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

    Take your blindfolds off for you that don't believe the 47% comment. If you don't mitt got you fooled.

    October 16, 2012 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  2. dian in Louisiana

    President Obama won this debate hands down. He was honest and open. Romney did not answer half the questions. If you listen to all the lies from Romney saying all the things he can do he would have to be GOD, he is a liar, liar, lair.Romney wants to be president so bad he would do and say anything.

    October 16, 2012 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  3. jaime

    Dont understand why Dems are allowed more talk time in each debate. Fact check that. Up beyond 5 mins more total after 3 debates.

    October 16, 2012 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  4. don't no who

    Obama won debate

    October 16, 2012 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  5. steve

    Moderator definitely on Obama's side. Unacceptable.

    October 16, 2012 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  6. dolly king

    President Obama Clearly Won This Debate hands down,More Trust Worthy,Romney had nothing to come back on the 47%,he's just not Trust Worthy to me.Romney has been Flip Flopping Sence Day 1 as his Record shows.The Last thing we need is Someone in Office,that goes behind Closed doors to say how he Really Feels,but Changes just to try to get a VOTE!,

    October 16, 2012 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  7. breezy

    Obama won!

    October 16, 2012 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  8. Tino

    Obama won the debate tonight! It's a no brainer!

    October 16, 2012 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  9. joe

    I would still like to know why the request for extra security was denied THREE times???????

    October 16, 2012 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  10. steve

    If the Republicans would just get out of the way....

    October 16, 2012 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  11. breezy

    Obama won!!

    October 16, 2012 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  12. toby adams

    Why didn't anyone talk about the job czar hired by the current administration? That sends all our jobs to China?

    October 16, 2012 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  13. Leann

    Great Job Mr. President. Thank you for pointing out the 47 percent comment. Romney obviously doesn't care about all of us only the rich. Mitt looked like a big interrupting bully. This man wears magic underwear and believes he'll be god of his own planet after death, baptizes the dead, believes that Jesus and Satan are brothers. I cannot believe anyone in their right mind would vote for Mr. Romney

    October 16, 2012 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  14. fordlc

    Romney wants US to cry terrorism in Libya too quickly and he is too free with nasty remarks about China. I for onr do not want him to be the one with his fingr on the trigger.

    October 16, 2012 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  15. Cindy C

    I think Romney appeared uncomfortable with the town hall format and was, at times, very disrespectful to the President. So happy to see President Obama show the American people what he is made of. Romney is trying too hard. The President got all his poits across very well. Loved the part where he said he was responsible for his cabinet and took the responsibility from Secretary Clinton. The man has great intergrity.

    October 16, 2012 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  16. Jason Bono

    Romney got spanked by Obama! Obama all the way!

    October 16, 2012 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  17. Barbara Saunders

    As a Canadian impacted by the USA election, my concern is that Governor Romney tends to shoot from the hip and think later. If he does that in the world arena, he could very well involve the States and possibly the world in another war. He also doesn't seem to support woman as much as President Obama. You have to wonder if something is going on in Pres. Obama's personal life as his behaviour seems to have changed in the last few months ie (running out at the UN)?

    October 16, 2012 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  18. Engaged Brain!

    What part of four years of lies do you not get?

    Obama has not done one thing he said he would do!

    October 16, 2012 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  19. Truthseeker

    OBAMA 2012! I am so proud of our President! He was truthful, articulate, and addressed the discrepancies and mistruths espoused by a blustering, rude and disrespectful Governor Romney. President Obama has my entire family's vote (again) including my 89 year old mother, a retired educator who taught 1st grade for 40 years.

    October 16, 2012 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  20. Obama supporter

    I felt ike obama did his thang tonight... Im one if the 47% romney dosent care about haha he aint gotta care but guess what we dont care about u being our PRESIDENT OF UNITED STATES, GO RAISE UR TAXES LOSER

    October 16, 2012 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  21. Momma

    America is in serious trouble and we do not have any White and Shining Knight riding to save US..

    October 16, 2012 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  22. steve

    And the debt? Obama said that we don't have to do anything right now!

    October 16, 2012 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  23. Tammy G

    President Obama presented as decisive, focused and more detailed and in control. Governor Romney appeared flustered, agitated, and quite frankly, a bit rude, when he was challenged by some of his statements; almost appearing taken back by the fact that the President actually went on the attack, charging Gov. Romney with some of the statements that he made. It should also be noted that according to the fact-checkers, President Obama appeared to have more accurate facts than Gov. Romney, who fact checkers have, so far, stated has been "True, but misleading" or just blatantly, "False". The President, interesting enough, by some media commentators, was characterized as "angry". I find that intesting that this was the word that was used with the President on this particular debate, but the last debate, he was characterized as too nice – which one is it?
    I am an independent voter, and I'm watching everything very closely.

    October 16, 2012 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  24. Lisa

    Omg!!! Shame on Candy. If obama said it was a terrorist attack the next day why in the world was his ambassodor was saying it was due to a video. It was terrible. I thought Romney did Great!!! I thought President at least showed up. No candy he did not say what you said.

    October 16, 2012 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  25. don't no who

    Obama will be best at least you know what will happen slow growth but if the congress will get to work it will really jump

    October 16, 2012 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
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