A handful of people watched the presidential debate Wednesday with Patch - and a majority of those people thought Republican candidate Mitt Romney came out on top.
Yorkville, Oswego and Montgomery Patch leaders invited the public to watch the debate, moderated by PBS' Jim Lehrer, at Kendall Grille in downtown Yorkville. A majority of the viewers who answered an anonymous survey afterward indicated Romney won the debate; the majority also figured the media would declare incumbent Democrat Barack Obama the winner.
Two viewers figured MSNBC would declare Obama the winner, while Fox News would declare Romney the winner.
Local Republican Dan Koukol, who is seeking re-election to Kendall County Board District 2, indicated the economy had been stalled for the past four years, making it one of the more important topics in the debate.
"Mitt was very prepared," Koukol said. "I saw those questions coming out and Mitt having answers for them. I thoroughly believed that Obama just kind of skated around them.
Meanwhile, Amy Cesich, a Democrat seeking a Kendall County Board seat in District 1, said the debate emphasized the differences between the two candidates - as it was designed to do. The moderation style didn't help Obama, though, Cesich said.
"What I didn't appreciate was Jim Lehrer; I think he was a little bit off in his moderating," Cesich said. "I've seen past moderators that have done a little bit better. I think Romney came off as being really in charge, where as Obama was a bit more respectful of Jim and his role as a moderator."
Patch Facebook pages were full of activity during and immediately after the debates. Here are what some Facebook fans had to say:
"Romney [won] without any doubt! Obama didn't say anything that remotely confirmed he has a clue about what's going on in America!" -- Lisa Stallmann-Wise
"Romney absolutely dominated the debate. Hopefully a lot of people watched it to educate themselves about both candidates." -- Mike Valaitis
"Romney was a better speaker, BUT his answers were vague just delivered with passion. Obama may have been slower to respond but his answers were better, to the point, and substantial. Obama gave examples while Romney side stepped a lot. I am independent." -- Valerie Chaplin Clayton