A group of undecided voters who watched the debate at NBC 6 South Florida had many questions they hoped the two candidates would address, from health care costs to protecting U.S. citizens overseas. David DiPasquale, Braulio Layla, James Pierre, Lauren Brown, Kenny Lewis and Joshua Jones got some of the answers they were looking for Tuesday night. "Everything flowed well with both candidates, and we saw who was really decisive in the end," Jones said.
As Barack Obama and Mitt Romney Prepare for Round 2, Lynn University Gets Ready for Round 3
Ann Romney said that her husband is prepared for the second debate. The president hoped to seize momentum from his GOP and rebound from a lackluster performance in the first face-off in Denver, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressed confidence in him. Meantime, Lynn University President Kevin Ross and his school are gearing up to host the final debate next Monday in Boca Raton. "We're a little more excited for the next one," Ross said.
In response to the question "Who do you think won the presidential debate?" Obama took home 73.49 percent of the vote compared to 25.13 percent for Romney. Another 1.39 percent voted neither.
Commenters on NBC6.com had plenty to say about the testy debate that saw the candidates arguing face-to-face, interrupting, accusing each other of lying and ignoring the moderator's attempts to move the discussion to new topics.
"Obama was on point and impressive...Romney was annoying!" Lyn Foley wrote.
"President Obama was sharp tonight," Chris Davi said.
"Romney won tonight's debate! Just look at Barack's record...our economy has never been this bad since the great depression. Seriously people, do you want more of the same these last 4 years...double the gas prices, unemployment, deficit...," Jacquie Pronovost wrote.
At least one commenter didn't care for all the testiness.
"I like a heated argument, but when that argument becomes unprofessional - interruptions, speaking over each other etc. I wanted to turn off my tele," Sara Friday wrote.
Tuesday's debate was held at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., in a town-hall format, in which "uncommitted" voters chosen by the Gallup polling firm asked questions that were pre-screened by moderator Candy Crowley of CNN.
Some NBC 6 Facebook commenters said Obama came out more aggressive on Tuesday as compared to the first presidential debate on Oct. 3.
"Obama won the debate last night he came with all hands blazing," Elizabeth Emmanuel wrote.
"I don't care who won the debate. I care about Romney winning the election," Gale Hunkiar wrote.
The third and final presidential debate, to focus on foreign policy, will be held Monday at Lynn University in Boca Raton.