking about manufacturing and military strength in this century shows how behind the US is. Third world countries that never had military power or resources are leading this century through education period. Through this education comes innovation an creativity .
    America needs to step into the future and pick a candidate that will fight for the country. Rather than bend to campaign contributions .....

    October 3, 2012 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  9. SDabby

    Romney sounded good. But he contradicted many statements he has made on the campaign trail. A heard a lot of flip flops. Who is the real Romney?

    October 3, 2012 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    The reason that Obama was unable to do much over his last four years is because the Senate and House of Reps are dominated by Republicans, they voted against his ideas most of the time, we will never know what his plans are but they would have done something

    October 3, 2012 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  11. Laura

    Has everyone forgotten the lies that Romney told on TAPE? Why wasn't women's rights, environment, voter suppression, education, Bain, overseas acounts, jobs to China and the up tics in the economy not spoken on? Romney lied again and again. America wake up! If you fall for this again, if you think you don't fall in the 47% you will soon and nothing you will be able to do will reverse it for years to come.

    October 3, 2012 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  12. SDOpinion

    Pres. Obama did look more tired, but look at the job he has had the last four years and he is still working as President while Romeny has much more time to prepare and practice his debate skills. Talk radio is all saying Romney won. I still support the President. He walked into a mess and he has handled things well. It is easy to point fingers when you are not doing the job.

    October 3, 2012 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  13. Just bad all around

    This debate was hard to watch. Obama phoned it in. Romney enthusiastic, but lying left and right. But the worst part was the moderator. Jim Lehrer was so weak that he let both Obama and Romney walk all over him. Candy Crowley and Bob Schieffer need to do a much better job in the next two debates, this one was just a mess.

    October 3, 2012 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  14. Romni Long

    Barack won Before it even started

    October 3, 2012 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  15. Lisa Garner

    This die-hard democrat has been SO disappointed in Obama's performance as president. He was like an exuberant cheerleader during his campaign, but he hasn't delivered. Any hope for a turn around and my vote goes to Governor Romney.

    October 3, 2012 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  16. Lisa

    In any event, I'm an independent from Virginia . . . the pundits can call this any way they like, but President Obama's responses made sense and were intentionally specific. I'll take that over Mitt Romney's "wait and see" approach. My mind's made up.

    October 3, 2012 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  17. DEE ALAN

    We can't afford Obama's rich lifestyle. He has shown us all how irresponsible he is with other people's money.

    October 3, 2012 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  18. Gary

    Looks like most of the posters here are very liberal and would rather vote for a sack of cement with a D on it than vote for a businessman that's successful. Romney destroyed Obama on every topic. Looks like a change is coming for the better. Chicago thug politics is out and prosperity is back!

    October 3, 2012 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  19. Mother in Florida

    I personally think Romney came off as a bully. the type of bully my children see at school. I will admit that I would have liked to see President Obama be a little more aggressive but he was sincere!!! Romney will say anything to get the job!! If this county gives the job to Romney we will be back in the same trouble with wall street and the banks. Two of my three children have pre-existing conditions who will not be covered if we do what Romney and Ryan want. My private insurance would not cover my 25 year old child if it were not for President Obama and his push for healthcare !! Don't be snowed by Romney he will set us back!!

    October 3, 2012 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  20. Christy

    I also would like to note that Obama's ideas did not all come to fruition because of the senate and congress. If more cooperation existed among the folks that get paid well to represent our country, more would have gotten accomplished this past year. Before you slam President Obama, remember he alone does not put out new legislation or fix problems. I say that no matter who gets elected next, we give our representatives one year to get their act together and remember why they are in Washington. They really act like preschoolers sometimes and don't get enough accomplished!

    October 3, 2012 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  21. Hawk in texas

    Romney did a lot of talking. even when it wasn't his turn. where are the specifics romney. lots of people can talk a good game. but how will you balance the budget with tax cuts on top of the bush tax cuts. can't do it. how about you wanting to drill in all our state and federal parks. clean coal? he called coal clean. never happen. what are your plans romney i never heard one word how he was going to make all these miracles happen. create 12 million new jobs. another lie. repeal the affordable health care act. never happen as long as there is one democrat in office. all i heard from romney was a bunch of hot air.

    October 3, 2012 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  22. mary ann

    Romney was a definite winner tonight!

    October 3, 2012 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  23. Katie Mercury

    As far as Romney being able to argue tonight, yes, he did a great job disagreeing with the President; he also did a great job telling us what he plans to do; however (and this is a big however), he remains to be unable to explain to the United States citizens how and why what he plans to do will work. Obama has this one hands down.

    October 3, 2012 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  24. pi_boson

    I do not want and I do not believe this country needs an egotistica President and former governor from Mass. Yes, I believe substantive President Obama versus a liar and former Mass governor.

    October 3, 2012 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  25. Militarywife

    It is apparent that this panel are team "Romney." President Obama came to get the message to the 47% that will be voting for him, which he did.

    October 3, 2012 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
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