Governor Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama went at it in a spirited, town hall-style second presidential debate moderated by Candy Crowley at Hofstra University on Tuesday night.
Patch live-blogged the debate, which featured the candidates debating everything from college loans, manufacturing jobs and contraception to Libya and energy policy.
In addition, AOL provided a live stream of the debate, as did YouTube's Election Hub, and residents were able to watch it live on ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and more, including CNN Espanol.
Residents could also still watch the entire debate here.
Following the debate United States Senator Chuck Schumer said Obama was the "clear winner."
He also issued a warning to Republicans: “If the president wins the election - and I think after tonight it’s a little clearer that he will - then I think mainstream Republicans, those who are willing to talk to us, will gain an upper hand. And the hard right people, who Romney has always appealed to, will lose some strength.”
At the Patch Presidential Debate Viewing Party in Westbury on Tuesday night, about 75 people from across Long Island witnessed the historic presidential debate on live television. And though they are not a representative or statistical sampling of any kind, in the end their verdict was unanimous: Obama was the clear winner.
In contrast the feedback about the debate seemed split, if not skewed toward Romney, on Lindenhurst Patch's Facebook page.
Meanwhile national polls show the race much closer and hanging on the outcome in several key swing states.
So, Lindy, who do you think won Tuesday's debate? Obama or Romney? Or was it a draw? Did it help clarify your vote this November? Did you get the answers you're seeking?
What did you think of the town hall format, the moderator's performance and the confrontational style of the candidates? What was the toughest issue discussed?
Share your take in the comments section, below.
And note the next - and final - presidential debate prior to the election on November 6, 2012, will take place as follows:
Topic: Foreign policy
Air Time: 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. EDT
Location: Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida (Tickets)
Sponsor: Commission on Presidential Debates
Participants: President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney
Moderator: Bob Schieffer (Host of Face the Nation on CBS)
Format: The format for the debate will be identical to the first presidential debate, and will focus on foreign policy.
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