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Residents React To First Presidential Debate
Written by Andrew Forgotch
Last updated on October 04, 2012 @ 7:32PM
Created on October 04, 2012 @ 6:07PM
Wednesday night President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney squared off in their first campaign debate.
 
On Thursday it was still the topic of discussion for many folks.
 
The debate focused on domestic policies like taxes, the economy, and healthcare.
 
To the surprise of most folks the 90-minute debate was full details.
 
After a light-hearted exchange about the debate falling on the night of President Obama's 20th wedding anniversary the candidates went off and running.
 
"If I had to pick a winner I would pick Mitt Romney. I thought he was more forceful and more aggressive," Morgantown resident, Glenn Gallagher said.
 
For folks like Gallagher, Romney started the debate energetic and never took his foot off the gas.
 
Romney's themes centered around attacking the president's record.
 
"I think in the past there's been reports, or concerns, from the Republican base that he wasn't stating his position strong enough," Romney supporter, Erich Patterson said. "I think he was able to do that last (Wednesday) night."
 
For others like Nancy Lohmann, whose an Obama supporter, at times the president appeared to be fighting answers.
 
In his arguments Obama claimed Romney's plans lacked specifics.
 
"I don't think he did as well as I expected him to do," Lohmann said. "That's given his knowledge of the issues and some of the gaffs that Romney has made."
 
Scott Crichlow is the Chair of the West Virginia University's Polticial Science Department.
 
He advised that folks shouldn't rush to decide a winner based on Wednesday night.
 
"I definitely saw a presentation style that (favored) Governor Romney," Crichlow said. "I'm not sure that's going to drag the overall poll numbers in his direction."
 
The headlines gave Romney's a win in the debate, but Gallagher said he plans to wait and watch the others before deciding on who to vote for.
 
"I won't make up my mind until I watch the other two debates," Gallagher said.
 
The next debate is scheduled for October 16.

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