Who Won the Presidential Debate?

Did you think President Barack Obama or former Gov. Mitt Romney won the first debate?


The much anticipated first presidential debate is over and the pundits have spoken. 

But we want to know -- who do you think won the debate? 

Did you like former Gov. Mitt Romney's approach or back what President Barack Obama had to say. 

Some pundits after the debate praised Romney while criticizing the president for being disinterested and not being prepared. However, others said Obama made great points during the health care debate. 

What do you think? How would you grade each candidate? Let us know in the comments section. 

Sean Ward October 04, 2012 at 09:52 PM
The reason less Romney supporters show up to vote is because we're at work.
bjean October 04, 2012 at 11:03 PM
If our family paid less in taxes, we would absolutely spend more! In addition to saving, we could do a yearly vacation, buy a nicer car, make home improvements more often rather than once a year. But since obama wants to spread my wealth, I have to spend very wisely and cautiously. Please let Romney win, obama is a disaster and a joke. I didn't vote for him 4 years ago. He disgusts me. We are not communist China. We are not Cuba. If you want something, earn it! You are not entitled to things "just because"
Steve Marino October 05, 2012 at 12:22 PM
As a business grows and makes more money, it too pays more tax to the Fed which in turn would lower the deficit!
Bonnie H. October 05, 2012 at 12:24 PM
Yeah! Go Team Romney!
Steve Marino October 05, 2012 at 12:33 PM
Would we have voted Carter to a second term? Obama is far worse then Carter was!
Pat October 05, 2012 at 12:43 PM
gene, I am not blaming Obama for the EBT cards disaster but facts are facts Obama and Liberals alike support these type of programs. Do you think it is right to allow all this abuse right in front of our eyes and not have have an ounce of dignity? If people need the help then I understand that but are you seriously okay with the way these EBT cards are being used? I don't !! it is disgusting and you should be ashamed at yourself for thinking that the is "best for the country." This is not the "best for our country" it is wrong and I for one speak up every time I see the abuse. So if I see you in any convenient store trying to buy smokes or booze with your EBT card I will say something and make you look like the lazy a-hole you probably are.
Steve Marino October 05, 2012 at 12:45 PM
When debating face to face with fifty million people watching, it is difficult to make crap up about your opponent without being called out on it! We now know that Obama's ads are meant to fool the people that pay the least attention!
Pat October 05, 2012 at 01:03 PM
Harry, I am glad you have come to your senses. Obama has been a big mistake and that debate exposed him and the truth. I voted for him last time but I will not make that mistake again. Like I said before Obama has done nothing for the middle class family. My health insurance is out of this world, so bad in fact that if I am sick I second guess if I should even go to a doctor for fear I will not be able to pay the co pay or the other amounts the doctors charges me. I see people walk into emergency rooms can barely speak English get all the medical help they need while I wait for hours or even days just to be seen and then I get the bills. Under Obama plans I pay for my medical bills and theirs, take my money (what little I have) and redistribute it. What has Obama care done for us? nothing I can see except I pay for others now. This country is in a serious crisis right now and no one gives a crap. Every one seems to want everything for free no one wants to do the work anymore. I don't have the answers other than it is time for change, Obama has failed, his programs are adding more money to the already ridiculous deficit. I say give Romney a chance.
Steve Marino October 05, 2012 at 01:22 PM
Or use the money to take a chance and start a business?
Mike Benton October 05, 2012 at 01:25 PM
The Bush tax cuts were the last tax you'll see for the rest of your life. They didn't pay for themselves and blew the debt to ridiculous heights. We are still coming in a trillion dollars short every year because of those tax cuts. Make no mistake about one thing, when Romney talks about tax cuts he not talking about you. You are the victim of the policies he endorses. What does it take for you to figure that out? We are not going back to Bush Wonderland based on one debate performance. Nobody's buying what Romney is selling. We have seen it all before and it just dosen't work it only makes things worse.
Mike Benton October 05, 2012 at 03:20 PM
I would agree with the "Dynamics" if everything was made in America. Mostly everything was made in America when Kennedy was president and alot more so than today when Reagan was president. Those Dynamics won't result in much growth with all our manufacturing being done in other countries. A purely tax cut approach now would have feeble results in respect to job creation. We just wouldn't be getting the biggest bang for the buck. A lot of the Reagan tax cuts are still in place although modified from the orignal versions, and the Bush tax cuts are still in place. Which begs the question, where is the additional tax revenue and where are the jobs?
