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
soundoff (901 Responses)
  1. SLCD21

    How stupid can people be right now. Obama obviously has not taken a tax class in his life. Even if you cut the tax rates and lower deductions you WILL make the same amount of revenue. Its a fact!!! I know because I am an accountant. Obama's Obamacare will raise taxes by $1 TRILLION. He has not cut taxes at all by January Obama is going to let the tax cuts expire, which by the way he did not even give, and the taxes will sky rocket and you will be bringing home less money every week but paying more for everyday necessities. Its not even about him being a democrat anymore he wants to be a communist society making it mandatory that we buy energy efficient light bulbs and making us pay for other people's cell phones and home. Every solar power company he talks about has gone bankrupt and yet we still give them more and more money to try and be energy efficient even though we have oil and other NATURAL resources in our own country. But hey lets go build more green buildings in Palestine. What the heck. COME ON PEOPLE.

    October 3, 2012 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  2. tval

    Mittens is putting on a good show...

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

    It took two terms of a previous president to create the mess we r in. Its going to take two terms of Obama to fix it

    October 3, 2012 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  4. GetReal

    The President did state four years ago that it was going to take more than one term to turn things around. This is what is wrong with America we want it now and do not want to wait. people was biting off more than they can chew and when thing are not correct in their time frame they want to point fingers. The President may be looking down but his answers and facts are on point.

    October 3, 2012 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  5. Mcoli

    Romney looks like JFK. Obama looks like Nixon.

    October 3, 2012 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  6. Sally

    Jopro521, he's not...he totally did not articulate what he meant...what he meant was ignored...we're all human...

    October 3, 2012 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  7. American made

    Understand this. Under Obama medicare is gone in 3 years

    October 3, 2012 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  8. Jack F

    Obama is weaker than Carter. You can see his weakness in his eyes. He knows it.

    October 3, 2012 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  9. Kay ja

    A lot of hard working Americans are working at good paying gobs taking care of there families with " just a high school education" nice comment Mr. President !

    October 3, 2012 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  10. Bucketlist

    Romney definitely understands economics over Obama

    October 3, 2012 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  11. Fred

    The President was not ready for this.

    October 3, 2012 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  12. Jig

    I am one of those middle class individuals they are talking about, and I know in my heart that Romney can not and will not ever experience what my family and I go through. I am not impressed with him and listening to this debate I still don't see how he can help or change anything

    October 3, 2012 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    Romney is speaking more because he is answering the questions vs Obama making no sense, floundering and changing the topic. I can't think of one Obama answer tonight that was on topic with Jim's questions. He'd get an F for the debate.

    October 3, 2012 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  14. Debate...More Like Romney Wins

    I Care...he has to interrupy. Jim is supposed to be unbiased but he is OBVIOUSLY pre-Obama...Leading statements, allowing non-topic rants by Obama...interruping Romney...It is ridiculous. Time for a new moderator.

    October 3, 2012 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  15. HeatherW

    What does Romney know about cost of healthcare??? Try being middle class in Mass. Hes a straight mess when it comes to healthcare. He has no CLUE what fits the middle class.

    October 3, 2012 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  16. Name Mrs T

    Republicans sent our jobs overseas why and how is everyone forgetting what both Of the Bushes have done Obama is cleaning up the last Repulicians mess!!!!!!!! Bush did this to us and before Obama got in office we were paying close to $5 per gallon under Bush. Bush allowed his rich friends to make and steal and borrow millions and the middle class and lower class suffered. Food stamps are need for those who can afford to climb to the top since Bush a republican allowed bank jobs overseas

    October 3, 2012 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  17. Gs

    Mitt has not changed since he was a controlling bully in school, except that he thinks he is an expert on everything! We will never watch another debate with this moderator who is handing mitt control.

    October 3, 2012 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  18. Mcoli

    Romney looks like JFK and Obama looks like Nixon.

    October 3, 2012 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  19. Bob

    This moderator has totally lost control of Romney he has let this debate become a joke. Get rid of him and also next time have a panel that corrects the outright lies..

    October 3, 2012 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  20. Bones

    Mr. President said he helped middle class by saving them $3600.00 I dont know what he's talking about. Romney hit it right gas has trippled,food cost up etc not to mention did anyone catch where the president said oil companies dont need the extra money this is 4 years and he just figured this out very slow. I know who I'm voting for! ps The military does need a raise.

    October 3, 2012 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  21. Christopher

    I really hope the people who are defending Pres. Obama are not just bandwagoning no one relizes how much the media makes this look like a football game. Stop being immature, your chosing your leader not a team. Wake Up

    October 3, 2012 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  22. Sam A

    It's all Bush's fault still, I guess. When Clinton took, office, it was all "Reagan's Fault" that the economy was strong. His policies lead to a decade + of growth.

    October 3, 2012 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  23. Jose

    The host is completely bias towards Obama. Does not let Romney finish. Obama has 45 seconds extra on every single answer while Barack stumbles trying to crear his foggy thoughts. Obama has not answer a single question straight to Romney or to us. The president is still the biggest demagogue I have ever seen. Can't everyone see that he only cares about himself? – He has done nothing for the people without creating more problems than it solved (side effects like medication). We need to go back into fundamentals, from someone that knows about economy, not a demagogue...

    October 3, 2012 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  24. Loretta

    It took Bush eight years to mess this country up. So don't think it going to be fix in four year. You should have been complaining eight years ago.

    October 3, 2012 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  25. Pipster

    Why is Obama talking as if he has not had 4 years in office. There are so many things he's going to do, why hasn't he done them, and if someone say the senate or house, how will trhat change in the next 4 years?

    October 3, 2012 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
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