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Sound Off Park Slope: Who Won the First Debate?

During the first presidential debate on Wednesday, Park Slopers sounded off on Twitter, reacting to President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney.

Alright, Park Slope, you were watching the presidential debate on Wednesday night. So, who won?

Within the first 15 minutes, Doug Gordon, a Park Slope resident and founder of website Brooklyn Spoke, tweeted:

And by the end of the debate, he concluded:

The debate, which ran three minutes over (it didn’t help that both candidates cut each other off repeatedly, often speaking over moderator Jim Lehrer), covered “Obamacare,” Medicare, the military, the deficit, the economy and jobs and even how Romney would fire Big Bird (giving birth the twitter handle @FiredBigBird

Romney said that his priority is to get America working again, to create more jobs and help the middle class.

He said that Obama, in the past four years, hasn’t helped the job market.

“We talk about evidence, look at the evidence from the last four years, its absolutely extraordinary: We have 23 million people out of work or stopped looking for work in this country,” Romney said.

The former governor of Massachusetts also stated that, “The status quo is not going to cut it…” and cited that when Obama took office there were 32 million on food stamps, and now there are 47 million on food stamps today and that economic growth this year was worse than last year.

With Romney’s aggressive debate style, Obama seemed a little tired and people thought he was not on the offensive.

Nicholas Kristof, a columnist for The New York Times, ‏thought that Obama was “rusty” and his “wonkish” style wasn’t working. Gordon wrote that Obama needed to be more aggressive towards Romney and doesn’t need to defend his own record, but instead, “He needs to force Romney to explain his.”

On the other hand, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio thought Obama’s statements made sense.

  • Bill de Blasio ‏‪@BilldeBlasio Obama explains Obamacare beautifully: all Americans covered, no pre-exisiting condition bias, age 26 and under on family plans. Home run!

And even Obama, at one point, addressed Romney’s lack of stating a concrete plan:

"At some point the American people have to ask themselves: Is the reason Governor Romney is keeping all these plans secret, is it because they're going to be too good? Because middle class families benefit too much? No," Obama said.

Now, the question is, did anyone's vote change after the debate?

There's the argument that presidential debates don't have a significant impact on Election Day, but, Louise Crawford, who runs Only The Blog Knows Brooklyn and used to write for Patch, echoed that report: 

What do you guys think? Who do you think won and where are their campaigns headed from here? Tell in the comments section below.

Ken October 06, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Showing their tax returns for 2005 to 2009 is totally unnecessary and proves nothing. They obviously paid taxes and took the deductions which are lawful to take. Now, Obama's first appointee was to the Secretary of the Treasury, of which I.R.S. is a subsidiary. He didn't pay taxes for three years. How come no one is screaming about that?
Parksloper October 07, 2012 at 07:27 PM
"you actually respoinded top that...lol.. you are soo PC you are respnding to old jokes!!cant stoip laughing its hard to type.." Sadly, these are the people voting for Obama..........
Robert October 08, 2012 at 10:37 PM
So true....
Patti October 09, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Romney says he's reducing the tax rate for middle income but at the same time he is reducing the deductions middle income people are allowed to take. In the end middle income people will pay more..Romney and Ryan = smoke and mirrors, and lies.
Ken October 09, 2012 at 10:43 PM
"Smoke and mirrors"? What politician doesn't use them?! Obama promised to change things in 6 months. I thought he meant for the good. Boy, were we fooled...again!

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