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

President Barack Obama and former Gov. Mitt Romney squared off in their second debate Tuesday night 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.

VIN CIMINO October 18, 2012 at 01:45 PM
I have not heard a single person say that their life improved under Obama. So, what segment of society benefited under the Obama administration?
Richard October 18, 2012 at 02:24 PM
If people believe it’s OK for the President to lie for 2 weeks to hide his failure with handling Terrorist by kissing Islamic A$$ then it "irrelevant" ."LIES" can be Obama answer for all his failures for the past 4 years and the next 4 years he will keep blowing smoke up you but%. His transparent government processes will continue to be held in those back rooms like Obamacare was handled.
Patrick Madley October 18, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Daria, your comments are always irrelevant. You seem to go off on a tangent for every single thing you comment on and it is sad. You are very conservative and that is fine. However, always putting down the Democrats is a negative for you. Try to help instead of always complaining.
Richard October 18, 2012 at 04:09 PM
As an Independent Voter: Obama_won comments show the same attitude Obama has if your record of your First Term is not good enough to run on!!! Smear the opponent and scare the voters that he is worst than you are. Anyone reading Obama_won can see a scare Dem trying to smear anyone that show any commend sense with what being dished out by Obama. If you Lie for two weeks about what happened in Benghazi then lie that you called it terrorist day 2 and the Moderator lies to protect Obama would you call that a win? Even Candy saw the blood in the water and reached in to save her Hero of course she can’t hide she became the third debater at that Debate and she was a Democrat/Moderator. And all voters saw that and as an Independent Voter the cheating Dem don’t get my vote.
Patrick Madley October 18, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Richard, It was on the transcript. He said it was a terrorist attack in the Rose Garden the day after (I believe it was the day after). NOT 2 weeks. That is inaccurate information. And Candy was not siding with Obama. She actually stood up to Romney tactics which he got away with in the first debate- constantly interrupting the President, CONSTANTLY.
Daria Novak October 18, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Patrick, after reading the transcript it was quite clear the President was not referring specifically to Benghazi. I just interviewed a former LA Times reporter/editor about this subject on my syndicated radio show on Wed. of this week. He confirmed the transcript did NOT indicate the President was discussing Benghazi as a terrorist incident, but making a very general statement. It appears, he suggested, that this terrorist incident is inconvenient to the President's campaign as he no longer can claim the war on terror and Al Qaeda is over. In fact, I heard on the news today that the President changed his stump speech to take out that very fact. Having worked on terrorism Task Force Operations at the US Dept of State in DC I can assure you Libya was on the short list of intel items for the daily briefing. Secretary Clinton is taking a big hit for the President. What I am curoius about is, what deal was cut and by whom that arranged for Clinton to tkae the fall. The way statements were worded it certainly leaves the door open for her to run for President in 4 years.
Jon October 18, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Are you that clueless Mary to believe this was "bush's mess"? Do you know Barney Frank's lover ran Fannie Mae and ran that into the ground. All the while lending and lending to those who couldn't afford to own a home. Do you watch TV on the left side of the room?
Jon October 18, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Did the dogs get treats for doing that? Were they dead dogs that registered?
Jon October 18, 2012 at 06:00 PM
He used it in the wrong context.
Jon October 18, 2012 at 06:04 PM
If the stench of BO continues as a result of the election, everyone should buy as much gold as they can because the dollar has already been watered down, and there are pools full of water to dilute it even more. Cereal will be $10/box. Milk $10/gallon. When all those people on food stamps realize the dollar amount buys fewer and fewer groceries.....it will be very very ugly. Instead of teaching some of these people how to be self-sufficient, they get a hand out and get dependent on those handouts and have NO incentive to ever work again.
Jon October 18, 2012 at 06:05 PM
VIN CIMINO - you speak volumes. He needs to be banished.
