Locals weigh in on last presidential debate

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Updated: 10/23/2012 12:47 am
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) Watch parties were held here in the Biggest Little City to watch the final presidential debate.

The Washoe county democrats held a fundraiser at the Atlantis and not a block away GOP Team Nevada held a watch party at their Reno headquarters.

Northern Nevadans weighed in on Monday night’s presidential debate on foreign policy.

"The world needs a strong America and it is stronger now than when I came into office," President Obama said during the debate.

Chair of Nevada State Democratic Party Roberta Lange was at the Atlantis and believes the Obama gave an assertive performance.

"He's done it he's shown he can lead us in foreign policy, protect us and do what's needed," Lange says.

During the debate Governor Romney said he has an optimistic outlook to the country’s future and we need to look more to that future in regards to our decisions with our current military.

"We've got to strengthen our military long term. We don't know what the world is going to throw at us down the road," Gov. Romney says.

Ted Kwong a spokesperson for the Republican National Committee in Reno says Gov. Romney presented a strong case as to why he is the leader the United States needs.

"He wants to instead of leading from behind as the President has done take this country forward," Kwong says.

And Gov. Romney says military spending needs to be better.

"The secretary of defense called these trillion dollars in cuts to our military devastating," Gov. Romney said.

Kwong agrees. He believes the cuts Gov. Romney mentioned are going to result in job loss.

“These devastating defense cuts will make us less safe and frankly hurt the economy as well," Kwong says.

But democrats think Gov. Romney showed some lack of military knowledge and the president was quick to point it out.

"You mentioned the Navy, for example, and that we have fewer ships than we did in 1916. Well, Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets," President Obama said 

Democrats say the rest of the time Gov. Romney seemed to agree with the president.

Langes says that’s only proof the President's policies are working.

"What scares me about Mitt Romney is that he has no foreign policy experience. He seems to agree with what the President is doing so there it is right there why make a change the president seems to have the right policies and moving the country forward," Lange says.

Both presidential candidates will be visiting the Silver State during the week.

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