Live blog: Second presidential debate
October 16th, 2012
06:52 PM ET
1 year 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.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Presidential Debates
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  1. LIP

    WOW! I was wrong...I thought that Candy would be wearing a shoe with a little of the heel gone on her left foot and instead, there is absolutely no heel on that foot. This whole debate is scripted and only Candy and the Prez got copies and furthermore, why is it that Obama gets two shots at each debate question and if Romney is lucky, he gets one.
    The real question here is why does Obama and Candy seem so in harmony and why does Obama get to interupt Romney repeatedly, time and again and when Romney is on the mark, Obama does his little interuption and Candy supports him.
    My only disappointment in Romney is that he agreed to do this debate with Candy Crowley as the Moderator (?). This reaks of CNN, the leftist leamning media outlet in existance. Now I would like to see FOX news get an equal opportunity to provide someone that is actually fair and balanced.

    October 16, 2012 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  2. don't no who

    Everyone knows Obama takes care of teriost and will kill them if needed Romney can't touch him on that

    October 16, 2012 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  3. Wake up People!

    Apology tour, leading from behind, sure looks like Willard remembers all the GOP talking points.

    October 16, 2012 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  4. Judy

    Why is there a timer for the subjects when the moderator seems to allow the president as much time as he likes!!
    Haven't heard anything new from either candidate tonight.

    October 16, 2012 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  5. Susan

    I'm tired of hearing Obama's excuses.

    October 16, 2012 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  6. Aicha

    .....and no respect for his president....

    October 16, 2012 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  7. Tmcforobama

    What I find puzzling is that Romney is so well versed on the underpinnings of the administration. Does he have the same clearance as the administration. Politicizing this again...sickening. Ok here it comes....threw Clinton under the bus statement. Eat your words Romney!

    October 16, 2012 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  8. Amy

    Hi Hal! Thanks for the response, it's the same thing here in the U.S. as well: the most powerful lobbies are controlling our government. History does repeat itself: every 15-20 years of a new century we see the same stuff going on and 2012 is no different. ;)

    October 16, 2012 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  9. Maxine Tierney

    Why does Romney have to fight so hard to be able to rebut Obama's comments, especially when Obama has called his opponent a liar three times in so many words. Even when it is his turn. Also, why does Obama speak the supposed thoughts of Romney When Romney is right there to speak for himself? Mr. Romney is going to say, he's thinks this or he thinks that. It is very apparent the commentator wants to give the President every opportunity to rebut. I am shocked.

    October 16, 2012 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  10. Don

    Finally! Making Obama accountable for Libya. He is on the ropes now

    October 16, 2012 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  11. Saira

    Awwh! Romney is stuttering...lol

    October 16, 2012 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  12. Tmcforobama

    Romney getting his pants beat and now the moderator cohorts with Obama? Oh, get real!

    October 16, 2012 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  13. What in the World

    Sit down Romney you haven't answered one question yet and you are sooooooo off TOPIC! Romney still has not said what deductions he will cut nor has he given any kind of outline/plan of what he plans to do if he were president. Stop studdering and SIT DOWN ROMNEY.

    October 16, 2012 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  14. Melanie langford

    I find it offensive that the buck stops with him when all he's done to dump it on Hilary. Of course, Blame it on the woman. Come on women speak up; we all know she'd have been the better president.

    October 16, 2012 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  15. meforamerica

    Romney no doubt knows he has been beaten

    October 16, 2012 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  16. Wake up People!

    What difference does it make whether it was over a video or a terrorist attack? It happened and people died. Willard should have shut his mouth, he had no right saying anything. He is not the POTUS!

    October 16, 2012 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    Dude, you had your chance. Don't be crying about Bush and the other Bush.

    October 16, 2012 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    I have watched all the debates. However, tonight I was thoroughly disappointed and somewhat frightened to see that the American system no longer works. Why was preference given time-and-time again to Obama and not to the other presidential contender? It was very rude on our President's part to to overtalk Mr. Romney. Our President took his time and then, DEMANDED that everyone else shut-up. Tonight, our President became a RUDE BULLY!!! And Candy? so did you!! This was a horrible night for the world to look on and see. The media is now conspiring OPENLY to bring down the democratic process. These are frightening days! And...if these were unbiased townhall persons, why did two people state openly that they voted for President Obama?

    October 16, 2012 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  19. Jackie

    People out there you will be an absolute fool if you believe Romney and vote for him for President. The women who are writing comments against President Obama, you better check yourself. Romney has women going down hill no constructive future benefits, not for immigration, no decision on security resources, not totally for vet benefits, not making the wealthy pay more taxes than the middle class, etc. He does not care about the 47% of middle class and lower income families. What is wrong with you "Women" we need to stick together stop writing all these negative comments and come together as one and look at the big picture – look at the fact checking on Obama – we are safer under his plans!

    October 16, 2012 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    Obama, what have you done to the AK47's

    October 16, 2012 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  21. Don

    Wow! Obama admitting he is going to Intitute gun control.

    October 16, 2012 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  22. Name

    Candy is not a strong, efficient moderator although I appreciate her conmentary contributions. Rommey is not only a lying flip flopper but highly disrespectful and offensive. Martha Raddatz was excellent during the vp debate last week.

    October 16, 2012 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  23. Wendy Ahiayibor

    Am an African and following this years USA election,Obama needs more than one term to fix issues he came to meet and implement the policies he promised in 2008 and is promising now ,Good government is not easy to come by and thats exactly what you have now America...Keep Obama and you would be doing America,Africa and the World some good ...God Bless America

    October 16, 2012 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  24. Namejennifer

    Someone needs to tell Ibama that the Arizona law requires citizenship checks when stopped during legal actions. Not just because his daughters don't look like they belong.

    October 16, 2012 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  25. Maxine Tierney

    Mr Romney's 5-Pt plan has been on his website for a long time. Why are people saying he's not giving details? He gave an excellent description of the plan in the very beginning of the debate. I am very excited about this change in direction with him. I believe he can do it.

    October 16, 2012 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
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