The First 2012 Presidential DebateThe First 2012 Presidential Debate
- The Economy
- Health Care
- The Role of Government
- Six, 15-minute segments
- Each segment opens with a question by the moderator
- Candidates have two minutes each to respond, rest of segment used for discussion
US Presidential DebatesThe 2012 Presidential Debate Schedule
- October 3: Moderator asks questions on domestic policy
- October 16: Town hall meeting in which undecided voters ask questions on domestic, foreign issues
- October 22: Moderator asks questions on foreign policy
Did they coordinate ties? Obama blue, Romney red, Lehrer a little of both #debate— James Poniewozik (@poniewozik) October 4, 2012
Romney challenges Obama by saying he has said before that he would cut the deficit, but that the nation still shows trillion dollar deficits every year. Romney says Obama's tax plan will kill hundreds of thousands of jobs.
Some on Twitter are critical of the way Jim Lehrer is moderating the debate
Jim Lehrer needs to take control of this debate. He's letting the candidates walk all over him. #cbsphilly— Ben Simmoneau (@bensimmoneau) October 4, 2012
Jim Lehrer lost control of this debate 30 minutes ago...— Tampa Two (@TampaTwo1) October 4, 2012
Romney says he would allow seniors to choose the current Medicare plan or a private plan of their choice. He says he'd rather not have the government telling him what kind of health care to get. Romney discusses idea of getting competitio
Obama counters that a move to a voucher system is putting seniors at the mercy of insurance companies. He said AARP has said Romney's plan would weaken Medicare substantia
Lehrer begins the next segment by asking Romney why he wants Obama's health care act repealed.
Romney says the cost of health care is prohibitiv
Lehrer asks Obama for his argument against repeal of the health care plan.
Obama criticizes Romney for not outlining concrete plans, saying the American people have to ask themselves is the reason Romney is keeping all his plans for replacing Obama's policies secret because they're too good?
Romney says he does have a plan that deals with people with pre-existi
@cdixon This is exactly what we want! The meat!— Jason McGowan (@jasonmcgowan) October 4, 2012
Romney says if Obama is reelected, there will be dramatic cuts to the military, but that he will not cut the military, will keep America strong and get people working again.
Obama and Romney shake hands at the end of the debate.
Many on Twitter and in the media are saying Romney has had the better night, or at least did better than expected.
FWIW, I don't think I've seen a single one of my Twitter followers say they think Obama is winning this debate.— Andy Carvin (@acarvin) October 4, 2012
Obama made a lot of great points tonight. Unfortunately, most of them were for Romney— Bill Maher (@billmaher) October 4, 2012