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. Shelly Fernandez

    My vote is for Obama/Biden, he is has been y aways will be for the middle class y for America as a whole, I as well support y uphold Obama Care y his health care plan, as to Romney is all for big business y for his own personal gain only...He does not care for the middle class people or the elderly y he is NOT fit to be president of our country as he ships all his money to other countries in off shore accounts so he has not to pay taxes on his money in the states of america..Obama will be president again for the next four years as GOD is going to put this person back in office again for the next four years as he knows he is the best man for the job...

    October 3, 2012 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  2. theINDEPENDENTone

    Oh Lord... now the OBAMA camp is blaming OBAMA's Lousy performance on the moderator, Jim Lehrer.

    OBAMA you can't defend your performance on others.... the buck stops with you...

    4 Lousy years of poor performance. Rising prices... lower wages.. lower economic growth.. year after year after year of your Presidency. Yes OBAMA.. do the math !!!

    October 3, 2012 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  3. Michelle

    obama killed it and my vote is all towards him obama all the way no doubt about it. rommney your just a bully and you think you know it all.

    October 3, 2012 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  4. Mother in Florida

    Really.... Is CNN even looking at their own posts??? We are not saying that Romney was more likable! We are not saying he is trust worthy? More of the posts have be against Romney! He was a bully and a hot head! You have republicans like Rubio who is not telling the truth about Medicare and they are saying that his and Paul Ryan's generation are doing so well that they won't need social security. Well I'm not much older than they are and the republicans disregard for the middle class has put my family in danger of being able to send our children to college. The republicans do not care about the middle class!! I live in a state that is being destroyed by the republicans in office. In the house, senate and governor. Please give it up CNN !! I never knew how republican you guys were!! I am a registered voter and watched the debate. Your coverage seems almost as bad as Fox!!!!

    October 3, 2012 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  5. raj joshi

    The president that has a second term actually moves the country forward after their second term...
    A new president in his first term, has to appease to the organizations that brought him there

    October 3, 2012 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  6. mdoweht

    The Republicans are in the curious position of having to convince the country that it is in terrible shape, but it is not their fault. In fact, even though all the economic indicators are improving, Mitt has to argue that he could somehow do better, even though he would adopt the same terrible policies that W. did, which got us into this mess to begin with.

    But the Republicans can suspend belief on Taxes, Terrorism, Global Warming, Evolution, and a lot of other issues. So they are practiced in fairy tales, and some of them will believe it, but not enough to get Mitt elected.

    October 3, 2012 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  7. Kelly

    What does Romeny stand for? I predict he will flip flop on education and taxes at least 2 more times before the election.

    October 3, 2012 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |

    Obama doesn't understand the economy and how it works and it shows.

    October 3, 2012 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  9. geniesmiles

    These debates are going to be like a boxing match. Let Romney pummel and pummel and yammer on and on with plans and policies he can never meet (especially on "day one")........and then in the end, Obama will knock him out with one good punch!

    October 3, 2012 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  10. Rick

    It would be interesting to see the difference in a poll of those who watched the debate on TV and those who listened on radio regarding who "won" or "did better" ? I believe the results might be different. I listened to the first half and watched the second and found it quite different in terms of my impression.

    October 3, 2012 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  11. Sandy Hewett

    Obama had 4 years to practice his policies and he failed! Romney does not promise what he knows he can't deliver,he knows that he has to work with both Democrats, and Republicans both and come up with viable solutions for each problem.Obama chose to have some of his political contributors to help him make up a 3 thousand page Obama care in the wee hours of the night. Like Pelosi said "WE had to pas to see what was in it."Is that the kind of Govt we want? Chavez said he would vote for him!

    October 3, 2012 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  12. Alexander

    Obama needed 5 more minutes than Romney to expound on his lies.

    October 3, 2012 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  13. Darcus Hall

    After watching the Presidential Debate i thought Obama won and that Romney was a rude, annoying bully. I look forward to future debates and watching, after the dust settles, when President Obama gets re-elected. I still have faith in the American peoples' intelligence in choosing the right person for the job but in case i will be sure to register and vote. I am a registered Republican that voted for Obama and will so again, the Republican party needs a worthier candidate.

