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Who Won the Debate?

Did you think President Barack Obama or former Gov. Mitt Romney won the first debate?

The much anticipated first presidential debate is over and the pundits have spoken. 

But we want to know -- who do you think won the debate? 

Did you like former Gov. Mitt Romney's approach or back what President Barack Obama had to say. 

Some pundits after the debate praised Romney while criticizing the president for being disinterested and not being prepared. However, others said Obama made great points during the health care debate. 

What do you think? Let us know in the comments section. 

Robert Hall October 05, 2012 at 12:59 AM
I am not sure what some were watching. Headline.........Romney crushes Obama. . ..now smile
Linda Worthy October 05, 2012 at 01:29 AM
In response to Rachel's comment above about using the $2 trillion for infrastructure -- I don't know. I wonder, if the Pentagon is not asking for the additional $2 trillion, who is asking for it? Is it a campaign ploy to attract the military/veteran vote? Is it a campaign ploy to say "I'll be tough on defense"? Is the pressure on Romney to say this coming from the defense industry? Lockheed-Martin, Boeing, Raytheon and many other defense contractors have a great deal of influence. I hope someone comes up with an answer. We have been working on reducing the number of nuclear warheads in the world for decades now.
Dave Lenane October 05, 2012 at 09:11 AM
Hopefully at 8:30 this morning, the final nail will be driven into this Democratic Party takeover of the White House. The following is taken directly from YAHOO which predicts unemployment will rise.. — More than 5 million people have been out of work for six months or more, up from 2.7 million when Obama took office. Before 2009, in records dating to 1948, the number of long-term unemployed had never reached 3 million. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has called long-term unemployment a "national crisis" that is causing millions to lose job skills. — Pay for private-sector employees, when adjusted for inflation, has dropped 1.6 percent since Obama took office. In a weak job market, employers have little reason to offer significant raises. — The percentage of Americans either working or looking for work fell to a 31-year low of 63.5 percent in August. That's partly because the vast generation of baby boomers has begun to retire. But another key factor is that hundreds of thousands of Americans have given up looking for work. — More than 23 million Americans are either unemployed, stuck in part-time jobs because they can't find full-time work or want a job but have stopped looking. Romney used that figure to attack Obama's economic policies in Wednesday night's debate. Few economists expect the job market to return to full health soon. The Federal Reserve, for instance, doesn't foresee unemployment falling below a normal level of roughly 6 percent before 2016.
James Feudo October 05, 2012 at 09:33 AM
I'm bummed that I missed this debate - forgot to DVR it... While "winning" a debate is important as it boosts the confidence of the winner and energizes their supporters, I think their are two more important questions here: 1. Did the debate sway undecided voters? 2. Did the debate cause someone to switch their vote from one person to the other? And of course, the states where people were swayed matters too. We'll probably need to wait for next week's polls to find out. And here are two more questions I'd like to toss out to the group: 1. Do you think people other than the die hard political junkies will watch the remaining debates? 2. What do you expect the candidates strategies to be like for the next time they meet?
Concerned Citizen October 05, 2012 at 12:09 PM
James, Two friends of mine who are Independents told me yesterday that they are voting for Romney after watching the debate on Wednesday. They were both leaning toward Obama. They said Romney clearly articulated a plan to get the economy going, and they like his plan better than the President's.
jaymike October 05, 2012 at 12:55 PM
"Our rights to have control over our own bodies taken away maybe?" Huh? You have all kinds of rights that will not change under Romney, except perhaps the right to kill a child growing inside of your body. Sounds reasonable to me. Maybe, you should be more concerned about your responsibilities. For example, if you choose to have sex, be responsible enough to raise the child you conceive or care for it for nine months before giving it up for adoption. It is a sad state of affairs in this country that hundreds of thousands of men and women who conceive children are so irresponsible that they put their own selfish interests ahead of the well being of their child.
Bob Berman October 05, 2012 at 01:07 PM
It makes me laugh that anyone in this day and age would base their political decisions on a single debate rather than researching what the candidates actually have done and say that they will do. Saying that, if the question was "who won the debate?" it was clearly Governor Romney. Just a horrible showing for the President, who often seemed distracted.
Linda Worthy October 05, 2012 at 01:26 PM
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- The unemployment rate tumbled in September as more people returned to the labor force and steady hiring continued. Employers added 114,000 jobs during the month. Revisions to July and August mean the economy added 86,000 more jobs than originally reported in those months. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate fell to 7.8% in September, from 8.1% the prior month.
Dave Lenane October 05, 2012 at 01:32 PM
Darn....Yahoo....was wrong....I guess Mortgage will just have to keep kicking Oblamea in the debates. Kind do usually improve this time of year anyway as low paying seasonal retail jobs are added.
Linda Worthy October 05, 2012 at 01:36 PM
MetroWest has fared better than many other parts of the state over the past few years. The August unemployment rate in Framingham was 4.9 percent. The MetroWest Economic Research Center at Framingham State University reports that regional unemployment was at 5.3 percent in February 2011 and 4.9 percent in February 2012. http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/x422904380/Job-creation-tactics-suggested-in-report
