If there was a winner in Wednesday night’s presidential debate, it would’ve been Mitt Romney.
At least that’s Rob Dover’s opinion. He’s the chairman of the Madison County Republicans and said the former Massachusetts governor showed that he is dignified, confident and ready to serve the country.
On the flip side, Romney may have been more aggressive but that doesn’t mean he’s the right candidate for the job, said Mary Doyle, chairwoman of the Madison County Democrats, after she watched — along with much of the nation — the first presidential debate televised Wednesday night.
“Being president of the debate club doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to be a good president,” she said. “Policy is what makes a good president.”
And President Obama was nothing but specific about outlining his goals and plans for the country in the next four years on topics like the economy and Social Security, she said.
Doyle called Romney’s responses vague at best.
“To me, as a voter, I would demand to know what your policy is before you can count on my vote,” she said.
But Dover said Romney outlined his five-point plan to create 12 million new jobs and referred to it more than once during the debate. That five-point plan includes becoming energy independent, opening up trade, giving people the skills to succeed through education, balance the budget and bolstering small business.
“I don’t know how specific you can actually get in a debate setting,” Dover said, but the details are on Romney’s website.
Overall? Vote for Romney, Dover said.
“I think he’s a good, honest, moral man and I think that’s what the country needs today,” he said.
Or, vote for Obama.
“The American public should be able to choose which idea best represents their values, hopes and dreams for the future. To me, President Obama holds that card for most of the things I believe in,” Doyle said.
No matter which circle you fill in on this year’s ballot, the two Norfolkans said, make sure you vote.
“People fought in wars. People died,” Doyle said. “It’s very important people exercise their right to vote.”