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. Tommy G

    Why is a "moderator" taking the side of one of the debaters, and factually incorrectly to boot. Crowley in that moment blew her impartiality. Her selection of questions was also very clearly tailored to Obama's campaign. She was suspect going into this debate and she proved herself to be an Obama advocate with her performance.

    And then she let Obama drone on and on several times, well after his time was up. Obama got 3 more minutes of talk time AGAIN. So far in the three debates, Obama Biden has gotten nearly 10 minutes more of talk time. Hardly a coincidence.

    October 16, 2012 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    Obama gets an for F for his first term.

    October 16, 2012 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  3. Marty Mcfly

    Good job for Romney!

    October 16, 2012 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  4. Name Billy Truesdell

    Am I the only one who heard Mitt Romney refer to Obambacare! How rude

    October 16, 2012 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  5. Rilands

    Was Candy Obama's side kick? Why would she confront Gov. Romney's statement? Now they're saying she was wrong. I think she needed to settle, be neutral, and get her facts straight.

    October 16, 2012 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  6. obsthetimes

    Obama lied on Libya for 4 straight minutes and Candy help him by lying for him.
    Obama flows into rhetoric so easily he forgets people can't look at his record.

    October 16, 2012 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  7. batjones

    Energy independence for North America does not equate to United States energy independence. It seems to me that Mr. Romney is proposing a North American oil company, a pipeline uniting the Irving family of Canada with the Slim Helu family of Mexico. This deal exploits the rich natural resources of Canada and the cheap migrant labor of Mexico. The one thing needed is American financing.

    President Obama has properly said no to the exploitation of American pensions and 401K's to finance the independence of Canada and Mexico to compete on the global oil markets and still keep gas prices high, and no long term benefit to the United States.

    October 16, 2012 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  8. "Mary"

    President Obama won the debate, and CNN's poll confirms it. I am sure other polls will also confirm this fact.

    October 16, 2012 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  9. NameKaren

    I was really undecided but after hearing his response on getting more jobs for women and the fact that he repeatedly says he will not raise taxes for the wealthy he will not get my vote. His responses though not intentionally, do not appeal to the middle class, let alone the poor.

    October 16, 2012 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  10. steve

    Obama for 4 more years? Government controlled internet? so we don't offend anyone and 8 dollar a gallon gas. Higher unemployment, 26 trillion debt, and a new flag. No thanks

    October 16, 2012 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |

    I can see from out of space Mitt want the White House not the job . He change his name if he have to.

    October 16, 2012 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  12. john

    did u fools ;here the same debate as the rest of the country. obama clearly won on the issuses and facts.

    October 16, 2012 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    We should understand that this country was in deep mess before the Obama administration. Lets continue and finish what this process of liberating the American people for better days ahead.Let us face the realities and not politicing for posterity!

    October 16, 2012 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  14. Mary

    As a single mother, Romney made me feel as though he didn't support us in our plight and had more of a finger pointing demeanor.

    October 16, 2012 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  15. Ronald G. Kirchem

    President Obama won a great victory tonite. Romney looked flustered and like the clueless plutocrat he is. With his final statement, Obama blew Romney out of the ballpark. We are so lucky to have as our president such a great man as Barack Obama.

    October 16, 2012 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  16. Cindy Yates

    Obama all the way. Everyone knows it takes two terms for a President to really do any good. And as the leader of our military he is at the top and does what is right. And can not talk about top classified before it is able to be released to the public. Go Obama !!!

    October 16, 2012 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  17. whocares

    why on earth is CNN claiming obama did say "Act of terror" in the rose garden speech when he did not use these words to refer to the attacks? I understand they are pro-obama, but this is plain lie... Can we stick to the fact please?

    October 16, 2012 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  18. Obama Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    Obama claims he wants to "grow the economy from the middle class out". Just what the heck does that mean? The middle class lives from pay check to pay check, runs no businesses, pays no payrolls, hires NOBODY. This vacuous phrase is another way of saying "spread the wealth around",ie. take from those that produce to give to those that do not. Obama's "plan" is an anchor to the bottom of the abyss. Large amounts of investment money is what drives economies and that comes from people WITH MONEY, yes, those evil rich people. Drive all that money off shore and to our global competitors and this country's economy will NEVER recover.

    October 16, 2012 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  19. rs

    Romney rambled, repeated himself (the same old lies), got nailed by the moderator, interupted and was rude. I guess that's how the super rich behave when they aren't in control.He looked ansd sounded like a blithering fool- certainly not like a president.

    October 16, 2012 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  20. Asdf

    Food stamp president..... Failure.... Four years of additional debt===== obama

    October 16, 2012 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  21. Joan Brigham

    candy was too much for obama, not fair to mitt

    October 16, 2012 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  22. findlin

    I am just baffled at a few of the remarks here that Obama did a good job and Romney was talking in circles. Romney was never clearer about his plans as President. Romney was clear, decisive and articulate...clearly educated in business and obviously far more aware than our President on issues around the world. I voted for Obama the first time round..but I would be a dam fool to do it again..he can count on one hand what he has accomplished these last four years, and I am just too scared to allow him back in office for another four years..he is just not qualified and he still is thinking the same way..which is he does not know ..that he does not know how! I'm sure President Obama is good at many things..but the Presidency is just too big a job for him to handle. We gave him a fair chance..he took the job but did not do the we need to fire him....that's it..done.

    October 16, 2012 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  23. Yosarian

    Yeah, Obama wins the debate. If Romney wants to have any hope of being elected, he's going to have to tell the truth, not claim he can balance the budget by cutting taxes and spending more money on the military without cutting anything. The American people are just not that stupid.

    October 16, 2012 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  24. Nameray f

    Obama won tonight and sent mitt romeneys into early retirement.come on Latino voter show up in numbers niv 5 2012. Go Obama/Biden 2012

    October 16, 2012 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  25. Monica Kudrna

    I liked that Obama made women's issues, a family issue. Women we can make a difference for our families and this country.

    October 16, 2012 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
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