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.


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Presidential Debates
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  1. Cherryl Taggart

    "Sirs, are you BOTH willing to be drug tested when you finish on stage, here tonight?" My question.

    October 16, 2012 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  2. NAW

    the fact show that president Obama does not have a reputation he can run on. he has faid the economy and the people of the USA. he is promising us the same thinkings he was promising us in the last election, but showed no progress in actually achieving these goals. Romney has a good plan and has proved that Obama doesn't there for Romney should win.

    October 16, 2012 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  3. Gurgyl

    Mitt Romney is so pathetic. I think he needs to show ten years of his TAXES. I really do not give darn hoot at these debates–I SHALL vote for pres. Obama. Period. Mitt Romney comment of 47% is quite nonsense. No one will ever vote for that guy after watching 47% comment. Total FLIP-FLOP. National nonsense is mitt Romney.

    October 16, 2012 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  4. Guest

    Romney/Ryan 2012!! Americans for America!

    October 16, 2012 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  5. Ed

    I expect Obama will be on the defensive

    October 16, 2012 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  6. ForObama

    Two Things:
    With absentee ballots are the Republicans trying to steal the vote by voting twice because their other tactics were not successful?
    Integrity where is it in this election. Romney believes that the public isn't listening and women are stupid. He flip flops and he is not to be trusted.

    October 16, 2012 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  7. Catherine Bridges

    PLEASE GIVE TO CHRIS MATHEWS!!!! President Obama should protray Mitt Romney as that nice looking salesman who says whatever it will take to get you to buy what he is selling. And remind the voters how many times he has changed his opinion in the past.

    October 16, 2012 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  8. Tommy G

    Hopefully Romney can put Obama down on the mat tonight. We need to get Romney in the Whitehouse with a landslide victory. I am just so tired of Obama's divisiveness. He's been his own worse enemy.

    October 16, 2012 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  9. Cee18

    Michelle said Barack doesn't have an ego ??? Please he is ALL EGO !

    October 16, 2012 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  10. Natasha

    Go Obama!

    October 16, 2012 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  11. JudyVABeach

    The President needs to show us the candidate we saw in 2008. Personable, engaging and a man with a vision

    October 16, 2012 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  12. Badesso

    What is different b/n former. P G.w Bush and mutt Romney they don't care for middle calls. They standing for rich peoples

    October 16, 2012 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  13. Momma

    I want to know about these things!
    1. GMO Frankenfoods-do you or your children eat toxic food products?
    2. America's Collapsing Infrastructure
    3. Education and Student Loans~Bailout Students like you did Wall street thugs
    4. Foreign Aid~Why when America has such need here at home?
    5. President Obama, are you a Muslim?.

    October 16, 2012 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  14. Rob

    Watching from canada. Why has the cnn panel all become republican lately. The american people are smarter than the press. Romney lies and us is a very dangerous man. I hope everyone votes obama and make the right choice.

    October 16, 2012 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  15. Jim Young

    I am Canadian, it says it all when the majotity of the armed forces of the US have selected Oboma as their choice overall. All anyone has to look at is the video and 49%. Are you a female and have no control over your body? Obama cares and has proven that the garbage dump he inherited is slowly but increasingly improving. If you had a vote in Canada to see who would be the best choice, I can honestly say that everyone says... is the man!

    October 16, 2012 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  16. kditter

    I hope Obama challenges Romney to put his plan on his website. Why isn't this public? I think Obama can win by just asking Romney to explain: explain your plan, explain your voucher system, explain your tax returns, explain your energy plan. Please Governor, you're selling a lot to Americans and asking for their votes. Please be clear.

    October 16, 2012 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  17. sandra

    I do not understand how the question of what a woman can and cannot do with her body, ever came up for debate? Are we not supposed to be "secure in our persons" be fair, I think we need to add a new choice on the menu....all men must get a vasectomy by a certain age. Why not? lets tell a man what he must do with his body. Lets all have a say on whether or not our neighbor has had enough kids. We would have less unwanted pregnancies from rape and men would not be able to father 10 kids...of course the mormons might find this a problem, but hey, fair is fair!

    October 16, 2012 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  18. Thomas

    Sad that it comes down to all talk and no substance .

    Pablo Picasso – "When art critics get together they talk about Form and Structure and Meaning. When artists get together they talk about where you can buy cheap turpentine."

    October 16, 2012 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  19. ricopierr

    Hi! CNN you are playing a hi-tech game when showing twice the interview of Ann Romney and Michele Obama and her brother by her side. You did that before the first debate, it worked so well for the Romney campagne that you showed part of that interview again tonight so that it projects the same subliminal effect on the electorate.You know what you are doing. No debate never reverse a campaign as this one did. Only your pre debate show could when showing the first lady and her brother vc ann romney, What was your intent showing the brother when is not a candidate


    October 16, 2012 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  20. Frank Scott

    Start the debate already

    October 16, 2012 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  21. Scottalan

    Riddle me this. If The majority of the middle class lives pay check to pay check, barely able to pay their mortgage, how do you think the Obama care tax will influence the mortgage crisis as people in these situations only become worse off. Most people can't afford to stay in their homes if the tax is enforced across the board. Higher bankruptcy, higher rate of foreclosure= a bigger economic collapse. Am I missing something? Why isn't this being asked? We all know that the projected cost isn't right and someone has to pay the difference!

    October 16, 2012 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  22. Name Scott Fryer

    I believe Mr Romney will dismantle the Country selling much of it to highest bidder or whatever he did at Bain Capital!

    October 16, 2012 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  23. Meh

    Ok just now in Ohio with half Obama and half Romney voters she said "who is happy with direction of economy"and only 2 raised their hands. So who are the half for Obama NOT happy with direction of country and WHY do you still say you lean Obama?

    October 16, 2012 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  24. Frank Scott

    If Mit Romney wants his Dad to smile down on him, he should start being honest with the American people and tell them they should vote for Barack Obama!!!

    October 16, 2012 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  25. Catherine Bridges

    NAW Romney has a zillion plans and opinions and points of view-we know because he keeps changing them constantly

    October 16, 2012 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
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