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Video: Who East Bay Leaders Thought Won the Obama-Romney Debate

Tri-Valley political and business leaders voice out their opinions of how the first presidential debate went. Who do you think came out on top?

East Bay leaders came out to Patch's first presidential debate watch party between President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney.

From the economy and deficit to health care and jobs, several topics were touched on during the 90-minute debate.

Here's a list of those who attended our watch party — practically a split between registered Democrats and Republicans:

  • Shelby McNamara, Danville chamber chief executive
  • David Behring, Danville Rotary
  • Al Phillips, Republican Assembly candidate
  • Eric Swalwell, Democratic Congressional candidate
  • Amy Miller, Dublin school board
  • Eric Muetteries, Dublin business owner
  • Mark Meuser, State Senate candidate
  • Greg Tomlinson, Dublin school board
  • Robin Torello, Alameda County Democratic Party chairwoman
  • Ellen Corbett, State Senate Majority Leader

Check out the video above to see how they thought the first of three presidential debates went and who they felt came out on top for this one.

We also want to hear from you. What did you think of the overall debate? Which candidate would you say won this debate based on their responses given?

Jeff Williams October 04, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Wow - amazing to hear what these Democrat bureaucrats heard. No wonder this state is so messed up. Even CNN poll had Romney crushing Obama, yet that's not what our great politicians heard. We need real leaders who have actually done something with their life.
Dublin Resident October 04, 2012 at 08:28 PM
Obama not having a teleprompter combined with having someone who challenges his misstatements and made-up facts equals a Romney win - which is clearly stated in the Patch Poll as well as media outlets. Mark Meuser's statements were just sad and disingenuous. Despite being excellent swimmers, some rats prefer to go down with the ship.
Californicated1 October 07, 2012 at 08:18 AM
Great! Just what we need these days! A video of people watching TV. I think the folks at Comedy Central already elevated this vicarious viewership into an art form and TV show in the guise of "Mystery Science Theatre 3000" back in the 1990s--so last Millennium. The last thing I want to see is a bunch of people watching TV, let alone a bunch of politicians. I don't know what's worse, watching these dim brains watch TV or watching what these dim brains were watching? What have we come to when watching other people watch TV has become an entertainment form. Hopefully these folks weren't picking their noses, making obnoxious bodily noises or scratching themselves in some awkward places while they were being captured on video watching TV. And if they did, that might make watching these dim bulbs entertaining.
Rich Buckley October 07, 2012 at 04:25 PM
A list of things neither party (Dem's nor Repub's) are covering:  As they come to mind:  --- Illegal Domestic Spying -- A "police state" by default! http://tinyurl.com/9kvz9uw --- Why it remains illegal for the Federal Government to install a computer accounting system that accounts for every dollar in all departments ( "Exposing U.S. Government Policies On Extraterrestrial Life: The Challenge of Exopolitics", Michael E. Sallas, and His second book,  "Exopolitics: Political Implications of Extraterrestrial Presence", Michael E. Sallas  "Exopolitics") http://tinyurl.com/3vj6ka6 --- Zero Point Energy Research: http://tinyurl.com/22npth4
Rich Buckley October 07, 2012 at 05:50 PM
A list of things neither party (Dem's nor Repub's) are covering:  As they come to mind:  --- Illegal Domestic Spying -- A "police state" by default! http://tinyurl.com/9kvz9uw --- Why it remains illegal for the Federal Government to install a computer accounting system that accounts for every dollar in all departments ( "Exposing U.S. Government Policies On Extraterrestrial Life: The Challenge of Exopolitics", Michael E. Sallas, and His second book,  "Exopolitics: Political Implications of Extraterrestrial Presence", Michael E. Sallas  "Exopolitics") http://tinyurl.com/3vj6ka6 --- Zero Point Energy Research: http://tinyurl.com/22npth4 --- Bite your tung! FEMA detention centers all over the USA, dare I look and ask either presidential puppet to explain? Here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lVwRCyPW4Q&feature=youtube_gdata_player And here: http://www.pakalertpress.com/2012/10/06/shocking-fema-bill-hr6566-ordering-national-preparation-for-mass-death-video/

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