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October 5, 2012

First presidential debate may have turned the tides

TV viewers across the nation Wednesday night saw what most are calling an “upset victory” in the first of three presidential debates.

President Barack Obama and challenger GOP nominee Gov. Mitt Romney debated at the Ritchie Center on the campus of the University of Denver. The 90-minute debate was moderated by Jim Lehrer of the “PBS NewsHour.”

Going into the debate, polls showed the candidates to be fairly tied in the race for the White House. A National Journal poll showed both Romney and Obama tied at 47 percent with prospective voters and a Rasmussen Reports poll showed Romney at 47 percent and Obama at 48 percent.

While new polling results on the actual race had not been released as of press time, a CNN poll released late Wednesday night showed that 67 percent of registered voters who watched the debate said Romney had won the debate, while 25 percent said Obama had won.

Most everyone agrees that the debate brought a twist to the race, and clearly showed the different roads each man would take as president.

The biggest clashes came in discussions of the health care reform act, which Obama defended and Romney referred to as “an unnecessary and unwanted government takeover of health care,” and the Dodd-Frank Act, which Obama again defended and Romney said was an overreach of government interference in business.

Romney did say that there were some measures in both the health care and business acts that he would retain in his own proposals.

Obama said Romney’s proposals were too vague and said, “At some point, the American people have to ask themselves if the reason that Governor Romney is keeping all these plans secret is because they’re too good.”

Romney explained many of his proposals during the debate and said, if elected, he planned to work with both Republicans and Democrats and that he realizes that all of his plans will not go through exactly as he’d like to see them. He said the only way to get things done is to compromise.

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