First Time Voter Says Debate Didn't Sway his Opinion

By: Elizabeth Lamb Email
By: Elizabeth Lamb Email

AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va -- Thursday was the first day of the rest of the 2012 presidential campaign now that the first debate ended. On Thursday, both President Barack Obama and Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney hit the campaign trail in battleground states.

The big question was, did that debate change voters' minds?

Valley voters told WHSV if Wednesday night's debate would affect their vote in November.

Beau Lafon, a Lee High School senior, is a first-time voter and he just registered to get his voter ID on Wednesday.

"Yep, I'm waiting for it to come in the mail," said Lafon.

He watched a presidential debate for the first time on Wednesday.

"Everything these men are saying, they do affect our country and what the future four years hold for us."

Some people have said Mitt Romney's performance surprised them.

"Mitt Romney did a lot better than I thought he would, but it still doesn't change my opinion about it," said James Cathey, a Valley voter.

Bryan Demory, another voter, told us what made Romney so succesful in the debate.

"He went right to the point every time; it was quite impressive," said Demory.

Cathey said President Obama was a disappointment.

"It was kinda sad," said Catey.

Lafon said he weighed the pros and cons of each candidate before he made up his mind.

"I would say, I'm 100-percent Obama," said Lafon.

His vote will stay the same, despite President Obama's performance during the debate.

"I would say Obama's my number one vote."

Lafon is happy to vote for the first time for a candidate in whom he believes.

"It's a great privilege. I love that I'm able to do it," said Lafon.

Several people said they watched the debate either on the television or online. They said social media, like Twitter and Facebook, helped them decide who they think won the debate. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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