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Scarsdale Dems React To First Debate

The Vice Chair of the Westchester County Democratic Committee and Chairman of the Scarsdale Democratic Town Committee give their views on the presidential debate.

Editor's Note: To hear the Republican reaction, read the Patch story here.

In Scarsdale, and across the country, the first Presidential Debate is the talk of the day and the Dems are sharing their strong opinions.

"I think (Gov. Mitt) Romney probably won, unfortunately," former Scarsdale Democratic Committee Chair and current Westchester County Democratic Committee Chairman Mark Lewis told Patch today. "I think he kind of bullied the moderator, and therefore, a lot of topics weren't covered because he just kept going on and on."

Lewis, a Scarsdale resident, said what stood out from last night's debate was the fact that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney "lied about his positions."

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"I think Romney definitely lied about his position on Medicare for future generations," he said. "What happened to the 47 percent of people that...he doesn't care about?"

Overall, Lewis said he believes President Barack Obama "missed a lot of opportunities to hit back hard on Mr. Romney, which was unfortunate."

The main question remaining after the debate is how will Romney cut taxes and the tax rate, he asked, wanting to know what deductions he will make and what programs will be eliminated.

"I have a lot of problems with where Romney stands I know where Obama stands," Lewis stated.

Fellow Scarsdale resident and current Scarsdale Democratic Committee Chairman Alan Goldston agrees. 

"It did seem to me that Romney was stepping away from the program that he has been campaigning on," Goldston told Patch. "I thought that was unfortunate because it one, was dishonest, and two, prevented honest discussion of the issues."

"That has been characteristic of that campaign," Goldston said. "I disapprove of being dishonest with the voters."

When asked about Romney's planned tax cuts, the chairman said he finds it difficult to digest.

"The notion of forever talking about reducing taxes" without talking about programs and cuts and what "taxes pay for is silly," Goldston said. "Nobody wants to pay taxes. But stuff needs to get done."

Bridges need to be repaired, water needs to be sanitary and roads need to be repaved, he noted. "The single-minded focus on cutting taxes without addressing what we are going to do to pay for the things we need seems very shallow," Goldston said.

What is your opinion on the debate & the issues? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

Lisa Gentes-Hunt (Editor) October 04, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Stay tuned for the Republican story on Patch!
Mike Foley October 04, 2012 at 06:56 PM
With respect to Mr. Lewis, the lie is that Romney said he doesn't care about the 47%. The statement was taken out of context. He said it in response to a question that asked how he was going to woo Obama voters over to his side. His response was that he will never be able to do so and therefore, in the context of the campaign, his job was "not to worry about those people" with regard to their vote. I believe Americans should be far more concerned about Obama's comment, unwittingly caught on an open microphone, to Russian President Medvedev that after his re-election he would "have more flexibility" regarding national security issues. Now that's scary. Mike Foley Scarsdale
Miriam Danar October 04, 2012 at 07:42 PM
Romney bullied his way through last night, like a manic schoolboy giddy with his moment in the sun. He bullied Jim Lehrer and dismissed the rules of the debate. How about the time he bullied that young man in school, with the hair-cutting incident? He bullied his own kids as children, shoving their faces in bowls of cereal and thinking that was funny. Now they do that to their children, apparently. Generational abuse. Oh - and walking that blind teacher into the closed door. Hilarious. How would he treat the American people? Just wondering. Once a bully, always a bully.
Mike Foley October 04, 2012 at 08:29 PM
So the story that Romney allegedly cut a fellow students hair in HS (a claim the now deceased boy's family said is not true) is more troubling to you than Obama's arguably treasonous comments to Medvedev? Interesting.
Lisa Gentes-Hunt (Editor) October 04, 2012 at 08:36 PM
Thanks all for sharing your views on Patch!

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