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Obama vs. Romney: Who Won the 1st Presidential Debate?

The two presidential contenders faced off on domestic policy issues. We want your take on how they did.

They came, they listened and they debated, but who actually conquered during the first presidential debate is the real question, and one that will carry into the morning after.

While pundits on both sides of the aisle dissect Wednesday night’s volley between President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney in order to declare a “winner,” we’d rather get your take, Tampa Bay. We want to know which candidate resonated most with you on such important domestic issues as the economy, jobs, taxes, energy policies, health care and more.

Do you agree with President Obama’s statement that “we’ve begun to fight our way back” from what he characterized as the “worst financial crisis since the Great Depression?” Are you more inclined to agree with Gov. Romney’s assertion that current policies are “crushing the middle class?”

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

Did you miss the night’s debate? Don’t worry, you’ll have two more chances to see the presidential contenders square off. Next up is the Oct. 16 town hall-style showdown on domestic and foreign policies at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY. That debate will air on most major television networks from 9 to 10:30 p.m.

The vice presidential candidates will also square off on Oct. 3 on domestic and foreign policies. That debate takes place in Danville, KY, and airs from 9 to 10:30 p.m.

Stay with Patch for debate updates.

Michael D. October 11, 2012 at 12:15 PM
Paul, Or some just prefer to be short sighted and not see the problem is not akin to one party. But a problem in the system itself.
Treble Hook October 11, 2012 at 07:37 PM
I can't see how either one of them are a clear choice, and until the majority of electorate can see how both side are branded as burdening the future we will continue in the same direction we've been going for the past thirty plus years. The last great hope to turn the ship around ended with Perot! To patronize either party in these times is just wasteful thinking and the lazy american way!
JS October 11, 2012 at 08:08 PM
Las Vegas odds maker doubles down on Romney landslide. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Soh6cwFwcXo
Larry October 11, 2012 at 08:13 PM
Anyone who has been following the remarks made by Romney would agree with you. Romney has back tracked on almost all he first said. So what is new? Nothing at all.... we still don't know what Romney stands for. A Republican running for the rich business man we do know this. A lot of rich mans donations have been made to get Romney as president. At this point he will say anything to get elected. How can anyone vote for a man they know nothing about? He makes a firm stand on NOTHING for the middle class and the poor ONLY THE RICH.
Larry October 11, 2012 at 08:20 PM
Romney can not stand by anything he says. There was nothing knew said by Romney ...... just turn around lies to get elected. How can you trust a man who will not open his past to the voter? Hides all the important things about his character and tells everyone JUST TRUST ME. Well, thats not enough for me. As far as the debate I feel no one won it. Obama was to nice and should have called him on everything he said. Nothing but lies by Romney. Smear Campaign was started by Romney during the Republican debates so live with it my friend....what goes around comes around.

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