Obama supporters react to first presidential debate

Just minutes after President Barack Obama faced Republican challenger Mitt Romney in a much anticipated debate, political analysts and people across the country were quick to decide who came out victorious in the first of three presidential debates.

While many people on television, online, or in print media have said that President Obama lost the first round, Bear resident Alisha Jones who’s a Democrat says not so fast.

“A lot of people say that Mitt Romney did win, but if being boisterous and cutting people off and being really aggressive is the way to win a debate, then I don’t know what to tell you,” said Jones who was glued to the television Wednesday night.  “I felt as though this was a debate about what it is like here, and what the president is going to do with the economy, and I felt like it was more like a shouting match for Romney, whereas the president was more reserved and more presidential as some people would say” added Jones.  

Others shared that Mitt Romney definitely surprised them. “I think Mitt Romney did well, but not enough to sway any votes for anyone that really understands what’s going on,” said Odessa resident Angela Quick.

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“I thought Mitt Romney skated around most of the questions. He never really elaborated on what his plan entails, we just kept hearing over and over that President Obama’s plan hasn’t worked.  Although it was not President Obama’s best debate I still had the sense that he was speaking to me whereas Gov. Romney was just speaking to the president,” said Delaware State graduate Darryl Johnson of Newark.

In Alisha’s opinion, Obama came out on top despite his laid back approach.

“I thought the President was really laid back, but was clear.  When I saw Mitt Romney on the screen, I thought he was erratic and was trying to get points out. I made a comment on my Facebook saying, ‘Is it me or is Mitt Romney counting a lot…….first I’m going to do this…second I’m going to do this…third I’m going to do this…but then there wasn’t any statistics to back it up or a solid plan,'” said Jones.

On the other hand, President Obama could back up his agenda according to Jones.  “Obama said you can look at my plan online in detail, and I was like alright let me go check this out and it looks easier to understand,” said Jones who’s more likely to vote for Obama after watching the debate. 

People interested in taking a closer look at what President Obama and Romney said during Wednesday’s debate can actually check out a few online resources that were dedicated to checking the facts. They include factcheck.org, politifact.com, or thefactchecker.com. 

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