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.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Presidential Debates
soundoff (590 Responses)
  1. Hal Ninethousand

    Bring manufacturing back to the USA by reducing profits... Too much corporate greed and shareholder dividend means cheap labour in China is attractive... Pay US workers a fair living wage, the corporation still makes a bundle... DID YOU KNOW: Only 5% of the retail price of consumer electronic goods is a manufacturing labour cost... How much does an iPhone 5 cost without a contract? Think about it.

    October 16, 2012 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  2. Paul

    We won't be fooled again!

    October 16, 2012 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  3. bobc

    face it you liberals...it's over!

    October 16, 2012 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  4. Gurgyl

    Mitt is a JOKE TO USA AND WORLD. I was there in Europe when entire Europe laughed. He got crowned as "MITT THE TWIT". Just a plain idiot this Bain-capital guy.

    October 16, 2012 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  5. Tmcforobama

    Obama and free enterprise....an oxymoron, back that up with facts!

    October 16, 2012 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  6. Marge

    This moderator is definitely allowing the President to change the topics, without allowing Gov. Romney the same. Also, no tough follow up questions for the President...ex: Fast & Furious .

    October 16, 2012 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  7. bobc

    hope and change is now "smoke and mirrors"

    October 16, 2012 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  8. NameFlordia Blue

    The President won!

    October 16, 2012 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  9. Devine

    This is a very frustrating debate because it is very clear that Obama is being shown favoritism from the moderator= allowing him more time, agreeing with him at inappropriate times...and interupting Romney when he is attempting to rebut one of Obama's negative, inaccurate comments. Obama failed to answer to the question in regard to the terrorist attack in Lybia...not a surprise.

    October 16, 2012 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  10. Denny

    What a joke, this was setup for Obama. Four more years of Obama will destroy America. I own a small business and will be forced to lay off 26 percent of my work force if Obama is elected. I have told my employees if you want to keep your job, you better vote for Romney. Please dear Lord, God Bless America.

    October 16, 2012 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  11. bobc

    let's get americans back to work! support mitt romney!

    October 16, 2012 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  12. Marty, FL

    Romney did not have his facts straight again...check the transcripts.

    President Obama held Romney accountable and won the debate.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    October 16, 2012 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  13. Alonzo

    Fantastic! Obama came hard and hit the republicans hard. Without a doubt, Obama won this debate. I'll give Romney the first debate, which was a very small win, whereas this debate (aswell as Biden's) was a knockout round.
    #Team O-Biden
    #2terms

    October 16, 2012 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  14. Eileen

    I give the edge to Romney.
    Every question asked Obama was responded with "Romney would do..."

    October 16, 2012 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    Candy is not attempting to play by the rules. If the Presidents needs her help he is in big trouble.

    October 16, 2012 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  16. bruce wayne

    Obama has win this debate this time WOW this was a awesome for Obama

    October 16, 2012 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  17. Rosa Burgos

    For me, President Obama won the debate.

    October 16, 2012 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  18. cali girl

    My own 10 year old son caught Robmey lies, Robmey said he spent his life in the private sector, not government. Uh, as my son said, "wasn't he a Governor"?

    October 16, 2012 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  19. Anthony in California

    And Mitt got it handed to him.
    Style and substance. With commanding presence.
    While Mitt stuttered, got aggro, and didn't have a single specific....
    Obama flat out pulled a Joe Biden on Willard.

    Boom. Debate1 bounce evaporates.

    October 16, 2012 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  20. Aakanksha Saxena

    Wow – neither of them answered the last question with a relevant answer...

    October 16, 2012 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  21. Marty

    Not sure why they are saying Obama won this...at best I thought it was tie, if not slight edge to Romney.

    October 16, 2012 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  22. diane marks

    Divorce Obama?? Really... and what would we be getting.. a Bush knock off?????

    October 16, 2012 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  23. bobc

    i cannot wait unitil the day after the election.....alll the liberal news medai will be in mourning.....or obama will try a military siege of the government!

    October 16, 2012 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  24. Democrat#1

    Barack Obama will be president!

    October 16, 2012 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  25. Brent

    Obama did not say Terrorist attack. Both Obama and Candy were wrong. Admit it!

    October 16, 2012 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
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