Richard October 18, 2012 at 08:47 PM
Patrick Try reading the transcript He Never said Terrorist Attack And when he said "acts of terror" it was not about Benghazi As the poll in this article shows 77% agree he was not speaking about Benghazi. And why for 2 weeks did he blame it on the VIDEO if he knew it was terrorists either way he was LYING!!! Even Candy admits she was wrong about Terrorist statement in the speech in the Rose Garden which makes her agreement with Obama a LIE. You can't Spin this any other way so don't bother So read for yourself and get your head out of you know what! http://www.mynews4.com/news/local/story/SEE-IT-President-Obama-Rose-Garden-Speech-9-12-12/WIg78ghyRUW61JRVLpEdAg.cspx?rss=3298
Daria Novak October 18, 2012 at 10:57 PM
I just read that Mitt Romney has a 7-point lead over President Obama among likely voters, according to Gallup’s latest daily tracking poll. This poll is post the last debate. I think it is going to be an interesting finish. If/when Romney wins I urge all Republicans and conservatives on this site to come together and remember that we all are American first. We must get very serious about fixing what is broken in America. The job before us looms large on the horizon. That means all of us working together in a positive way to return freedom and prosperity to our shores. The election is the beginning, not the end. I urge the same of those on the other side of the aisle. Before someone "on the other side" starts trashing this post, please think about what I am suggesting. Unity... working together.... acting as Americans and overcoming our differences for the benefit of our whole society. Whether Romney or Obama wins the Presidency, he will be the leader of all Americans and he will need each of us to act as part of the solution.
Rosie October 18, 2012 at 11:02 PM
Clearly....oh boy.
Charles October 19, 2012 at 12:06 AM
Daria, the electoral map is what wins elections. Ever heard of the Constitution? So a 7 point Gallup (FOX) poll means nothing. Colorado (PPP, 10/16-18): Obama 50, Romney 47 Florida (Newsmax/Zogby, 10/14-16): Obama 47, Romney 44 Iowa (Marist/NBC, 10/15-17): Obama 51, Romney 43 Michigan (EPIC-MRA, 10/17): Obama 52, Romney 46 Ohio (SurveyUSA, 10/12-15): Obama 46, Romney 42 Virginia (PPP, 10/15-16): Obama 49, Romney 46 Wisconsin (Marist/NBC, 10/15-17): Obama 51, Romney 45 So why can't you be part of the solution with the current President?
Daria Novak October 19, 2012 at 12:23 AM
Charles, my liberal friend.... funny you should ask about the Constitution. I am the founder of the Constitution Brigade! lol We go into scholols and civic groups and teach about the Founding Fathers, the US Constitution, and what we need to do to keep our republic free. It is a highly successful, non-partisan group with both liberal and conservatives members. I invite you and the other activists on this page to join us when we march in the Hartford Veterans Day Parade for the 4th consecutive year this November. We also conduct seminars on the Constitution, too. I invite you to join one of those, too, as we hold them all over Connecticut throughout the year. BTW - I have been a university professor teaching political science and the Constitution for many years. So, in response to your elegantly stated question, yes I have heard of the Constitution. Charles, you always make answering you fun. But, seriously, Charles, why don't you join us in support of the Constitution? It belongs to all of us. It's an open invitation.
Patrick Madley October 19, 2012 at 12:18 PM
The President's transcript states, "No acts of terror..." Come on guys, if he didn't mean Benghazi was an act of terror why would he said that? Really? Tell me about getting my head out of my... Richard, you should give it a try. If I was president and I was speaking about something that I didn't believe was an act of terror why would I mention terror? Seriously. He knew it was an act of terror and stated it. Secretary Clinton took responsibility because this incident falls under the state department. There was no deal made. What do you think this is? Daria, it is people like you who make this country fail. Instead of being part of the solution you're part of the problem.
Tripp October 19, 2012 at 12:18 PM
Obahttp://www.courant.com/news/politics/hc-president-poll-uconn-courant-20121018,0,6416855.story President Obama is ahead in the polls. Daria is wrong. Again.
Mary Muratori October 19, 2012 at 02:23 PM
@Jon- You don't need to attack me and assume i'm 'clueless.' This is the first year I can even vote, so prior to my high school years, politics were not a huge concern. From what I pick up from the media, and television, Bush created this huge mess and all I know is that four years is not going to fix it all. Don't even bother responding to me because it's not relevant to me. All i did was state my opinion as did one hundred other people.
