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 PAD

    I find it hard to vote for someone like Gov. Romney who can't make up his mind and sticking to it. He changes his views on everything depending on the audience he is addressing . Can you imaging if he should become president ? SCARY !

    October 16, 2012 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  2. Sue Blood

    There is no one in this country who has more experience in solving tough economic problems than Governor Mitt Romney. He has worked both in the private and public areas and solved the huge mess he inherited on the 2002 Olympics. It went from a scandal ridden possible failure for the US; to the most profitable Winter Olympics ever – the facilities built for the 2002 Olympics are still up and functioning – their upkeep being paid for by the profit from the Olympics. I'm proud to be a Utahn and have seen the good Governor Romney in charge can produce.
    Go Romney.

    October 16, 2012 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    Mitt is DISRESPECTFUL! He wants to be moderator and debater. He really need a time out chair for his rudeness! I agree with someone earlier saying he's making up stuff as he go, and don't want to take ownership for his other false promises. Let's not forget that 47% he doesn't care about.

    October 16, 2012 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  4. Rhonda

    Love this question !!!!!

    October 16, 2012 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  5. mark

    BUSH is from Texas and is much more fun than Romney

    October 16, 2012 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  6. AZKO

    Mitt nit picks. Ugh

    October 16, 2012 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  7. Name paul

    Oh my god are we buying this america gov romney is lying he is so fake I am about to puke he is like floating trying to look relevant I cant believe he won the first debate

    October 16, 2012 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  8. Marjorie

    Romney–"I hired some women and I let them go home early if they needed to" Wow, what a man!

    October 16, 2012 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  9. Amy

    So now Mitt doesn't want to get rid of Planned Parenthood and wants to allow contraceptives?

    October 16, 2012 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  10. DocMom

    Mr President is completely factual so far. I am checking as they go, as you should also.

    October 16, 2012 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    Are some of these questions plants? Wow! Also, Is Candy leading toward helping O-blama? Stay strong Romney!!!!

    October 16, 2012 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  12. Tmcforobama

    Ignoring the question of this woman. Rude!
    Congress constructs the budget so saying he will balance the budget with the partisanship is just hogwash

    October 16, 2012 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  13. AZKO

    Mitt "came through small business"?

    October 16, 2012 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  14. A

    Did I miss whats Romney's 5 point plan?

    October 16, 2012 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  15. Jaxx

    You guys need to stop calling our President nasty names. Conduct yourselves accordingly.

    October 16, 2012 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  16. ron

    these guys are clowns sound like two children puppets of the new world order our constitutional republic gets weaker with every presidents since Bush the First. Vote none of the above i am tired of my rights being violated and taken away wake up people

    October 16, 2012 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  17. lynn

    again what is Romney 5 point plan??????

    October 16, 2012 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  18. mark

    Oh, he was wrong about the 47% he said so last week. It's really like 55%. The main part of the deficit is due to the funding of two wars. The deficit would have been a lot larger during BUSH if we had done that.

    October 16, 2012 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  19. Hal Ninethousand

    Reducing the national debt needs to be balanced with the need to drive the economy, job creation etc.. In the UK the 'age of austerity' is designed to reduce the national debt, yet it looks to be failing. Voters are starting to think that the policy is not working. We are seeing multi-national corporations practice aggressive tax avoidance and pay next to nothing in tax, the wealthiest are getting wealthier while the poorest and the middle class are getting poorer. I think Mitt's "balancing the budget" actually means the same for the US.

    October 16, 2012 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  20. gobama

    Great question on Bush,,, teflon non-answer

    October 16, 2012 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  21. Mary

    Obama is getting destroyed. The poor kid just doesn't have it.

    October 16, 2012 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  22. Dave

    Romney hasnt said anything specific about any of his plans . He keeps beating around the bush. At least obama is bringing out specifics.

    October 16, 2012 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  23. Tmcforobama

    Obama focused response! Compares and contrasts well. Obama will answer the question posed Romney's

    October 16, 2012 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  24. Cathie

    Hit the mit big o.

    October 16, 2012 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  25. Rhonda

    I hope people caught some of what Mitt said, about taxes and capital gains, because if that's the case, Mitt...will not be paying any !!!!!! Because that's how he's made his millions, as an investor !

    October 16, 2012 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
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