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LIVE COVERAGE: Sound Off On The Presidential Debate

Join our panel of Republicans and Democrats as they watch and analyze the performances of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney in their first presidential debate Wednesday at 6 p.m. Add your own thoughts in the comments.

Patch's California sites welcome you to our live online discussion on the first of three presidential debates.

The debate begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday and is expected to run to 7:30 p.m. Incumbent Democrat Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney square off on domestic issues, including the economy, at the University of Denver in Colorado.

Please join our moderated discussion as we watch the debate. As always, we ask that all comments be kept civil and respectful of our panelists and readers. 

Our panel of influential California Republicans and Democrats will be adding their observations in the Cover It Live blog.

Readers are invited to add their comments in the article comments field below.

Let us hear from you!

Ric B October 05, 2012 at 01:23 AM
@ John. I am an Obama supporter, but I agree with you 100%, on the points & constitutional grounds of reasoning you make. What are we gonna do when our enemies get drone technology, let alone the moral issues surrounding this? The erosion of constitutional protections to include habeus corpus is more than troubling, it's scary!!! How do we fix this? I hope & pray Obama restores/resets these areas, but at the same time I know Presidents once gaining a power rarely give it up. Now what will us liberals, libertarians, or civil libertarians do when a neo-con/repugs in the future becomes president and runs with these new powers. Pandora's box has been opened. I hope the American realize what has happened before it's too late!
Ric B October 05, 2012 at 01:35 AM
Romney is the TAKE OVER ARTIST, RIGHT?!!! That's his specialty. So recognize it for what it is, put it in it's place & move on. Obama let him have his say, help back. Fine. Now maybe Obama is using strategy here. You know he is very competitive. Maybe he lured Romney into a trap to reveal himself. Romney walked right into it. So now it's about closing the loop around his feet. Romney threw out all his baloney. Can you say ETCH-A-SKETCH. Romeny flat out lied about his own tax plan. Stating he would not cut 5 trillion in tax cuts, really? The nonpartisan Tax Policy Center has studied his budget & found 4.8 trillion over his 10 year budget in tax cuts. He also lied about not affecting seniors on Medicare now. He said he would repeal ObamaCare, which would change Medicare for seniors now! By doing this repeal Romney would put the donut hole back in Prescription Drug(Medicare Part D) & seniors will right away pay more for their drugs. I could name several other changes Romney would cost seniors in Medicare/Medicaid changes he would do! Romney is LYING to the American public!
Mark Burnham October 05, 2012 at 03:23 PM
I'd like to have a couple drinks with Biden at a bar. not in the White House though. His public gaffes are legendary however. Dropping "F bombs" on stage with Nobama! Love it.. so "eloquent". Ryan is going to reduce Biden to drinking on stage.
Bwood October 05, 2012 at 05:00 PM
I see this as just another anti-Obama rant masquerading as, "questions I'd like to ask the president." No? Then why don't you actually ask the PRESIDENT instead of posting here?
Bwood October 05, 2012 at 05:26 PM
I have no problem with who won the debate. I have not commented on this issue until you brought it up. I would like to hear your spin however, on why you are trying to pick a fight about this.

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