CNN Poll: Split decision on debate
October 16th, 2012
11:46 PM ET
2 years ago

CNN Poll: Split decision on debate

Hempstead, New York (CNN) – Give a slight edge to President Barack Obama.

Forty-six percent of voters who watched Tuesday night's presidential debate said that the president won the showdown, according to a CNN/ORC International nationwide poll conducted right after Tuesday night's faceoff here at Hofstra University on New York's Long Island. Thirty-nine percent questioned said Republican nominee Mitt Romney did the better job.
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October 16th, 2012
10:55 PM ET
2 years ago

Internet goes wild over 'Binders full of women'

(CNN) - In the thousands of words spoken in Tuesday's presidential debate, it was four awkwardly phrased ones that set the Internet afire: Binders full of women.

In response to a question on gender pay inequality Romney said that as he was assembling his cabinet after being elected governor in Massachusetts, he questioned his staff for sending him only male applicants and was told those were all who were qualified.

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Filed under: 2012 • Debate • Mitt Romney
October 16th, 2012
10:40 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama comes on strong, Romney stands ground in second debate

Hempstead, New York (CNN) - President Barack Obama fought back and Republican challenger Mitt Romney mostly stood his ground.

The second of three presidential debates on Tuesday night brought the desired energy from the president sought by worried Democrats after a lackluster performance in the first encounter nearly two weeks ago.

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Filed under: 2012 • Debate • Mitt Romney • New York • President Obama
Transcript: Second presidential debate
October 16th, 2012
09:15 PM ET
2 years ago

Transcript: Second presidential debate

(CNN) - President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney met in Hempstead, New York Tuesday evening for the second of three presidential debates, moderated by CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley.
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Paul Ryan's pre-game debate analysis
October 16th, 2012
08:33 PM ET
2 years ago

Paul Ryan's pre-game debate analysis

Fredericksburg, Virginia (CNN) – Paul Ryan pumped up a crowd in Fredericksburg hours before running mate Mitt Romney was set to take the stage for the second presidential debate with President Barack Obama.

"When we go home this evening, we will go and turn on our TV and we will watch we will see the choice. Put aside the hundreds of millions of dollars of distortion on TV, the clutter. You see the president can't run on his record," Ryan said Tuesday evening.

Watch CNN's coverage of Tuesday's presidential debate starting at 7 p.m. ET on CNN TV, CNN.com and via CNN's apps for iPhone, iPad and Android. Web users can become video editors with a new clip-and-share feature that allows them to share favorite debate moments on Facebook and Twitter. Click here for 13 reasons to watch the debate only on CNN.
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Filed under: 2012 • Paul Ryan • Presidential Debates • Virginia
The Maryland Contingent
October 16th, 2012
08:29 PM ET
2 years ago

The Maryland Contingent

(CNN) - Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley and Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland in the press file/spin room at the debate site, speaking to Democrats back home in Maryland.


Filed under: 2012 • Chris Van Hollen • Martin O'Malley • Maryland
October 16th, 2012
08:06 PM ET
2 years ago

Ann Romney on most difficult part of campaign life

Washington (CNN) - While Mitt and Ann Romney are briefly reunited for the presidential debate, soon she will be again hitting the campaign trail solo stumping for her husband.

She has been primarily campaigning separately from him hoping she can help build up his support among female voters – a key constituency this election.
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What do Abraham Lincoln, 'zingers' and pigeon soup have in common?
October 16th, 2012
07:34 PM ET
2 years ago

What do Abraham Lincoln, 'zingers' and pigeon soup have in common?

(CNN) – Presidential debates haven't been around forever. A woman hasn't moderated a presidential debate in 20 years. A German immigrant is to thank for election season's October verbal battles. And Abraham Lincoln might have pioneered debate zingers. Don't believe us? Read on.

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Live blog: Second presidential debate
October 16th, 2012
06:52 PM ET
2 years ago

Live blog: Second presidential debate

(CNN) - President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney battle it out for the second time when they take the debate stage Tuesday at Hofstra University in New York.

Moderated by CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley, the event marks the second of three debates between the two candidates before Election Day.

Follow our Live Blog for minute-by-minute updates throughout the evening, as well as an interactive conversation featuring trivia, fact-checks, polls, and social media.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Presidential Debates
CNN's GUT CHECK for October 16, 2012
October 16th, 2012
04:42 PM ET
2 years ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for October 16, 2012

CNN's GUT CHECK | for October 16, 2012 | 5 p.m.
- n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

DEBATE NIGHT IN AMERICA – AS RACE TIGHTENS NATIONALLY IN THE NEW CNN POLL OF POLLS: 48% ROMNEY, 47%.

BY THE FLIP OF A COIN: ROMNEY WILL GO FIRST: Mitt Romney will get the first question at Tuesday's second presidential debate. Pregame begins at 7 p.m. ET on CNN; the debate begins at 9 p.m. CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley will moderate the town-hall-style debate.

UNCOMMITTED: Tuesday night’s debate audience is comprised of "uncommitted" voters, not "undecided" voters. There is a difference and here is how the Commission on Presidential Debates describes them: "The Gallup Organization was directed by the Commission on Presidential Debates to recruit a sample of uncommitted voters who agreed to be a part of the Town Hall panel for the October 16th presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. The participants were recruited as part of a random sample of all residents living in Nassau County, New York. Each resident contacted as part of this random sample was asked a series of questions about voting status and candidate vote choice, and those who met the screen for uncommitted voters were invited to be a participant in the debate. Uncommitted voters are those who either have no preference for a presidential candidate at this point, or who have a preference but are not committed to a candidate and say there is a chance they could vote for the other candidate."

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