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Local political groups gather to watch debates

Posted: October 4, 2012 10:38 a.m.
Updated: October 4, 2012 10:38 a.m.

As President Barack Obama and former Gov. Mitt Romney squared off on stage at the University of Denver, local political groups gathered to watch the pair.

The Santa Clarita Valley GOP and the Democratic Alliance for Action both held debate-watching parties at their respective party headquarters. Both also drew drastically different conclusions on how the debate went.

For the Santa Clarita Valley GOP, the night was a clear win for Romney.

“Obama seemed to be floundering,” said Teri Knafla, executive director of the Republican headquarters in the SCV. “And I think that’s because he has nothing to back (his points) with.”

Particularly, Knafla said, she thought Obama looked “unprepared and unpresidential,” and that Romney clearly enumerated enough aspects of his platform to attract undecided voters.

“(Romney) is going to get in there and it’s going to be jobs, jobs, jobs, instead of blaming other people for things,” Knafla said.

Over at the Democratic Alliance for Action, however, the mood was far different. Michael Kulka, the alliance president, said neither candidate had a watershed moment.

“This was more a sparring match than a slugfest,” he said. “Neither candidate really got their nose bloodied.”

Kulka said he believes further debates, particularly those that include discussion on foreign policy, will more clearly illustrate what he sees as Obama’s strengths and Romney’s weaknesses.

Kulka also said Romney came across as disingenuous and inconsistent.

“Gov. Romney is doing and saying anything he can to get elected,” Kulka said. “So it’s hard to say what he stands for.”




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