Obama-Romney Presidential Debate: Who Won?

President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney squared off in their second debate. Patch users in Connecticut offered their thoughts on the debate.

CBS called it “the most rancorous debate ever,” as Barack Obama and Mitt Romney stood toe-to-toe describing the other as a liar. The format was in a “town hall” style and the presidential hopefuls directly confronted each other, often after ignoring the question asked by an audience member.  

Patch readers in Connecticut participated in an live blog during the debate. Many commenters already had their decision on who to vote for already made, 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.

Jozefa Szczepanska October 17, 2012 at 11:36 AM
The winner is: OBAMA !
Jennifer O'Neill October 17, 2012 at 02:49 PM
In nearly all opinions concluding that Obama won or tied last night, the authors compared his efforts to his abysmal performance at the last debate. Clearly, he made a better showing than the first round, where he appeared stunned and uninformed. However, his fist-pounding rhetoric last night was still hallmarked by partisan attacks; unsubstantiated, unprovable claims about alleged successes in the administration; statements that were misleading at best on his personal knowledge and responsibility for the horror in Benghazi, as well as his whereabouts at the time; and the worn-out shoe of blame cast upon Bush for the state of today's economy. The fact that Obama was expressive and coherent at the town hall doesn't mean he "won," and the American people are certainly not winning. Under his watch, in just 4 years our national debt has gone from $10 trillion to $16 trillion, by far the most dramatic plunge in history. Unemployment has risen from 5.8% to 8.2% and if his planned policy changes continue, the Congressional Budget Office (a nonpartisan thinktank) forecasts a recession in 2013 with unemployment at 9%. More Americans live below the poverty line than in the past 52 years. We are on the edge of financial ruin, and the numbers don't lie. Remember when James Carville contended, "It's the economy, stupid!" as Clinton's chief strategist? The economy is *dramatically* worse now in 2012 than it was in 1992. We need to save America, and we're running out of time.
See the truth October 17, 2012 at 10:08 PM
Trillion million billion, simply put, Romney is a liar. He saved the Olympics with illegal labor and he will not save you a Penny in taxes. His math is typical television dollar bending. He will pay less and you will pay more. He is a loose cannon and overbearing to say the least. Read the London papers and see what they think of him. Totally unprofessional. You can't go around issuing smash mouth foreign policy my friends. The world is a thinking place. Only in the US are we so full of our bad ideas.


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