Some saw Gov. Mitt Romney as the clear winner of last night's presidential debate, citing President Barack Obama's "weak performance" and inability to press Romney on some of the key isssues in his campaign so far.
Others thought Romney started out strong though Obama pulled ahead in the end. Still others believed neither presidential candidate should be credited with a win.
Area Patch.com readers sounded off on the first presidential debate Wednesday in Denver on the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Patch Facebook page.
Romney came off strong during the first presidential debate, according to an Associated Press analysis, making sure to highlight his key campaign issues: "lower tax rates, less regulation, the repeal of 'Obamacare.'"
Meanwhile, Obama and the debate's moderator failed to press Romney on his weak points, according to the analysis.
On the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Patch Facebook page, one reader said Obama seemed "intimidated" and even "uninterested" during the debate and "rarely looked toward the viewers or his opponent."
Another Patch.com reader commenting on a live-blog article from the debate pointed out that while Romney "stood up straight and spoke with authority," he was unable to provide direct answers when pressed for details from Obama.
While McHenry County historically votes Republican, voters picked Obama as president in 2008. Obama had been leading the polls in key battleground states in this election, according to the Associated Press.
Two more presidential debates will be held before the Nov. 6 election.