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. Lgcos

    Obama is so good at saying a lot that means absolutely nothing. Obama thank you so much for the lies. It is a pleasure to know that you will have a healthy pay check for the rest of your life courtesy of hardworking Americans.
    We don't need another four years of what we have had!

    October 16, 2012 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  2. Marjorie

    Obama has it right about taxes. Don't believe it? Google companies that made billions, paid zero taxes, look up their CEO salaries and see how many of them laid off people. When those companies do expand, they have their hands out, asking for your tax dollars to build. But the little old retired lady is a freeloading mooch according to Romney.

    October 16, 2012 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  3. don't no who

    What is romney going to do

    October 16, 2012 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  4. jim wojo

    Obama, more lies

    October 16, 2012 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  5. NameBj Knoski

    Calling either candidate a moron is not called for. I do believe Romney is doing better with answers but both are pushing the time limits

    October 16, 2012 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  6. Tony

    I think you need to tie them to their chairs!!

    October 16, 2012 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  7. mark

    The stock market has doubled, the auto industry is back and jobs have been created. The country is actually paying for the wars we fight. I'll take Obama every time. I know he cares about us as people. Romney sees us as a way to get powerful and wealthy.

    October 16, 2012 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  8. Sue Blood

    COME ON! Mr. President if you are so interested in developing our energy resources WHY DID YOU BLOCK the KEYSTONE PIPELINE? Why are you prosecuting independent drillers in the
    Dakotas? Why are you blocking the development of the tar sands in UT and WY which would provide more oil than we are currently importing? Why have you canceled leases? Yes, we need to economically develop'green' technology but we need something NOW not 5-20 years from now. Also, what world do you live in where you think an income of $250,000 is rich? If you PUNISH those who make $250,000 are going to fail and how many million more people are going to be unemployed?

    October 16, 2012 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  9. Tmcforobama

    Romney running a muck! And we think he will listen to us?

    October 16, 2012 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  10. really!?

    I find it shocking that someone so rude and mean is even up for the presidency! Seriously Romney? The next time you yell at the President and cut him off saying "ohh you'll get your chance later" you should be taken off the stage!

    October 16, 2012 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  11. kp

    MR – the running a country is not like running a business. One can not fire, outsource, or close portions when they are not performing.

    October 16, 2012 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  12. Veronica

    Answer the question Obama rather than telling stories about your mama.... I want to hear answers to the questions not stories. That is how he operates though tries to throw you off track.

    October 16, 2012 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  13. Namer ick

    The president sounds like a jerk. Once again rules don't apply to him. Still no real facts just generalising.

    October 16, 2012 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  14. Momma

    Will our Tax dollars continue to go to foreign aid?

    October 16, 2012 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  15. mark

    I think they should just play best 2 of 3 1 vs 1 basketball and winner take all. That seems fair to me.

    October 16, 2012 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  16. mark

    We'll even make dunking off limits to make it fair.

    October 16, 2012 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  17. Tony

    Bob, you keep on believing the 47% fairy tale. Even Romney has disowned what he said about the 47%. Of course, you never know, Romney can change his mind about the 47% again after the election. He has been known to change his mind.

    October 16, 2012 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  18. Rashad Wilkerson

    People are fact checking on Facebook as the bate roles on.

    October 16, 2012 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  19. DEE

    Not confused, Obama is not blaming Romney for this country's peril, however while a senator, Romney did everything he could to not pass policies or help Obama as his job required. He personally voted against everything and anything that the democrats tried to pass or do. And Mark, you are so righ, except where will that leave him?

    October 16, 2012 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  20. Sunshine

    Mitt has no idea he is the most ignorant presidential candidate. He lies and telling the American people anything just to become President. He is not telling in details what is plan are!

    October 16, 2012 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  21. mark

    Romney gets his women from binders? I'm confused. As long as women don't have the right to birth control it's OK

    October 16, 2012 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  22. Amy

    Veronica: looks like Mitt is telling stories too. Mitt: were those women you hired paid the same as the men? That's the question. Not flexibility.

    October 16, 2012 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  23. Wake up People!

    This guy will say ANYTHING to make it to the White House.

    October 16, 2012 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  24. Nancy

    Obama has no record. My finances are worse with Obama not better.

    October 16, 2012 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  25. mefoobama

    Romney seems to be really more interested in convincing himself! He seems too remote to his new claims about taxes. If he could just answer the questions about his plan and provide specifics, America may be more inclined to buy into him. He can't seem to draw the line between being assertive and being overtly agreesive. I would have like to see more discipline on Romney's part.

    October 16, 2012 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
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