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Presidential Debate Scores Points With New York Voters

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New Yorkers who tuned in to watch the first presidential debate Wednesday night had plenty to say the next morning about who came out on top and what it means for their campaigns. NY1's Roger Clark filed the following report.

Among the topics of conversation during breakfast at the Jackson Hole Diner in Astoria Thursday was who came out on top in the first presidential debate.

"I think Obama could have been a little more direct with his answers to Mitt Romney, but he did very well," said diner and Obama supporter Patricia Johnson Blackwell.

But others thought Mitt Romney undeniably came out on top.

"Mitt Romney, Governor Romney did a phenomenal job. He answered all the questions, he was very pointedly accurate, he was able to defend his position on a number of issues," said one diner.

"I think Obama didn't have much to say," said another diner.

One woman who spoke with NY1 says she didn't even watch, adding, "To be honest I don't like either candidate so I just haven't really been following it much."

On 125th Street in Harlem it was hard to find anyone who didn't watch the debate.

"I believe Obama got a lot of good shots in," said one Harlem resident.

"I think Obama did very well," said another Harlem resident.

But some of the president's supporters complained he didn't come out strong enough.

"I thought Obama did good but he didn't go for certain points that would have helped him out even more," said one Obama supporter.

"I think Obama held back a little bit. I don't think he put all his cards on the table," said another Obama supporter.

"I wish he had done better," noted a third.

There was even some praise for Mitt Romney from Obama supporters.

"I didn't expect him to do very well but he did," said one Harlem resident.

"Romney last night, he was on top of his game and feel that maybe Obama better step it up, or he will be moving soon," said another Harlem resident.

Most everyone who spoke with NY1 said the debates will not change which way they vote. But they will keep watching, hoping others will be swayed by their candidate's performance.

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