Sound Off: Obama Vs. Romney Round 2, Does it Matter?

Do you totally support Obama, Romney or a third-party candidate? Or could your vote still be influenced by the debates?

Everyone is buzzing over Round 2 of the presidential debate. Tonight, President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney will debate over foreign and domestic policy from Hofstra University in New York.

But many voters have made their minds up, even before the first words were uttered in the presidential debates. Now we place the question to our readers in the Peninsula, Sacramento and North Bay regions:

Have you made up your mind about who you are voting for? Does the debate have any chance in swaying your vote?

Here is some useful information about tonight's debate:

Channels Broadcasting Live: FOX, NBC, CBS, ABC, PBS, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, CNBC, CSPAN

Live Streaming Online: You Tube's Election Hub

Comic Relief: Name-calling debate on YouTube, New York Times cartoon, Democalypse 2012 from The Daily Show, Obama vs. Romney on SNL

Presidential Debate Schedule



October 16, 2012

Topic: Town meeting format including foreign and domestic policy
Air Time: 6-7:30 p.m. Pacific Time
Location: Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York (Tickets)
Sponsor: Commission on Presidential Debates
Participants: President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney
Moderator: Candy Crowley (CNN Chief Political Correspondent)

The second presidential debate will take the form of a town meeting, in which citizens will ask questions of the candidates on foreign and domestic issues. Candidates each will have two minutes to respond, and an additional minute for the moderator to facilitate a discussion. The town meeting participants will be undecided voters selected by the Gallup Organization.

October 22, 2012

Topic: Foreign policy
Air Time: 6-7:30 p.m. Pacific Time
Location: Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida (Tickets)
Sponsor: Commission on Presidential Debates
Participants: President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney
Moderator: Bob Schieffer (Host of Face the Nation on CBS)

The format for the debate will be identical to the first presidential debate and will focus on foreign policy.

Get a recap of who's running in the 2012 Presidential Election and explore past debates on 2012PresidentialElectionNews.com.

