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Who Won the Oct. 3 Presidential Debate?

Barack Obama and Mitt Romney duked it out in Denver, Colorado, Wednesday night, and participants in Patch's statewide liveblog were split on who came out ahead.

 

In a debate that centered on policy and numbers, and seemingly less on straight talking points and campaign slogans, the two candidates running for the presidency sparred over jobs, the economy and health care in the first presidential debate at the University of Denver Wednesday.

The focus of the debate between President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney centered on domestic policy, and both candidates took shots at the nuances of each other’s methods of governance. Obama, for example, defended the Affordable Care Act while Mitt Romney argued his tax policy would not lower taxes for the wealthy.

Patch ran a CoverItLive liveblog that garnered nearly 60 people at times and fostered a lively discussion on the debate. Many readers commented that Romney won the debate, a general feeling that was shared among many pundits and analysts.

The debate drew out some comical moments, including the now-famous remark Romney made about how he would cut funding to PBS even though he told moderator Jim Lehrer (a PBS anchorman) “I love Big Bird and I actually like you.”

The remark spawned a fake Twitter handle, @FiredBigBird, which despite only tweeting 37 times since late Wednesday, has attracted more than 16,000 followers and counting.

Here are some of the reactions from our followers in the CoverItLive session on Wednesday:

Julia G:
"Obama's "race to the top" sounds eerily similar to "race to nowhere," and even worse, No Child Left Behind. If he thinks this will turn around the economy, it's worrisome."

echo: 
"There are plenty of jobs but not everyone wants to really work. They just want to make the big bucks sitting at their computers instead of actually working at a real trade."

Matty B: 
"I'm jumping in here late. Is it just me or does it seem like Romney is playing offense and Obama is on defense tonight? Look at their body language. Romney stares Obama in the eye. Obama stares at Lehrer or the floor."

Creeky: 
"College wasn't expensive until government subsidized it. Now, colleges see the fountain of money of college loans and see no reason to control costs."

Guest: 
"He's getting rid of Big Bird? Oh, and the moderator."

Clearly:
"Mitt crushed Obama; he provided specific examples, rebutted falsities that Obama spewed (Obama made no effort to soften jabs from Mitt), and showed true passion."

NoToMitt:
That is true. Was hoping to hear some actual policy ideas from Mitt instead of the same old talking in circles. But at least if he wins Jim Lehrer's losing his job.

SLG: 
"It's evident that Romney was 'well coached' to talk on point. Tonight he was SO concerned with the middle class while just a couple of weeks ago, he didn't get 2 cents for the poor/middle class and said the '47 percent' don't deserve health care. What a transparent phony. Lots of lip service without a plan (or clue) to deliver what he promises!"

GeorgePenman:
Romney will be tied to the Republican House agenda, which ought to be enough to defeat him.

Who do you think won the debate? Join the discussion in the comments section below.

Marjorie B. October 04, 2012 at 12:16 PM
Obama looked like a punk getting called down to the principles office! He got schooled. Unfortunately people still think the punk is cool and will vote our country down the toilet. We need a person with the skill set to do the hard job of governing and steering this country away from the fiscal abyss. We dont need to want to have a beer with him and shoot the breeze about golf and basketball. Obama flew off to Vegas the day after our ambassador and 3navy seals were murdered. They asked for more hardened security but Obama was busy partying with JayZ and Beyonce. He went to NYC for the United Nations summit but couldnt meet with any heads os state bc he had to go on the View. Gimme a break. The man is not Presidential material.
Patricia C Vener October 04, 2012 at 01:59 PM
In my opinion, neither of these candidates won. I watched the expanded version which gave Green Party and Justice Party candidates time to rebut and my vote's going to Dr Jill Stein of the Green Party.
LOIS JASON October 04, 2012 at 07:30 PM
I am frightened to think that Romney may win! He does not represent me! The GOP just wants the "Mature" population to dry up and blow away. I worked, paid my taxes and "I'm here."
cheryl October 04, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Some people say that I am stupid. REALLY? Here's how stupid I am. I was hired by over 69 million votes who didnd't ever do a routine background check on me. I'm doing a lousy job with a record number of people out of work. I gave Mexican drug gangs and cartels guns. I kill innocent people all over the world with dronestrikes and I decide which laws I'm going to enforce and which ones I won't. I've doubled the deficit in 4 yrs. I ruined our Healthcare system and yet I still have a chance to get re-hired. That's how stupid I am- NOW- HOW STUPID ARE YOU?

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