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More Than 250 People Packed Nighttown For Presidential Debate Watch Party

Patch and Nighttown sponsored the event, which raised more than $1,000 for the Friends of the Heights Libraries.

More than 250 people packed Nighttown in Cleveland Heights Wednesday night to watch the first presidential debate.

Patch and Nighttown sponsored the event, which raised more than $1,000 for the Friends of the Heights Libraries.

The crowd clinked glasses when the debates started to silence the bustling throng that squeezed into several rooms of the jazz club and restaurant.

The heavily Democratic group cheered and applauded President Barack Obama’s comments. But the Mitt Romney fans had little chance of hearing their candidate during some moments of the debate. He was met with boos, hisses, shouting and noisemakers. Heated conversations launched after some of his statements.

That's what people said they came out for.

“This is a major debate, and it’s much more fun to watch with people," said Pat Fallon, adding she loves to see the reaction of the crowds.

Many said it was their first time joining a debate watch party.

"Normally I watch it with girlfriends, in my slippers," said Charlene Higginbothan.

Cahir McDeVitt said he usually goes to Nighttown to hear music, not to listen to presidential candidates.

"I was going to watch the debate anyway, but I thought it would be fun tonight in a communal setting."

Most people headed home after the event, but some stuck around to talk about what they thought.

One woman thought moderator Jim Leher favored Romney. Debate watcher Joyce Norr said she didn’t think he enforced the rules of the debate enough — and that one candidate got an unfair advantage.

“I don’t even care what they — the pundits — say. What it looks like to the average person — that’s what I care about. And Jim Leher let Mitt Romney take command,” Norr said.

Cleveland Heights resident Neil Slobin said he thought it was a "good, substantive debate."

"I did not think there was a lot of sniping. As much as there's been on the news about the '47 percent' this week, no one brought that up. And I think that's a good thing."

What did you think about the debates? Who do you think won? Share your reaction here.

Adam C. Miller October 04, 2012 at 04:33 AM
I think we all know who those 250 people think DOMINATED this debate...
Jean Williams October 04, 2012 at 04:51 AM
and I thought that the Biden Ryan debate was going to be the democrats black eye ....if thats all the office of president had to offer biden better call in sick that night
Jean Williams October 04, 2012 at 04:53 AM
and ....WOW 250 people (mostly democrats) raised $1000 for charity thats 4 bucks a person
RED October 04, 2012 at 04:59 AM
Wow, Romney owned that debate. He kept Obama on the defensive the whole time. Romney called him out on his Medicare, and he told the public the TRUTH!..Romney had so much he wanted to say, and a short time to do it. But he was smart, sharp, knew his stuff. When Obama hit him up, Romney came back 3 times smarter. Obama looked like a whipped puppy. Romney also called Obama out on all the Billions he had blown on green energy,and he picked the losers! Romney looked at Obama when he spoke, Obama looked down, and I saw him looking as if he just didn't want to be there. Romney kept trying to explain economics to Obama over and over. Obama doesn't understand economics, it's clear. Obama isn't the great orator, without his buddy the teleptompter. ....Wow, I could go on and on...But it's clear, Romney won this debate tonite... i was sooooooooooooo Impressed, I pray the independents and those who have not really made up their minds yet saw what i saw!!! also loved the comment about i have sons and im famaliar with a lie , blah blah, PRICELESS
tom m October 04, 2012 at 05:18 AM
Headline of the huffington post >>>>ROMNEY WINS THE NIGHT .....I was shocked that they admitted that one
thomas omaille October 04, 2012 at 10:49 AM
No doubt, karma certainly turned on this disrespectful partisan group as their candidate was totally dismantled.
Richard Hollis October 04, 2012 at 10:53 AM
It would be nice if the debates were actually debates.
Keith Best October 04, 2012 at 11:36 AM
America saw the emergence of a true leader last night, someone ready with bold ideas to get the country back on track. Mitt Romney is that man. I flipped to MSNBC after the debate and saw the nightly marxists hosts sitting there stunned at what they just witnessed. That was priceless.......................................
lyn October 04, 2012 at 12:19 PM
This brings up another good reason AGAINST early voting. Too many people just blindly vote Rep or Dem. Maybe if people actually took the time or made the effort to listen to what candidates have to say, they might vote based on informed reasons for checking the box they do. Granted, it might not change peoples minds and it shouldn't because of only 1 debate. But it would give LOTS more info about and insight about into each candidate. At least more than you would get from the ads designed to pump up one or destroy the other. A debate is the best place to make your decision.
tom m October 04, 2012 at 12:31 PM
then the next debate should be between Romney and obamas speechwriter
Michele October 04, 2012 at 01:21 PM
This article proves a point that I feel is very important. In this election people are more concerned about Democrat or Republican and will support their candidate no matter what. Example: "The heavily Democratic group cheered and applauded President Barack Obama’s comments. But the Mitt Romney fans had little chance of even hearing their candidate. He was met with boos, hisses, shouting and noisemakers. Heated conversations launched after some of his statements". Democrates didn't even care what Romney had to say. I keep an open mind... I listen to EACH canditate and truly place my vote on which one will lead our nation into a BETTER tomorrow. As an AMERICAN we owe it to our children... to our future as a nation to cast our vote based on the HOPE and PROMISE of a truly better tomorrow. To set aside preconceived notions and EDUCATE yourself before you step in that ballot box. Our ancescestors have spilled blood on Old Glory to protect our RIGHTS and our AMENDMENTS. And people are blind that those very rights and emendments are in jeopardy. That our very way of life may never be same. Our children deserve more. Our nation deserves more. There is Wolf in Sheeps clothing and I pray we see it before this great nation is forever changed...for the worse. May God help us...
Bonnie Dolezal October 04, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Great comments! It must have been a depressing evening to watch the poor excuse of a President show his incompetence! Democrats were rude and disruptive!
Michael Lawrence October 04, 2012 at 11:40 PM
in my book there is no debate that night town is way over priced for food that hasnt been good for close to 10 years now
Keith Best October 05, 2012 at 12:13 PM
What makes people think a first-term senator who spent most of that first-term running for another office, is qualified to oversee the world's largest economy? Romney ran a successful company, he was the "Chief Executive" of a successful Olympics, he even ran an entire state. Obama has proven he is in over his head, he never even ran a corner lemonade stand.
Ellen Cummings October 05, 2012 at 01:59 PM
You put your money in overseas banks and that makes you fit to take on a country with a large proverty population. You think everyone is not entitled to health care and your idea is to step on the necks of middle class so that you can provide a better lifestyle for you family and friends? Keep in mind what the Holy Book says.
Dee McMane October 10, 2012 at 07:10 AM
Mitt Romney is nothing but a filthy rich loser. He and Queen Ann should just move to the Cayman Island and get out of our county. We don't want them here!

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