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Who Won the Presidential Debate? Republicans Say Romney 2-0

Charleston area Republicans pleased with GOP nominee's push for the truth; unhappy with moderator Candy Crowley.

For Mitt Romney fans, it wasn't even a question. Romney came away with a decisive victory in Tuesday's debate, and he's now 2-0 against President Barack Obama, according to Lowcountry Republicans.

Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties GOP parties gathered at Pilot's Lounge and Bistro in Summerville for a debate-watching party that featured the GOP presidential nominee and the incumbent.

While Romney won praise from his supporters, Obama was called "untruthful" and the debate moderator Candy Crowley deemed unfair. 

What won the debate for Romney?

"I'll put it this way: I thought Romney won on facts," Berkeley County Republican Party Chair Tim Callanan said. "Romney's a fighter ... (Obama) is not used to being confronted, he's used to being coddled." 

"All Romney had to do was hold his own and he definitely did that," Dorchester County Republican Chair Carroll Duncan said. "He won because he told the truth."

"(Romney) kept his cool. He didn't get flustered. But he not only had to debate the president but he had to debate Candy Crowley (moderator) as well," Charleston County Republican Party Chair Lin Bennett said. "He had his facts in order and was able to rebut Obama's statements with factual statements."

S.C. Senate GOP candidate for District 38 Sean Bennett said Romney won with his arguments on the economy.

"We deal in a global economy, and the president has shown he can't deal with a domestic economy, let alone a global economy," Bennett said.  

Bennett and Callanan felt that Romney's performance could have been improved. Bennett wanted to see the presidential contender answer the question of gender equality.

"He did what a lot of politicians do and didn't really answer it," Bennett said, adding that instead of talking about future actions, Romney relied on his past accomplishments. 

Callanan saw a missed opportunity for Romney to push the incumbent further on the issue of gas prices, which Obama said were lower when he first took office because of the looming Great Recession.

Click here to see a full transcript of the debate.

Callanan took issue with Obama's statement since it implied that since gas prices are higher now that the economy is booming.

"When you have an opportunity where a candidate absolutely steps in it — I'd have been happy if (Romney) pounced on it," Callanan said.

Praise was scant for Obama. Most Republicans felt the president was not truthful on a number of comments.

"I found him to be so untruthful when talking about Libya," Duncan said. "I simply couldn't believe it."

"I agree with (Obama) that the free enterprise system is what makes this country great, but I don't believe he believes that," Callanan said. "I am stunned at some of the things Obama said — that he's for free enterprise, that he doesn't believe government creates jobs. Then why spend the stimulus?"

"There's nothing that (Obama) said tonight that was believable," Lin Bennett said. 

She also talked about the president being "out of touch."

"When Obama started talking about gangbangers ... He didn't answer the question (on assault weapons legislation)," Bennett said. "It has nothing to do with legal guns ... He gave the impression he was totally out of touch." 

The incumbent wasn't the only one with little praise, Crowley also was heavily criticized for her role. 

The moderator would shut down Romney, but politely ask the president to stop speaking, Callanan said, adding that the pre-approved questions also showed a clear bias. 

Janet November 07, 2012 at 09:35 AM
Abortion is legal through all nine months of pregnancy. Women are not being told that their are serious side-effects to abortion even if the prescription inserts do list possible ones, most people do not read them. They trust their health care professional. I brought up my son's experience to illustrate that young people are being subjected to sex education that their is an active debate about it's effectiveness. Your web reference and your "countless" others are just a few of the ones in favor. I blame Planned Parenthood and other agencies who want to take over the job of parents in teaching their children values and often do so without the knowledge of their parents not just in my case but in the majority. Their sex education model is based on the research of Alfred Kinsey and his sex institute which later gave rise to SEICUS which is the government agency that controls the content of the sex ed material. Kinsey was a zoologist who did perverted studies on children as young as 3 mos old. He also garnered much of his "data" from studies involving prison inmates. He came up with bizarre conclusions based on this research and people accepted it because he was a sceintist. Waxman commissioned the report and used random telephone calls directed at pregnancy centers as part of his data that supported his political party's agenda. Do you have any idea on how much money Planned Parenthood spent on negative ads against Romney in the last election? It's blood money.
Janet November 07, 2012 at 09:49 AM
Abortion is legal through all nine months of pregnancy. Women are not being told that their are serious side-effects to abortion and most women do not read the inserts.They trust their health care professional. I brought up my son's experience to illustrate that young people are being subjected to sex education in which there is an active debate concerning it's effectiveness and ethics. Your web reference and your "countless" others are just a few of the ones in favor. I blame Planned Parenthood and other goverment agencies who want to take over the job of parents in teaching their children values and often do so without the knowledge of their parents not just in my case but in the majority. Their sex education model is based on the research of Alfred Kinsey and his sex institute which later gave rise to SEICUS which is the government agency that controls the content of the sex ed material. Kinsey was a zoologist who did perverted studies on children as young as 3 mos old. He also garnered much of his "data" from studies involving prison inmates. He came up with bizarre conclusions based on this "research" and people accepted it because he was a scientist.
Janet November 07, 2012 at 09:50 AM
And you're still going on about Waxman, insinuating he did this study or he requested it; FALSE - he was the chair of the committee, so his name automatically appears on the document.--Reg Why is Waxman's name on the document if he didn't request it? I didn't say he did the study. His name's on it for some reason unless you can tell me otherwise. I don't put my name on something if I don't support it and neither did he. It's part of a political agenda that democrats have to go along with to win elections, but they are often "personally opposed". That's called being a hypocrite. They pander to the desires of their constituents and give them what they want regardless if it is good for them or the country because they are basically self-serving politicians who get rich and stay in power by doing so.
Janet Frisco November 09, 2012 at 11:50 AM
http://www.wnd.com/2012/10/obamas-hhs-grooming-children-for-sex/ Good article about the parallels between Obama and Kinsey corrupting our children.
Janet Frisco November 09, 2012 at 11:58 AM
God wills all of us into being because he is the creator of all. He formed us in our mother's wombs. Any sexual act which blocks that is immoral. Even if most Catholics are using it that doesn't change the fact that The Catholic Church says it is intrinsically evil. Most people know that they are going against Catholic teaching, but they do it anyway. The Church can only propose, it cannot impose. Everyone has a free will to choose good or evil. The HHS Contraceptive Mandate is violating the 1st. Ammendment in forcing us to pay for and provide these drugs and services against our conscience in our own institutions and providing only a very narrow exemption that exclude most ministries. If they serve non-Catholics they cannot be exempt for one. Jesus and the Apostles would not qualify for the exemption under the current guidelines.

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