ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – The candidates came out swinging at each other on Tuesday night. President Barack Obama debated with his republican rival Mitt Romney. The debate was held in a town hall style. Undecided voters asked the questions at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York.
FOX 2’S Andy Banker has been at both republican and democratic watch parties.
A couple of dozen democrats gathered at Bar Italia in the Central West End. In a two hour span, they’ve gone from apprehension to euphoria. They felt president Obama needed a strong showing or else republican Mitt Romney’s momentum might be un-stoppable. After what most said was a resounding Romney victory in the first debate. They felt like he cleaned Romney’s clock.
FOX 2’s Andy Banker also attended a GOP watch party in Fenton. Romney’s heavily favored to take Missouri’s 10 electoral votes. He is leading in recent polls from anywhere from 3 to 14 percent. Still, Missouri may be an indicator of how this debate is playing around the country. First the candidates on jobs — and then the spin.
The third and final debate is Monday night in Florida. The same format as the first with a focus on foreign policy.