Obama-Romney: Who Won the Oct. 16 Presidential Debate?

President Barack Obama and former Gov. Mitt Romney squared off in their second debate Tuesday at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY. Patch users in Connecticut offered their thoughts.

CBS called it “the most rancorous debate ever,” as President Barack Obama and former Gov. Mitt Romney stood toe-to-toe Tuesday night describing the other as a liar.

The format was in a “town hall” style at Hofstra University, 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, sharing their own impressions of the candidates and voicing their own opinions of the issues. Many people who posted to the blog already had their minds made up on for whom they will vote in November, 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.

Who do you think won Round 2 of the presidential debates? Tell us in the comment section.

Chris Griffin October 18, 2012 at 02:16 PM
Farm Guy, Thanks for the clarification. That would be good news. Where/when did he state this? It would be comforting to see this somewhere in writing or on a video clip because it is a huge concern. If he is going to extend the Bush tax cuts for all and balance the budget he is going to have a huge hole to fill. If he is not going to touch Social Security either, which he has already stated, what will be cut?
Chris Griffin October 18, 2012 at 04:16 PM
I was paraphrasing. If you state that "... I do not agree fully with his 47% comments ..." then you must knwo what was said and know what I was refferring to. So why would you need a link to it?
Rick McDonald October 18, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Your statement Chris, according to FORMER Govener Romney you will be a freeloader, indicates this is a statement by Romney not paraphrasing on your part. I do in fact know what he said and I did not ask for a link to his 47% comments I ask for a link to any comment in which he says they are freeloaders, you cannot since he has not. If it is your interpretation that he believes they are freeloaders I would say it is a valid interpretation but he never actually said it and I believe that insinuating such simply muddies the waters further.
Chris Griffin October 18, 2012 at 05:33 PM
If you agree with my interpertaion then you must have known we were talking about the same comment. Why ask for a link to some other commet where he actually used the word "freeloader"?
Rick McDonald October 18, 2012 at 07:10 PM
I give Chris, it is obvious that you have no comprehension of what I have said or what information I asked for.


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