Though the viewership at the presidential debate watch party hosted by Patch in Dearborn skewed in favor of President Barack Obama, attendees said that overall, they thought Republican candidate Mitt Romney took home the win Wednesday night.
"I was disappointed in Obama," said Dearborn resident Fran Hayes after the debate party, held at the Good Times Caffe. "I wanted him to show more passion."
Detroit resident Johnna McConico added that she was surprised by Romney's debating abilities against the president.
"I didn't think he would be that strong, but he stood his ground," she said. "I think as we were caught off guard by Romney being assured, (Obama) probably was, too."
As a result, viewers in Dearborn felt Obama didn't seize the opportunity to tout his successes while in office. Instead, viewers agreed, he spent too much time defending himself.
"Romney did more attacking," Dearborn resident Joe commented, "but Obama has more of a track record. Obama should have been more aggressive in pointing out his accomplishments."
Some, however, felt that both candidates would have benefited from heavier moderation to keep them on topic—and to their allotted times.
"Jim Lehrer ruined it," said Dearborn resident Kathy Porach of the former PBS director. "He brought no spark."
Commenters on Twitter and in social media outlets seemed to agree, with USA Today suggesting that Lehrer "lost control."
"Apparently, Jim Lehrer thinks the best moderator is no moderator at all," the national media source reported.
Consequentially, Dearborn debate viewers said there were more issues they felt should have been addressed. Among them were education, the auto bailout, and women's issues.
"There was no mention of women's health care," commented Dearborn resident Christina Do. "I thought that was a huge oversight."
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