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
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  1. Name

    Obama looked arrogant and tiptoed around questions, especially when it came to his pension. He changed the subjects when it came to questions Americans should know. In my opinion Romney won, and is the clear choice for a good president to get the country back the way It should be.

    October 16, 2012 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  2. Stillnochange

    Romney won again...

    October 16, 2012 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  3. dave

    Ha all you strong follows of Obama have no idea what is going to happen if he is reelected. As a business owner with the current economic polices I have downsized my staff by 20% . With the new policies going in with the new term of Obama I will have to downsize 25% more. Wise up America we are headed the wrong direction. I love my employees and I don't want to layoff anymore!

    October 16, 2012 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  4. eric

    Obama won this debate clean and clear with all the facts.......

    October 16, 2012 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  5. Gabriella

    Obama did great I think he won

    October 16, 2012 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  6. Marty, FL

    President Obama won on women's issues, immigration, education, middle class, tax policy, and holding Romney accountable for his lies and Mitt's elitist 47% derision.

    Great job, President Obama 2012!

    October 16, 2012 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  7. steve

    How about abstinence instead of free contraceptives?

    October 16, 2012 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  8. Monica Kudrna

    Women who would think Obama and
    Romney looked like a couple of high school jocks, would not have any interest in watching the presidential debate.
    That kind of thinking is what keeps us women discriminated against.

    October 16, 2012 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  9. Joseph NJ

    Reality Check Obama spoke with the facts and won this debate.
    To bad republicans.

    October 16, 2012 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  10. Mike

    People need to stop taking the 47% comment out of context. It was a poor way to make the statement he was making in context but it wasn't that inaccurate. Somewhere north of 40% are indeed going to vote for Obama no matter what. We all know that, it's going to be a close race. Romney's original point was that there was nothing his campaign would be able to do to change those minds so there was no reason expending political, or real, capital in trying. But Romney never said he doesn't care about 47% of Americansl; it's a ridiculous interpretation, no one gets to that level becasue they don't care about people. I acknowledge the comment certainly insulted some groups but It is also a fact that a significant number of poeple are paid off by their representatiives from both parties, although most significantly the Democratic party, to keep reelecting them so the payments can keep coming. It's just a fact, so there's no sense getting indignant about it.

    October 16, 2012 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    The saying for America is United we Stand.
    But it should say.
    DIVIDED we STAND and UNITED we FALL.

    October 16, 2012 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  12. DeLisa

    Confident, presidential, passionate – Romney won ........Obama too little too late....4 years to late...no redeeming value in his comments because he can not get past theory!

    October 16, 2012 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  13. Brett

    THE MODERATOR WAS APPALLING! She is obviously an Obama supporter. Couldn't they screen someone more neutral or get someone more educated on how to moderate? It's wrong on all levels. Governor Romney clearly won with honesty, integrity and truth. Why would anyone consider keeping the President in? We're sinking. Give us someone who has proven to help a failing economy.

    Get Obama outta here!

    October 16, 2012 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  14. Amy

    Well Hal, I haven't joined a party yet and never will. I vote for people who I believe will do the best job for the country, regardless of political affiliation. It's great to be an idealist! Someone has to balance out the cynics, right? :)

    October 16, 2012 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  15. Namecelia morton

    Romney did mention God...Obama...not once...

    October 16, 2012 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  16. Elizabeth Hilarion

    Hand down Obama won

    October 16, 2012 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  17. penny bunch

    Why can't we question Romney on the mormon church?Obama was racked over 4 yrs. ago.He say's he donated 3 million,isn't it a fact that 10% is donated to his church?No one wants to talk about this it seems.

    October 16, 2012 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  18. WISEUPAMERICA

    I am embarassed to be white everytime I see a political person that claims to be Republican. VERY few 'token' minorities to INCLUDE women. Wow. Arent the minorities tired of having their lives dominated by a minority who stays a majority?

    October 16, 2012 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  19. steve

    How about the middle class tax increase from Obamacare? The high court even said it.

    October 16, 2012 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    Romney is a clear leader after watching this debate.

    October 16, 2012 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  21. Terry

    Candy Crowley you made your family and your CNN family very proud. I was very pleased at your style and the overall traffic cop role and position that played tonight. Your live fact checking was right on point. Mr. Romney is rude and a very angry man that acts like "a bully." I hope that in the next debate he will settledown and be more professional and read the rules of debate give voters an opportunity to hear both sides of the debate and question.

    October 16, 2012 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  22. NameJay

    We should vote Obama cause we need a smart president in the oval office not a flip flopper

    October 16, 2012 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  23. Nelson

    I didn't appreciate that Obama could beat up on Romney, but It was frowned upon if Romney took a swing at Obama. (Hmm... think I saw that somewhere last week too.)

    October 16, 2012 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  24. Mike

    No clear winner for my two cents. Obama is all rehtoric and highly disingenuous to the public. Romney kept working in his talking points without directly answering the questions.

    October 16, 2012 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  25. Rory J. Williams

    President Obama won. Hands down!

    October 16, 2012 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
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