Daria Novak October 19, 2012 at 05:39 PM
http://elections.huffingtonpost.com/pollster/polls/gallup-15921 Here is the cite for he gallup poll. 52% to 45% in favor of Romney
Daria Novak October 19, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Tripp, I realize it is frustrating to you, but I am correct. Romney's is ahead 52%-45% Here is the cite. http://elections.huffingtonpost.com/pollster/polls/gallup-15921 The Gallup National Presidential Tracking poll is for the week of OCtober 11 to October 17 was just as I stated. Tripp, you quoted a local newspaper poll to try to say spin the story. I quoted a respected national polling company in a scientific national poll.
Daria Novak October 19, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Mary I'm very happy to see you're active & in the future will be exercising your right to vote, no matter which candidate or party you choose. I'm sorry some on this site personally are attacking you. I've been through it & constantly ask people here to acknoweldge we can have differeing views and practice free speech in a civil manner. It has become my mantra. There is no reason why people can't agree to disagree without name-calling, mocking, or offering a demeaning response. It is unwarranted on both sides. Having said that we must continue to speak out for our beliefs, whatever they are, so that we retain free speech in America. Please, don't let anyone bully you into leaving PATCH. The only way we are going to resolve the challenges we face today is by talking about the best possible solutions for ALL Americans. That means we need ALL Americans to contribute, including younger voters. I hope you'll stand with me in calling for an elevated level of national political discourse so that our country has a bright future. We may or may not agree on a particular issue or candidate & that's fine. I respect your right to express yourself. I know others here are concerned about the rancor, too. We can't give up or we acknowledge the bullies win and we relinquish control of our political future to them. I invite you to be the mature writer, as a younger voter on PATCH, and I look forward to you showing the others the right way to hold a discussion online.
Robert Bracer October 19, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Nobody cares what you have to say Daria. The tea party has destroyed the discourse in our country. Thanks for nothing.
Tripp October 19, 2012 at 08:04 PM
Daria, You flatter yourself. Please don't presume to know how I feel. You don't frustrate or intimidate me in the least. When I look at you I see a woman who is out of control on every level. Despite your wealth and fame, you are unable to care for yourself. You are groosly overweight because you are unable to count calories and excercize. This inability to exert self control is also evident in your obsessive need ti control this blog by flooding it with spam that nobody reads. Daria, get help.
Tripp October 19, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Robert you are spot on. How can we have a civilized discourse when the republicans are fast at work, stalking, intimidating, spaming, spreading untrue rumors, and mimicing. The republicans engage in the most passive agressive, offensive strategies I have ever had the displeasure of witnessing. Adding insult to injury, when called on the table for this innapropriate childish behavoir, they plead for civil discourse. Republican hypocrisy never ceases to amaze me...
Tripp October 19, 2012 at 08:59 PM
Daria you are wrong. As usual. http://www.courant.com/news/politics/hc-president-poll-uconn-courant-20121018,0,6416855.story
Tripp October 19, 2012 at 09:53 PM
Daria Novak October 20, 2012 at 01:03 AM
Robert - My comment was addressed to Mary, not you. There is no need to once again make a personal attack on this site. I was being supportive of Mary and that she took the initiative to become a voter. She was hurt by someone making a personal attack here and that is wrong. This is par of what is wrong with the political arena today. Why would a young person want to get involved if you and I and others don't stand up for "doing politics" the right way? I was encouraging Mary because we do need to recreate a culture of political participation in this nation. No one deserves personal attacks.
Richard October 28, 2012 at 06:31 PM
If he knows it Terrorist then why LIE for two weeks after that blaming it on the Youtube video and too the UN also. We know Secretary Clinton asked for more Security before 9/11/12 the attack and Obama Said "NO". Defend that and your a real sad person!!!
Beverage Guy October 28, 2012 at 08:26 PM
Tripp and Daria, Without even stating preference here, you should both know (as I believe you may) that with the polls being from 2 different sources and from different dates, that it is not unusual at all for them to both be correct based on the answers they received. Many know that pollsters can 'swing' their results the way they want simply by the way and the order that they ask their questions. Much like statistics can be skewed by only using the data that supports what you want.


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