Obama-Romney Presidential Debate: Who Won?
Visitors to Patch's debate viewing parties at Wehrenberg Theatres in St. Charles gave Obama the win while the Des Peres audience gave Romney a slight edge in the second presidential debate on Oct. 16, 2012.
More than 120 people from throughout the St. Louis and St. Charles county areas took advantage of a break in the Cardinals schedule to attend debate viewing parties at two local movie theaters for Wednesday's showdown between GOP candidate Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama.
The consensus among viewers at the Wehrenberg St. Charles Stadium 18 Cine put Obama ahead, while watchers at Wehrenberg's Des Peres 14 Cine essentially called the matter a wash, with Romney edging out Obama but just as many declaring neither candidate victorious.
In a written survey filled out after the debate, Obama's record was the center of attention for both sides.
One Obama supporter said he won "because he was sincere, calm and followed through with what truly happened in his term and what is to follow" while a Romney fan declared that "jobs and energy are the two most important issues and Obama's policies have failed in these areas."
"Both made good points. Obama was more aggressive this time," said one a guest at Des Peres in a written survey filled out after the debate.
Of the 26 viewers who filled out surveys in St. Charles, 15 gave the verbal match-up to Obama with 10 declaring it for Romney and one said neither candidate won.
More importantly, Obama seemed to sway a few in the middle with three undecided voters saying that they were more likely to vote for the President after tonight's debate. All of Romney's support in St. Charles came from those who said they were supporting the Republican candidate heading into the debate.
However, viewers in Des Peres seemed to call the whole thing a draw with the "neither" category having a strong showing. With 37 surveys collected, 13 debate watchers said neither of the candidates pulled off a convincing win, while 13 called it for Romney and 11 handed Obama the victory.
Many attending the Des Peres watch party felt that the moderator kept interrupting and that affected and hindered the candidates arguments, particularly for those who declared the match a draw.
"Candy [Crowley] clearly won," said one viewer. "The rules of the debate seem to be more important than the candidates' opinions."
Romney's remarks at a private fundraiser about "47 percent" of Americans was brought up toward the end of the debate and had an impact on viewers in St. Charles.
One who switched to Obama after being previously undecided said the debate "showed who [Romney] really is" and that the turning point was "the very last moment when the 47 percent was mentioned."
Supporters for Romney also emphasized his plan for the economy. One viewer cited his continued emphasis on the private sector's ability to create jobs while another said "Obama has no clue what the American people need."
The town hall-style debate is the second of three presidential debates scheduled before election day. Polls were showing a tight race leading up to the debate after President Obama's performance at the first debate Oct. 3 was largely seen as underwhelming.