October 3rd, 2012
10:06 AM ET

Wednesday's live events

President Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney hold their first debate tonight from the campus of the University of Denver.  Watch CNN.com Live for all the latest coverage from the election.

Today's programming highlights...

10:30 am ET - Pentagon briefing on Afghanistan - The deputy commander of the International Security Assistance Force will brief reporters on the current situation in Afghanistan.

12:00 pm ET - Clinton campaigns for Obama - While President Obama prepares for tonight's debate, former president Bill Clinton will be on the campaign trail in New Hampshire, stumping for Obama in Durham.

12:00 pm ET - Rubio stumps for Romney - Like Obama, GOP candidate Mitt Romney will avoid any campaigning the day of the debate.  Sen. Marco Rubio will campaign for Romney in Denver.

5:00 pm ET - 'DebateFest' - Before, during and after the debate, students, faculty and others will gather at the University of Denver for a free festival and debate watch party.

9:00 pm ET - Presidential debate - It's what you've been waiting for.  President Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney will discuss and debate domestic issues from the campus of the University of Denver.

CNN.com Live is your home for breaking news as it happens.


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  1. Todd

    I'm having a debate party. Popcorn and soft drinks. I bet it will be exciting!

    October 3, 2012 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  2. Cherie

    I hope they will still show Survivor at 8pm. If we can see it then the debate, tonight will rule !

    October 3, 2012 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  3. bobcat (in a hat)©

    During a political debate the politicians were asked to use the word "fascinate" in a sentence.
    The first one, a democrat, came up with an answer right away. He said, "One of my hobbies is painting, and no matter if I paint with water colors, or oils I always fascinate people with my work."
    The second politician, the republican, said "My grandfather was a magician, and when ever he performed a trick be it with cards, or hoops, or magic balls he would always fascinate us."
    The third politician, an independent, said "I don't know if I can do that."
    The MC of the debate said, "Go ahead take a couple of minutes then give it your best."
    The third politician thought for a while then said, "I know this gal, one time she went to the store to buy a new blouse. The blouse had ten buttons on it, but when she went to button it her boobs were so big that she could only fasten eight."

    October 3, 2012 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  4. Portland tony

    We use the word "debate" very loosely when two political candidates square off. Neither can mention substantial points for fear of the press pouncing! The one who says absolutely nothing controversial will be declared the "Winner".

    October 3, 2012 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      There will be fact-checkers all over this debate; that's a given.
      That being said, Romney isn't a very good speaker when under pressure; it will be interesting to see if his handlers coaching him have made any progress in his hemming and hawing tendencies...

      October 3, 2012 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    Oh, I can't wait for this debate!
    The kettle is out...

    October 3, 2012 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  6. bobcat (in a hat)©

    The Great Debate
    Sleeping Beauty, Tom Thumb and Don Juan were having a terrible fight. "I am the most beautiful person in the world," proclaimed Sleeping Beauty. "No, you're not," answered Don Juan and Tom Thumb. I am the smallest person in the world," shouted Tom Thumb. "No, you're not," said Sleeping Beauty and Don Juan "I've had more lovers than any person in the world," announced Don Juan. "No, you haven't" replied Tom Thumb and Sleeping Beauty.
    Well, they decided that if the three were to get along, they needed a mediator, and decided that Merlin, clearly the smartest person in the world, would be ideal. Merlin agreed and summoned them all to his palace, where he announced he would meet with them one at a time.
    Sleeping Beauty went in first and not a minute later came out beaming. "I am the most beautiful person in the world, Merlin said so." In went Tom Thumb and out he came as quickly as had Sleeping Beauty. "I am the smallest person in the world. Merlin agrees." In goes Don Juan and in he stays, a half hour, an hour, an hour and a half later. Finally, he emerges distraught, muttering, "Who the hell is Bill Clinton"

    October 3, 2012 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  7. bobcat (in a hat)©

    The thoroughly secular young attorney and the philosopher were engaged in fierce theological debate: "Heaven and hell, you will agree, may very well be separated by a wall," contended the lawyer. Should it happen that this wall would fall down, who would you say must rebuild it?"The righteous would insist that the wicked do it; the latter would likely refuse. If this case came before a judge, which do you believe would emerge the winner?""It seems to me," replied the philosopher, "that any fair-minded judge would render a verdict against the wicked, since the likelihood is that the wall should crumble from the fires of hell rather than from the bliss of Paradise."On the other hand," he concluded, "I fully realize that hell surely contains a full quota of glib-tongued lawyers, and I should therefore not be surprised if they won the case."

    October 3, 2012 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  8. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Two political candidates were having a hot debate:

    Finally, one of them jumped up and yelled at the other, "What about the powerful interest that controls you?"

    The other candidate defiantly yelled back, "You leave my wife out of this!"

