STAMFORD, Conn. — While President Barack Obama will still get their vote on Election Day, many attending the debate watch party at Stamford Democratic Headquarters were impressed with Republican challenger Mitt Romney Wednesday night.
“Romney is not George W. Bush; he is not an idiot,” Joe Kron said, adding that he “obviously” still supports the president’s re-election campaign.
“Romney was more put together tonight,” Polly Rauh said after the debate ended. The city’s school board president did say the incumbent is still ahead of his opponent.
“Obama must have been told not to come back at him,” City Representative Jay Fountain, (D-7) said, adding that he did not like how accusatory Romney was of the president. He also said that he can’t wait to find out which “facts” are true.
Fountain, who admitted to doing research on the country’s budget, was not impressed with either candidate, but did give Obama the edge because he has a plan to balance it, compared with Romney just saying he would fix it.
Outside of several comical retorts by the president drawing a few laughs, the 50 or so people at the Democratic Headquarters remained silent, with people listening and taking notes.
The Stamford Daily Voice’s Facebook page also elicited some comments from readers regarding Wednesday’s debate.
“Romney will be leading in the next U.S. poll and drawn even in Connecticut,” Andy Wainwright wrote.
“I thought Romney had the advantage,” Jackson Delaney wrote.
There will be three more debates, with vice presidential candidates Joe Biden and Paul Ryan squaring off on Oct. 11. The two presidential candidates will spar again on Oct. 16 and 22. Election Day this year falls on Tuesday, Nov. 6.