Updated 10/04/2012 06:33 PM
Voters react to first presidential candidate debate
Voters across the country are analyzing Wednesday night's debate. Our Erin Connolly joined us in the newsroom with more on what political experts had to say about the matchup.
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- Melinda Person of Albany said, "Technically Romney, quote unquote, won, but I still support President Obama.”
Harold Van Buren of Colonie said, "I thought there was a clear winner. I thought Romney won it.”
Jason Pierce of Colonie said, "I think the viewers won. I think the debate is an important part of the process to inform voters so they can see the standpoints of both candidates.”
New York may be traditionally known as a blue state, but most locals we spoke to agreed that Governor Mitt Romney took Wednesday night's debate against President Barack Obama.
Person said, "I don't think he pushed back enough on the things Romney was saying.”
Van Buren said, "I thought Obama to me came out very weak. I didn't like that he looked down.”
Siena's Political Science Chairman Len Cutler says Romeny was aggressive from the get go, while Obama took a more laid back approach. Cutler believes Romney's strategy was more effective.
Dr. Len Cutler, Siena's Politicial Science Chairman, said, "If you have 50 million viewers watching you and your position with respect to jobs and the economy and not once do you mention jobs, Mr. Romney, you could count over and over again his emphasis on job creation.”
Much has been made about the body language of Romney and Obama during the 90 minute debate, proving non verbal cues can be just as critical as verbal ones.
Cutler said, "The President not making eye contact last night as Mitt Romney did consistently looked at the President right in the face to face and that was not true of President Obama.”
Various plans and acts were mentioned by the President and the Governor, including Simpson Bowles and Dodd Frank. Not familiar terms to some, subsequently internet searches have been up.
Pierce said, "I think the average American is smarter than most people give them credit for. I have a computer. I have Google. I didn't know what Simpson Bowles was but luckily I typed it in and looked it up and got some more information.”
Looking ahead, Cutler says Romney should continue to do more of the same, while Obama's camp needs to regroup. He adds that it's still anyone's election.
Cutler said, "I think he will be much more aggressive. I think he has to be much more engaged in respect to his opponent but also his audience.”
The next debate will be between Vice President Biden and Paul Ryan. It'll take place next Thursday. After that, it's Romney and Obama at it again on October 16th.