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Obama-Romney Presidential Debate: Who Won?

Presidential candidates Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney squared off for the second time Oct. 16. Who do you think came out on top in this debate?

President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney met for a rematch in Tuesday night's debate, a town hall-style showdown on domestic and foreign policies at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY.

Romney was hailed by many observers as the "winner" of their first debate earlier this month. Who do you think fared better this time? Did either candidate win your vote Tuesday night or state his vision for America more clearly? Did you learn anything new about them? Did the town hall format suit either candidate better?

We're asking all Patch readers across Tampa Bay to weigh in. We hope to create a civil discussion where supporters on both sides of the aisle, and everywhere in between, can start a conversation.

Which candidate do you think won the debate? Let us know what you think in the comments section.

Did you miss Tuesday night’s debate? Don’t worry, you’ll have one more chance to see the presidential contenders square off. Next up is the Oct. 22 debate at Lynn University in Boca Raton, with a focus on foreign policy. That debate will air on most major television networks from 9 to 10:30 p.m.

Diane Carlstrom October 19, 2012 at 06:34 AM
30 months takes us back to some time in '09. When he got in we were losing millions of jobs. People expected what? A snap of the fingers and instant repair of the last tears of disaster? During previous recessions the gov't did a great deal of hiring (under gop presidents) and these were partly what triggered the recoveries. This time gov't cut jobs. When we look at the EU we see example after example of austerity. Right now there are riots happening all over Europe. people are hungry and are tired of all of the cuts. This has undermined their economy and prolonged their recession. Meanwhile, stimulus was done here. While recover has not been speedy it has been happening- we are no longer losing jobs at the rate we were 36 mos ago. The funny thing is the EU is absolutely reviled by the GOP. They carry on about how awful it is yet they want to do exactly the same thing the EU is doing- cut, cut, cut. Look who suffers under cuts and who gains.
Diane Carlstrom October 19, 2012 at 06:40 AM
Bottom line is we still don't know how Romney is going to finance all of his fancy cuts- first he wanted everyone to have $17k in deductions then upped it to $25k. In the corporate world you have a few guys at the top making big bucks and the rest of the workers doing the jobs of 2 or 3 people with stagnant wages and trimmed benefits.Clearly thats what plenty of people want here, but just remember it's only the few at top that do well. I hope your straw gets picked!
Freedom October 19, 2012 at 06:41 AM
Here's the number one cause of damage due to the pill, the one that killed my best friend; HEART AND BLOOD ABNORMALITIES Blood Clots can form, restricting or blocking the flow of blood to critical organs and other body systems, possibly causing permanent damage. For example, a blood clot in the heart would cause a heart attack; in the brain it would cause a stroke or brain hemorrhage; a clot which moved from elsewhere in the body and lodged in the lung would cause a pulmonary embolism; in the kidneys a clot would cause a renal artery thrombosis and kidney damage; in the retinal arteries it would cause temporary or permanent blindness. High Blood Pressure and alterations in the blood clotting mechanisms may be seen in women on the Pill. This may contribute to a 3-11 times increased risk of developing blood clots in Pill users compared to non-users. The risk is especially great for women who smoke and/or are over 35 years old. Ladies I hope this will be a wake up call, I wish I could have convinced my best friend but sadly not...
tom m October 19, 2012 at 12:20 PM
Bill Clinton telling crowd in Parma that Romney Is right http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OeBCWLGoJb0
Ken Lynam October 21, 2012 at 05:54 PM
Well-said, Joe.

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