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
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  1. Tony

    Did I miss the answer to the last question? they never answered the question about what they thought the roll of the gov in gas prices. Just the same old rhetoric!

    October 16, 2012 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  2. DEE

    Does that moron Romney really think people can not see through his lies? Anyone dumb enough to vote for him, deserves to loose everything they have. Everyone should really look at his business dealings. How many profitable businesses did his company buy, bankrupt and close down? This his plan to get more jobs? How about the fact he was one of the main people who would not do his job while in the senate, and then later as govenor just so he could make Obama look bad. He is a slick, slimy multimillionaire who gives a care for no one but himself. You all really need to think before you vote for that fool. Even Obama is better. At least we know where we stand and what we have. It is a sorry time if people like Romney are our only option to oust Obama.

    October 16, 2012 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  3. Jackson

    Obama keeps promising and he can't talk about what he did for the middle class so far. He hopes that people will go for changes from his current policies

    October 16, 2012 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  4. Bob

    Mitt is knocking it out of the park. Obama cannot defend his record of failure in almost every area. No matter how many of these posts that are setup by the extremist liberals, it's over. His record speaks for itself. How weak Obama appears when Mitt takes charge. To all of the "drains" on society, it looks like we "contributors" to society are going to win big. Enjoy your change!

    October 16, 2012 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  5. Wake up People!

    Willard just makes things up as he goes along. Pathetic.

    October 16, 2012 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  6. Rosa Burgos

    Romney is surely unrespectful in the way he interrups and talks to the President and to the moderator. I don't need to see or hear no more. President Obama is the right person for this unstable, turbulent times and for the future of the U.S., if you want to have a future.

    October 16, 2012 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  7. ssp

    Candy, you are doing a great job. But keep reigning in Romney!

    October 16, 2012 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  8. Nametoni

    The president has 0 to show as results and nothing to offer on the path forward

    October 16, 2012 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    How can Mitt portray being a leader if he can't listen to others. We must know how to follow, listen and hear before we lead others.

    October 16, 2012 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  10. kate

    how can R support bringing RATES lower than the 13% he now pays?
    He is switching between personal rates and corporate rates as if they are interchangeable.

    October 16, 2012 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  11. Tmcforobama

    The government is not a business and can't be treated in that way. His experience does not lend itself in this way.

    October 16, 2012 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  12. DocMom

    I'm loving the Presidents performance. He's more engaged this time, less surprised by Romney's stories (cant call them facts, because they aren't). As an MD, I am thrilled about the Affordable Care Act. Lots of pun answered questions, but its the best start we've had in decades on fixing our health care problem. Great job, President!

    October 16, 2012 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  13. Jessica

    I want the deficit reduced do not lower taxes stop stupid spending

    October 16, 2012 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  14. mark

    Obama is taking no prisoners and neither should he.

    October 16, 2012 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  15. Veronica

    Romney for 2012!!! Obama's time is up! He has done his 4 years and not impressively either. Obama had his chance so he needs to get on out..... I am tired of hearing his garbage.

    October 16, 2012 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  16. Not confused anymore

    Obama seems to be searching. He blames Romney for the countries peril. At what point does a governor have more power to wield thana president in matters of national economy.

    October 16, 2012 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  17. mark

    Romney will outsource the government to China so it will all work out.

    October 16, 2012 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  18. Margaret

    As I watch the debate trying to determine who has my families best interest at heart, I find myself very disappointed in Mr Romney as he BULLIES Candy and "bogarts" the debate. I find myself increasingly disappointed in CNN's inability to control the conversation which is a debate with rules everyone agreed upon.

    We need someone who is serious and not a bully because bullies are not going to make the economy strong. What we will get is someone who forces us to eat our brocolli. I am not impressed.

    October 16, 2012 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  19. DEE

    Anyone here from Mass? Do they think he was really that good?

    October 16, 2012 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  20. kp

    using what calculator?

    October 16, 2012 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  21. AZKO

    What plan?

    October 16, 2012 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  22. Tmcforobama

    Romneys favorite word is "indomitable" and he's certainly demonstrating his disgust with the President command of the topic. Shifting the conversation now....typical

    October 16, 2012 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  23. Wake up People!

    Liar, liar pants on fire!

    OBAMA 2012!

    October 16, 2012 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  24. ssp

    Well what's your plan Romney? How, show me How

    October 16, 2012 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  25. Amy

    Obama just won the election with asking MItt what the specifics of his plan are and Mitt answering with his same old babbling without any specifics.

    October 16, 2012 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
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