October 22nd, 2012
09:56 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama, Romney joust on Libya, Syria in foreign policy debate

(CNN) - President Barack Obama quickly struck out at Mitt Romney's foreign policy inexperience during Monday's presidential debate, with the Republican nominee defending his positions and promoting what he described as a thoughtful and comprehensive strategy to combat extremism.

The third and final face-to-face showdown occurred with the candidates neck-and-neck in national polls with 15 days until Election Day, and the race hinging on a handful of battleground states - particularly Ohio, Florida and Virginia.

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Filed under: 2012 • Debate • Mitt Romney • President Obama
October 22nd, 2012
09:12 PM ET
1 year ago

Transcript: Third presidential debate

(CNN) - President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney met in Boca Raton, Florida Monday evening for the third and final presidential debate with a focus on foreign policy and national security.

Below is a transcript of their remarks.
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The problem with presidential debates
Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr. and Michael D. McCurry, co-chairmen of the Commission on Presidential Debates at last week's event in New York.
October 22nd, 2012
12:14 PM ET
1 year ago

The problem with presidential debates

(CNN) -– For 25 years, a private non-profit group of roughly a dozen people, operating without oversight, has been running America's presidential and vice-presidential debates.

To some, the Commission on Presidential Debates is a political hero, providing thoughtful stability and ensuring that U.S. presidential candidates do in fact debate each other. Multiple times. In a dignified setting.

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Poll: Debate watchers thought Obama won
October 19th, 2012
04:34 PM ET
1 year ago

Poll: Debate watchers thought Obama won

(CNN) - A new poll of those who watched Tuesday's presidential debate shows results largely in line with the CNN/ORC International survey of debate watchers conducted the night of the matchup.

Gallup found debate watchers thought President Barack Obama performed significantly stronger this week than he did in his first debate. In a 13-point split, 51% said Obama won and 38% gave the win to Republican challenger Mitt Romney. One in 10 said neither candidate won.
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Filed under: 2012 • Debate • Mitt Romney • Polls • President Obama
October 17th, 2012
05:23 PM ET
1 year ago

Tweet of the day: Kerry comes prepared

(CNN) - When Sen. John Kerry showed up to help President Barack Obama prepare for Tuesday's presidential debates, one can safely assume he didn't bring any "binders full of women."

Obama tapped the senator from Massachusetts to play the role of GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney in their mock debate sessions. He also "spun" for the candidate in the debate spin room on Tuesday.

At the debate, the former Massachusetts governor set the internet afire with his comment that to find women qualified to work in hia administration, he requested - and received - "binders full of women."

Wednesday afternoon, Kerry posted this tweet:


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October 17th, 2012
12:21 PM ET
1 year ago

Romney seeks advantage on Libya issue after debate

(CNN) - A sharp exchange over the Obama administration's response to the September 11 terrorist attack in Libya dominated the political discussion on Wednesday following a bruising debate that analysts and polls scored a victory for President Barack Obama over Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

The Tuesday night debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, featured a revitalized Obama fighting back against his equally combative GOP foe in an argumentative encounter three weeks before Election Day.

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Filed under: 2012 • Debate • Libya • Mitt Romney • President Obama
October 16th, 2012
10:55 PM ET
1 year ago

Internet goes wild over 'Binders full of women'

(CNN) - In the thousands of words spoken in Tuesday's presidential debate, it was four awkwardly phrased ones that set the Internet afire: Binders full of women.

In response to a question on gender pay inequality Romney said that as he was assembling his cabinet after being elected governor in Massachusetts, he questioned his staff for sending him only male applicants and was told those were all who were qualified.

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October 16th, 2012
10:40 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama comes on strong, Romney stands ground in second debate

Hempstead, New York (CNN) - President Barack Obama fought back and Republican challenger Mitt Romney mostly stood his ground.

The second of three presidential debates on Tuesday night brought the desired energy from the president sought by worried Democrats after a lackluster performance in the first encounter nearly two weeks ago.

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Transcript: Second presidential debate
October 16th, 2012
09:15 PM ET
1 year ago

Transcript: Second presidential debate

(CNN) - President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney met in Hempstead, New York Tuesday evening for the second of three presidential debates, moderated by CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley.
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All knotted up ahead of second Obama-Romney showdown
October 15th, 2012
01:45 PM ET
2 years ago

All knotted up ahead of second Obama-Romney showdown

Hempstead, New York (CNN) – On the eve of the second presidential debate here at Hofstra University on Long Island, a new survey suggests that the race for the White House is a dead heat.

A CNN Poll of Polls that averages seven non-partisan, live operator, national surveys conducted entirely after the first presidential debate on October 3rd indicates President Barack Obama at 47% and Republican nominee Mitt Romney at 48% among likely voters.
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