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October 4, 2012

First presidential debate may have turned the tides

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When discussing education, Obama at one point accused Romney of not caring about teachers or education. Romney chuckled at the accusation and responded that Massachusetts, which he had governed, was rated the number one state in education.

Another point of contention was in funding for the military. Romney said it is paramount that America retain a strong military and Obama said the military budget must be cut as a matter of “simple math.”

Not surprisingly, Hendricks County’s political leaders have very different takes on the outcome of the debate.

“I did watch the whole debate,” Hendricks County Democrat chair Charlotte Martin said. “I felt like we had wanted Obama to explain what he has done in his four years and what he will do in the next four. I felt he did a very good job of explaining that to the American people.”

Martin said Democrats are “very proud” of what the president has accomplished.

“We know there are many more things he has to do in his next term, if the American people will just follow along and allow him to,” she said. “It took eight years to get to this point and it might take another eight to get us out of it. But I do feel that the housing problem is improving, the economy is picking up, Wall Street and the banking industry are back on track.

“The other thing that I think, and it did not come out last night, is that Obama is much more prepared for our foreign policy than Romney will be. I’m sure that that will be in the next debate. He and Hillary Clinton are much more prepared and are doing a good job of working with our foreign friends, so hopefully we can have more peace with the other countries than we have had.”

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