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.

JJHL October 17, 2012 at 11:01 AM
Bottom line it's going to be one of them. People don't have to be swept away by either one. Who's better for this country and our future? My vote's going to Mitt, no contest.
Think First October 17, 2012 at 01:33 PM
I'm an independent and I'm voting with Obama. Obama inherited a nightmare left by the previous 8 year administration. It seems that many of us have forgotten that. It took 8 years of bad policies from the previous administration to put us into a financial hole ... was it supposed to take less time to get us out of it?? Think about it. Obama has done great things in his first 4 years, despite Mr. Romney's lies. How about the fact that the economy did not continue to free fall into a full blown depression. I love when the fact checkers come on after and reveal the lies being told by Romney. Given Romney's "in your face" unprofessional behavior as well as the outright lies, he is obviously desperate. I was embarrassed by his behavior during last night's debate ... it was very unpresidential. He acted like a bully. When the moderator had to ask Romney to please sit down, he should have reevaluated his strategy. Is that what we want representing the United States? If this is how he is going to act during an election debate, how will he behave if the US experiences a real crisis? I suppose then he will stamp his feet. I was more worried that he was going to throw a punch. It is too bad that the Republican Party could not offer up a better candidate and the desperation is showing. Obama was clear, honest, professional, and sincere ... clearly the winner.
NOBAMA October 17, 2012 at 02:03 PM
Donna, $5 Trillion in new debt under this socialist President. I guess that doesn't matter to you. This President is a joke! Oh wait, does that make me a racist?
DAY October 17, 2012 at 02:37 PM
Donna - Reagan inherited a nightmare left by a prior administration, too. The recession in 1980 was just about as bad as the one Obama inherited. By the end of Reagan's first term, the economy looked much stronger than it does now. You see, it's all about policy choices. Obama chose to pass health care reform and "stimulus" rather than deal with the No. 1 issue facing him when he came into office. That you choose to indulge the President's blame-the-prior-administration trash is unfortunate. Like most political rhetoric, it's designed to deflect, distract and change perception. So you go ahead and vote for another 4 years of stagnation. I will happily offset your vote and hope others will too.
Dee Dee October 17, 2012 at 02:40 PM
You can't get answers out of either-both construe facts to their view - totally stretching the truth. They both behaved badly last night! So here is how I decided - Ultimately things are not better in our country based on my daily life - gas is double, my health insurance did change (now 20% more), utilities have sky rocketed, groceries go up hourly, friends and family are still struggling to find jobs, my taxes will increase with Obamacare -which includes real estate sales taxes, investment taxes (stupid me I saved instead of spent), medicare/SS taxes.... all in the new Healthcare law. Meanwhile no raises for 4 years and bonuses were done away with- I am lucky to have a job. Life is not better! Second who has a record - while I don't particularly care for Mitt - he did get things done in both the private and public sectors - In MA he covered the uninsured, balanced the budget, hired women, improved the schools, and did not increase taxes. In the private sector he was also successful (for which I don't hate him - we should learn from successful people!) and he turned around the Olympics. While I like Obama more he did nothing in the private sector nor as a senator and as president he has not improved the life of average Americans like myself. Thus logic prevails - its insane to vote because I like somebody vs based on who has produced results. We need results not promises or speeches. So I have decided - its Mitt - sorry Mr. Obama - nice guy but I need results.
Len Destin October 17, 2012 at 03:28 PM
Could not agree with Dee Dee more - I've lived and experienced the same thing, everything more expensive, etc. etc. -- I am most definitely *not* better off that I was 4 years ago. Obama had his chance and didn’t deliver – no excuses, no blaming Bush, no blaming anyone else, it was *his* to do *whatever* was necessary to get this country going and he’s *failed*. Time to cut our losses.
Hermie October 17, 2012 at 03:34 PM
Obama up by 15 point in CT, save your breath, your vote will not matter either.
Len Destin October 17, 2012 at 04:22 PM
It's OK with me if you're so confident you skip voitng. Obvioulsy you're just another Obama minion looking for a hand out.
yoda October 17, 2012 at 11:28 PM
Romney, kicked Obama like a ball, all around that stage, Romney body language was confident and effective, I enjoyed every min of it! The best remark from Romney, "the gas prices weren't high when you came in and now gas is at its highest!!
Veritas vos liberabit October 17, 2012 at 11:32 PM
yoda, you must have been watching Hannity, only Fox morons are buying into that. ps: Stocks have doubled lil fella.
Liam Heller October 18, 2012 at 12:06 AM
The liberal, die-hard Obama supporters will say that Obama "won", regardless. The conservative anti-Obama neocons will say that Romney "won", regardless. The only "winner" here, is the Federal Reserve. And WE'RE the losers. Stop choosing the lesser of two evils. It's how we got where we are today, by doing exactly that, for decades.
Liam Heller October 18, 2012 at 12:12 AM
ANY president that walks into an office that had economic difficulties during the previous administration, is seen to have "inherited" those problems. They don't "inherit" the economy... 1. They ask for it! 2. They campaign for it. 3. They spend millions to acquire it. 4. And they promise to CHANGE it! Obama fails. Romney will only do the same.


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