Liveblogging the Second Presidential Debate

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TIME’s politics team brings you up-to-the-minute Twitter commentary and coverage throughout the Hempstead, New York debate.

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Lauro Andrea
Lauro Andrea

As I predicted: if Obama even showed-up with half a fight, Romney would make his own gaffes just from hubris.

Romney just undid himself really.

MrObvious
MrObvious

CNN just liveblogged that their insta poll gave the debate to Obama, 46 to 39 and right away declared the meme of the night; basically a draw for the horse race.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

Don't you think they're trying to make the race closer than it actually is?

clb2012now
clb2012now

@BluegrassPundit Crowley was pathetic. Obama can't win without a women saving his ass. 

MrObvious
MrObvious

Rightie spinners is predictably making this all about Libya. Ignoring everything before and after the event. It must be pretty damning for Romney that an entire debate is boiled down to a talking point where righties are using a tragedy to make political hay.

This election is going to be about the economy and jobs, that's why GOP won in 2010. And they're trying to obfuscate it but I'm pretty sure people are focused on their wallet.

And Romney did a TERRIBLE job giving us a clear vision for the economy going forward. Most of it was anti-Obama.

anon76returns
anon76returns

He also did a pretty bad job on the Libya question- the focus on Obama not calling it a terrorist act (and the explicit lie about the President's stance which was called out by the moderator) was not a winner for him.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

Joe Klein insta-analysis forthcoming....

MamaLis
MamaLis

I thought Romney was fantastic, btw. Unlike Obama who much of the time sounded like the Charlie Brown teacher when he spoke. "Waa Waa Waaaaa Waa."

And btw, I voted for him.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

 Fantastic how? When he failed to provide any details of his tax plan and shifted the topic from Assault Guns to Marriage. Or how he said he is all in favor of equal rights for women and wants to make sure they have plenty of time to go home and cook dinner?

Ivy_B
Ivy_B

Gee whiz, another drone? Three comments and suddenly an expert? Hope it's not one of our regulars taking on another personna.

MrObvious
MrObvious

What back in the day made you vote for Obama?

formerlyjamesm
formerlyjamesm

He has since learned to read, found Charlie Brown, and goes waa waa waa now.

Hollywooddeed
Hollywooddeed

How about when Willard got owned on the facts and the audience applauded?  Fantastic!

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

CBS insta-poll of undecideds: One-third roughly for O, R, and U; O got the plurality.

MamaLis
MamaLis

Kudos to the Twitter guys! TOTALLY entertaining and witty during the debate. I toggled back and forth between here and debate. Also seemed straight down the middle!

Nice job!!!!!

MamaLis
MamaLis

Kudos to Twitterers above. SO ENTERTAINING and witty! I loved it!!!

Cbergcamp
Cbergcamp

Obama:  Typical ditch, dodge evade any questions! 

f_galton
f_galton

Obama comes across as even more boring than Romney, which is amazing when you think about it.

MrObvious
MrObvious

Yeah, Obama smacking down Romney is so boring.

f_galton
f_galton

I know the true believers are incapable of recognizing it, but Obama is a huge bore.

f_galton
f_galton

It's not an "attack line", it's a statement of fact.

anon76returns
anon76returns

"Obama is a huge bore."  Now there's a great GOP attack line.  Just make sure that whoever says it has the proper up-turned nose angle, and is either wearing a monocle or holding opera glasses.  I envision Mittens saying it while riding Rafalca inside of his in-home car elevator.  The proles will eat it up!

f_galton
f_galton

I find Obama's dullness amusing.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

 And Mittens is a tremendous liar. Now that the pleasantries are out of the way, whats your point?

MrObvious
MrObvious

Never heard GRIDS before. Do tell me, must be a real devastating put down.

f_galton
f_galton

You have GRIDS, don't you?

MrObvious
MrObvious

f_galton

Reading comprehension is not your thing huh?

f_galton
f_galton

So you concede Obama is a huge bore, at least we can agree on that.

MrObvious
MrObvious

I don't look for the president for entertainment and comedy.

I don't grade presidents on how much they bore me; only if they do right by all citizens.

Maybe you like Romneys flip flopping clown act of no ideas and blame Obama, personally I find that nonsensical.

Sue_N.
Sue_N.

Binders full of women and bucket o' deductions.

You go, Willard.

kbanginmotown
kbanginmotown

Subbing for sacred, tonight (since he appears to be AWOL), I'd agree that, Yes, "Binders full of Women" are no big deal. And, once you take the staples out of their navels, they're much easier to...review...

sacredh
sacredh

I worked 4-12 and it turned into working 4-4. I work 4-4 again tomorrow. It's 4:20 am and I just got home.

Sue_N.
Sue_N.

For the articles, of course.

formerlyjamesm
formerlyjamesm

sacred is at work.  He said so earlier.  We'll hear from him.

sacredh
sacredh

You folks make me out to be some kind of perv. (looks in mirror). Yeah, perv written all over face.

kbanginmotown
kbanginmotown

A story involving "Binders" and "Women" just HAS to involve sacred's MIL... 

Sue_N.
Sue_N.

"Binders full of women" just begs for sacred's unique touch.

Ivy_B
Ivy_B

Geez, kbang. sacred is working.

a) don't you have any respect

b) don't you memorize what he says

c) if you are going to sub for him, you'll have to step up your game.

Although the staples in navels wasn't bad for a start!

sacredh
sacredh

What about all the poor women in the binders that are stuck together?

kbanginmotown
kbanginmotown

Sorry, Ivy (and sacred). I missed the binder...er, memo...

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

Women binders. What role do they play in the Mormon church?

formerlyjamesm
formerlyjamesm

A woman's place is in the binder?

sacredh
sacredh

No. What's wrong with keeping thousands of photos on the hard drive? Binders are sooooo yesteryear.