Mississippians React to Final DebateBy Daniel Cherry | Published 23 Oct 2012 12:35am |
….. and I’m Sandra Knispel in Oxford where Republicans watched at a local bar on the Square. While competing with Monday night football and baseball reduced turnout significantly, those 20 or so who came – with another dozen in a neighboring bar – liked when Governor Romney told the president and the audience:
“Well, first of all, it’s not government that makes businesses successful! [applause]"
Mostly students had come to watch the debate. And like hospitality management senior Shelby Ray, many are pinning their hopes on Romney when it comes to jobs:
“Everyone that’s graduating should be able to find a job that’s worth their college education. I mean we pay a lot to go to college and we want to find good jobs. And hearing Mitt Romney talk about how he can create 12 million jobs and how that’s his plan – it really resonates with me.”
Sitting at the same table is her twin sister Jordan, also a hospitality management senior.
"Within the past four years, President Obama has done a really good job registering with people who are out of jobs and who really need support from the government right now, which I think is a major issue, but the thing with Mitt Romney is that he will help create jobs.”
Chris Hayman, a banker in Tupelo, liked particularly what Romney had to say about trade relations with China.
“Just his stance on how we’re not going to negotiate with China on how they’re going to walk over us with continuing to deflate their dollar so they can continue to dominate and gain power in the world.”
Watch party organizer Geoffrey Yoste, who serves as chairman of the Lafayette County Republicans, says this last debate was evenly matched.
“I would call it a draw. Just because they both did punches. I don’t think that you can have one clear winner in that debate format just because both of them are extremely articulate. They are both bright men.”
Of course, as a business development consultant in the defense industry, the part about possible automatic defense spending cuts made Yoste listen carefully.
“The sequestration issue is an important issue and the defense budget is an important issue, not just for my livelihood but I also believe in peace through strength.”
Now it’s up to the voters to digest...very few remain still undecided. And the latest polls indicate a dead heat between the two candidates.
Sandra Knispel, MPB News, Oxford.
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