Joe Kane October 05, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Bob - What is so special about these debates, depending upon the format, is that it strips away all of the pre-prepared rhetoric, to a degree, and shows the audience how these people can think, and react, on their feet with no outtakes!! No redo's allowed. And with the bombardment of commercials from all sides, I have noticed that people start to tune out the commercials and look forward to the debates. We don't want, nor do we deserve, any BS that a candidate wants to put forward, which is why it is so important to read the body language that they display. You can't see that in newspaper print or over the radio. A picture is worth a Thousand Words! And this picture was a portrait for Romney and Candid Camera for Obama!
Dave Lenane October 05, 2012 at 01:43 PM
Sorry....I should add that a job is a job. Any American that gets back to work to help their families is a great thing. So I congratulate the President and I do hope these people have jobs in January! But for now Mr. Obama can claim a victory!
Linda Worthy October 05, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Construction begins on Chinatown Tower Developers drove the first steel piles Friday for a 26-story apartment tower planned to rise in Chinatown along the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway. The $130 million building, to feature a mix of glass, granite and concrete, was designed by Elkus Manfredi Architects and will be built by Suffolk Construction Co. The building will contain a mix of unit sizes, from studios to three bedrooms, as well as a fifth-floor lounge and fitness center. The 26-story tower is expected to be completed by summer 2014. http://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2012/09/21/construction-begins-chinatown-tower/fidTjEhp6AmVcNeCsKJv3K/story.html
Linda Worthy October 05, 2012 at 01:54 PM
The Buzz is Back at Downtown Crossing Millennium Partners’ promise of a 600-unit, 625-foot residential tower rising above the Filene’s site has enabled Boston to feel confident about itself. The Boston Redevelopment Authority will soon announce restaurant leases in four downtown buildings, two of which have sat vacant for more than three years. This year, more than 20 new shops and restaurants will open downtown. The back side of the Millennium Ritz-Carlton, which had long been a dead spot, now features a bakery and sidewalk cafe; the new restaurants are partially chasing customers from the 15-story residential complex Millennium is now building at Hayward Place; and the Hayward building will spin off even more retail. “The atmosphere has really changed,” says Ronald Druker, who owns a number of commercial buildings along Washington Street. “The confidence in the future is palpable. We’re seeing a lot more interest in our space than we were a year ago. People want to get in now, before the new reality sinks in. Because it is going to be a more expensive place to rent in.” http://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2012/10/01/sparks-life-downtown-crossing/MGW8ReQiz5Lj7NHouU8ESI/story.html
Linda Worthy October 05, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Office Construction in Boston The region’s office construction market is making a strong comeback, driven by the expansions of medical and biotechnology companies that are funding new buildings going up in Boston’s Seaport District, East Cambridge, and suburbs along Route 128. More than 4.7 million square feet of office and laboratory space is under construction in the Boston area, up from just 430,000 square feet in summer 2011, according to the real estate firm Richards Barry Joyce & Partners. “The office market overall is in good shape,” said Joe Fallon, managing principal of the ­Boston office of Cassidy Turley, a national real ­estate services firm. “Vacancy rates are down and rents are increasing. The laws of supply and ­demand are working more favorably now than they were 24 or 36 months ago.” http://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2012/09/28/office-construction-makes-comeback-greater-boston/SEZafGFLoKOPoxv6NOk0KI/story.html
Dave Lenane October 05, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Linda...all of that is very good news! As far as downtown redevelopment is concerned though...please be cautious. We have been promised that before. And as someone who was born and raised in Southie there is nothing more I would like to see!
Chris L. October 05, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Today's job report is all spin. We were supposed to be back down in the 5% range by now. Thanks to population growth, etc, there are actually more people out of work now than there were on Inauguration Day.
Linda Worthy October 05, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Catalina Marketing Moving to Boston's Seaport A Florida-based technology company is moving to Boston’s Seaport District, where it intends to triple its number of employees over the next several years. Catalina Marketing Inc., a maker of digital advertising products, has signed a lease to move into 75,000-square-feet of office space at 24 Farnsworth Street. Earlier this year, the company acquired Quincy-based Modiv Media as part of its expansion into Boston. “This move to the Innovation District further enables our team to continue changing the face of a trillion dollar industry,” John Caron, a vice president of marketing for Catalina, said in a statement Wednesday. The Seaport has been re-named the Innovation District by Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino to help attract more technology and medical businesses to the area. http://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2012/09/26/catalina-marketing-moves-boston-seaport/QJA4NKuwdHzs6L0KBcfYbJ/story.html
Linda Worthy October 05, 2012 at 02:12 PM
