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.

H. Ferguson October 17, 2012 at 05:29 PM
The debate was more of a 2 against 1 "ambush" than a "debate" The moderator repeatedly cut-off Romney and prevented the verbal coup de grâce from being delivered to Mr. "O" by Romney. Obama needs to be propped up by his handlers. Otherwise he'd just fall over from his own lack of competence
Susan Balla October 17, 2012 at 08:33 PM
I found it very upsetting that President Obama would not listen to Candy Crowley when she called time. He just kept right on talking and most of the time he was going off subject. He reminded me of a disobedient child that bullied an adult. I took a good look at President Obama and he looks as if he has not eaten in days.
Ryen October 18, 2012 at 12:49 PM
A sitting Republican President could never--N - E - V - E - R -- get away with what Obama has gotten away with. Examples: 1. If the embassy debacle had happened to a Republican President during election time it would be in the news headlines EVERY DAY until election time. Week before the election they would be calling for a Special Congressional Investigation to consider a Special Prosecutor. 2. If a republican Secretary of State admitted culpability--heads would be called for! 3. If a Republican President acted like Obama or Biden in a debate they would be RAILED against in the press--but it is ok for Obama or Biden to act like an "alpha male" or a "buffoon" and not really be talked about at all in the media (except FOX, the only TV news that is even watchable--and I do NOT watch TV news; I get my information online or in print) 4. IMAGINE--just imagine how different it would have been if a Republican sitting President had been Commander when Benghazi happened--IMAGINE how different the Moderator's reaction and handling would have been???? LOL HALF THE DEBATE would have been about foreign policy if Romney had been President and Obama the challenger! GUARANTEED!! ;)
Dr. Robin Appleby October 19, 2012 at 12:22 PM
Whoppi Goldberg attempting Gotcha to Ann Romney: " As First Lady, if you get the job, it's going to entail a lot of things, one of those things is going to be talking to the mothers whose children are coming home in body bags, you know, from wars. NOW I KNOW, I BELIEVE THAT YOUR RELIGION DOESN'T ALLOW YOU TO GO FIGHT." After locking up the long awaited Honey Boo Boo endorsement, President Obama is locking up the rest of the MORON VOTE.
Dr. Robin Appleby October 19, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Threats to kill Mitt Romney 'explode' after second debate. After promising rioting and violence, Obama supporters are deluging social media with threats to kill Mr. Romney if he wins the election. Check with Twitchy.com, Google, etc. Contrast the hatefilled comments/tweets/etc. with the frequent assertions that they want 'Civil Discourse'. Toujours Declasse


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