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LIVE STREAM & CHAT: Presidential Debate 2012 — Domestic Policy

Join a panel of Republicans and Democrats as they analyze the performances of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, and share your reactions with other viewers from Central Contra Costa County. WATCH LIVE NOW.

The first presidential debate will be held Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 6 p.m. Pacific Time. Join the Central Contra Costa County Patch sites (ConcordLamorindaMartinez, Pleasant Hill and Walnut Creek) for a live chat during the debates. Our panelists of influential California Republicans and Democrats will be adding their observations in the Cover It Live blog above.

The panelists are:

  • Gil Gonzales - Republican candidate for State Senate
  • Nathan Mintz - former Republican candidate for State Assembly
  • Jeff Kravitz - attorney, Democrat
  • Michael Barber - San Mateo supervisor's aide, Democrat
  • Kevin Hangman - Republican

Join the discussion by commenting below. Refresh your browser to see new comments. WATCH the debate LIVE by clicking the video to the right.

The debate begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday and is expected to run to 7:30 p.m. Incumbent Democrat Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney square off on domestic issues, including the economy, at the University of Denver in Colorado.

Please join our moderated discussion as we watch the debate. As always, we ask that comments be kept civil and respectful of our panelists and readers. 

Want to respond to a point made in the live blog above? Or add your own thoughts and reactions to the debate? Add your comment below. Refresh your browser to see new comments.

Lance Howland (Editor) October 04, 2012 at 01:23 AM
I like the comment about smirking. It's a big part of these televised debates -- how you look while the other person is talking. Ronald Reagan was very good at it. -- Lance Howland, editor
Emily Henry (Editor) October 04, 2012 at 01:26 AM
Romney seems really confident. He's dominating the first segment.
Chris J Kapsalis October 04, 2012 at 01:29 AM
Romney sure is a fast talker.
Emily Henry (Editor) October 04, 2012 at 01:51 AM
It seems pretty obvious that Jim Lehrer isn't doing too great a job of controlling the debate.
kenny October 04, 2012 at 01:55 AM
I agree Emily. Romney is hitting hard.
Emily Henry (Editor) October 04, 2012 at 02:25 AM
Yes, he's getting through a lot of ground... while Obama isn't keeping up.
Chris J Kapsalis October 04, 2012 at 03:01 AM
If you talk fast enough no way anyone could keep up. Both of them actually gave me a bit of a head ache. I think they both did very poorly in the speaking department. I kept wanting to say as they spoke, "no wait, yes, no, not exactly, but....! Ugh.
Chris J Kapsalis October 04, 2012 at 03:03 AM
I did cringe when Obama stumbled out of the gate wishing his wife a happy anniverasry. Romney made a good one.
Jose October 04, 2012 at 03:16 AM
Not interested. Next.
tyshauna October 04, 2012 at 03:30 AM
Romney trying to take pbs dat where he went wrong at obama gt my vote
Triple Canopy October 04, 2012 at 04:20 AM
Obama struggled to think on his feet and was wishing to find his response on the teleprompter that didn't exist. And Obama can't defend is record.
c5 October 04, 2012 at 01:39 PM
clear win for romney. whether it matters, time will tell. but a good night for romney for sure. in some sense the challenger always has the advantage since he/she doesn't have to defend existing policies, but that doesn't explain it all.
John Runningwolf October 04, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Obama is fading away.

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