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So Who Won the First Presidential Debate?

Did the debate help make up, or change, your mind about who you will vote for in November?

Going through Twitter and Facebook, it would appear that Mitt Romney won the debate - if you were going to vote for him anyway. President Barack Obama, however, was the clear winner - if he was your man going in.

But that really doesn't matter in the long run. It's that small number of voters who are undecided that will make the difference.

So, if you were undecided, did this debate help sway you either way? And if so, which way? And let's just throw it out there for everybody, decided or not, who do you think won the debate and why? 

Wipster October 04, 2012 at 04:38 PM
Romney won but he just told some very convincing lies. Wait until round 2 and 3. Oh by the way check Romneys job creation record as govenor.
Donald M. Murphy October 04, 2012 at 05:24 PM
You are right , it was style over substance. Rommney had the substance and Obama had no style. Obama kept trying to use the old Sol Olinsky "BIG LIE" tactic but it came back to bite him. Bill Maher said it best--Maybe he does need a teleprompter and some on to write his speeches Obama is really an empty suit!
Donald M. Murphy October 04, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Mass. came in 48th in job creation under Romney. BUT it is hard to improve on a 5.2% unemployment rate
Donald M. Murphy October 04, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Obama's big lie. Romney wants to give a 5 Billion dollar tax break to the rich. Obama had to quit that harange after Romney said 5 times that is not my plan. This was a made up Democratic talking point. Repeat the big lie often enough and people will beleive it-----NOT anymore
Matthew C. Medlock October 04, 2012 at 06:02 PM
The bottom line is: do you want big government, high taxes, slow economic growth, and a weak military or do you want less government, lower taxes, and strong economic growth with the best military in the world. None of this is new. Basic economic principles will prevail. Do we want to be like Greece or do we want to be the strongest nation in the world again. For those of you who want government run health care, you need to check out your closest VA hospital and ask the vets what its like. As a veteran, I went once and told them I will never go back, its that bad.
GregRodgers October 04, 2012 at 06:43 PM
I'd move the trailer, but I've asked you several times to leave it for the day. Its hard to get folks like you out of my rental properties. You all feel entitled like you own it.....
GregRodgers October 04, 2012 at 06:47 PM
He may have stopped, but only to let Mitt hang himself with his own lie....Fact...Mitt wants a "5 Trillion" dollar tax break period....per the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center. Look it up for yourself...or do you believe the sound bites at your ear?
GregRodgers October 04, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Yes...this is true... "Mass. came in 48th in job creation under Romney. BUT it is hard to improve on a 5.2% unemployment rate"... What no one talks about is the enormous amount of Fee's and Taxes Romney hoisted on the middle class while he was there.... Again....google search works....look it up!
lee kellogg October 04, 2012 at 08:38 PM
Romney won because he said he will regulate banks and brokerages. He was against regulation last week, but it helped him a lot to say he's for it now. And last week he was for the mortgage deduction for second homes but this week is another story. People hearing him for the first time think those are his real positions.
Denna Millard October 05, 2012 at 02:14 PM
In factuality, neither of them won. Romney is hiding his money well - see article on "10 investments he wished he didn't have." He invested in companies for energy efficient, green causes and sold all them August, 2011 so he would not be caught. Obama did not do well. He looked like he did not feel well and definitely unprepared. Fact Checking is really interesting! Lets get to the next debate and see what happens.
Bwin October 05, 2012 at 05:43 PM
BWin Romney won in confidence and style. I listened to the AJC fact checker on 95.5 and the reporter stated both Romney and Obama stated information that was partially true (without giving the full details about what went into their numbers or calculations for unemployment, deficit reduction, etc). But given the last 4 years and the economy being what it is, I would vote for Romney at this point. Obama doesn't have a real record to run on, and we have given him a chance already. Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and getting the same results. I am choosing to stop the insanity circle!
Watts October 05, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Just when Romney thought that he could hit the gas, guess what...oil slick on the Mitt Romney highway... unemployment is improving without Romney, under Obama... http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/10/05/jobs-news-makes-obamas-case-easier/#more-35589 Finally goes below the make it or break it threshold of 8%.
Jim Aspen October 06, 2012 at 10:24 AM