    October 3, 2012 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  9. N Flores

    I Wonder What Mick Romney Opening Zingers will be During the Pres Debate. Maybe He Will
    Start By taking a play of out Tim Palenty's Old Playbook. . . .
    Declaring that Pres. Obama is Engaging In "Class Warefare" Since that is Their Favorite Terms To Use When the Rich are Down and Out.
    I hope Romney says This.
    So That the Real Truths Comes out on This Matter:
    Whose Engaging in Class warefare ? ? ?
    Well The Replublicans Are . . . . Because they have been Responsible For:
    1)Saying that the working poor and lower middle class 47% do not matter to them
    2)Using every dirty Jim Crow tactic to prevent Voting by the Poor (Req Ids to vote, Striking Down Registered Voters in FL)
    3)His Party (R) Was Responsible For the Biggest Economic Collapse Since the Great Depression and who did that hurt the most . . . The poor and working Class
    His Party (R) Was Also Responsible For More Jobs Being Outsourced (During the Bush Administration) than Any Time In History ! ! ! who did that hurt the most . . . The poor and working Class
    Hence, Now NO or Very Tiny Middle Class Is Left .
    Now Because of His Party, The Rich are Even More Hated By The Poor And Poor Are Even More Hated By The Rich ! ! ! (Now THATS CLASS WARFARE).
    I Truly Really Hope That Romney Brings This Issue Up So That Pres. Obama Can Pound Him to The Ground On It ! ! !

    October 3, 2012 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  10. Hamsta

    Obama/Biden 2012

    October 3, 2012 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  11. bobcat (in a hat)©

    THIS DEBATE DESERVES REPEATING

    The chicken-and-egg debate resolved.
    .

    A chicken and an egg are lying in bed.

    The chicken is leaning against the headboard, a satisfied smile on its
    face.

    The egg, looking a bit irritated, grabs the sheet, rolls over, and says,
    "Well, I guess we finally answered THAT question!"

    (And before all you technical correctness peeples start, Yes, that would be a rooster, but this a joke, so give it a rest)

    October 3, 2012 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  12. BOMBO ©

    A rooster with an egg fetish. This is indeed a sick society we live in.

    October 3, 2012 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  13. Philip

    The chicken came first. (duh, aka no-brainer)
    A travelling salesman's car breaks down, and a kindly old farmer invites him to spend the night. However, the farmer's cottage was very small, with no extra rooms. Graciously, the farmer allows the salesman to sleep with his daughter, and warns him 'no hanky panky'.To be sure, he places several chicken eggs between the two of them so as to know of any foul play.
    Well, the salesman and the farmers daughter borke every single egg that night. The next morning the took some suoer glue and glued the shells back together...just in time for the farmer to walk in and inspect the bed for evidence of fould play. The old farmer picked-up one of the eggs, and noticed it was much lighetr than it should be. "That does it!" he exclaimed, "I'm gettin' my shotgun!".
    "Don't shoot him Daddy!" said the daughter, wrapping her arms around the salesman. "Him?" asked the puzzled farmer. "I'm going to kill that that darned rooster! He's shooting blanks again!"

    October 3, 2012 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  14. Philip

    One day, a little girls was looking out the picture window when her eyes got as big as silver dollars. "Daddy! Daddy! Come'ere quick!" she exclaimed. "What is it little Donna?" asked her dad. "Looky daddy! What'r those two doggies doing?" she inquired, pointing her little finger at Fido and Muffy going to town. "Well...I, errrr, the ah..." stumbled her dad, not sure if it was time to be teaching little Donna about the birds and bees. "Oh!" he exclaimed, as the thought of a believable explanation came to mind. "Fido hurt his paw and so Muffy is giving him a ride to the hospital."
    Little Donna looked up to her daddy, and with her little hands on her hips and a frown she said "Gee willakers daddy. Ain't that just like real-life. Try to help someone out and end up taking it up the ass."

    October 3, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      Didn't Bobcat tell this joke a few weeks ago, and wasn't the girl's name "Little Susie" and wasn't Muffy's name "Philip"?

      October 3, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      @ Bobcat

      So I noticed. Thanks for the explanation. How sas that a person would be so childish and full of hate for no reason that > I < can tell.

      October 3, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      @ Guest

      I don't know, but he seems to have a very unhealthy obsession with banasy. He focuses on her more than any other blogger on here.

      October 3, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alternative Telling

      One day, a little boy was looking out the picture window when his eyes got as big as silver dollars. "Daddy! Daddy! Come'ere quick!" he exclaimed. "What is it little Philip?" asked his dad. "Looky daddy! What'r those two doggies doing?" he inquired, pointing his little finger at Fido and Muffy going to town. "Well...I, errrr, the ah..." stumbled his dad, not sure if it was time to be teaching little Philip about the birds and bees. "Oh!" he exclaimed, as the thought of a believable explanation came to mind. "Fido hurt his paw and so Muffy is giving him a ride to the hospital."
      Little Philip looked up to his daddy, and with his little hands on his hips and a frown he said "Gee willakers daddy. Ain't that just like real-life. Try to help someone out and end up taking it up the ass, just like I like to do."

      October 3, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      @ Bobcat

      I've noticed that, too. That can't be good.

      October 3, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  15. punchline exclusive

    "Remember the Alamo" yelled John Wayne (RIP), as he grabbed another Mexican and tossed him out too. Finally the jet airliner began to level out.

    October 3, 2012 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
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