Steve Marino October 05, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Hey mikbee, when our great leader Ronald Reagan took office in 1981, he cut taxes in half for All hard working taxpayers and we had an economic boom for decades which allowed the Fed to collect more tax revenue due to the millions more workers paying taxes as well as company's making more money and paying more taxes. Dept is caused by over spending of Big Government! Your argument about cutting taxes causing dept is not based in fact, but rather a liberal talking point to confuse the uninformed. The great Democratic leader John F Kennedy did the same as well with simaler results. As far as the Bush tax cuts, did we forget 9/11. This cause a recession at the time, and his tax cuts pulled us out of it. The reason the dept rose under his administration was because he never vetoed a single spending bill by congress because he wanted to show bipartinship. Not a good choice on his part. Under Obama, the dept has increased by 500,000,000,000,000.00 because the democratically controlled senate has not passed a budget in 4 years which allows Obama to spent freely with not restraints.
Joan Scanlon October 05, 2012 at 03:39 PM
You've got that right Sean Ward!
Meadow Lane October 05, 2012 at 04:09 PM
Romney bounded off the stage on Wednesday night with a wide grin from cheek to cheek, proud of himself for delivering all the ‘zingers’ his staff wrote up for him. But here’s the problem: he just made stuff up. By one count, he lied 27 times in 38 minutes! On Medicare, on Obamacare, on taxes, on Wall Street Reform, on you name it... Mitt said whatever came to his mind just to to score political points. Without the folks from Fact Check at your side...you can't trust what Romney says. That's not the kind of President I want. Bush was like that and then he got his ass kicked on foreign policy and again on the domestic economy. Two wars and the worst recession since the Great Depression. We can't afford Bush and we can't afford Romney either. Worst of all; neither can be trusted again. Obama won my vote again.
Alan Zall October 05, 2012 at 06:12 PM
Steve, after the Reagan tax cuts in 81, un-employment jumped to 10.8%. In the next 7 years, he raised taxes 7 times and increased the budget deficit by 300% at the same time while increasing the size of the government. Although it's popular to put him on a dais, he was not the fiscally responsible president that he has been remembered as.
Mike Benton October 05, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Reagan had to scale back his original tax cuts and George Bush had to increase taxes when he took over from Reagan. They were forced to do that because of the alarming increase in the debt. The first thing Clinton had to do was to further scale back the Reagan tax cuts because the deficits were too high. Those tax cuts never paid for themselves. You want to give Reagan credit for the tax cuts, and blame the deomocrats for any increase in spending at the same time. Reagan would have had to sign off on any big spending bills. A budget is a piece of paper with numbers on it but it's worthless if Congress won't vote on it. Don't be fooled by the talk of the lack of a budget. We know we are a trillion short of a balanced budget we don't need an official budget to tell us that. All a budget would is tell us what we already know. The debt has increased under Obama mostly because the Bush tax cuts are still in place. It's been proven that tax cuts don't pay for themselves. We just can't keep doing the same thing and expect different results. It's been tried, it dosen't work, there won't be another round even if Romney gets elected. The CBO would score the Romney plan for what it is, a budget buster. And nobody would vote for it not even Republicans.
Michael Quinlan October 05, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Obama sure didn't sound like a 'great speaker' during the debate. When he was unscripted he performed poorly.
Michael Quinlan October 05, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Reagan tax cut plan was changed by Democrats to have the tax cuts phased in over three years (82 - 84). When the complete tax cut was effective ('84) the economy boomed for many years thereafter. Democrats controlled House and Senate from 81 - 87 (fully two thirds of Reagan's administration) which is why domestic spending exploded. Reagan got his defense expension (goodbye Soviet Union) and Democrats took expanded domestic spending.
Steve Marino October 05, 2012 at 09:08 PM
