DEBATE: Monmouth U Students Watch Presidential Candidates Duke It Out

Students say they enjoy town hall-style of debate

As they watched President Obama and Mitt Romney debate Tuesday, Monmouth University students cheered, booed and laughed at the answers and exchanges throughout the night.

The crowd of 107 students and professors came out to Monmouth's Wilson Hall Tuesday night to watch the second presidential debate. Most agreed that the second round was a more lively match than the first.

Students said they enjoyed the town hall-style debate and that it made for a more interesting night.

"It shows when they are talking to people directly," Monmouth University sophomore Dan Roman said. "It really shows who looks more presidential."

"I think there were a lot of reasonable and difficult questions," Monmouth University senior Steven Cregan said. "I thought it was funny how Romney got called out on getting his facts wrong and I think Obama did much better than the last time."

The candidates were asked questions on a variety of topics ranging from inequality in the workplace for women and tax rates to immigration and Libya.

Roman said he believes that both candidates did a good job.

"I think they both painted a clear picture on what direction they want the country to move in," Roman said.

The students were particularly interested when the candidates spoke about the lack of jobs for recent college graduates.

Romney said it has been hard for young people, and said he will create "good jobs again."

Obama said important to wants to build on 5 million jobs created in the private sector.

"The most important thing we can do is make sure that we’re creating jobs in this country. Not just jobs - good paying jobs," Obama said.

Romney countered by saying the unemployment rate has not changed since 2008.

Students also participated in the debate on Patch's Twitter feed in its Cover It Live chat, and posted their thoughts as each candidate gave their answers.

Those who responded on Twitter seemed to have clear favorites in this year's election and Roman said tonight's debate should allow undecided voters to make a decision.

"Nobody will be undecided after tonight," Roman said.

