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. margpeg

    I think both did well, but when you look at numbers and facts of the last 4 years that Romney pointed out, there is not much Obama could say.....Also, the closing statements..seeing Romnet speak from the heart at the beginnning..He believes in compassion, helping others as a minister in his church, etc....there are givers and takers in this world and if you look at character of individuals, there is no's Romney..he is a leader and winners make it happen!! Romney has made it happen for MA and the Olymics and will for USA!!

    October 16, 2012 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  2. Laura

    Candy Crowley made it 2 against Romney. She was dead wrong about Libya; Obama never said it was an act of terror in the Rose Garden, he just stated his opposition to terrorism. No one asked Obama why his ambassador to the UN was trotted out to the press to claim it was a reaction to that stupid movie trailer and not an act of terror. The day after, Obama went on "The View" and repeated that it was a reaction to the movie. This country is a mess because Obama and his press lap dogs have screwed the rest of us.

    October 16, 2012 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  3. May

    Even due that the Moderator was on Obama’s side, which is Unacceptable. Romney won this debate.

    October 16, 2012 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  4. Mary

    Undecided voter; after tonight I will vote for President Obama. Romney lost my trust.

    October 16, 2012 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  5. DjName

    Candy Crowley shame on you. As a moderator taking the side of the President in a debate is wrong…..

    October 16, 2012 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  6. steve ullrich

    Romney looked like a President. If Romney can do half as much for education countrywide as he did in MA, he will be worth your vote. In addition, Romney made a great point when he pointed out that to create more jobs, you have to attract business to the US. How do you attract business here? You have to give them tax breaks, just like the other countries. It's not a tax break to big's a tax break to business to bring them into the US. Obama will tax more businesses out of the country.

    October 16, 2012 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  7. lynn i

    Obama making more promises. If you consider that a win then go vote for him ..and good luck.!

    October 16, 2012 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  8. Janice

    President Obama won hand down, Romney was a joke

    October 16, 2012 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  9. Barbara doremire

    Romney hammered home jobs, jobs, jobs. Worse off middle class and YES MIDDLE CLASS IS WORSE OFF.
    I CAN ATTEST TO IT as one of those middle class

    October 16, 2012 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  10. Not democrat or republican

    Thought Romney won the first half and Obama the second half. Obama has no answer for what he has done with the national debt. Romney needs some specifics about his tax plan.

    October 16, 2012 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  11. Tom

    Obama clearly won of you look past the attacks that proves nothing. Unfounded facts. Obama answered the questions cannot say the same for Romney

    October 16, 2012 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  12. Name Gwen Priestley

    Mitt Romney was rude and he has told so many different stories he can't even keep up! We certainly don't need a President who lies and can't remember the ones he tells! 4 more years!

    October 16, 2012 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  13. Elaine

    Obama did well in tonight debate

    October 16, 2012 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  14. ken kuhn

    Just watching from the sidelines it's clear that Romney won round 1 and Obama won round 2. The only reason you might see this differently is if you had made up your mind before the debates. Body language is fascinating and the same score as above is an objective conclusion Romney looked really good in round 1 but seemed kind of angry and insecure in round 2. Who wins will probably depend on who gets a better turnout.

    October 16, 2012 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  15. James

    It was a draw, Obama wins on charisma and feel good stories. Romney won on facts. I like facts when my money and future is at stake, if I want to feel better I watch silly cat videos. Obama has a horrid fiscal record, no one can debate that. It has just been bad. Im all for social change, but someone has to pay the bill. Pushing social change when so many are hurting financially is irresponsible. Fix the bottom line then fix the social stigmas.

    October 16, 2012 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  16. truth hurts

    Two debates and still no vision of the next 4 years from Obama. From the absence of a plan or vision, other than taking more money from some to give to others, you are left with the same as the last 4 years, more divisiveness, more taxes to pay for more spending, government healthcare as the country can't pay for what we have now. Talk about numbers NOT ADDING UP!! Obama's plan is to drive capital off shore where it will help our competitors in this global economy. Obama is totally clueless.

    As for Libya, he lied through his teeth. He claims he called the attack terrorism because he used the words once in a generic reference. But then 5 days later his Whitehouse sent the UN ambassador out on 5 different Sunday talk shows to say it was because of a demonstration caused by a video. At this point, Obama, Biden, Rice and Clinton have spun themselves quite a web of lies and deceit because Obama doesn't want to use the words TERRORIST ATTACK, which is what it was.

    This country can't take 4 more years of this Obama recession economy. This country can't take 4 more years of Obama divisiveness and lies. If he is re-elected, this country is doomed.

    October 16, 2012 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  17. Rosa Burgos

    Republicans keep on saying and talking about Romney's vision for the future, but I didn't see nothing bright about his explanations and his constant flip-flopping.

    October 16, 2012 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    Very disappointed to see Candy Crawly clearly interfere with the flow of the debate specifically on a pivotal issue where the President has shown his leadership to be lacking. I am a conservative but generally find CC to be a fair journalist. The Presidents administration has floundered in their handling of this matter. He deserves to face the bright spotlight, not to be bailed out by what seemingly is a sympathetic moderator.

    October 16, 2012 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  19. Pete

    @Newty,if anybody was appalling it was Romney as ignorent as well in stepping in time and again because Pres.Obama was stating facts Romney can't run from!!The president should have spoke about Romneys CNOOC trying to get drilling permits in the Gulf of Mexico,its a Chinese government run oil corporation that should never be allowed in American waters,but that's Romney his money isn't kept here,so why should his investment interests !!How bout his ponzi scheme that started in 2008 that generated 8.5-9 billion in investor monies that can't be found,Romney ,his son Tagg and Allan Stanford are creators and are being investigated at this time and it all started in his presidencial campaign headquarters,isn't that patriotic,isn't it pathedic!!

    October 16, 2012 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  20. Lady J

    Obama performed much better this go round and I believe he won. Did anyone else think Romney talked in circles? Some of the things he said were just didn't make any sense. I believe he did a fairly decent job of questioning Obama's record however, my vote is with Obama.

    October 16, 2012 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  21. D J Davis

    A true victory for Our President. He has my vote!!!!!

    October 16, 2012 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    Did you people who say Obama won even watch the debate. His facts are way off. The economy is failing and his foreign policy is in shambles.

    October 16, 2012 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  23. llb

    Obama brought it to the table tonight he won by vote by far. Romney lied to much and changed up everything he has said through this whole election don't know when he is lying or telling the truth and we don't need another liar in office

    October 16, 2012 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  24. Really

    Not sure if the president has ever said the truth!!! Lies about oil, health care, economy, and education!!! As an educator the situation is significantly worse nation wide than it was prior to Obama. Btw Candy was a true moderator.....her agenda was exposed!

    October 16, 2012 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  25. Phyllis Schierioth

    Romney said he has a history of always balancing the budget & specifically mentioned the Olympics. I just returned from Salt Lake City & while there, looked at the Olympic center which displays the contributors. The primary contributor was Bain. Is this how Romney balances the budget by personally shoring up the organization? Hmmm...hope he has deep pockets!

    October 16, 2012 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
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