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Residents’ viewpoints vary over presidential debate

Approximately 230 people watched the first presidential debate at Abe and Jake's Landing on Friday night. The watch party was hosted by the Kansas Democratic Party.

Approximately 230 people watched the first presidential debate at Abe and Jake's Landing on Friday night. The watch party was hosted by the Kansas Democratic Party.

September 27, 2008

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Lawrence residents were across the board on reactions to Friday's presidential debate.

Some were bored, and an undecided voter was swayed one direction.

Overall, many said U.S. Senator John McCain was more forceful than Senator Barack Obama, but that wasn't a favorable attribute for some.

For one Lawrence couple, Mininder Singh, 50, and Paramjit Singh, 58, the debate simply rehashed everything they had heard.

"Frankly, I was bored," Paramjit said. "I wasn't particularly impressed with either one of them."

Call it political fatigue, Mininder Singh said.

"With this whole economic thing I'm just so upset about it, I just wasn't really in the mood to hear more of the same," she said after watching most of the debate at Abe and Jake's Landing. The Kansas Democratic Party was host to the watch party there that was attended by more than 200 people.

The senators largely discussed foreign policy and national security during the debate.

McCain's aggressive manner turned Singh off.

"I wish (Obama) would be more forceful, but that's not the kind of person he is, so I admire that about him and I do think we need a calm, deliberate approach to almost every problem."

When it came to questions about the budget, one sentence that Obama said "grabbed her," she said.

In response to McCain's answer about making numerous budget cuts, Obama responded by saying, "well, that's like using a hatchet when you really need a scalpel."

"For me, that spoke volumes," she said. The scalpel describes a more meticulous and precise solution to cuts, she said. "I said, 'That's it - he's a hatchet man, and he's a scalpel man.'"

Scott Mahoney, 18, a Kansas University freshman from New Jersey, became a McCain supporter after watching the debate at the Dole Institute of Politics along with approximately 25 people. He was undecided, but national security was the clincher.

"I feel like the most important job of the president is national security and safety," he said. "I feel much safer having McCain as a president during a time like this than I would Obama."

Longtime McCain supporter Loretta DeSandro, 80, who lived in Arizona for 24 years before moving to Lawrence this summer, was looking for straightforward answers during the debate she watched at Brandon Woods at Alvamar. She said she thought both candidates were being sincere, but there was too much "he said" for her liking.

"How do we the people that haven't been there know what was said," she said. "We don't know. So you just have to take their word for it."

"All I can say is I wouldn't want to be the president," she said. "He's got some very important things to deal with, and I don't think either one of the men are wrong. I think both are right in their own way, they contradict each other, but that's politics."

Comments

jumpin_catfish 6 years, 8 months ago

"Overall, many said U.S. Senator John McCain was more forceful than Senator Barack Obama, but that wasn't a favorable attribute for some."Of course, with liberals bring nice is the most important issue especially to people like Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The exception being when they are talking about conservatives on the LJW blog.It's a debate people, I want to see some backbone and killshots. No wimpy leaders please!

mcontrary 6 years, 8 months ago

Hopefully, last nights continuous smirk by McCains is his last opportunity to do so, particularly since he has so little to smirk about.

bondmen 6 years, 8 months ago

How can they contradict each other, with neither being wrong and both being right - all at the same time?

justthefacts 6 years, 8 months ago

Interesting to note that the young people who were watching the debate at the Dole Institute were not solidly for Obama. Rather, the majority of those student who were in that particular audience were planning to vote for McCain. And no, it wasn't a gathering of the Young Repubicans group.

LiberalDude 6 years, 8 months ago

I disagree. Obama was plenty forceful. He was also cool and collected. McCain did OK but I thought Obama won this debate. I agree with this person's assessment on Yahoo-http://news.yahoo.com/s/time/gradingthefirstpresidentialdebate

Gareth Skarka 6 years, 8 months ago

"How do we the people that haven't been there know what was said," she said. "We don't know. So you just have to take their word for it."This is why 80-year-olds shouldn't be allowed to vote. They're not talking about things said in private, dear. They're talking about things that were said on the record, publicly.* Things you can actually look up. Things which were said in front of TV cameras (they're this new invention, came out in the 50s.).God, I weep for this country.

Richard Heckler 6 years, 8 months ago

Taxpayers in Lawrence, Kansas will pay $131.6 million for total Iraq war spending approved to date. For the same amount of money, the following could have been provided:42,095 People with Health Care for One Year OR135,509 Homes with Renewable Electricity for One Year OR3,118 Public Safety Officers for One year OR2,867 Music and Arts Teachers for One Year OR21,393 Scholarships for University Students for One Year OR1,582 Affordable Housing Units OR75,900 Children with Health Care for One Year OR21,782 Head Start Places for Children for One Year OR*2,831 Elementary School Teachers for One Year

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