WNY Reacts to Presidential Debate

October 4, 2012 Updated Oct 4, 2012 at 6:40 PM EDT

By Rachel Elzufon

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October 4, 2012 Updated Oct 4, 2012 at 6:40 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW) - We have just about a month left until Americans cast their ballots and decide who will serve as President.

In the hours after President Obama and Mitt Romney's first debate -- analysts say Mitt Romney won.

Many Western New Yorkers, even those who support President Barack Obama, agree.

Art Kirsch, who watched the debate, says "He had it all over the President. He just knocked him right out of the ball park."

Even some undecided democrats said Mitt Romney swayed their vote. Marie Filippi says she "hasn't missed anything since Eisenhower. But I said I don't care for the way he approached last night. He was off his mark. And I thought Romney was very good."

Others said President Obama made good points, but was on the defensive too much.

Dorothy Gorski said she felt "looking down, not interested or something. Maybe he thought he was going to be the great one, and here Romney topped him off."

The big issues were health care and the economy. Those remain the talkers for voters in Western New York.

Chris Kanaley, who supports President Barack Obama, says "He was right on the numbers as far as explaining his point. It probably wasn't as electrifying as Romney's was, but he's a steadfast, well disciplined."

Arthur Bojanowski, who supports Mitt Romney, says "Romney made good points of how the health care's going to affect me being a doctor, not getting as much money or being able to do what I want to do."

Either way there's still a long way to go, five more weeks of campaigning and two more Presidential debates between Americans cast their ballot.

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