I attended the Monmouth County Democrats Debate Watch Party last night at Park East in Hazlet. It was well attended, about 100 people showed up to meet U.S. Senator Robert Menendez and watch the first Presidential Debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney.
The room was buzzing with anticipation for the debate between the President and Romney to start. When it did however, some were sorry it had. The consensous afterward being that the President wasn't on his game and let to much of Romney's points go unchallenged.
It was as if Team Obama felt it was better to seem and look presidential rather than getting down and dirty. Obama left much on the table and didn't do a very good job at counter-punching at times. Never mentioning Romney's 47% gaff or pointing out that his running-mate Paul Ryan was also for cutting $716 billion dollars from Medicare (a point that Romney drove home numerous times about the cuts to Medicare funding that is included in Obamacare).
Romney was clearly the aggressor,which he needed to be. But times he seemed frantic and felt compelled to interrupt Obama in mid sentence and showing little civility at times.
If people want to crow and say Romney won this round, they can, I won't argue the point much. However, the good thing is that there are 3 more debates coming (1 Vice-Presidential & 2 Presidential) which will give Obama the opportunity turn things around and do much better.
Romney on the other hand i'm afraid, may have shot his load. I don't think he will perform as well again once Obama decides to come out swinging instead of playing it safe as he did tonight.
Here are a few pictures from the watch party:
|Chairman Vin Gopal and Senator Menedez|
|Monmouth County Freeholder Candidate Kevin Lavan and others listening to Senator Menendez speak|