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Presidential debate watch parties draw partisan reactions

Reported by: Amber Dixon

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Updated: 10/17/2012 8:35 am
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) -- In Las Vegas, dozens of debate watch parties were held to follow Round Two of Mitt Romney versus Barack Obama.

With this debate being the only town hall style face-off, Democratic Nevadans at Murphy's Law pub were rooting for a stronger performance from the president.

One didn’t need to be in the room for long to know who Neil Gilfillan and this vocal group are voting for.

It may be the body language when the opponent speaks or the support giving away that all eyes are on President Obama.

“This is most important to the president,” supporter Jim Walsh said. “He needs to come back and show the American people what he's been doing for the last three-and-a-half years.”

When Romney mentioned President Obama's visit to Las Vegas in an accusation that Obama played politics right after a fatal attack on a U.S. Consulate in Libya, viewers said they were not happy with that comment and said Obama came to Las Vegas much more often than other candidates in the past.

On the Republican side, despite an improved performance, Republican Christine DeCorte said Obama can eat his words.

“The things that Obama promised four years ago still aren't happening,” DeCorte said.

DeCorte was part of a small conservative crowd gathered at Mundo, a downtown Latin restaurant, to watch Tuesday night’s presidential debate.

“I'm a small business owner, and my husband has been out of work for three years, and I've got two kids in college,” DeCorte said. “One had to drop out to go to work to help support the family, and I'm really living in the economy that this has created.”

Behind bar room chatter and clinking glasses, Romney's words got through to DeCorte and another Republican woman Martha Kimpel.

“He knows we're hurting,” Kimpel said. “He knows the middle class is hurting.”

“I think Romney is right on line with his taxes, what he wants to do, how he wants to handle the taxes,” DeCorte said.

The women said lack of results from President Obama made his attempt to appeal to women worthless.

“The only thing Barack Obama is concerned with is birth control,” said Kimpel. “Women do a lot more than produce babies.”

“Obama is talking about women's rights when we're still making 80 cents on the dollar,” said DeCorte. “So don't promise me free birth control, and yet not pay me the equivalent of a man when I'm doing the same job that a man is doing.”

“We want our salaries to be raised,” said Kimpel. “We want better benefits, and he's not touching that at all,” said Kimpel.

Another topic the women said Obama did not touch on enough: Libya.

“What’s happened in Libya?” DeCorte asked. “We need to deal with that.”



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