Naperville Readers Weigh In: Who Won The Final 2012 Presidential Debate?

The debate at Lynn University in Florida on Oct. 22, 2012, is behind us. Who do you think won?

Monday night, die-hard politics watchers in Naperville opted to skip the Chicago Bears game and instead tuned in to the final debate of the 2012 presidential campaign.

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President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney squared off on Monday evening to state their case to the American people in the third and final presidential debate.

Next up is Election Day, just two weeks from now, and the race couldn't be closer. Romney made it a competition after a powerful first debate, Obama pulled off a slight victory in debate No. 2, and early indicators are debate No. 3 was a fairly even match.

Here's what some of our Facebook fans had to say:

Bug: I don't understand how Romney has a female following, when he will set women's rights back by 50 years.

Dominique: Ron Paul.

Rose: Obama. Mittens just repeated what Obama said.

Kristin: MITT ROMNEY for sure!!!!

And here's what Naperville Patch Twitter followers said: 

@SayingItFirst: As a disabled vet owned company, #Mitt brought out the topics that mattered most to growth and stability here and abroad

@Napernurse: Dismayed by lack of respect shown this POTUS in gr8est natl crisis since depr. Has done an amazing job in short time!


Who do you think won the final debate? Do you think it will sway independent voters? Tell us your thoughts in comments below.

Jeff Goeringer October 23, 2012 at 11:30 AM
Like a friend of mine said he has no dog in the fight. Although if you vote for mitt and make less than 250,000 a year that is on you.
The Sentinel October 23, 2012 at 01:33 PM
ccr October 23, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Only the most far-right fringe of the Grand Oil Party could maintain Romney won with a straight face. Obama beat him on every salient point, and decisively. Romnesia has made Romney forget that he continues to ship jobs to China, even while he looks at the camera and shamelessly lies to the public about his incessant outsourcing. For instance, in Freeport, IL, right now, Sensata Techs., a company in which Bain and Romney have an 8 million dollar stake as 51% shareholders, workers' jobs are being outsourced to China, DESPITE the company enjoying its best year ever, earning $500 million this quarter. Why? Because Romney rather would pay Chinese laborers $1/day than pay $17/hour for good American jobs. Where's the compassion? Where's the commitment to American success? Romnesia forces Romney to focus only on the corporate bottom line, not on what's best for America. The Grand Oil Party vote suppression machine will not cheat its way to victory - the thinking public is simply wise to Romnesia and its related lies.
The Sentinel October 23, 2012 at 03:46 PM
joe October 23, 2012 at 05:55 PM
jpn256 If anyone wants to become an informed voter, please take the time (about 4 hours) to read Bill Clinton's book "Back to Work". It is not a partisan book and gives credit to Republicans who have done what is right for America. It has supporting charts, graphs and other facts from independent sources such as the Wall Street Journal and is not at all boring to read. You will come away with an informed perspective on the issues that we are facing today, what the choices are and what the path is for rebuilding a stronger America
Pro Life Crusader + October 23, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Michael Hunt October 23, 2012 at 06:37 PM
Obama won 2 of the 3 debates, including last night, and he'll win the election, too.
The Sentinel October 23, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Will Joseph October 24, 2012 at 02:54 AM
Oh, look, Baiter - er, Sentinel. You and your sweetie / girlfriend Vera actually AGREE on something, kiss-kiss. Be sure to keep adding more and more exclamation points to your future, repetitive votes here, until the rest of us finally "get it." OR MAYBE TRY TYPING IN ALL CAPITAL LETTERS? So sad.
The Sentinel October 24, 2012 at 01:40 PM
ROMNEY!!!! What's the matter, Willie-BOY? All I've been typing is one word. And you can't take it? How narrowminded you are. Well, that's IF you had a mind, which you obviously do not have. So how does it feel going through life as a malcontent, always having to find someone, something to gripe about, even if it's nothing? I have one bit of advice for you...if you don't like what I'm typing, DON'T READ IT. So sad.
Pro Life Crusader + October 24, 2012 at 02:28 PM
ROMNEY ROMNEY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The Sentinel October 24, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Cripes. I thought I'd be able to forego hearing from Willie-boy is I posted merely one word. I am now finished with replying to his insipid comments. You are not helping.
bluebird October 29, 2012 at 01:09 AM
The debates were interesting for various reasons. In the first debate, Romney lost the case of "verbes" that he has been characterized as having throughout the campaign cycle. Obama acted like the boy who is accustomed to getting "A"s and decided not to study. In the second debate, Biden was unforgettable but sneered at Ryan too much. Both gave as good as they got. In the third debate, Obama was awake, for a change, but the questions from the audience were sophomoric ("how will you help me, as a college student, to find a job?" Idiot question which left plenty of room for hot air---and nature, as always, abhorred the vacuum). The last debate had better questions; Obama focused on Romney's many zig-zags and U-turns; Romney focused on Obama's failed promises (6.4% unemployment) and inability to get the economy moving. Neither candidate is ideal--frankly. Could the Republicans have chosen someone better? All I can say is that I know God controls the future, for this country and the rest of the world. That is one thing I can count on, however things work out at the polls.
bluebird October 29, 2012 at 01:11 AM
Sounds like your friend just bought himself a poodle. Congratulations.
bluebird October 29, 2012 at 01:13 AM
Like the thinking public voted for a man on the basis of the phrase "hope and change".........not to mention skin color.
bluebird October 29, 2012 at 01:14 AM
I think his area code is 412.
bluebird October 29, 2012 at 01:15 AM
Is this the book wherein he said Romney was superbly qualified to deal with the US economy?
bluebird October 29, 2012 at 01:15 AM
Sentinel knows his area code now. But no calls after 9 PM, please.
bluebird October 29, 2012 at 01:17 AM
2 of 3? The questions in the second debate were so insipid that Jeff's friend's poodle could have won it.
bluebird October 29, 2012 at 02:07 PM


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