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Presidential debate wrap: Your take

  • We got real-time reaction to what was said in Wednesday's debate
  • You joined the conversation on Twitter and Facebook
  • Here's how it all went down
Presidential debate wrap: Your take

President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney squared off Wednesday night in the first debate of the 2012 presidential election. We followed along with you on on Twitter and Facebook.

If you missed any of the action in the debate itself or in the discussion online, checkout our timeline below for the highlights (read from the bottom):


10:38 p.m. ET:


10:33 p.m. ET:


10:32 p.m. ET: The debate has concluded.

10:31 p.m. ET: Romney says if he is elected Americans will see the economy pick back up again.

10:30 p.m. ET: Obama says he promised in the last election that he was not a perfect person and he was not going to be a perfect president, and that's a promise that Romney probably thinks he kept.

10:29 p.m. ET:


10:28 p.m. ET: Closing statements happening now

10:26 p.m. ET: Obama says he has been able to accomplish things with a Republican controlled congress.

10:25 p.m. ET: Romney says he will reach across the aisle to democrats the day after he is elected.

10:23 p.m. ET: CNN's Jim Spellman is tweeting from outside the debate hall with the crowd on the University of Denver's campus.



10:22 p.m. ET:


10:21 p.m. ET:


10:18 p.m. ET: Someone is tweeting as silent Jim Lehrer.


10:14 p.m. ET: Lehrer asks the candidates about their view on the role of the federal government.

10:12 p.m. ET:


10:11 p.m. ET: Romney references Reagan when talking about reaching across the aisle.

10:10 p.m. ET: Obama: Romney wants to repeal Dodd-Frank.

10:08 p.m. ET: About 20 more minutes left of the debate.  Have you heard enough? Have you made up your mind on who you are going to vote for?

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10:07 p.m. ET: Romney: Government is not effective at bringing down the cost of anything.

10:05 p.m. ET:


10:02 p.m. ET: Obama: My healthcare plan was a bipartisan idea, and it was the same plan that Romney came up with.

10:01 p.m. ET: Romney: Obama pushed Obamacare despite what the country wanted and divided the country.

10:00 p.m. ET: Obama brings up the fact that Romney passed the same healthcare legislation as Obamacare in Massachusetts when he was governor.

9:58 p.m. ET: Some people are not happy with Jim Lehrer:

9:56 p.m. ET: Romney says he wants to repeal Obamacare.

9:54 p.m. ET: 


9:53 p.m. ET:

9:50 p.m. ET:


9:49 p.m. ET: The candidates continue to duke it out over Medicare.

9:48 p.m. ET:


9:45 p.m. ET:


9:45 p.m. ET: We are at the halfway point! 45 minutes left of the debate.

9:45 p.m. ET: Obama is talking about Romney's voucher program proposal for Medicare, and the problems he has with it.

9:44 p.m. ET: Romney talking about how Medicare needs reform. Some doctors won't take Medicare patients.

9:43 p.m. ET:


9:41 p.m. ET: Obama is talking about his plan for Social Security and Medicare.

9:40 p.m. ET:


9:38 p.m. ET:

9:36 p.m. ET:


9:35 p.m. ET: Obama: We spend to much on corporate welfare.

9:34 p.m. ET: Romney: 40% of our economy is spent on government.

9:32 p.m. ET: Romney: You shouldn't raise taxes when the economy is slow.

9:30 p.m. ET:


9:29 p.m. ET: Obama: When I came into office I had two wars paid for with a credit card.

9:28 p.m. ET: Romney says he would cut Obamacare and PBS.

9:27 p.m. ET:


9:26 p.m. ET: Romney: I am not in favor of a 5 trillion dollar tax cute. That's not my plan. People need to be put back to work.

9:24 p.m. ET:

9:23 p.m. ET: Romney and Obama duke it out over corporate tax rates.

9:20 p.m. ET:


9:18 p.m. ET: Obama: For 18 months Romney has being running on a tax cut.

9:17 p.m. ET: Romney: I have 5 boys so I am used to people saying things that aren't exactly true.

9:16 p.m. ET:


9:15 p.m. ET:


9:12 p.m. ET:

9:08 p.m. ET: Obama: We need to improve our education system. We need to also keep college tuition low. I also want to close loopholes that provide incentives for companies to take jobs overseas.

9:06 p.m. ET: Romney congratulates on his anniversary, and begins to answer Lehrer's question.  Romney says his plan to create jobs has 5 parts.

9:05 p.m. ET: Obama: The auto industry has come roaring back

9:03 p.m. ET: The candidates are introduced and shake hands. Obama has a blue tie on, and Romney has a red tie on.  Lehrer's first questions is about job creation, and Obama starts off his answer by mentioning his wife and wishing her happy anniversary.

9:00 p.m. ET: Let it begin! Jim Lehrer lays down the rules, before asking his first question.

8:56 p.m. ET:


8:55 p.m. ET: Fun fact about the debate moderator Jim Lehrer: He collects bus memorabilia, because his father was a bus driver.

8:49 p.m. ET:


8:44 p.m. ET: If you are following along with us on Twitter use this hashtag: #HLNYourTake

8:39 p.m. ET: CNN's Jim Spellman just tweeted a picture of people watching the debate outside the forum.


8:36 p.m. ET: Here is a picture from the debate hall that HLN Producer Brian Rokus took for us earlier in the day.

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