10:30 PM EST: Obama says he hasn’t been a perfect president, but that he promised to help the middle class and he has.
10:23 PM EST: Romney on POTUS: As president, you’re entitled to your own plane, and your own house, but not your own facts.
10:22 PM EST: Romney first says America is about religious tolerance, then 30 secs later says Americans all have the same God.
10:14 PM EST: Romney found a way to mention Ronald Reagan and POTUS, of course, mentioned Abraham Lincoln. We knew it was coming.
10: 12 PM EST: Obama tells Romney maybe Massachusetts Republicans could teach Congress GOP about cooperation.
10: 03 PM EST: Romney says Obamacare was a partisan plan, brushes over GOP obstructionism.
9:57 PM EST: Romney says he wants to repeal ACA (Obamacare). Says nothing of its predecessor, Romneycare.
9:54 PM EST: Jim Lehrer is relinquishing control of tempo and topic to Romney at pivotal moments. Take it back, Jim.
9:46 PM EST: POTUS: [Romney] would turn Medicare into a voucher program. Romney: That’s for future retirees, not current retirees. Obama: If you’re 54 or 55 you might want to listen.
9:43 PM EST: Obama says social security is “structurally sound, needs some “tweaks.” Romney claims that POTUS wants to cut Medicare.
9:39 PM EST: Romney flip-flops mid-debate. First he wants clean energy, now he attacks POTUS investment in green energy.
9:34 PM EST: POTUS says that oil companies don’t need tax breaks. If companies can afford corporate jets, they can afford to pay full freight.
9:25 PM EST: Romney shows his 1% status. Interrupts both the POTUS and moderator to get last word on economy.
9:18 PM EST: First shots fired: Romney compares POTUS and VP Biden to his sons: They keep saying the same lie over and over again, and hope people believe that it’s true.
9:13 PM EST: Romney flip-flops on taxes, claims no tax cuts in his budget for wealthy Americans.
9:09 PM EST: Both the POTUS and Romney stick to the script, with both claiming that helping Middle-class Americans through tough economic times is priority.
9:05 PM EST: 5 million jobs created, economy is coming back. — POTUS
9:02 PM EST: President Barack Obama wishes First Lady Michelle Obama a happy 20th anniversary.
9:00 PM EST: Here we go. Domestics issues are on the table. The first presidential debate begins now.
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