President Obama has now arrived at the debate hall, reports @stevebruskCNN. #CNNdebate
Tonight Obama ties George W Bush record for most gen elex prez debates (6). George HW Bush did 6 debates, but 1 was for VP. #cnndebate
what happens if u come in 3rd? MT @politicoroger: toilets in press center say on flush handles "Lift Up for No. 1", "Down for No. 2."
There's only one person who has debated both Obama and Romney in a presidential debate. @SenJohnMcCain on CNN right now.
30 min from: Obama v. Romney III. May not be as exciting as Ali v. Frazier III ("Thrilla in Manilla"), but it will matter more #CCNDebate
We're just a few minutes away from the crucial 3rd contest between Romney and Obama - vote above as we look back.
Just a reminder - if you see a clip from tonight's debate you want to share on social media, you can go to CNN.com/Debates and cut it yourself.
Spotted in the debate hall: Tagg, Josh and Craig Romney. In the same shot as White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett. Probably the last time that will happen.
The site of the debate is "Lynn University." Named after Fred Lynn? @RedSox
Candy Crowley interviews Sen. John McCain live now - he's giving his unique perspective, having debated both Obam and Romney.
Jenga is back, according to a picture from Romney's "body man" below:
Clinton Press Sec and debate co-chair Mike McCurry is adressing the crowd. I feel bad 4Mike. As co-chair, he can't tweet.
Peter Hamby is on the phone live on CNN now - some internal Romney talking points.
The theme of tonight's debate is foreign policy... and here are the areas of focus which the moderator has said he will bring up: America’s role in the world; Our longest war – Afghanistan and Pakistan; Red Lines – Israel and Iran; The Changing Middle East and the New Face of Terrorism; The Rise of China and Tomorrow’s World. Moderator Bob Schieffer plans to focus two segments on the terrorism topic.
Why does Romney play Jenga before a #debate? That is the most stressful game since Operation. #CNNdebate
Now Mark Preston has some details - he says the goal will be to show how Romney can be commander-in-chief. He also says he won't be talking about the timeline about Benghazi.
Interesting - @PrestonCNN reports that Romney won't be getting into the specifics of Libya timeline, but will make broader points. #CNNDebate
Thanks for the spellcheck. It was Denny McLain.
Tonight is Romney’s 37th prez debate (34 primary, 3 gen elex)
Chief political analyst Gloria Borger makes the point on CNN TV that one way for the candidates to pivot to the economy during a foreign policy debate is to talk about the defense budget, and the massive cuts to the defense budget that are looming at the end of the year.
Michelle Obama enters the debate hall now - Ann Romney next. Live on CNN now.
Ann Romney and Michelle Obama are in the debate hall -- they're wearing different colors tonight. Mrs. Romney's in green and Mrs. Obama's wearing grey. They both wore the exact same shade of pink to the last debate.
Frank Fahrenkopf, co-chairman of the presidential debate commission, notes that a major brewery is a major donor to the Commission on Presidential Debates. "There may be some beer left over after the debate," he jokes, saying beer is available in the spin room. Later, he notes another donor: the International Bottled Water Association.
Ex-Sen Bob Graham sitting behind Michelle Obama. I bet I know what he's going to write in his little notebook tonight. #debate #cnndebate