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October 5, 2012

First presidential debate may have turned the tides

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Martin said she has heard Romney being praised for his performance in the debate, but she sees it differently.

“I know a lot of people say that Romney came on very strong and that the president was probably not as forceful,” she said. “He was not trying to overpower Mitt Romney — he was trying to give the facts. I don’t feel like he needed to press the points any more than what he did. I think all of his numbers and his statements speak for themselves. With the health care measures, the military ... we did see what he has done and will do. Our country needs to move in an upward direction, not down. What we need to do is go forward and not go backwards.”

Martin said in the next debates she’d like to see more discussion on health care and education.

“I’m really worried about Mitt Romney’s stance on women,” she said. “My other issue is, of course, education. I’m a retired teacher after 31 years in Georgia. Education is very important. I see the Republicans going toward vouchers, charter schools, and that is the wrong direction for America to take in education.”

Todd Singer, chairman of the Hendricks County Libertarian party, said he didn’t watch the debate.

“Unfortunately, I didn’t, so I can’t comment with anything that isn’t secondhand,” he said. “Part of the reason I didn’t watch is that Gary Johnson (the Libertarian candidate for president) wasn’t included. I thought he should have been included.”

Hendricks County Republican Party Chairman Mike O’Brien deemed the debate a success.

“Romney was the clear winner,” O’Brien said. “You can flip open the opinion page of any newspaper in the country to confirm it.

“If you’re a voter who’s been on the fence about Romney’s chances in this race, you couldn’t help but think last night, ‘where has this Mitt Romney been?’ He was poised, confident, and presented a clear and detailed alternative to the current regime.

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