Debate both muddies, clears up questions for some Fayette, Westmoreland voters
While Wednesday's first presidential debate may have helped some local residents make their choice on who they may vote for in the November election, there are others who still have questions.
“To be perfectly honest, I am not a super big fan of either,” said Kate Hall of East Huntingdon referring to Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican candidate former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. Hall is an Independent,
“I am glad that I watched the debate. I have a better sense of each of them now, especially Romney and I think I will be voting for him now in the election. I feel that it's just time for another direction. I don't know if Romney himself is the answer, but some of his ideas sound good, especially the ones he talked about dealing with energy.”
“I watched the debate and I really don't know who would be the best,” said Joe Eckman, a Democrat, of Everson.
Eckman said the Obama Medicare bill is a big concern to him. “I've listened to both of them and I am still undecided. I don't think that Obama's Medicare bill will help me at all. I have never voted for a Republican president but for now, I am still undecided.”
Ken Colbert, an Independent from Bullskin, was impressed with Romney's performance in Wednesday's debate.
”I think that Romney is chewing him up,” Colbert said. “He has Obama stuttering and not making any sense.”
Colbert said the answers and statements made by both candidate are based on perception.
“It's a question of who you believe and who you don't believe and I think that he (Obama) is lying through his teeth,” Colbert said. “What he said he was going to do four years ago is not what he has done four years later.”
Adam Patrick, a Republican of Connellsville, said that the debate helped clear up some of the issues that he had with both candidates.
“I think that Romney has been impressive and seems to know what is going on and what he wants to do,” Patrick said. “I have always said that four years in a presidency is not long enough to establish good, solid policies and for that reason, I had thought of voting for the president, but after tonight, I am pretty sure which way I will go and I will be voting for Romney.”
Michelle Bland, Democrat, of Southwest Greensburg, watched the debate with hopes of getting answers but found herself more confused.
“I'm more confused now then I was before,” Bland said. “I like Obama and I voted for him the first time but Romney kind of scares me. For him, it's all about money and that makes me nervous. He (Romney) keeps taking about things but not explaining them. He is not saying how he will do the things that he keeps talking about.”
John Wisiloski, Democrat, of Connellsville, said will be voting for Obama even though he was impressed with Romney in the debate.
“I think that Mr. Romney came better prepared then Mr. Obama,” Wisilosky said. “But Romney keeps repeating himself. He is not specific in what he is going to do and how he is going to do it. He keeps saying that he wants to put people back to work but he is not explaining how he plans to do that.”
Joan McCann of Scottdale, a Republican, said she was overall impressed with both candidates in the debate but will be casting her vote for Romney.
“I think that it is one of the best presidential debates that I have ever seen,” McCann said. “But I wish they would get off the rhetoric.”
McCann said she is not a fan of the Republican candidate but she will be voting for him in November.
“It's not that I like Romney,” McCann said. “I liked Romney the least out of all the Republican candidates that there were but I just don't like Obama.”
McCann found the debate very informative.
“I've gotten some clarity,” McCann said. “You see some of the ads and you're not sure but I feel some things have now been clarified for me.”
Marilyn Forbes is a freelance writer.