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Who Won the Debate? NJ Insiders Pick Romney

Presidential debate a 'disaster' for Obama, one Democrat says as both parties agree GOP challenger wins Round 1.

New Jersey political insiders agreed: Mitt Romney won Round 1 against President Barack Obama.

According to a Patch flash poll immediately following Wednesday night's presidential debate in Denver, Colo., 63 percent of both Democratic and Republican respondents believed Romney was victorious.

"This is a game-changer, especially in a close race," one Democratic respondent said. "Obama was definitely off his game."

All 29 Republican respondents believed Romney won by either a wide or slim margin, while 11 of the 27 Democratic respondents agreed.

"Mr. Romney taking the President to task regarding the misrepresentation of his tax plan," one Republican insider said of the moment that would stand out most among New Jersey conservatives. "Mr. Romney was clearly on the offensive tonight."

Seventy percent of all respondents, including 20 or 27 Democratic insiders, believed Romney will be declared the "consensus winner" by the national media.

"This was a disaster for the President, [a] home run for Gov. Romney," a Democratic insider said.

"Obama looked nervous, unprepared, and angry at being challenged," another Democrat said.

Nearly 45 percent of the Democratic respondents disagreed with the statement, "Barack Obama's October 3 debate performance makes it more likely he will win" next month's election, while 22 percent were not sure.

"Obama was unconfident and squeamish and gave answers in a way that made me feel like he didn't believe his own words, when saying out loud what he's all about," a Democratic insider said. "Obama found his own answers hard to believe."

All but one Republican insider agreed that Romney's performance on Tuesday makes it more likely the GOP candidate will win next month.

"Mitt Romney came across as knowledgeable, steady and likeable—not at all the evil corporate raider as labeled by Democrats," a Republican respondent said. "His campaign should jump on the bump he'll get from this performance."

"Romney appearing presidential, substantive, decisive, and likable," will stand out most among New Jersey swing voters, one Republican said.

"NJ swing voters will now see Romney doesn't wear horns," the respondent said. "And he actually makes a lot of sense."

