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.

Cliff October 17, 2012 at 10:39 AM
Mitt Romney. Goodbye.
Concerned Parent October 17, 2012 at 11:15 AM
The only thing I got out of the Presidential Debate is that Candy Crowley was bias and a better debater than moderator.
John O'Neil DVM October 17, 2012 at 11:54 AM
I offered to install my invisible fence shock collars to shock the debaters each time one of them lied. I don't think the batteries would have lasted 90 minutes
John October 17, 2012 at 12:24 PM
I heard Romney sent his binder to AROD in Detroit. Look out Tigers, you are in trouble tonight
Michael Krauss October 17, 2012 at 01:38 PM
President Obama wins a second term!
G. Gerard October 17, 2012 at 01:54 PM
No clear winner here. Obama needed to really crush Romney in order to make up for his lame effort in the first debate. After this one I am more confident that Romney wins the election. Obama had no record to run on and proved it last night. Romney stumbled once but it will have no effect on the outcome.
SuzeP October 17, 2012 at 02:07 PM
No way! Obama lost all the way. He is all full of words, lying words with no substance behind them. He makes no sense. You want to keep living like we are? You want America to become weak? You are a fool!
Peter L October 17, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Same promises he made 4 years ago yet I'm suppose to believe him now? Sorry I'm not buying it. The next Prez has to unite the country by ending partisanship and class/gender warfare. Obama is incapable of doing that.
Dorothy Kozlowski October 17, 2012 at 02:30 PM
I like John O'Neil's comment...
Beverly Anderson October 17, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Obama clearly won. Mitt Romney does a lot of talking but has never put forth an actual plan.
Michael Brown October 17, 2012 at 05:19 PM
I don't think anyone 'lied." They both just made mistakes. Romney left out a few words in that "women in a binder" comment. If he just said "names of women in a binder," there would be nothing for anyone to talk about. And he also was 'technically' correct about what Obama said in the Rose Garden. It was a matter of semantics. The is that the administration, Obama included, were all over the place with that Libya thing. Romney seemed anxious and easily knocked off his footing. But he essentially held his own. Unfortunately, he stands for nothing and seems to me to believe nothing of what comes out of his mouth.
JP October 17, 2012 at 06:02 PM
This election will come down to the economy. To hear Obama talk last night, you would think everything is going just fine -- he's "created" 5 million new jobs, he "saved" the auto industry, and now he's going to "invest" in infrastructure -- roads and bridges and high-speed trains. Meaning more of the same, more government spending. In what was his most effective statement of the night, Romney simply reviewed Obama's real record after 4 years -- chronic unemployment around 8%, 23 million Americans unemployed, 46 million Americans on food stamps (an increase of about 16 million), and economic growth between 1% and 2%. THAT IS A DISASTER!!! And Romney offers the alternative: lower tax rates across the board except for the upper 10%, eliminate all the ridiculous loopholes and deductions for businesses and individuals, lower our insane corporate tax rate from 35% to 20% or lower (which even Obama agrees with), and free our energy companies to use our country's resources to gain energy independence from the Middle East and lower our own gas and other energy prices. Those things combined will supercharge our economy, create jobs, and that will increase tax revenues from both businesses and taxpayers returning from the unemployment roles. I say we go with that plan -- 4 more years of Obama? You have to be kidding!!!
Michael Brown October 17, 2012 at 06:14 PM
Here's the Romney Plan. Very simple. http://www.romneytaxplan.com/
Concerned Parent October 17, 2012 at 06:29 PM
@JP...I love how everyone is buying into the President's claim that the economy is improving and more jobs are being created..yeah right more like Xmas help at Walmart that's it...No professional jobs out there...I've been looking and haven't seen anything and just got an email from a colleague that he got layed off as well...That's right, the economy is getting better?...Maybe for those who have jobs but not everyone else...
MAC October 17, 2012 at 08:15 PM
Americans are not stupid, and Obama needs to pick out his next house, because the WH will be home to the Romneys in January! Even many former Obama supporters/voters in the post debate MSNBC focus group revealed their disgust/disappointment with his abysmal job performance. They are now enthusiastically supporting and will vote for Romney, as confirmed by the latest polls. You Obots can rejoice all you want over "the One's" aggressiveness last night, and he mostly did a fair job of hiding his anger from his face. But when it did show, plus the multiple 80 some rude interruptions/talking over Romney are obvious proof of how un-Presidential and lacking in true leadership Obama is compared to Romney, not to mention all the broken promises! Obama's record, of 4 years on the job, is one of abject failure, and ESPECIALLY in the area of foreign relations and national defense, epitomized by the Libya DEBACLE and consequent COVER-UP!! That "cover-up" is going to put the nail in the coffin of his campaign in the next debate, as Obama's screwed up strategy in the ME, and the month-long attempted cover-up, make the Watergate scandal look like a nursery game! At least in Watergate no one was killed! Then we have Obama, being questioned about the murders of Amb. Chris Stevens and 3 other Americans, referring to such appalling and violent loss of lives as "bumps in the road" of his ME strategy.
Monica October 18, 2012 at 02:07 AM
Romney clear winner...he said a plan and has leadership skills to implement!


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