NEW CANAAN, Conn. – The second presidential debate of this election year had New Canaan resident and die-hard Democrat Jane Himmel as enthused as ever for President Barack Obama.
“He’s back!” Himmel declared as the Town Hall discussion between Obama and former Gov. Mitt Romney concluded Tuesday night. “I liked his stature, his confidence. He was energetic.”
That was the consensus among the small gathering at the New Canaan Democratic Town Committee headquarters on Main Street. Their Republican counterparts held off on a gathering until the final debate in a week.
The New Canaan Democrats were hoping for a performance that would take some steam away from Romney’s campaign after the first debate, largely deemed a win for the Republican challenger. Based on what the local Democrats saw, they got their wish.
Sara Shea of Darien said she wanted Obama to be more prepared and willing to call out Romney. Shea wasn’t disappointed
“I think he’s definitely on the offense and Romney was on defense,” she said. “He was consistent on just about everything.” Romney dropped the ball in a few areas, including about women and equal pay for work, Shea said.
Obama drew applause for his comments on immigration reform, equal pay for women and college affordability. Himmel pumped her fist when he said the nation should go forward with him and not backward under Romney’s plans.
Mark Robbins, Democratic candidate for the 125th state House District, said he was always confident in Obama. “This was very transparent,” he said, noting that people shouldn’t be swayed by who gets off the best zinger.