Local Democrats, Republicans Watch Presidential Debate
by Chris Cannon
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Democratic and Republican party loyalists gathered Wednesday night to watch the first Presidential debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.
Democrats watched from the state party headquarters on Church Street in Nashville. Even though Ramona Bard is a Democrat she was really interested to hear what Romney had to say.
"It's the only way to get a true picture. Really, really it is the only way you can get it other than picking up the phone and saying these are the questions I have for you Romney," Bard said.
The head of Tennessee's Democratic Party said Americans looked to this first debate to see what direction the candidates want to take the country.
"One where we are all in this together and we're pulling this country out of a ditch, or one where you're on your own," said Chip Forrester.
Davidson County Republicans watched the debate miles away in Bellevue and are miles apart in ideology.
"The idea the middle class is not doing as well, as Obama has said, you know quite frankly some of the numbers the president is giving us just don't add up," said Romney supporter Jill Powers.
Many in the room acknowledge the strengths of one candidate and said many saw for the first time the strength of the other candidate.
"President Obama, to his credit, is a very eloquent speaker, he has been, I think that's why he got into office in 2008. But I think Mitt has stepped up and shown he is just as eloquent or more eloquent," said John Powers.
Whether Democrat or Republican, the debate offered a first look at what the nation can expect over the next month.
"You can look at TV and news reports all you want but the debate itself is real because you have man on man," Bard said.
The two Presidential contenders will meet two more times before election day. There is one Vice Presidential debate in Danville, Kentucky.