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
soundoff (590 Responses)
  1. mark

    The President needs to keep the focus on Romneys far right leanings that he has espoused for the last 4 years. Don't let him run away.

    October 16, 2012 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  2. Tmcforobama

    Just the opposite...Obama is wiping up Romney

    October 16, 2012 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  3. Amy

    Hal, you're right. I think that we are living in another Gilded Age where the plutocracy is growing and democracy/popularism is dying/dead.

    October 16, 2012 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  4. Nancy

    I pay more for gas, more for electricity , food and insurance. Can Obama just be accountable and stop blaming Bush. It am tired of hearing it. Be a leader and not talk a lot.

    October 16, 2012 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  5. Randy

    Obama needs to be reminded of what he has said and promised. He ask for details yet he never offers any details. Remember the healthcare act that "you need to pass it before you read it". The simple truth is that over the last 4 years he did not get the job done. Time for a new plan.

    October 16, 2012 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  6. Linda

    All Romney can cite is a 5 point plan that has absolutely no specifics.

    October 16, 2012 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  7. Tony

    Why cant we find someone that rides the true middle? Everybody wants to make money doing a job they feel is valued and be able to support their families. They also want to do this without destroying the environment, where we end up with air and water that is poisonous, or land that has been stripped clean. Their has to be a balance between the expressed greed of hard working republicans and their staunch capitalistic views, and the expressed generosity of the democrats that would give your money away to support others to the point of not being able to support your own family.

    October 16, 2012 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  8. Don

    When Obama says a lot of us are struggling too! Who does he mean? Certainly not him. He is a joke

    October 16, 2012 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  9. Melanie langford

    Obama continues to lose his train of thought. Good thing Candy is there to keep him on track. What a joke!

    October 16, 2012 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  10. SMV

    Why is Catherine the moderator allowing Obama to continue to talk? Lets be fair and here both sides. The time clock is indicating throughout the session that President Obama is being given the chance to respond to Romney yet it seems very one-sided. Why should we believe someone like President Obama when he has totally added to the deficit?

    Candy,... the time clock,... and the lack of response time? Obama is up 6 minutes. Who is keeping track?

    "A lot of us are struggling?" Did the President just say that?

    October 16, 2012 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  11. NameNatasha

    Romney, once again no details about how he plans on balancing the budget without cutting taxes on the middle class. My personal opinion is he saying whatever he has to to get the vote.I dont think he is honest or sincere neither does he have the people in his heart. Lets not forget the 47%. When he speaks in public he says what he thinks we want to hear, in private a different story.

    October 16, 2012 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  12. Cindi

    Why has Candy Crowley continued to cut Mitt Romney short when he tries to respond??? She continues to give the President more than his fair share of time. I thought this was supposed to be an equitable situation. Also as a moderator she should NOT be shaking her head in agreement ; it is her job as moderator to remain neutral or at least appear to be neutral.

    October 16, 2012 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  13. Name sandi

    You can't use money from a war "paid for on a credit card". You still have the credit card debt to pay off.

    October 16, 2012 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  14. Linda

    All Romney can cite is a 5-point plan with absolutely no specifics.

    October 16, 2012 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  15. DEE

    Why doesn't anyone ask Romney about his previous business practices if he is so great? Romney is two faced and scarry

    October 16, 2012 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  16. Don

    Obama needs to call Hollywood for help!

    October 16, 2012 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  17. mark

    Romney has mentioned his the "Magic Beans" that are the key part of his 5pt plan

    October 16, 2012 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  18. Betsy

    The President facts are true. I am checking as we go. You can fact check his plans, instead of being stupid and posting crazy Nasty comments. Do your fact checking.

    October 16, 2012 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  19. Rick

    When was gas last 1.86/gal pina long island. It sure wasn't on 2007/2008

    October 16, 2012 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  20. Amy

    Did Mitt really just bring up Ronald Reagan? Reagan was no saint Mitt, sorry.

    October 16, 2012 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  21. Melanie langford

    Are people seriously going to believe the President is going to get around to doing something positive in the next 4 yrs; he only did damage the last 4.....PresiDebt Obama

    October 16, 2012 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  22. Rhonda

    OMG!!! Anyone that has any comment sense what so ever, should know that everything they have just talked about, not every single subject could have been taken care up in just 4 years. Mainly cause he has a rep. congress that won't let him do anything.

    October 16, 2012 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  23. Tmcforobama

    When you leave the country in the mess he got it, it is not likely that all the things you want to do can be done. What Mitt is not saying is that he and Congress have been obstructionists, it's amazing he has accomplished what he has. And oh by the way, I am better off than I was 4 years ago.

    October 16, 2012 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  24. mark

    Romney did not create any jobs in the private sector. he was responsible for shipping a lot of jobs overseas and selling off the assets of companies he purchased and sold.

    October 16, 2012 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  25. lee

    Please tell me we are not stupid enough to believe Mitt cares about the Middle Class....or those of us who fell out of it

    October 16, 2012 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
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