MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. – People who gathered at bar/restaurant Hollywood Hot in Mount Vernon for the Westchester Presidential Debate Watch said that President Barack Obama won the first debate for the presidency against Republican challenger Mitt Romney.
Monica Hughes said she thinks that Obama won the first debate because he spoke about multiple topics, such as the economy, the housing crisis and the banks. Hughes said that under former President George W. Bush she was laid off due to the economy, but under the current president she has managed to start her own business.
"The things that Obama is saying will make a big difference," Hughes said. "Not every family saves for college so Obama is speaking more about reality. It's still going to take more than four years to fix the problem."
Connell Lewis said that Obama had much better arguments than Romney adding that Obama talked about multiple topics, while Romney said the same thing in different ways.
"Romney did not cover all the topics Obama covered," Lewis said.
Greg Reaves would not declare a winner of the presidential debate but said he’s leaning toward Obama. Reaves said Obama has more substance than Romney in his comments and that the Republican challenger is vague.
"I'm looking for substance, not one-liners," Reaves said. "That shows a real contrast between the two candidates."
Still, not everyone gathered at the debate watch party supported Obama. Natasha Patel said that she is not decided on either candidate, having previously supported Ron Paul for president.
"We need to listen to their actual plans and understand what they are really saying," Patel said. "I'm not happy with either candidate."