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Who Won the Oct. 3 Presidential Debate?

Barack Obama and Mitt Romney duked it out in Denver, Colorado, Wednesday night, and participants in Patch's statewide liveblog were split on who came out ahead.

In a debate that centered on policy and numbers, and seemingly less on straight talking points and campaign slogans, the two candidates running for the presidency sparred over jobs, the economy and health care in the first presidential debate at the University of Denver Wednesday.

The focus of the debate between President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney centered on domestic policy, and both candidates took shots at the nuances of each other’s methods of governance. Obama, for example, defended the Affordable Care Act while Mitt Romney argued his tax policy would not lower taxes for the wealthy.

Patch ran a CoverItLive liveblog that garnered nearly 60 people at times and fostered a lively discussion on the debate. Many readers commented that Romney won the debate, a general feeling that was shared among many pundits and analysts.

The debate drew out some comical moments, including the now-famous remark Romney made about how he would cut funding to PBS even though he told moderator Jim Lehrer (a PBS anchorman) “I love Big Bird and I actually like you.”

The remark spawned a fake Twitter handle, @FiredBigBird, which despite only tweeting 37 times since late Wednesday, has attracted more than 16,000 followers and counting.

Here are some of the reactions from our followers in the CoverItLive session on Wednesday:

Julia G:
"Obama's "race to the top" sounds eerily similar to "race to nowhere," and even worse, No Child Left Behind. If he thinks this will turn around the economy, it's worrisome."

echo: 
"There are plenty of jobs but not everyone wants to really work. They just want to make the big bucks sitting at their computers instead of actually working at a real trade."

Matty B: 
"I'm jumping in here late. Is it just me or does it seem like Romney is playing offense and Obama is on defense tonight? Look at their body language. Romney stares Obama in the eye. Obama stares at Lehrer or the floor."

Creeky: 
"College wasn't expensive until government subsidized it. Now, colleges see the fountain of money of college loans and see no reason to control costs."

Guest: 
"He's getting rid of Big Bird? Oh, and the moderator."

Clearly:
"Mitt crushed Obama; he provided specific examples, rebutted falsities that Obama spewed (Obama made no effort to soften jabs from Mitt), and showed true passion."

NoToMitt:
That is true. Was hoping to hear some actual policy ideas from Mitt instead of the same old talking in circles. But at least if he wins Jim Lehrer's losing his job.

SLG: 
"It's evident that Romney was 'well coached' to talk on point. Tonight he was SO concerned with the middle class while just a couple of weeks ago, he didn't get 2 cents for the poor/middle class and said the '47 percent' don't deserve health care. What a transparent phony. Lots of lip service without a plan (or clue) to deliver what he promises!"

GeorgePenman:
Romney will be tied to the Republican House agenda, which ought to be enough to defeat him.

Who do you think won the debate? Join the discussion in the comments section below.

Vindaloo October 10, 2012 at 01:10 AM
Wow, this has gone way too far. We're ALL pointing the finger of blame at each other. Nobody should be accusing all rich people of being greedy and uncaring. though some are. Nobody should be accusing those struggling with being lazy and not trying, though it is true for some. What right do any of us have to assume anything of anyone. The fact is... we all want the same things. Not to be rich, but to be able to take care of ourselves and our families if we work reasonably hard. None of us know what kind of situation we will be inflicted with. $#!t happens. After many years of working and studying while raising my family, I was diagnosed with cancer. Didn't have supplemental insurance. I owned a small business and paid myself enough to get by. But, when I was suffering from chemo, I could have used a little help. I couldn't work much but I couldn't receive disability because of a year of work, before I started the business, that didn't pay into the system. So, when I hear talk of people like me wanting handouts because I don't want to work, It's very hurtful. This election has turned people against each other for no good reason, and it needs to stop. We are no more productive than our government. We're all good people who don't really want to hurt anybody. I think we're all done with this now.
Ellen October 10, 2012 at 02:05 AM
We aren't pointing a finger of blame at anyone. We are stating our feelings. You, Catherine, posted your pro Obama posts without anyone telling YOU that "we are done with this now", now you want the thread to stop. Are you in charge here?
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