OceanCounty October 17, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Jim,.....I'm not sure that Obama "has failed". What most folks fail to realize is that our nation endured the worst financial collapse since the Great Depression, and you simply cannot turn that large a ship around in a few years. The first priority was the stabilize the economy, then rebuild it, which is still in process. Could we have done better; sure. But I'm not positive anyone else could have done better. Don't forget, these decisions wern't made in a vacuum, or by the President only; many of the nations top business minds and government leaders helped formulate the road to recovery.
Barney October 17, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Uncle Moe, You are just a dissatisfied liberal. Romney will be fine as President. barneylicous.
Barney October 17, 2012 at 01:16 PM
Obama is such an inadequate President in almost every area. This is a joke that we are even debating who is better. You see what you have, do you really want 4 more years of a political activist with social values running this country into the ground???? Enough with the spending already.
OceanCounty October 17, 2012 at 01:25 PM
oh bummer, Can you provide a "reputable" site where you are quoting your numbers from?
paula October 17, 2012 at 01:33 PM
I have a hard time understanding why people love Obama and are willing to vote for him again... He has done nothing but lie... What happened with what he promised? What has he done in 4 years besides expensive vacations, appearances in talk shows, and blaming Bush for him incompetence? ECONOMY IS WORST, UNEMPLOYMENT IS HIGHER, MORE PEOPLE ON FOOD STAMPS, HIGHER COST OF LIVING... Are Obama lovers not smart enough to get it... Get the lawyer out! We need a business man who can get us out of this mess...
OceanCounty October 17, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Well, we can see who you like! How about posting some facts instead of general statements.
OceanCounty October 17, 2012 at 01:48 PM
You know we could sit here all day and discuss "our" perception of the debate, but for us to really cast our vote for the next leader of our great nation, I believe it would be in all our best interests to read "fact Check" articles for the real scoop. This is one Fact Check Article example only, but there are numerous sources to include CNN, USA Today, etc. http://www.app.com/viewart/20121017/NJNEWS11/310170057/FACT-CHECK-Stumbles-latest-presidential-debate The debates are nice to listen too, but we know how each of them out their own "Spins and Twists" on the facts. So take the time to read the follow up articles, and listen to the news to get the "Real Facts"
Pat October 17, 2012 at 01:53 PM
Seriously, Ocean County? Of course it's an idea, until it's implemented. Haven't heard a "plan" from Obama on how he's going to turn the economy around either. At least Romney has an "idea". As far as the Libya debacle, it is unmistakenly obvious that the President lied, the Vice President lied. Clinton takes responsibility right before the debate. Coincidence? I think not. His attempt to cover this up failed. The American people are not stupid. Shooting terrorists from drones does not make Obama a leader on foreign policy. Yes, Bin Laden is dead. He gets kudos for that. In the same respect, he screwed up in Libya. Instead of taking responsibility for it immediately, he tried to cover it up.
Pat October 17, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Romney/Ryan slimy, arrogant and smug? Lying pieces of garbage? What the heck did Obama/Biden do when they told the American people for weeks the attack in Libya was due to a video? Obama had 4 years to fix the economy, or at least make a clear indication that things are changing for the better. That did NOT happen! Quit the tired "it's Bush's fault" line. It's old and way overused. Time to take responsibility. Another 4 years of Obama and this country is done. If that happens, something tells me you will still be crying it's someone elses fault. You may want to start preparing yourself, because it looks like Romney may well indeed be your next president.
Pat October 17, 2012 at 02:08 PM
"the math does not add up." Says who? Obama? And you believe him? I too, have listened to three debates. I CAN figure out Obama's plan. It's the same plan and it doesn't work. Not willing to see Hope & Change move on to Hope & Pray. Time to move on and give someone else a chance at fixing this. Someone who knows a thing or do about building business. I don't care if the rich get richer, as long as jobs are created and people can support themselves and their families.
Pat October 17, 2012 at 02:09 PM
Agree Eleanor.
Julie G October 17, 2012 at 02:18 PM
http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/budget/Historicals Figure 7.1 http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/ Historical food stamp recipients http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/cats/social_insurance_human_services/food_programs.html Current food stamp recipients
David White October 17, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Listen to the news to get the facts. Seriously, the left wing propaganda machine is going to give us the facts. How about a leader who can admit there are terrorist out there and not give us some bs story about a lame movie.
paula October 17, 2012 at 02:25 PM
Ok... How do you put "Real Facts" and CNN-ABC-APP in the same sentence? Liberal media at its best! and has done nothing but omit Obama's mistakes ... The media should be arbitrary and their bias opinions are IRRESPONSIBLE AND MISLEADING...
