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Local Dems watch candidates square off
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Andrew Hackmack/Herald
About 50 people gathered at the Obama call center on Brooklyn Avenue in Valley Stream to watch the first presidential debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney on Oct. 3.

Most at the call center felt Obama did well, quite opposite from the national consensus that Romney did better. Jeannine Narcisse said the president was relaxed and competent, while Romney appeared nervous. She also said she felt Romney lacked details on how he would enact his changes.

Arlene Lynn, of Valley Stream, who has made several calls in support the president, said she was pleased with his performance. “I thought Obama was focused and addressed the issues,” she said.

Lynn said she wanted to watch the debate to hear the candidates’ views on the economy and health care. “Of course, Romney left out the details,” she said.

However, Jay Carter reluctantly gave the better performance to Romney. He said the Republican candidate controlled the conversation and spoke with more conviction that the president.

Carter added that he was disappointed Obama didn’t go after Romney more for some of his past remarks. “He didn’t get him like he should have,” Carter said.

Thom said that while the presidential campaign has been a major focus at the call center, the team there is also working hard to support the local Democratic candidates for state Assembly, state Senate and Congress.


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