First presidential debate brings the clash to small towns

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By Eric Finkler

Grand Ledge Gazette staff writer

GRAND LEDGE, MI – The trickle-down effect may or may not create jobs, but the strife between Republican and Democratic Parties certainly trickles down into small communities following the debate.

On Thursday, Oct. 4, after the debate, advertisements were made by both parties highlighting the negatives of their opponents and the positives of their candidates which reflected the feelings in the residents of Grand Ledge.

“I was disappointed in the debate,” said Grand Ledge resident, Christine Walker. “I’ve been watching the debates since ’64 and this was probably the most tedious one I’ve seen.”

The debate was very important to many citizens for its focus on the economy. Photo by Eric Finkler.

“Romney was well prepared; it felt like he had memorized and repeated stats the entire time. It lost my attention. I didn’t sit down and study economics. [He also] didn’t play by the rules. He took advantage of Jim Lehrer [the moderator] who respects the rules.”

“Obama needed to be more aggressive with his answers,” said Walker. “He was too thoughtful in his answers; Romney should have been called out for changing his policies.”

However, Eaton County R. State Rep. Deb Shaughnessy was pleased with the debate.

“I was nervous about it, but Romney was very sharp and knew everything,” Shaughnessy said. “He did very well at getting his point across. I’ve always liked debates because they are unbiased and unfiltered. However, the President didn’t seem like he was ready for the debate. He didn’t seem prepared.”

Eric Finkler may be reached at finklere@gmail.com

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