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.

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 JT in New Jersey

    Time to wind down amateur hour. Four years of gross incompetence. He had a fair shot at turning things around. The country cannot afford a vast social experiment that conflicts with the values of the founding fathers and flies in the face of responsible government and good economic management.

    October 16, 2012 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  2. hilda callahan

    Mitt Romney keeps saying hes not woried about the poor. Only the middle and upper classes. I would like to know who he considers the middle class to be. Exactle what income levels are the middle class to him??

    October 16, 2012 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  3. hilda callahan

    Sorry for the typos. I really do know how to spell, lol. I also want to know more about how Romney says he is going to keep SSI and medicare. Seems to me they will let it die on the vine.

    October 16, 2012 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  4. Watreceia

    Can't wait too see what Obama does tonight

    October 16, 2012 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  5. Name Anthony Adebayo

    President Obama needs to be more lively tonight and Romney should be less evasive in answering questions tonight.

    October 16, 2012 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  6. don't no who

    Will Romney give us anything tonight and will Obama tell us how he will speed things up that's the real question

    October 16, 2012 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  7. American Citizen

    Please ask Mitt Romney and President Obama what changes to the Medicare either would do to improve it, or would one or the other destroy the system we have in place now. Most Seniors are worried that either party will wipe out the health system and The Medicare system just by talking about it in any debate.

    October 16, 2012 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  8. American Citizen

    Why are we taking so long to get veterans claims aproved in the system?

    October 16, 2012 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  9. DVZ

    I am surprised on so many levels that Cnn's female panelists are using their airtime to discuss and criticize Ann and Michelle's pink outfits. Do they not realize it is breast cancer awareness month?

    October 16, 2012 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  10. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I'd like to hear the question asked of Romney if he supports the limitation of early voting in Ohio. Granted that doesn't affect the NY residents that are asking the questions, but it would be relevant.

    October 16, 2012 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  11. American Citizen

    If we do not shore up our Defense contractors with more contracts while our military is going down in size where will our strength to resist come from?

    October 16, 2012 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  12. Frank Scott

    It seems to me Cathrine Bridges hit the nail on the head, with the salesman portrayal. Is half the counry blind? Mit Romney is a chameleon, that habitually changes colors to protect his agenda...

    October 16, 2012 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  13. becky

    Mitt Romney's plans do not mesh with reality. It is not his style to meet with folks to work out solutions. Those in MA and those at Bain seem to disagree.

    His idea of the middle class would be folks who make $200,000 to $250,000. I wonder how many people he knows who fit into that category. Certainly not many people I know who consider themselves to be middle class. I think his sons make more than that (Wonder if they had help from Dad?) so they are nearer to the 1%.

    It appears that the people at the top will do well. The rest of us will either watch programs and assistance go away or we will be funding help to those who have lost their assistance. Don't think we will get much help from a Romney administration. He probably does not know people in 47% and so he does not feel any remorse for talking about them the way he did.

    We need to hear him say he will support women in the USA to retain their reproductive rights. It should be a women's right to choose.

    We also need him to say he will let pass decisions about gay and lesbians. He cannot bring his religious beliefs to the table any more than Mr. Obama could or the members of Congress should.

    October 16, 2012 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  14. Amy

    How are you going to create jobs Mitt? You didn't answer the question. Again. And stop using the word crushed: you don't know what the word means.

    October 16, 2012 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  15. Pete

    To you republicans out there,do you want another Bush clone because in Romney you have one,same policies ,same agendas,same advisors ,can't get any closer than that can yah!!He'll protect the rich in tax breaks continueing and put it on the middleclass ,poor basically eliminating the middleclass all together,a two tyre class system,yah want that too!You want a man that protects Chinas interests while advocating against it,you want someone that you can't trust then you want Romney..Romneys the snake in the room,watch out even if he smiles he can still bite!!

    October 16, 2012 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  16. Jim

    The auto manufactures did file bankruptcy

    October 16, 2012 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  17. Amy

    Candy asked, "How would you create jobs?" Mitt answers with statistics, 'I've got a 5 point plan,' and bashing Obama's record.

    Does anyone know why he can't actually answer the question? It was like this in the first debate too.

    October 16, 2012 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  18. Portia

    Wouldn't it be nice if we got details from both sides???

    October 16, 2012 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  19. AZKO

    The markets set gas prices.

    October 16, 2012 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  20. NameBj Knoski

    Why does the president not answer a question directly. He just goes off into political speal

    October 16, 2012 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  21. Bman

    20 or 25 birds. you can not simplify the environmental considerations. It's too easy. Any tme you have someone saying something like 25 birds, you know they're lying.

    October 16, 2012 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  22. Mark Madlena

    They haven't answerd one question yet

    October 16, 2012 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  23. Brent

    Punch'em out Romney!

    October 16, 2012 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  24. mark

    Lyin Romney.

    October 16, 2012 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  25. lee

    Romney just lost the presidency with his "let me finish " tirade

    October 16, 2012 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
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