Brandt Hardin October 16, 2012 at 07:29 PM
If lying is a sin then Mitt Romney’s Magic Mormon Underpants are on FIRE! How can any intelligent American vote for a man clouded in secrecy who habitually bends the truth? Income inequality is endangering the Middle Class and making paupers of us all who don’t have those millions upon millions of dollars. Read more about the role of Romney’s riches in this election and the power of his sacred undergarments at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2012/05/mitt-romneys-magic-mormon-underwear.html The working class of our country can’t AFFORD to allow this election to be bought and sold!
John Ferguson October 16, 2012 at 07:35 PM
These debates are essentially a farce. A pre programmed Kabuki dance of mammoth proportions. Whatever - you can get more valuable information about the candidate's positions in 10 minutes of web browsing. Debate as blood sport for choosing a president is quite simply asinine.
tony masi October 16, 2012 at 08:55 PM
Does it matter? No.
Mark Burnham October 16, 2012 at 10:48 PM
Umm...does it matter? Well considering Obama was cruising in EVERY poll before the first debate..and now almost every poll has Romney ahead..I would say that debates do matter when it comes to who is going to win or lose. The debates only "don't matter" when you are losing.
tony masi October 16, 2012 at 11:20 PM
The debates don't matter to those who don't intend to vote for the candidates debating. But I think posturing is a more apt description as opposed to debating.
Christine October 17, 2012 at 02:09 AM
Debates sure do matter......
Beth Stein October 17, 2012 at 02:13 AM
Of course it matters. Just like paying taxes, voting, obeying traffic laws etc Obama is showing his lack of understanding about what is really going on. He says that he didn't know about 9/11/12 he went to Vegas to campaign. What the heck? He needs to go back to Chicago
Beth Stein October 17, 2012 at 02:49 AM
And Romney killed it, again! Go Romney
Greg October 17, 2012 at 03:47 AM
Yeah, Romney killed the TRUTH again is more like it. Now he's quoting figures about how many women there are in poverty when behind closed doors, he's belittling the 47% percent. Mitt Romney and the Republican party the party taht champions women's rights! When he was Gov. of Mass, he was all over a template of healthcare very much like Obama's health care plan and anti coal and now he can't even say "global warming". There's no such thing as clean coal - what an utter farce. Oil from tar sands in Canada? Another environmental disaster - he'll say anything to get elected. Whatever it takes to get elected. Obama isn't perfect but he's far more realistic than Mr Silver Spoon.
Bill October 17, 2012 at 04:11 AM
The big news of this joint appearance/debate was Michelle's and Anne's dresses were both hot pink. HOT PINK!!!! You would think they would have coordinated their colors prior to the big show. Whoa is me!
Greg October 17, 2012 at 04:16 AM
Funny: CROWLEY: Governor Romney, pay equity for women? ROMNEY: Thank you. And important topic, and one which I learned a great deal about, particularly as I was serving as governor of my state, because I had the chance to pull together a cabinet and all the applicants seemed to be men. And I — and I went to my staff, and I said, "How come all the people for these jobs are — are all men." They said, "Well, these are the people that have the qualifications." And I said, "Well, gosh, can't we — can't we find some — some women that are also qualified?" ROMNEY: And — and so we — we took a concerted effort to go out and find women who had backgrounds that could be qualified to become members of our cabinet. I went to a number of women's groups and said, "Can you help us find folks," and they brought us whole binders full of women.
gary w thomas October 17, 2012 at 04:33 AM
Does it matter? Of course. the 1st debate Romney knocked the President down several times. The 2nd round the Pres. proved he could take a punch, but he still lost on points. Even if Obama wins debate 3, he still loses. Get used to it Clint Eastwood is right, Obama- empty chair, empty suit. Vote Romney. Gary w Thomas
tony masi October 17, 2012 at 05:09 AM
This Pepsi vs. Coke challenge debate of big-money-bought-pawn-candidates does not matter to those of us who are sick and tired of hearing the same empty promises from establishment democrats and republicans. They are no longer worth the time it takes to listen to their deceits and evasions. And the sooner the American voting population realizes this and defects from this dysfunctional, antagonistic, do-nothing, two-party system of ineptitude and excuses and begins to rally around third-party candidates that have no loyalty to the unspoken rules of this corrupt, entrenched political game , the better. Nothing really gets accomplished with the dem/rep system we have now. It's a theatrical farce all about party control, inaction and delay, wasted expenditure, crony favoritism, and increasing bureaucracy, all paid for by the sweat of the average American. Our government is no longer by the people and for the people; It's a money trough for politically-savvy, privileged insiders to fight over and glut and wallow in. The only thing that changes is the political mob that controls it. Granted, wresting control from self-serving, politicians-for-profit won't happen overnight. But monumental journeys always begin with a first step. Rid America of the true terrorists that now inhabit Washington, DC. Vote outside the system and make a statement for positive change. Don't settle for second best. Vote your conscience and make independent voting a force to be reckoned with.
EWC October 17, 2012 at 02:23 PM
This is a 2 on 1 debate. Crowley and Obama versus Romney. Besides Obama lying about the video no one watched and what happened in Libya so did Crowley (who had to indicate on her CNN program that she did). The liar is Obama it is nose must be growing.
Ventress Dugan October 17, 2012 at 05:37 PM
The ladies were wearing pink to honor Breast Cancer Awarenous Month. They both looked beautiful!
Dave Robertson October 17, 2012 at 07:07 PM
EWC: I totally agree, Crowley exemplified bad journalism at it's best.
Dave Robertson October 17, 2012 at 07:15 PM
We got "hope and change" 4 years ago - and look where that got us!? Sorry, but 4 more years of presidential arrogance from a man who hasn't a clue how to fix this economy is really frightening. Obviously there is a lot about Obama that we have been "fed" since 2008 that was really deceptive. That was not the same man we elected 4 years ago on TV last night! Yes, Romney has his bad points, but he knows business. And yes, tearing down bad businesses when they are failing is very relevant. Much of our problem today is that in a wold economy, we have not adjusted to what the rest of the world wants or needs. Or do you want to listen to the same rhetoric from Obama - that if we tax the higher income earners all will be well? That will fix nothing, and will stifle anyone trying to grow their business in the process. Why do you think business has been so poor in the last 4 years? Because we have all been living under the threat of anti-business attitudes for years. Dividing the country along class lines does not help either.
Charles Thompson October 18, 2012 at 11:30 PM
The debates didn't change my mind, but they made me feel more a part of the process. Those undecided voters need anything they can get to help them choose. I'm not so much choosing a candidate as I am choosing an administration with a complex set of policies and attitudes. We can't continue with the current administration -- time for a change. Romney/Ryan!


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