Who packed a punch in the first U.S. presidential debate?
Thursday, October 04, 2012 - 01:48
Oct. 4 - As the first presidential debate finishes, Americans decide whether Barack Obama or Mitt Romney came out on top. Sarah Charlton reports.
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Americans tuned in to the first presidential debate on Wednesday (October 3) night, as Barack Obama and Mitt Romney went head to head.
At a bar in Washington, revellers gathered for a debate party.
Some even partook in a game of bingo, marking off scorecards where popular talking points were mentioned.
SOUNDBITE: KELLY ARCHUNG SAYING (English):
"I wasn't actually planning on hearing anything from Mitt Romney that was actually articulated as far as policies are concerned because I think in his track record he just lacks in that but I think tonight, like, he actually stepped up his game a little bit but not enough of what he needed to do."
It was a more sober affair at this New York college, where viewers found both candidates impressive.
But as to who came out on top, the reaction was mixed.
SOUNDBITE: MICHAEL SENDERS, STUDENT, SAYING (English):
"I was very impressed by Governor Romney's performance, specifically because although it might be criticized by many people I liked his aggressive approach and how he attacked a lot of the ideas and a lot of the topics that were to be discussed."
SOUNDBITE: CAMILLE O'BRIEN, STUDENT, SAYING (English):
"President Obama, he did - he is always a great speaker, I think he could have done better tonight honestly. I am a fan of him, I like a lot of his policies, he seemed nervous for some reason and almost let some questions threw him off, and Mitt Romney seemed to throw him off as well."
It was a similar scene at this Los Angeles party, where Romney's performance seem to catch some by surprise.
SOUNDBITE: CHUCK FLORISS, OF LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, SAYING (English):
"I thought they both had a lot of good things to say. I thought that Romney would falter more than he did. I thought it was pretty even."
SOUNDBITE: MATT LAZARUS, OF LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, SAYING (English):
"I thought Romney did quite well. I think Obama though hammered him on the lack of specifics."
There are two more debates to go before America goes to the polls on November 6th.
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