Bob R October 06, 2012 at 09:27 PM
bayboat, you mean someone forgot to wake Obama up from his daze.
Spooner October 06, 2012 at 09:30 PM
Donna- "the crisis started with Medicare". . .aren't you stretching things? If anything Medicare has controlled costs for many many years. Medicare Advantage Part B+C is the best in cost for insurance coverage... And Medicare as it is now constituted is not broken as papers and studies by right wing think tanks like Heritage, AEI, Cato, etc, would like you to believe. Its administrative costs are a small fraction of those of any private insurer in this country; its beneficiaries are much more satisfied with their health insurance than are privately-insured Americans; and the rate of cost increase per beneficiary in Medicare (making fair comparisons by holding benefits constant) has lagged well behind most private insurers for the last decade... The term "crisis" as used here. . .is the Republican right's buzz word to decimate Medicare. Does Medicare have problems with baby boomers coming onto the system and rising medical costs. . .Yes. Can we address the problems like we have in the past. . .Yes. . .but it takes the will to do it!
Bob R October 06, 2012 at 09:34 PM
We have changed the meaning of bullying to mean someone who knows the truth and states it, or even dares to make a correction regarding a misrepresentation of facts. That is now what a bully is. When I was growing up while dinosaurs roamed the earth, a bully used to be a guy who would threaten you until you got the courage up to knock him on his ass.
Midge Cannin-Schuck October 06, 2012 at 10:05 PM
I thought that Romney did a superb job of knowing the facts. He is the type of individual I would like as president because if there were ever another crisis such as 9-11 I think he is better at thinking on his feet.Our President should have them memorized since it is presently his administration and he is in power. I also feel that he commands more respect then our present President and therefore, he would have both the House and Senate working together and without hesitation. However, whether you are Republican or Democrat the one statement about PBS was not about Big Bird the way the liberal pundits would like you to believe, it was that we would have to borrow more money from China. As it stands if China ever called back all of the loans made to the US then we would become Little China. We must make America financially solvent again and stop apologizing to other countries for our wealth, especially since most countries expect money from us if they are in crisis
Mike October 06, 2012 at 10:32 PM
You would think things couldn't get any worse in California with $6 gas, long lines at gas stations and many gas stations running out of gas due to gas rationing......The Celebrity and Chief is back in LA on Sunday and is expected to create traffic jams everywhere while he hangs out with Katy Perry, Jon Bon Jovi, Jennifer Hudson, and Stevie Wonder. November 6th cant get here fast enough http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/10/obamas-concert-with-katy-perry-bon-jovi-to-snarl-la-traffic.html
ray October 06, 2012 at 10:49 PM
Donna I can appreciate your points although I dont argree with you but my original statement was that I don't think they were setting up for death panels like was implied by previous people who were posting
wookfish October 06, 2012 at 10:54 PM
americans died in libya and Obama lied...you want this to stay in the WH ?
Donna Griffin October 06, 2012 at 10:55 PM
Answer one question then, Spooner. If Medicare has held down costs and been a success, then why Obamacare? Why not Medicare for all?
Mike October 06, 2012 at 11:08 PM
It seems liberals feel the murder of 4 Americans in Libya is just collateral damage in thier quest for 4 more years of the fraud Obama.
Donna Griffin October 06, 2012 at 11:09 PM
ray - I agree with you. President Obama should be judged on his record alone. He should be held accountable for the promises he made 4 years ago and whether he kept those promises made to Americans. If he has cut the deficit in half, vote for him. If your family's health insurance premiums were cut by $2,500/year, vote for him. If he closed Guatanemo Bay, vote for him. If the unemployment rate is less than 6%, vote for him. If he increased transparency to an "unprecedented" level, vote for him. If he repaired the economy, vote for him. If he did not accomplish his promises, let us hold him to being the "one-term president" he stated the electorate should make him.
ray October 06, 2012 at 11:37 PM
You go spooner your facts are right on point. the only way to fight misinformation is with facts so keep it up
jerseyswamps October 06, 2012 at 11:49 PM
Have you seen all the Obama adds on this site? Usually to the right of the comments or at the bottom. I think they may rotate them. There is one with Obama and Biden. Both with crossed arms looking serious. Look at both Obama and Biden. What do you see?
gloria steinm October 07, 2012 at 12:11 AM
Hmmmm a muslim names barry and and old redneck with no clue.
Monk October 07, 2012 at 12:42 AM
"Bumps in the road." — Barack Hussein Obama
Monk October 07, 2012 at 12:44 AM
Agreed.
just sayin October 07, 2012 at 12:56 AM
since when is racism ok???? shame on u
Keith Jensen October 07, 2012 at 01:21 AM
Concerned about the environment or a general poll on the debate? I bet you did not know what the PATCH published here, yet the press, the politicians and the environmentalists all remain silent in this issue: http://englewood.patch.com/articles/nj-environmental-federation-endorses-democrats-for-congress-blasts-gop Note, the first comment following this embeded PATCH article.
ray October 07, 2012 at 01:25 AM
Monk, wookfish ,chris you want us to believe you care about the people were killed in Libya and you don't even care about the thousand's of Americans that are dying here in America I find it hard to believe . I think we all feel bad for the brave American patriots who just died in Libya
Barney October 07, 2012 at 02:30 AM
Romney is not a red neck. Duh!
Belleville Sentinel October 07, 2012 at 02:54 AM
4 year ago the right wing assailed President Obama for his connection to Reverend Wright - now the same group calls him a secret Muslim. So he is both a christian fundamentalist and muslim - a very unique mixture but in the lexicon of the right wing-nut fringe, perfectly logical. Let's get honest here - the demonstrable hatred the right wing and tea-partiers have for President Obama stems from the word they would just they would just love to shout from their rooftops about him.....it begins with "N" and ends with "R" and it's not Nation-Builder.
Mike October 07, 2012 at 03:21 AM
Yeah ok dolt......you're hero Obama is playing political games with the 4 Americans that were murdered in Libya all in an attempt to win his re-election and he did the same when he invoked executive privilege over Fast and Furious documents. Americans and Mexicans die but Obama just wants to cover it up, after all he has more inportant things to worry about....like his re-election. Shame on you and your liberal friends who continue to support the cover up of murdered Americans. http://freebeacon.com/revolt-of-the-spooks/
ray October 07, 2012 at 03:35 AM
The bunch of gibberish doesn't even deserve a comment good night the smart people must be in bed
Mike October 07, 2012 at 03:41 AM
Sweet dreams Abdul
Skip Wade October 07, 2012 at 05:00 AM
Yes Ivy, he was the President of the Harvard Law Review... the funny part is that he never actually wrote a review? Interesting huh? Manchurian Candidate much?
VietNam Vet October 07, 2012 at 07:15 AM
Basically, the only change we got, is the change in your pockets, because Odummer has taken any of the dollars he can to support the others that don't want to work and collect welfare to support their 10 children and still don't know the babies daddies. When does this country get a brain and stop voting for someone just because of their skin color, even though they are brainless as in this case. But, don't get me wrong, this jerk is very smart and dangerous and will destroy this country, which he has had in mind of doing all along, he just doesn't know how to run a country and restore our lost jobs. After all the only big thing this idiot ever did was buy a house, and he even got screwed on that as well.
VietNam Vet October 07, 2012 at 07:18 AM
I like Ann Coulter, she wrote a good book called " If democrats had any brains, they would be republicans" sounds like a great Title and very true too.
VietNam Vet October 07, 2012 at 07:33 AM
This idiot doesn't want to be president, he just like the prestige that goes along with the job and living in the lap of luxury and all the dumb people fauning all over the jerk. If he {and I hope to God} gets knock out of office, he's going to go on and be a big star and they'll give the jerk his own talk show... as always. They'll give any idiot a talk show today.
VietNam Vet October 07, 2012 at 07:40 AM
Chris, for what this girl did she deserves a metal and her Father must be very damn proud of her, the teacher on the other hand shoud've been "FIRED" for what she did because the kid was showing her freedom of speach, something more people shoud be doing, but don't have the guts too.
Alfred Bundy October 07, 2012 at 10:23 AM
The ONLY choice won, the moral, US CITIZEN, with values and a brain. So of course it can never be a democRAT or liberal POS based on the description I gave! The ILLEGAL TRAITOR LOST!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Fred M October 07, 2012 at 12:44 PM
Obama. I still don't understand how ANYONE can get elected President of the United States with only 4 years expirence .....It's not Obamas fault..it's the voters fault...To let a person with very little expirence become President is nuts...Do you think Corporations would elect a President of their Co with minimal expirence? NEVER

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