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. Denise

    Willard Mitt Romney needs to get his facts straight he has no idea whats going on in the real world he has never had to struggle as the president and his wife has to get where they are at in there life..And Mitt is so rude he steps on people as they are talking and he is a mormon so and he does not seem to have respect for women ...he just butts in while others are talking..

    October 16, 2012 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  2. Nancy

    Romney inspires. Obama oppresses.

    October 16, 2012 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  3. Tmcforobama

    Throw up! He is complaining about mis characterization. Forgets he has no value for 47% of the population. Now the middle class and kids are important? Give me a break. He makes me sick!

    October 16, 2012 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  4. Tony

    Good last question lets hope they actually answer.

    October 16, 2012 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  5. Miranda

    I am thoroughly impressed by the president's performance tonight. He came back strong and I believe that despite Mitt Romney's rude and abrasive behavior for the second time our president has done an excellent job standing his ground. I am disgusted by the lies that Mitt Romney continues to tell with a sly grin on his face. He is not personable and I do not feel confident in his ability to lead PEOPLE. yet again he speaks in generals which gets us nowhere. He's a great politician and professional BS artist but a dispicable human being. #OBAMA #4moreyears

    October 16, 2012 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  6. bobc

    obama still won't tell you what really happened to the 4 dead americans and why he failed to protect them!
    he still won't tell you why h tried to cover it up with that fable about the video.......and what about fat and furious gun running?

    October 16, 2012 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  7. Tmcforobama

    Conviction is now a rude characteristic?

    October 16, 2012 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  8. Melanie langford

    Obama & free enterprise is an oxymoron!

    October 16, 2012 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    Mitt. Liar liar pants on fire. You clearly stated YOU DIDN'T CARE ABOUT 47% of Americans and they need to look out for themselves! You don't care! You were caught on video for all of us to see.

    October 16, 2012 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  10. NameTim Harrison

    I think with the 2 minute time limit for answers and rebuttals the candidates Mic should shut down when their 2 minutes is up. There is no way to fairly allot the time when you over run or speak over the other candidate. Especially when the questions are not know let see if they can give you an answer in the time allotment.

    October 16, 2012 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  11. Name Karen

    How has Romney had the time to be a missionary for the past 10 years? Sounds like a bunch of lies. He has changed his views to please everyone.

    October 16, 2012 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  12. Name

    Its amazing reading some of these comments. They still want Obama?. They like his double talk and the state of this economy,gas prices and growing debt. Like sheep going to slaughter. We know how the dems are loved by the media and the dems will flood the blogs in favor of obama. Don't believe him. Why? Because while they say they hate the wealthly and are the only ones that care about the poor, they love the hollywood crowd and they live pretty high on the hog. Obama has been told all of his life that he was something special. He now think he is better than any of us. He wants to increase manufacturing because he wants us all on an assembly line. What does it take for people to understand that the USA is going down the tubes.

    October 16, 2012 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  13. Brent

    Mitt won. Just like the first debate. Obama was rude, boorish and not presidential!

    October 16, 2012 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  14. Jackie

    How can you expect the President to get his policies pass with a full Republician House sitting on all of his bills/policies. Check the facts and do the research. Don't just write or comment with negatively. Take and make the time do the research. The answers are on the Internet.

    October 16, 2012 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  15. Marie MD

    Did the twit just say that govt doesn't create jobs? Why do the rethugs blame the President? Renember the tea baggers in 2010? They ran on jobs!
    47% finally!!!!! The bully bishop just stepped in it and the President took it to the country!!!

    October 16, 2012 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  16. Tmcforobama

    Oh wait.....anybody wanna bet Romney says....I didn't say that 47% comment

    October 16, 2012 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  17. Saira

    Finally....Thank you, Obama!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 16, 2012 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  18. Lgcos

    Really?!?? Obama ... I just don't have the vocabulary to adequately convey my disgust with you.

    October 16, 2012 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  19. Jackie

    The president won the debate

    October 16, 2012 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  20. Susan

    Move over Obama - you had your chance and you blew it!

    October 16, 2012 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  21. Nancy

    Romney won!!!!

    October 16, 2012 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  22. Mike

    The President just lied to everyone on National television and Candy Crowley immediately backed him up. Shame. I just reviewed the entire Rose Garden speach folllowing the Bengazi attack in which President Obama never called it a terrorist attack. He called it an "attack", an "act of violience" (following a reference to the video issue), and a "terrible act." but never did he make a statement calling it a terrorist attack. Shame on the President and Candy Crowley.
    this is one of so many falsehoods purveyed by this man, I am tired of listening to the President being so disingenuous or outright lying to the American public, like he can say anything he wants as if everyone is too stupid to know better.

    October 16, 2012 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  23. bobc

    obama loses in a landslide in november!

    October 16, 2012 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  24. Aicha

    Yess my vote goes 1000% to President Obama!!

    October 16, 2012 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  25. Mike

    Moderator was wrong–0bama never called it an act of terror in the rose garden speech

    October 16, 2012 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
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