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 an 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.

Lisa Wildman October 17, 2012 at 01:05 PM
xxxoxox October 17, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Romney was desperate and appeared to be attempting to bully his way through this one. It worked last time because the President was trying too hard to be above it all. Romney also broke the agreed upon rules of the debate early on when he directly questioned the President. A commentator pointedi out how this may be typical of this wall st class who only point out rules that others need to follow but act as if the rules dont apply to them. If Gov. Romney cant be counted on to play by the rules in simple situations, how can we be sure that he will respect them when the game gets harder as President? Its basic trust.
ECasey October 17, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Pres Obama promised the country lots of things four years ago, now we listen to new promises. Where can you work for four years and get nothing done? Even NFL coaches get fired from their postitions if the job isn't done right. Why would anyone vote for someone that is not doing the job correctly? Why WASTE another four years?
Tanya Carver October 18, 2012 at 12:09 PM
Paradoxical Quote of The Day From Ben Stein: "Fathom the hypocrisy of a government that requires every citizen to prove they are insured... but not everyone must prove they are a citizen." Now add this, "Many of those who refuse, or are unable, to prove they are citizens will receive free insurance paid for by those who are forced to buy insurance because they are citizens."
Will Wilkin October 18, 2012 at 12:12 PM
BOTH the Dem and Repub candidates ignore the biggest problem facing our country: the offshoring of our industries and jobs through "free trade" policies making the 1% richer at the expense of the national interest. http://economyincrisis.org/content/u-s-trade-policy-president-obamas-blown-opportunity EXCERPT: What’s the big opportunity that Mr. Obama is missing? It’s to recognize that our huge trade deficits of $700+ billion annually are not sustainable financially and are also our worst “jobs-killer.” We need to return to our pre-globalization rule of total balanced trade with the rest of the world. The resulting return of $700+ billion of annual production to the U.S. would support the rebuilding of U.S. industry that we need for national strength and security as well as millions of good jobs. To match the size and scope of that initiative with Mr. Obama’s goal of more exports would require a highly unlikely 50% increase over our present $1.5 trillion of annual exports. As Mr. Romney is known as a top competitive businessman, why doesn’t he seize this major opportunity? It’s due to his own experience at the Bain Company and because he’s so closely tied to the 1% of America’s powerful wealthy interests They’re making fortunes on overseas investments and have little interest in our domestic industries and jobs. END EXCERPT
xxxoxox October 18, 2012 at 03:26 PM
There is nothing more paradoxical that Gov. Romney saying that he would create 7+ million jobs if elected but then declared at the end of the debate that "Government doesn't create jobs!" If the latter is true, could someone please inform Linda McMahon because she seems really confused about what Senators are charged with doing. Taking your Jobs Plan down to the "well" of the Senate as a less than freshman Senator denotes either profound naivete or her belief that we are all stupid.


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