October 6, 2012
With 31 days until what some people say is the most important election in our nation's history, local Democratic and Republican committees react to the first presidential debate and the poll numbers that have shifted in an apparent response to performances.
After the first debate, a recent Rasmussen poll for likely voters in Virginia says Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is leading with 49 percent of responders against President Barack Obama's 48 percent.
Romney supporters say the governor did what he had to do at a the first presidential debate Wednesday night in terms of laying out his plan for the economy and health care. But, they said he also showed more of his human side too.
"My mother-in-law met Romney and said he was the most dynamic, charismatic, caring individual and couldn't understand why some people said recently that they were afraid of him because he really is the American dream," said Joy Kuhar, a volunteer with the Romney campaign.
Democrats are still pushing for their candidate and say that the new polls are nothing to worry about.
"The only poll that will matter is the election, on Nov. 6," Obama supporter Bruce Odell said.
Odell says President Obama did a fine job in the first debate, but he says he is looking forward to the next debate.
"We'll be not taking any kind of half-truths or bending of truths in these coming debates. It'll be him taking him toe to toe," Odell said.
Both sides say they will be working very hard the next month to spread the word about the choice America will face on Nov. 6.