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
soundoff (590 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    Why are people so blind about Obama? Four years of blindness

    October 16, 2012 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  2. Lgcos

    Get automatic weapons out of the hands of criminals? ... Umm .. What was that ATF operation that sold guns to criminals... Fast and furious?? ..Oops now wasn't that under Obama?!?!?!

    October 16, 2012 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  3. Tmcforobama

    Maybe Romney can change the culture of violence in the United States in 4 years?

    October 16, 2012 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  4. Lana

    So Obama was advised ahead of time what the questions would be. He is incredibly well versed in what will be asked. But what else would one expect of the main stream media

    October 16, 2012 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    See if Romney pay attention, he would hear accordingly!!!

    October 16, 2012 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  6. mark

    Mitt is just sling mud not any plans

    October 16, 2012 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    Obama is a heckler

    October 16, 2012 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  8. Aicha

    Flip Flopper answer the question...

    October 16, 2012 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  9. meforamerica

    Hats off to the moderator!!! Wow!!

    October 16, 2012 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  10. mark

    Mitt can't answer a question

    October 16, 2012 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    All these problematic issues are because of Obama's administration.

    October 16, 2012 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  12. Brent

    Wow. Two parent families!! Why didn't you think of that Obama? Just promote more planned parenthood Obama!

    October 16, 2012 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  13. Mike

    Didn't Romney say his change for taxes was to eliminate the capital gains tax ? Does that mean he won't pay a dime in taxes since all of his income was Capital Gains.

    October 16, 2012 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  14. Don

    Obama has been defensive all night and he should be. You will be held accountable for your record over the past four years on Election Day when we pack your bags for you. Get out of the White House

    October 16, 2012 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  15. Tmcforobama

    Managed that gun control flip masterfully. Need to fact check that one?

    October 16, 2012 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  16. Hal Ninethousand

    Amy, it's the same old, same old... Divide and rule weakens democracy. The only way forward for the human race is government through consensus. We all just need to pull together in the same direction.

    October 16, 2012 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  17. mark

    Mitt vetoes almost 1000 pieces of legislation while governer and about 750 were passed over his veto.

    October 16, 2012 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  18. Name

    Mitt Romney is not making sense & not giving any specific. All I hear is blame , blame Mr President

    October 16, 2012 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  19. Gina

    Why does Crowley keep bailing Obama out every time he gets in a tight spot? As mediator one would think she would at least want to appear to bu unbiased.

    October 16, 2012 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    The moderator is not a good one.

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

    I am shutting this fiasco off. It is worse than I thought it would be...now Candy is agreeing with Obama about what he claims he said as to what was said in the Rose Garden...since when does the moderator give her/his opinion. It is totally uncalled for a moderator to say anything other than moderate.
    The real point here is not what he did or didn't say, it is why did the Ambassador beg for help and was denied any...why did he ask for a plane to get him out of there if needed and he was told to charter a plane...why did he repeatedly write in his diary that he was doomed because no one was listening.
    There she goes again...it is Candy and Obama against Romney talkin g about assault weapons...I hope the people can see this attempt to trash Romney by CNN!

    October 16, 2012 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    See he does pay attention! He doesn't even recognize it was the Republican Party that put us in this mess!

    October 16, 2012 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  23. ari

    obama just made no sense. he met the mother by the bed side of her son ONE MONTH AGO and TWO MONTHS LATER the kid showed up!
    did obama see the future???

    it looked like he made the story up on the spot!

    October 16, 2012 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  24. Melanie langford

    Tmcforobama, I find it frightening others know more than our President. Maybe you should advise him to attend the daily security briefing to avoid other senseless attacks & loses. Bill Clinton did.

    October 16, 2012 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  25. NO NAME

    my vote go to obama. and rommney is being a bully to the president.

    October 16, 2012 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
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