paula October 17, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Ohhh "Ocean County".. here is a fact for you... Ocean county is 6th in unemployment rate among NY and NJ... At 10.3%... http://www.bls.gov/ro2/countyunemp.htm Anyway nice talking to you.. my welfare check just came in and need to go cash it..
Bonnie Winters Akey October 17, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Never let facts get in the way of a good story. ;-)
Ryan Hardy October 17, 2012 at 07:43 PM
I AM NOT A LIBERAL! I AM AN INDEPENDENT! Romney and Obama are both shills for the banks that engineered the financial collapse. When the dollar implodes and your worthless fiat paper monopoly money is worthless, I told you so! Our economy is bought out by the Koch Brothers, The Rothschilds and the banking cartel!!
Ryan Hardy October 17, 2012 at 07:44 PM
Bush and Obama lied, people died in the mythical witch hunt for "terrorists" in our illegal imperial invasion of Iraq that R-Money will continue
Ryan Hardy October 17, 2012 at 07:44 PM
Infowars is the best! Thats where I get my intel from!
SarahC October 18, 2012 at 12:17 AM
I am disgusted with the division this president has fostered. I will not vote for him again. Have a nice day.
George Clark October 18, 2012 at 12:37 AM
lol that's funny Sarah. He has fostered it? lol. It was just as bad under W Bush with thousand if not hundreds of thousands world wide protesting his illegal and immoral wars. Anybody who believed the 911 charade, and the wars it was designed to start, should be divided from the sane and dragged into a mental ward.
George Clark October 18, 2012 at 12:42 AM
how anybody can't see fox is total gerbel propaganda station repeating deranged opinions over and over till you simpletons believe it as gospel. We should do away with all the opinionators and get only the facts. Fox is the head of the media serpent spitting lies into your eyes and ears. We got to kill the head first and the body will die. Take murdoch, who has been proven corrupt and corrupting governments very core in england with black mail, extortion etc... and through him out of media altogether if we know what's good for us.
Monk October 18, 2012 at 12:38 PM
Obama continually pits American against American. He singles out professions, industries and classes of Americans to demonize. I don't recall George W doing so. Trying to rein in public unions and achieve pension and benefits reform is not even close to Obama's persecutions.
Thomas A. Blasi October 21, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Vampires, mummies the Tea Party, and the Holy Ghost, these are the things that frighten me the most! Today’s Republican Party is not the same republican party of Ronald Regan or even George Bush! In the contrary today’s Republican Party has been (for lack of a better word) highjacked by an extreme right wing radical element we refer to as the “Tea Party.” If Mitt Romney is elected these people will alter your life in a way you never thought imaginable. For example they want to replace Medicare with a voucher system, privatize Social Security, repeal National Health Insurance and eliminate your home property tax deduction while giving the wealthy 5% more tax cuts. The choice is yours on Election Day, Vote reason NOT color because, If you are working class or a female, Romney will throw you under the bus!
firedup49 October 21, 2012 at 06:59 PM
I second that agree Eleanor. : )
firedup49 October 21, 2012 at 07:05 PM
Nor is the Democratic party. The one that eliminated God and Israel from the doctrine, at their convention. John F. Kennedy could never be a democrat today, he would fit more with the Republican party. A proud American who would stand up for America, JFK would be.
OBAMA FAILED October 21, 2012 at 07:08 PM
I DON'T HAVE A PLAN OR RECORD TO RUN ON 4:56 pm on Saturday, October 20, 2012 OBAMA IS RESPONSIBLE FOR HIS RECORD OF FAILURE I am often reminded of what Obama said at the 2008 DNC: “If you don’t have a record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone people should run from. You make a big election about small things.” Every day, his campaign is making it smaller and smaller, and the President’s poll numbers keep dropping and dropping. 25 million unemployed $7 Trillion in new debt. $1 Trillion in WELFARE SPENDING 47 million on food stamps $1.5 Trillion budget deficits $500 Billion in UNPAID Medicare spending $500 Billion in UNPAID Social Security Tax cuts OBAMA LIES. AMERICANS DIE! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQBSTomBWls IT WAS YOUR JOB OBAMA. YOU FAILED. STOP BLAMING OTHERS. OBAMA - what HAPPENED TO THE DEBT??? YOU ADDED $7 TRILLION TO IT!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SaQUU2ZL6D8&feature=endscreen&NR=1 MAN UP!
firedup49 October 21, 2012 at 07:10 PM
It was amazing by the time Obama said fact check that, before he finished the sentence Crowley had it in her hand. Then after the debate said Romney was right. Hmmm
OBAMA FAILED October 21, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Kennedy was a worthy Democrat! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEdXrfIMdiU "Every new dollar released from taxation that is spent or invested will create a new job....." We need jobs right? So why raise taxes? Kennedy is a lot smarter than OBAMA
Thomas A. Blasi October 21, 2012 at 09:49 PM
It is your choice to vote for liar, Romney, it’s a free country. So if you are of voting age and a registered voter then vote for Romney & shoot yourself in the foot. Individuals like Romney are on their yacht sipping French Champaign laughing at you. They are saying, “What jerks the working class people are, they are to stupid to vote for the candidate that can do them good.”


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