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.

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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