Live-Blogging Insiders: Romney-Obama Debate Didn't Measure Up

A group of Patch's New York political insiders disappointed by Wednesday's debate in Denver.

A panel made up of several of New York's political insiders were hoping for specifics on policy during the first presidential debate. 

The panelists who took part in a live blog on Patch during the debate were, in many cases, left disappointed. 

"So far this debate is the worst presidential debate I've ever seen...from both sides...neither candidate is resonating," said Steve Behar, a former NYC Council and State Assembly candidate and Democratic consultant, as the debate was winding down. 

Paul Feiner, the Greenburgh Town supervisor, said the debate lacked excitement. 

"Obama's performance is good but no one relates to the average voter who are not policy wonks like Bill Clinton did," said Feiner, a Democrat. "I wonder what percent of the American people who are somewhat interested in politics are paying attention to the entire debate. Bill Clinton simplified the issues–he made it easy for the average person to understand his vision."

At one point in the debate, Mitt Romney claimed that Obama's stimulus bill poured $90 million into green energy companies. “Now I like green energy as well, but that’s about 50 years of what the oil and gas industry received," the former Massachusetts governor said. 

That stirred up our panelists. 

"Come on Romney, opposed to green energy too?!" wrote Ede Fox, a Democratic candidate for the NYC Council. 

Betty Manzella, the vice-chair of the Brookhaven Town Republicans, said Romney was making a fair point. 

"Seriously?" Manzella said. "When did he say he was opposed to green energy? He said he was opposed to putting $90 billion into FAILED green energy companies."

Several panelists said they wanted to hear specifics on Romney's tax policy. 

"OK, I'll agree that middle-class people are being crushed," said Laura Morris, a Pelham Village trustee. "Will we hear anything specific from Romney on how he would fix this?"

Peter Swiderski, the Democratic mayor of the Village of Hastings-on-Hudson, said: "Romney is well-prepared. He's sounding competent and knowledgeable but is avoiding specifics on what deductions and loopholes will be covered."

On other topics, though, including health care, Swiderski said the candidates may have been too wonky for their own good. 

"I recognize that knowledgeable answers are great - but they both feel like they're overkilling it on substance and want to to show what they know," he said. 

Kevin Brady, who is running on the Working Families line for State Assembly in Nassau County, said judging the debate a draw was a win for Romney. 

"Was hoping for raucous or sharp contrast here and we got neither," Brady said. "We got this weird stasis, combined with a slowing of momentum of the D side."

How do you think the candidates did on addressing the major issues? Share your thoughts in the comments section below. 

john isernia October 04, 2012 at 11:41 PM
how many of you people remember ALI "rope a dope " strategy...against George Foreman...is President Obama getting him ready for a knockout punch....Gov.Romney better stay ready for an unexpected sucker punch.....
jsb October 05, 2012 at 01:21 AM
Don't delude yourself into hoping for a hail Mary pass. The next debate has undecided voters asking the questions, not a biased moderator - trouble for Obama. The last debate is on foreign policy and will come after the congressional hearing next week on the Libya attack coverup by the Obama administration - that will be very uncomfortable for Obama especially since former Libyan Embassy workers will testify they asked for more security at the embassy in June and were denied by the Obama administration because the Obama administration was trying to sell the story that Al Qaeda was in disarray when in fact the war on terror is unfortunately very much alive - very uncomfortable explaining to be done by the president. I think Mr. Romney will be more than ready.
Maureen October 05, 2012 at 02:08 AM
Too bad LI doesn't have its own electoral votes.
TAB October 07, 2012 at 11:34 PM
What study was she referring to in this video? There is no conclusive evidence that mammography decreases breast cancer mortality. Obamacare has serious flaws but every time an uninsured person (and there are many) uses the E.R. as a doctor's visit we the tax payer, pays for it. There has to be a way the government can supply an efficient, quality healthcare system.


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