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'No Bloodshed' as Dems, GOP Voters Watch Debate

Morris County residents hung out with Patch Tuesday night at Tiffany's Restaurant in Montville for presidential debate viewing party.

Here's at least one thing everyone from any political stripe could agree on: whomever they were voting for before Tuesday's night's presidential debate at Hofstra University was the same person they were voting for after the 90-plus minute town hall event was over.

Almost a dozen Morris County residents hung out with Patch at Tiffany's Restaurant in Montville for the slugfest between President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the second of three scheduled debates before America votes on Nov. 6.

Most in attendance came in favor of Obama, while two registered Republicans held their own.

It was a point Montville resident Truscha Quatrone, who is running for freeholder in Morris County, said was important.

"We should not be scared to sit at the same table," she said.

Nor were the assembled folks at Tiffany's scared to speak their minds.

"I'm more mad at the Republicans than the Democrats," Gene Corno, also of Montville, said. Donning both a Ron Paul T-shirt and hat, Corno said, although a registered Republican, overall, "I'm a person. We've got to stop doing what we're doing."

That means potentially voting for someone, Romney, he does not enthusiastically support.

A similar reaction came from Elizabeth Mackee, of Caldwell. "I figured he would do less damage than Barack Obama," she said. Prior to the debate Tuesday, Mackee said she hoped Obama "will lose and show he's too far left."

Candidate enthusiasm was similarly wan on the other side of the aisle, two chairs down. Jeannie McGuire, a registered Democrat, noted her pending vote for the president was not coming enthusiastically, but coming nonetheless. "As long as people are educated on issues, that's what we need in our political discourse," she said.

The former New York City resident even noted a willingness to not vote down party lines blind, having voted for former Mayor Rudy Giuliani. "No Democrat was worthy of my vote," she said.

As the debate began, however, the room in Morris County, like those weighing in throughout the Twitterverse, put their full support behind their candidate.

Early on, as Romney spoke over moderator Candy Crowley's attempt to move along the debate, Corno said of the candidate's aggressiveness, "he's awesome."

"He's obnoxious," Democrat and former Montville Township Committee member Dan Grant said. "Shut him up."

When Obama's "I don't look at my pension because it's not as big as yours" line was delivered, the Democrats in the room laughed and cheered.

When Romney noted his ability to balance budgets in Massachusetts and for the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City, Corno clapped.

When Obama brought up Romney's oft-maligned "47 percent" comments regarding those the former governor was writing off at the polls—recorded in secret by an attendee at a high-priced Romney fundraiser—several hoots, cheers and fist pumps could be seen around the table.

In the end, those who came in support of the president remained in his corner. Toni Bennett, of Florham Park, said she felt Obama "was a fighter tonight. I feel better about him."

"His party told him to wake up," Corno said. Still, if he has to pick one of the two candidates, his vote still was going to Romney. "He has the background needed to get the country going."

"He's a businessman," Mackee said of Romney. "He'll do a much better job."

Quatrone, like Bennett, expressed pleasure in Obama's performance, which showed "just how qualified he is to be President of the United States," she said. "He's really telling a story that needed to be told."

With the second debate in the books, not much had changed regarding the opinions of at least those gathered at Tiffany's Restaurant.

So, was it then a success?

"Hey, there was no bloodshed," Grant said with a laugh. 

Kelly October 18, 2012 at 01:05 PM
Paul, pensions make their money from investments all over the world. Check your pension and you will find investments from China and the rest of the world. And yes, our Embassy's are on "our" land. I wish the Obama supporters wouldn't use their emotions when voting...they need to use their brains. Paul, If Obamacare isn't stopped by Romney, you might NOT be able to get a medical procedure in your elderly years because the government can't afford it because they will have to pay for everyone else. Why do you think most doctors are against Obamacare?
Paul Jacobs October 18, 2012 at 07:36 PM
Elizabeth, I have checked my pension when I started it. I have NO foreign investments. As far as Obamacare, you have to be kidding me, why do you think the Healthcare system is so expensive, including your premiums. Do you understand, that is someone goes to the emergency room with no insurance, the hospital must charge the people with insurance extra to make up the loss. I do not see what is so hard for you to understand about that. You want to vote for Romney, ask the people in Mass. about their Healthcare. I am using my brains, so don't start your rehtoric. If Romney wins, he WILL increase taxes on the middle class and he WILL start another war. If that is what you want, go for it. You still can't tell me how he will pay for his tax cuts, give me the math.
Maxim Sapozhnikov October 18, 2012 at 08:40 PM
Mr. Jacobs, the reasons our healthcare system is so expensive are 1) EMTALA Law, 2) illegal aliens using "free" ER for routine care, and 3) the exclusion from antitrust laws that the Big Pharma and medical providers enjoy. ObamaCare, a.k.a. ObamaTax, will not solve either, and Romney doesn't have much to offer, either. This is *not* a partisan issue; both sides contributed to the deep doodoo we're in.
VietNam Vet October 19, 2012 at 12:37 AM
Mr J. explain to me why so many Doctors are getting out of the business now. One of my Doctors has closed her doors for good because of what is coming, and so many more won't except medicare patients anymore. So that means millions of seniors will not have insurance any longer or drug coverage. Many of my drugs are no longer covered now, so what do I do now? Many of the things that were covered before are not now, can you tell me what seniors like me will do now?
Dan Grant November 05, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Vietnam Vet, I can understand why you think I could fall off the end of the earth but I assure you it is round. That may come as a shock to you but google earth can enlighten you.

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