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. CP to the sky

    WOW, at about 9:13pm EST. When Gov.Romney was asked to directly speak to the President about energy, middle class, and taxes, Did anyone realize that Romney had great eye contact and never blinked.... But Obama looked down most of the time!!! To me that is not what a president should do dearing a debate.... Just like you are not to point your finger at the other person nor the (TV) American + people!!!

    October 3, 2012 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  2. CL

    My question is why you did not apply your plan you are proposing, Mr. President. It has been 4 years and why should I believe you now?

    October 3, 2012 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    Presiident Obama keeps skirting the issue. Come on Mr President stop the lies. We aren't stupid. Don't keep on trying to tell us Romney is saying something he has just said he isn't for.

    October 3, 2012 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  4. Jerry Carrier

    Romney flipped again on the tax cut! Doesn't he stand for anything?

    October 3, 2012 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  5. Stephania Williams

    I repeat myself: does the moderator have a grip on this debate. Does mitt think that he is above the rules of the game?

    October 3, 2012 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  6. Alison Parsons

    I can't afford to watch this. I don't have a job.

    October 3, 2012 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  7. George

    Question – maybe I am not understanding "small business".

    If the top 3% of small businesses employ nearly 50% of the workers, how are they still called "small business"? They are more midsize business.

    To me a small business is where the owner of the store knows all of the employee's personally, and probably their families. IE – the corner market that employs 7 people.

    October 3, 2012 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  8. Tony

    Does anybody want to talk about their plan of action instead of the way they look or walk.

    October 3, 2012 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  9. Joan

    Obama looks ready to explode. He isn't doing well on this

    October 3, 2012 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  10. Tony

    Obama had his chance

    October 3, 2012 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  11. ocean girl

    getting rid of PBS...not in favor of this...

    October 3, 2012 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  12. Johnny

    Why the hell is Romney bullying Jim Lehrer? Cutting him off three times?

    October 3, 2012 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  13. CL

    I don't care if he's a republican, democrat or independent. I want someone who can lead America back to the top. The president had his chance for the past four years. Why didn't you do anything, Mr. President? Why?

    October 3, 2012 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  14. mogran

    Obama getting his backside handed to him...he's currently rambling and sounds incoherent.

    October 3, 2012 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  15. Joan

    Oh please. Are we back on blaming the past? again. Get basck to what you can do to get this economy moving again. Mr President you said you would get it going. Why should. It take eight years?

    October 3, 2012 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  16. James L

    This doesn't sound at all like the things mitt has been saying leading up to tonight he will say anything to try to please his audience at the moment. He is fake and will only work for the rich.

    October 3, 2012 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  17. Chris H

    Obama gettin' owned. Obama looks confused and tired. Romney is smooth and collected and cuttin' Obama's with excellent points.

    Obama isn't making any sense. Obama needs that teleprompter. LOL

    October 3, 2012 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  18. mogran

    You go Mitt.

    October 3, 2012 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  19. Lucky to have a Job

    I really thought Obama would eat Mitt's lunch and kick him to the curb. Obama is floundering! Seems to have become too dependent on prepared speeches. I voted for him last time. Won't make that mistake again!

    October 3, 2012 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  20. bill carty

    our president is a communist. the government doesn't create jobs, people create jobs, small business are people like me and you starting a business hiring people, being succesfull and yeah, thats how our country works! not people relying on the government to cut them a check. that's as close to communism as i care to admit. everybody is the same, we all are employed by our government, soon we'll all be living in gov't supplied cubicles! taxation has to be fair and it never will be as long as we have no control of our money.

    October 3, 2012 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  21. Augustine

    I apologize for the ignorance, but can someone explain the graph on the bottom of the screen with the +/- axis and the men and women undecided voters of Colorado?

    October 3, 2012 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  22. Noodle Nose Johnson

    Romney's making crap up again. Now he doesn't want to cut taxes? he's been talking about cutting taxes FOREVER.

    October 3, 2012 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  23. mogran

    Obama just don't understand economics...Mitt's a genius when it comes to finances...Obama's out-classed!

    October 3, 2012 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  24. Joan

    So if you don't want companies to send jobs overseas what have you done in the last four years Mr President?

    October 3, 2012 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  25. ocean girl

    If there's a tax deduction for shipping jobs overseas, why hasn't Obama closed this loop hole?

    October 3, 2012 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
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