Obama-Romney Presidential Debate: Who Won?

President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney squared off in their second debate. Patch users in Connecticut offered their thoughts on the debate.


CBS called it “the most rancorous debate ever,” as Barack Obama and Mitt Romney stood toe-to-toe describing the other as a liar. The format was in a “town hall” style and the presidential hopefuls directly confronted each other, often after ignoring the question asked by an audience member.

Patch readers in Connecticut participated in a live blog during the debate. Many commenters already had their decision on who to vote for already made, but others weren’t so certain at the start. Here are some of the reactions.


"Obama coming out swinging."


"How can anyone actually watch this and think a straight answer is in the near future?"


"All Mitt needs to do now is stomp his foot LOL (like a 3 year old)."

Paul Alexander:

"This election is not about Obama/Biden or Romney/Ryan. This election is about US. What kind of people are the majority in this country? What kind of people have the majority become? What kind of people do the majority wish to be in the future?"


"Obama is so much better than Mitt, Mitt just can't loose the smirk."


"You know it seems you all are looking for the best actor here. How about vote on substance and not fluff. Obama has crushed the US the past four years and time for him to leave."

Jimmy Pursey:

"This election is a done deal. The Republican Party never had any intention of winning it, hence the comically inept candidates."

"This election cycle was about "positioning"...for 2016. Nothing more...nothing less. America is fine. America is strong. Americans have persevered through ACTUAL hardship. How dare you cheapen our nation's struggles. You should be ashamed of yourself."


"I'm beginning to think Obama took a dive in the first debate so he could deliver the knockout punch in this one."


"If there was a problem, I would much prefer Obama at the helm."

Will Wilkin:

"As for this election: VOTE SCHMOTE. The 2 parties have only the tiniest differences, both are toxic to the nation, not only shipping our economy overseas but also bankrupting us on permanent multiple undeclared aggressive illegal unconstitutional wars, tearing up the Bill of Rights and Constitution to continue the attempted global military domination on borrowed money."


"The Town Hall format is very different from the panel format. This interactive audience style will be harder for President Obama to attack Romney's talking points."

Klair Waters

"When the President speaks about "Green jobs" he is saying there will be more pay offs to his pals."


"Romney is clearly a better orator and his responses are much better organized and conveyed."


"Romney making up his facts up as he goes along and because all the facts he doesn’t put on the table. He wants to win [but] doesn’t want intelligent conversation."


"If I was undecided before I no longer am. Give Obama another 4."


Julie October 17, 2012 at 10:33 AM
Obama wins for most angry debater and Romney wins for most honest information. Cindy joined the other monitors as biased for jumping in with her opinion. Her dishonest comment about Obama calling it a terrorist attack in the Rose Garden was like the well meaning NFL refs who called Green Bay's touchdown not a touchdown which cost them the win. Hopefully the press can correct this lie in the next few days.
Joe Pankowski October 17, 2012 at 11:49 AM
...here's what President Obama said: "No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character, or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for," Obama said in the Rose Garden the day after the incident. "Today we mourn four more Americans who represent the very best of the United States of America."
Joe Pankowski October 17, 2012 at 12:17 PM
...I agree with you that there were certainly mixed messages in the two weeks after the incident. However, I do think it's a stretch to say that President Obama wasn't referring to this particular incident when commenting on the same in the Rose Garden the day after the attack.
Rich October 17, 2012 at 12:23 PM
Bottom line Obama was still referring to the video in his UN speach. Total BS, and Crowley let him get away/fostered it. No mixed message, he lied.
Charley October 17, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Rice then gets on the 5 Sunday morning talk shows to "reiterate" that it was the you tube video. The administration was lying for political purposes, there is no doubt, call it what you like but anyone with half a brain can see it for what it was. Real question should be "who told Rice to say it was the video"?
Thomas Crafts October 17, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Next they are going to kill some random Lybian (before the election)and claim that justice has been done. Fat chance.
victor October 17, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Charley - an interesting add-on to your point is, why would a President trot out the Ambassador to the UN to speak for him in any international situation of this magnitude? No offense to Ms Rice, but this is the responsibility of the Sec of State or President himself. Very poor leadership instincts on BHO's part. Also, why doesn't the US have significant boots on the ground to secure the embassy and the materials there, since this was an attack on our property and people, whatever the cause?


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