    October 3, 2012 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  14. Wondering Wanda

    Romney said the money would follow the child-while discussing Education–How much does a private education cost over 10,000.00 per year–public education uses approximately 2,500.00 per child and is required to educate every child regardless of disability. So a poor child can not go to private school on 2,500.00–so what the President is purposing is the correct solution invest in public education.

    October 3, 2012 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  15. Fed Up With Republicans

    No one posting on this thread can tell me or any one else how Romney's plans will fix what is wrong with America.
    We have had trickle down for thirty plus years from every Republican that runs for or wins the Presidency it has not worked.

    October 3, 2012 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  16. DEE ALAN

    Romney did himself proud tonight, he didn't back down and remained eloquent.

    October 3, 2012 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  17. Jack

    How can some one defend the current administration and the poor Job they have done on the ecónomy. It is really difficult to come up with one they Obama and his group has accomplished.

    October 3, 2012 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  18. Scott

    Obama did not run up most of the national debt-Republications did, just Google it! It started with Reagen. Private health care not better-for example, they don't want to take care of people who are sick (pre-existing conditions); they want to make a profit on our health.

    October 3, 2012 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  19. sad day in media and politics

    Mike – Please tell me why you think it was a big mistake not to mention Romey's stupid comment about the "47%"? Seems to me that the President was taking the high road and trying not to spin the comment to his advantage but rather deal with the relevant issues. I applaud the President for taking what I believe to be the high road. Talk to the issues - not the spin doctor's perceptions! I think President Obama won the debate - much more calm and presidential! More importantly he cares about the little guy and is willing to stake the presidency on giving a voice to those who can't speak for themselves. Seems to me in any country, culture or religion that is a noble quality!

    October 3, 2012 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  20. Clarence

    Here we go once again, people getting into the Presidents' personal business. Yes, the Presidential Debate was scheduled on the day of The Obamas Wedding Anniversary. Sam A states that President Obama had a total lack of respect for his wife. Well, you know, maybe he and his wife discussed this. Obviously, it must not have been a problem. Mitt Romney tried to make positive statements from the negative statements forementioned .Do the math! I'm baffled. He wants to get rid of some programs. What's his plan in doing so? This really is what really gets me,..... , where Chris Suellentrop, a deputy editor at Yahoo, tweets a comment regarding the Presidents' grammar. He states that English teachers are grappling about it. Well, they aren't perfect! Let's focus on how the country will be run, not the petty focus on how a statement was made. Some of these people who attended these big time schools, think that they're better than others. President Obama may not have the debate skills, however, he's an eloquent speaker. Not everyone has debate skills

    October 3, 2012 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  21. Ron

    When I hear people talk about creating jobs, I have a hard time beliving that the same people forgets that their jobs were shipped out side the country by Romey and his rich Rep. friends. If other countries are having problems with their economy. what makes you think that romey can creat more jobs when people in other countries can't afford US goods. Vote for change if you wish, you will see that you will be worse off very soon.

    October 3, 2012 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  22. Acroat


    All his life both Obama's went to expensive private schools-give me a break!

    October 3, 2012 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  23. Debra Acenowr

    I was quite disappointed in tonight's debate. Romney was obnoxious, interupting the moderator and going way over his time. Obama could have said more but remained a class act, giving the Romney supporters the illusion he outshone the president. Not true. No substance to Romney's arguments or plans.

    October 3, 2012 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  24. Mickey_Torrance

    The question asked about did the debate change minds is a little unfair. A better question would be who would you vote for now after the debate? If minds weren't changed perhaps the vote would skew more democratic.

    October 3, 2012 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  25. Joe Hoodlet

    Tonight all of America had a wonderful opportunity to view what both candidates bring to the table without the media and RNC/DNC spin! Hopefully we are now heading toward the point where voters will be able to make intelligent and thoughtful choices about which candidate will once again lead this country back to the greatness we once enjoyed!

    October 3, 2012 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
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