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)."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."