By Nicholas Pizana for The 12
President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney are both eager to draw in undecided voters as Nov. 6 draws closer.
Wednesday’s debate gave both candidates the opportunity to discuss their views on domestic issues. Students at Wayne State University in Detroit chimed in after it with their reactions to the night’s performances.
“President Obama was a bit passive…Romney definitely was more aggressive,” said student Henry Mills. Although he felt Romney had a better stage presence, he wasn’t convinced that the candidate offered any solid explanations of his policy.
“I think he flat out lied about a majority of the things he said, and I think that took Obama a little bit off pace. Usually I wouldn’t think someone would go into a debate where they had a proven record of what they stand for, and then out right deny it… and then when Romney was asked ‘What are you going to do?’ He was pretty vague.”
Business major Alexis Anderson found the performance of moderator Jim Lehrer to be lackluster. “I thought both candidates provided good insight on what direction they would like to take the country. I was quite disappointed in the moderator, he failed to maintain each candidates’ time and to maintain the flow of their conversation.”
Christopher Williams said that “Romney ran circles around Obama rhetorically, but Obama had more substance. It seemed like he wasn’t prepared, and economics wasn’t really his turf. There wasn’t much on social issues, which seemed like a big hole. I think Romney had the advantage just because of the nature of economics. All Romney really has to say is ‘Yeah, things are getting better, but they would be way better if we would have done this and that.”
Nicholas Pizana is the A&E editor for WSU’s The South End newspaper.