HFF arranges $170M Constriction Loan HFF, a provider of commercial real estate and capital markets services, said that it has arranged a $170 million construction loan for One Channel Center, a 500,000-square-foot office building currently under development by AREA Property Partners and Commonwealth Ventures in Boston’s Seaport District. The project is for an 11-story office building that will be leased in its entirety to State Street Corp., a financial services firm headquartered in Boston. The project broke ground this past summer and is scheduled for completion in early 2014. http://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2012/09/21/hff-arranges-construction-loan-for-one-channel-center/bSWfvZSDYnayNBgUonPdIK/story.html
Dave Lenane October 05, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Plouffe said the real measue for Rodney was " is he going to take the lead in Ohio? If not, he's not going to be President!" That's a quote from a senior Obama official in todays Boston Globe. I just want to know 2 things....Is Obama running for the President of Ohio?....and does his office know that 49 others states vote as well????
Jim O'Connor October 05, 2012 at 05:32 PM
In case there was any confusion about what is at stake in November, check out the excerpt below from an Associated Press article appearing in today's Boston Globe concerning Scott Brown's model Supreme Court Justice: Scalia calls himself a 'textualist' and, as he related to a few hundred people who came to buy his new book and hear him speak in Washington the other day, that means he applies the words in the Constitution as they were understood by the people who wrote and adopted them. So Scalia parts company with former colleagues who have come to believe capital punishment is unconstitutional. The framers of the Constitution didn’t think so and neither does he. ‘‘The death penalty? Give me a break. It’s easy. Abortion? Absolutely easy. Nobody ever thought the Constitution prevented restrictions on abortion. Homosexual sodomy? Come on. For 200 years, it was criminal in every state,’’ Scalia said at the American Enterprise Institute. Voter beware.
Joe Kane October 05, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Anthony Scalia is absolutely brilliant. I have watched him speak on a couple of subjects over the past 15 years or so and he has such great insight into the Constitution and it application to law. Jim probably can't listen to Scalia talk about any subject because the chips on his shoulders are so big that they are covering both of his ears! In my opinion, Scalia is head and shoulders above all others on the court. He will be looked upon very favorably when the history of the court is written. And by the way Jim, are you consistent in your beliefs when it comes to both the Death Penalty and Abortion? Are you "Pro-Life" which means "NO" to the Death Penalty and "NO" to Abortion? Or are you "Pro-Choice", which means that "YES" you want some flexibility to apply the Death Penalty under certain circumstances, and "YES" you want to allow Abortion under certain circumstances? You can't cherry pick on these moral issues Jim. You are either FOR Life or AGAINST it. Which is it?
Jim O'Connor October 05, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Well Joe Kane you may be surprised that I agree with you that Scalia is brilliant. I believe several current Justices of the Supreme Court would rightly be called brilliant. I strongly disagree with Scalia's worldview and philosophy and believe he is bad for the country for many reasons. As far as abortion and the death penalty, you may see things as black and white and be unable or unwilling to appreciate that life involves many shades of gray. That may also explain many of the differences between Liberals and Conservatives in this day and age.
Joe Kane October 05, 2012 at 07:00 PM
Jim - that's the basic problem with each of the philosophies. Liberals like to cherry pick and design things around how they feel at a given point in time. Conservatives will sometimes hang on to old things because they are afraid of change. However, I being an Independent, center-right person, thinks that one of the things that should not be tinkered with is our Constitution. When I use the term "brilliant" I use it very sparingly. I would use it with Scalia, but no other current members of the court. And I would use it with Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Benjamin Franklin, three of our framers of the Constitution.
Jim O'Connor October 05, 2012 at 07:17 PM
Joe Kane, As for the death penalty: I'm sure you are aware of the situation at the state crime lab. Do you think that is limited to MA? Do you trust all cops to be honest and not racist? Do you trust all prosecutors to be fair and not zealous? Do you trust all defense attorneys to be competent? Do you trust all judges to be wise? I suspect you don't. Therefore, how could you favor capital punishment? I absolutely believe thousands of people in this country have been wrongfully convicted and put to death. I also believe capital punishment is not a deterrent.Look no further than Joe Salvati and Bobby Joe Leaster here in MA. And don't get me started about Texas.
Mary MacDonald (Editor) October 05, 2012 at 09:23 PM
Posts that include name calling will be deleted. Argue without the insults. Thanks!
Ed Bertorelli October 06, 2012 at 01:25 AM
Mary- I am concerned about the abrasive comments from some bloggers and that includes Jim O'Connor and others---- it's one thing to have opinions but it;s another to comment as some do. Relax Jim O'Connor and others and get a grip on the real world where we all co-exist.
Steve Elias October 07, 2012 at 08:36 AM
Anytime Joe Biden speaks it should scare the bejesus out of everyone. Joe Biden speaking in the debate will be a complete debacle and embarrassment. Joe never fails astound us by the amazing things he manages to say. The debate with Joe Biden will be so funny, it will be stuff of comedy fokelore!!!! I can't wait !!!!!!!!
Dave Lenane October 10, 2012 at 08:34 AM
Romney is going to have a field day with this at the next debate... http://news.yahoo.com/al-qaida-making-comeback-iraq-officials-165659290.html
Dave Lenane October 10, 2012 at 09:38 AM
Geez a badday for Oblamea already.....and it's only 5:30 AM... http://www.opposingviews.com/i/health/health-care/darden-restaurants-cut-workers-hours-avoid-paying-health-care-coverage

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