Viewing parties gather to watch first Presidential debate

By: Brian Shlonsky Email
By: Brian Shlonsky Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO)-- As the candidates battled it out on stage at the first of the 2012 Presidential debates, viewing parties on both sides gathered to hear the arguments.

At the Democrat’s party at a Redlands home, the group is cheered on the president.

"I can look at him tonight and know and believe that he will do what he says because he's done what he said," Martelle Daniels said.

Daniels said she felt a sense of pride watching Obama speak.

"I also feel relief because he's so brilliant, he's so educated, he care's so much about the country, he has made sure that the best people are serving with him," Daniels said.

Daniels said she feels the president had the upper hand in the debate, and said Romney didn’t set himself apart.

"He's not going to be any more defined or definite on his policies-- what he wants to do-- than he has in the past, so it would surprise me if someone could decide that they wanted to vote for Mitt
Romney by watching the debate tonight," Daniels said.

But over at Fly'n Roosters, the Republicans told a different story.

"Mitt Romney is heavy in the stats, heavy in the facts, using a very logical argument, attacking Obama's absolutely dismal record, and calling him out on the promises, the whole huge list of promises he broke," Colton Vaughn said.

Vaughn said in the first debate, Romney showed why he won his party's nomination, and said Obama's record is speaking for itself.

“Obama is trying to pull the trick on us all again, he’s saying, ‘Ignore what I did. It’s Bush’s fault. Ignore what I did. It’s Bush’s fault.' And then he pulls out emotional arguments,’” Vaughn said.

People from both watch parties said they thought their candidate had a strong showing in the first debate, as emotions were running high in both rooms for what’s already being called an historic election.

President Obama and Governor Romney will meet again on Oct. 16 at Hofstra University.

The debate is expected to be in a town-hall format, where the audience will question the candidates on foreign and domestic issues.


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