Jay Leno goes after the President again. Early in his opening monologue, the NBC Tonight Show host said of the stellar television ratings for Wednesday night's debate, "The only person who didn't tune in, I think, was President Obama" What a crowd! Man! Yeah! You sound like Republicans watching last night's debate. Oh, my gosh. Well, the consensus is Mitt Romney won the presidential debate last night. The only people that thought Obama won - the replacement refs. Those are the only ones. They're saying close to 60 million people may have watched the debate. In fact, the only person who didn't tune in, I think, was President Obama. What happened? [Laughter] Even Tony Romo was going, “What happened?”
Georgia Republican October 06, 2012 at 01:32 PM
Well apparently Leno isn’t the only one making fun of Obama. Two of the most favored liberal idiots (Bill Maher and Michael Moore) have made disparaging remarks. Bill Maher said “looks like he took my million and spent it all on weed” Michael Moore said “I think people should start to practice the words President Romney” That must be disappointing for liberals to hear, coming from scumbags they think so highly of.
Steve R. October 06, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Considering only 114,000 new non-farm jobs were added and Thursday there were credible estimates that the unemployment rate would actually rise to 8.2%, someone in the Labor Department has some explaining to do. So comrades, in the meantime, enjoy all the hoop-la from the “Pravda Press” over this new rate, with just enough rah-rah to overshadow Obama’s pathetic debate performance. Ironically 7.8% was the unemployment rate when President George W. Bush left office in January, 2009, the highest in his 8 years in office — the average being 5.3% over his two terms. Now that Bush’s highest unemployment rate is Obama’s lowest, can someone explain why this will be seen as such great news for Obama?
Global Warming October 06, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Is it any wonder that more people are dropping out of the job market? What is the point of going to work only to bring home $50, or less in many cases, when it costs $10 a day in gas? Obama has been very clear about wanting high energy prices. Less in the job market – Lower unemployment numbers. Meanwhile, well over 20,000,000 Americans are still under-employed or unemployed all together. Many of those who are working, do so while giving up a large sum of their net income for gasoline. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ma1gwZYw1cY&feature=player_embedded
Watts October 06, 2012 at 11:57 PM
The fact checking for the truth behind Romney's wildly running mout in the debate: http://www.factcheck.org/2012/10/romneys-clean-energy-whoppers/
Global Warming October 07, 2012 at 12:48 AM
Laughable at best. Hey 5 Watts, intelligent Americans need not depend on .org domains for day to day fact check BS. Obama usually steps in his own manure while boasting of his lack of achievement. Thank you for your commitment to educate the electorate but you are at least two years late on readily available FACTS. Night Night
Watts October 07, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Here is your .com option then: http://www.politifact.com/personalities/mitt-romney/ But I will be quite honest to point out that having some sort of bias based on the domain extension ranks up there as one of the more ignorant things that I have seen anybody post on Patch.
Anonymous October 10, 2012 at 05:07 PM
I'm still holding on to Barack Obama with my vote for a second term.
Anonymous October 10, 2012 at 05:12 PM
I choose to give our President 4 more years. The other alternative just scares me too much.
Anonymous October 10, 2012 at 05:13 PM
That kind of says who really won with facts.
Anonymous October 10, 2012 at 05:16 PM
Biden will be facing a bigger liar that Obama did. Will the viewers catch it?
Anonymous October 10, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Romney got the style points and that's all the Republicans care about. Lies are allowed if you keep telling them and start believing them.
Anonymous October 10, 2012 at 05:20 PM
No, Romney proved it is possible to have conviction when telling lies. Enough people will believe the lies until the factcheckers rule the airwaves again. There's plenty of time for that before the election. Obama is the one we can count on.
C.J. October 10, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Re: "as is evident on both sides today" Journalism 101: To establish your independent, objective, non-biased bona fides, be sure to use the phrase, "both sides" as frequently as possible, regardless of accuracy, scale, context, or relevance.
Roger Long October 10, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Dennis, if your boy gets elected for a second rule, you're going to hope you can hold onto your job and your home.
Anonymous October 10, 2012 at 05:44 PM
But not quite enough to make the Democrats change their minds. We are substance over style and think our candidate did a credible job.
Chris October 10, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Democrats today are throwing Obama under the bus for getting involved in the Libyan conflict and also for the deaths of the Ambassador and three other US Citizens on September 11, 2012. Obama is such a fool and even the liberal congress are getting fed up with his arrogance. Time to throw him out!
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