Well said Michael. Alan, the unemployment jumped thru the roof when Carter raised the top rate to 70 percent. This also set the stage for US company's to move overseas due to higher taxation. Which still happens today because we have the highest corporate tax rate in the industrialized world and is a large part of the reason for our high unemployment rate. Mikbee,when Reagan was building up our military, congress added wasteful spending measures to these same military spending bills dollar for dollar because if Reagan wanted to build up the milatary to collapse the Soviet Union, congress felt it could spend like drunken sailors instead of tightning it's belt. This caused the dept and the democrats blamed it on Reagan. If Reagan had the power of a line item veto, he could have scraped this wasteful spending. Also, the dept back then was very very small compared to the dept created by Obama. So much so that the dept Obama has created In just three and a half years, is more then all of our presidents combined.so lets quite with the democratic talking point lies!
Sean Ward October 05, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Another reason for the exodus of jobs to other countries is the democratic parties support and encouragement of the unions. Unions once stood for fairness and protecting the rights of workers. Now they just legalized gangs strongarming corporations and stripping away profitability.
Steve Marino October 05, 2012 at 09:59 PM
Well said Sean, it's a money laundering scheme. The unions donate heavily to Obama, and Obama kicks it back to the unions. One example comes to mind, the majority of the so called stimulus money went to the irresponsible states that made irresposable promises to public unions to pay them off to make sure they continue to endorse and vote for Obama and democrats alike. And we wonder why the stimulus didn't work! The strong majority of these irresposable states are controlled by democrats, go figure!
Vic Ferrari October 06, 2012 at 12:08 AM
we gave the Ferrari to a kid and he wrecked it. Now time to give it to problem solvers b4 we go over the cliff. A person with no life experiences has no chance at running a country let a lone trying to fix problems. That is why he got schooled in the debates by Romney. Without a democrat written teleprompter speech Obama is nothing.
Vic Ferrari October 06, 2012 at 12:17 AM
i was thinking the same thing. Obama and the Democrats must laugh at us every night on how they can lie and distort and half of the American voting public believes it. Amazing.
Jim Aspen October 06, 2012 at 01:54 AM
The magazine's Oct. 15 cover features Mitt Romney debating an empty chair instead of President Barack Obama, just as Clint Eastwood did at the Republican National Convention. “This image seemed like a proper response to the first Presidential debate, but I’m not sure I realized how hard it is to caricature furniture," Barry Blitt told The New Yorker about his cover, “One on One." http://www.politico.com/blogs/media/2012/10/the-new-yorker-eastwooding-137676.html?hp=r1
Jim Aspen October 06, 2012 at 10:20 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?”
Jennifer October 07, 2012 at 05:42 PM
You are lying and Obama always had your vote. That was another lie that he won your vote. Now go renew your EBT card and don't forget to vote for medical marijuana your Masshealth will pay for your weed now and your EBT card can be for a new bong.
Jim Smith October 08, 2012 at 04:34 AM
What E. W. Jackson says about Barack Obama's Hypocrisy ! http://youtu.be/Oi_KaZ53eDg $5.00 per gallon gas, no jobs and lot's of lies equals a no vote for Obama ! Native Indian mis-representation, claiming minority status for a job, same, No Vote ! Tierney, a sneak, a liar, a fraud, a cheat, off shore gambling, threw his wife under the bus, definitely a no vote ! I drive around our neighborhoods seeing Obama, Tierney, Warren signs, tells me volumes concerning the character of those who have those signs represent their values ! I am ashamed to live among neighbors who advocate, lying, cheating, stealing, fraud, deception and to vote felons into office. And these same people teach our children and lead our families.
Tricia October 16, 2012 at 03:51 AM
Obama won the debate if you take into account content and substance. Obama, like most democrats tend to do, took the high road. The media fueled reaction to the debate will change how Obama handles the next one, so look out Bonnie, Obama will be a shoe in come Nov 6!!!
Tricia October 16, 2012 at 04:16 AM
The Republican Party represents the super rich only. With the Citizens United decision they have even more money to pay for all the deceptive commercials and secure more power and wealth for the 1%. Reasonable people can see what is really going on and will vote for ALL the democrats across the board. If I'm wrong about this and the Republicans get control, we can look forward to another prop 2.5 or more cuts in education, police, and firefighter budgets. Next on the Republican agenda, dismantle medicare and social security etc. Hey, Romney needs to get that car elevator installed at his La Jolla mansion!!!
Tricia October 16, 2012 at 04:23 AM
Romney looked and acted like a character in Men in Black; and I'm talking about one of the aliens. So, he lost in style and substance as far as I'm concerned.


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