Live blog: First presidential debate
October 3rd, 2012
02:35 PM ET
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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
soundoff (901 Responses)
  1. Jak F

    Barry can't even look Romney in the eye and seems lost, confused and on the ropes.

    October 3, 2012 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  2. ocean girl

    Mittt very disrespectful to Jim...

    October 3, 2012 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    Mitt's better ...Hands Down !

    October 3, 2012 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  4. Ben

    Did president Obama really say that govt insurance has lower admin cost than private companies..... Really??

    October 3, 2012 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  5. CP to the sky

    Economy that is the question???? lets see what the pres. says!!!

    October 3, 2012 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  6. Kurt

    Close your eyes... doesn't Romney sounds a lot like another recent president? …Other than the fact that he can speak in full sentences that is. It scares the hell out of me that a guy like that could get back in to office. I'm from Canada and all of the Americans I know are honest, intelligent, and hardworking people. It makes me physically ill to think their next leader could be the "hoser" on the left.

    October 3, 2012 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  7. Rob

    Who rehursed the President? The need to be fired immediately.

    October 3, 2012 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  8. Alicia

    i just wanna know what the Mitts proposal is for social security for young ppl was, Mitt never made tht clear!!!! Jumping off topic no clear answers just alot of statistics...

    October 3, 2012 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  9. melinda

    Jim L better be careful with his off the cuff interjections. He made be made out to be biased

    October 3, 2012 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  10. SD

    You really think that someone could fix this mess in our country in 4 years??

    October 3, 2012 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  11. mge

    I have changed to Mitt ...he is smarter

    October 3, 2012 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  12. Sally

    Obama is SQUIRMING...looking down, scrambling through his ?notes?

    October 3, 2012 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  13. American made

    If you cant tell the difference between fact...Romney....and pie in the sky nonsense...obama...please go back to school.

    October 3, 2012 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  14. Kirk

    As Governor Romney said he would create jobs, almost in the same breath he told Jim Lehrer that he would no longer have a job with PBS.

    October 3, 2012 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  15. Chris

    As a senior, I don't need a private plan or voucher. The medicare plan is much lower than having a private plan, and is preferred by most seniors who have worked hard over the years to earn every penny put into medicare. The republicans have been reckless over spending prior to President Obama entering office. I don't want to take that chance again. Forward.

    October 3, 2012 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  16. Texas senior

    Obama seem so nervous not confident

    October 3, 2012 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  17. Cindy

    Romney is doing great.....I love watching obama studder with a lost look like he has no idea what's going on!

    October 3, 2012 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  18. kathie sand

    Living Will ..what does that mean?
    He is in deep know and has no shovel.

    October 3, 2012 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  19. Joan

    Come on President ObMa that isn't answering the questions you are avoiding

    October 3, 2012 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  20. I Care

    Romney is all over the place. What is he "not" promising to do.
    Besides the fact he has no respect for the debate process. He has interrupted Obama and Mr. Lehner repeatedly. So tell me, how is he going to be president if he doesn't know how to listen and respect others? He is shameless.
    The President is calm and respectful as a person who commands respect should.
    Thank you for being you Barack

    October 3, 2012 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  21. Sally

    Vic, he's getting BURIED!!!!!!!!

    October 3, 2012 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  22. Debate...More Like Romney Wins

    I've already seen the excuses coming out. Obaa was tired...meetings into the early hours of the morning...Etc. Etc. The fact of the matter is Romney knows business and he is literally schooling Obama right now.

    October 3, 2012 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  23. Sally

    Romeny already won this one....BIG TIME!!!

    ROMNEY / RYAN the oh, so clear choice!!!!

    October 3, 2012 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  24. Fred

    Romney has a much better grasp of the specifics on every topic.

    October 3, 2012 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  25. Terry

    Obama looks like a student in this debate. Cannot make a point without exaggerating. He has obviously been told to do the 'woe me routine'..

    October 3, 2012 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
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