Live blog: Second presidential debate
October 16th, 2012
06:52 PM ET
10 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.


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Presidential Debates
soundoff (590 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    uhhhh uhhhh uhhh and lies.... says the president

    October 16, 2012 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  2. Gurgyl

    Mitt was bully. Obama did excellent.... Mitt is sounding MENTAL TOO.

    October 16, 2012 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  3. mark

    Goldberg hits Romney where it hurts, Outsourcing. He knows about Outsourcing alright

    October 16, 2012 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  4. Aicha

    .....Candy does a great job..

    October 16, 2012 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  5. What in the World

    The President did not blame Hilary. He was big enough to say the buck stopped with him, no lying Republican would have had the guts to admit that. Hilary is woman enough to speak for herself and if she said she should be blamed then I doubt she would let any man change her mind.

    October 16, 2012 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  6. JE

    Jackie. Perhaps you need to read again. Our unsureance premiums increased dramatically for 2013. And Obama care put a cap on health flex spending pla s. even more money out if lower middle class women.

    Dint give me handouts. Give me opportunity.

    October 16, 2012 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  7. Kim Strauss

    Wow...came on here to get perspective on how the debate is going. I guess I should have expected with CNN to see more support for Obama. It's like visiting the away team's website...but come on...all I see here is ripping down Mitt Romney...Just like President Obama...ripping down Romney to mask his own shortcomings over the last four years. I'm surprised no one has noticed with pointing fingers at Romney to provide details...that with the smoke and mirrors created by Obama...we are not hearing his specificities on how he will turn things around or his plans? ...but it makes sense...when you do not have realistic success in numbers to back your experience in 4 years on the have a choice to play the blame game or hold yourself accountable...admit and provide answers...What I have seen here is remnants of sarcasm and negative old and yesterday, just like Obama. If that was your goal...this blog has succeeded. It takes guts to admit and hold yourself accountable...or just take the easy route and point fingers or insult the other candidate or the past for where we are today. The President chose the most difficult any corporate job...after four years...we really need to focus our attention on what the next four years will look like from both make sure we make the best possible selection we can possibly make. Scary to think we find time focusing on the drama than the real issues...

    October 16, 2012 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  8. anonymous

    Obama isnt interrupting candy he is trying to get her to get romney to be quiet and answer the questions so everyonr can ask their questions

    October 16, 2012 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  9. Tmcforobama

    Decline in manufacturing jobs started 20 years ago not 4 years. Go back and do your homework Romney.

    October 16, 2012 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  10. Pam McCratic

    Obama! You were not referencing the Libya attack as a terrorist attack. You were talking about acts of terror. Just a couple days after, you were still talking about freedom and freedom of speech....AND you blamed the movie!

    October 16, 2012 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  11. NameNatasha

    No details from Romney once again and oh yeah the 47%!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 16, 2012 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  12. Don

    I can't not believe you Obama supports are not tired of paying for Obama's policies. I certainly refuse to pay any longer for his mistakes and policies. THINK PEOPLE THINK

    October 16, 2012 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  13. Sherrie

    Another moderator who clearly has lost the ability to conduct herself as unbiased! Come on America let's get off the Lemming bandwagon and quit buying into the rhetoric of our current president. No company would continue to employ someone who was bankrupting their company, played golf more than they worked and spent the companies money in such a reckless manner. The president is our employee, why would we continue to employ him!

    October 16, 2012 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  14. dave

    I have a plan for all of you in favor Obama's new tax plan. As a business owner with over 400 employees, with the tax rate increase on my business I will be laying off 25% of my staff to compound the increase. I will not be the only business forced to do so. Think of your families

    October 16, 2012 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    Obama has specifics. Check his website. The president is the one dodging the questions and twisting Romney's facts. And people can't even see that? Oh, and what have you seen the last 4 years? As a small business owner, I'm being taxed big time! More taxes than previous administrations – democrats and republicans.

    October 16, 2012 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  16. Disappointed

    Frightened to see the democratic process pushed to the side!!! Tonight, we saw the President give a stellar performance as the townhall BULLY!!! Not presidential! He over talked and was allowed to take his time and Mr. Romney's time. We are SUFFERING as an American people and need relief. Life is harder now than it was four years ago! We need someone to lead...not a school yard BULLY!!

    October 16, 2012 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  17. Stacey

    The question you need to ask

    Is your home worth more today than 4 years ago

    Does your bank account have more money in it than four years ago

    Is your job more secure than four years ago

    Do you feel safer today in the US than you did four years ago

    If the answer is no then, you have just answered which candidate you should vote for!

    October 16, 2012 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  18. Tmcforobama

    Tax incentives Romney talking about was a bill in Congress they obstructed. Get this man off the stage.

    October 16, 2012 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  19. Lisa

    Candy needs to be more forceful about turns and time limits. There is alot of disrespect from Romney!! Romney, arrogant presidents only take us to war because they don't listen, therefore they are not good negotiators. This isn't just about you, but rather the American people (All 100%) !!! I'm a military spouse and I want a president who is for the poor, middle class and the rich, now that's American!!!!! Romney is argumentive and has no substance!

    October 16, 2012 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  20. Lou

    I don't think the moderator (Candy) should be answering questions for the President. This debate was fixed from the start.

    October 16, 2012 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  21. Amy

    Agreed entirely Hal, we do need government through consensus because we are all in the same boat in the end. Good luck with that happening in the near future. As long as people play the "us" v. "them" game divide and rule will continue to be the modus operandi, whether it is in the U.S., Britain, or anywhere else.

    October 16, 2012 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  22. NameIVORIE

    I love president obama and I will vote for him

    October 16, 2012 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  23. Aicha

    ...not every small entrepreneur can choose his location by the tax rate....wake up!!

    October 16, 2012 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  24. Diane

    The Cnn monitor is unable to control this debate, Obama is way over his time 4+ minutes. She needs to equalize the time better. The debates are for all parties to get their messages across equally.

    October 16, 2012 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  25. Brent

    Obama can't justify his policies. You can't keep blaming Bush. Take some responsibility for what you HAVE NOT done for the past 4 years. If anyone votes for Obama we are in for more of the same and that will not be good! Wake up people. Haven't you had enough!

    October 16, 2012 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
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