About 60 Republicans cheered and applauded their presidential candidate Monday night during a watch party at a nightspot where folks usually gather to root for their favorite sports teams.
Many at the event sponsored by the Oklahoma Republican Party cheered when former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney told President Barack Obama that he wasn't going to solve problems in the Middle East by attacking him.
Romney received applause when he said that America must be strong and lead in the world, and many applauded and cheered when he said he would support the development of small businesses in America. A big cheer went up when Romney said he would get rid of the national health care law, often called Obamacare.
Some scoffed when the president said America is stronger now than it was when he took office nearly four years ago.
“Romney laid out more of an agenda and made good points of what he would do and how he would accomplish his goals,” said Joyce Clark, 51, of Oklahoma City.
“I felt like Obama had more rhetoric.”
Many in the crowd of mostly 20-to-40-year-olds arrived early at the Fox and Hound Pub & Grille, 3031 W Memorial Road, to munch on vegetables, chips, crackers and cheese spread out on a covered pool table in a banquet room.
A few watched the debate intently, beamed on nine large flat-screen television sets tuned to the conservative-leaning Fox News Channel, while many chatted with their tablemates.
A few couldn't resist the urge to step outside to check on other TVs that were showing the Monday Night Football game and the deciding seventh game of baseball's National League Championship Series.
Matthew McAfee, 23, of Tulsa, said he enjoyed the debate, although it wasn't as confrontational as he thought it would be, considering it was the third and final presidential debate.
“I don't know if there was a winner, but I'd probably give it to Romney,” he said.
Ernie Mach, 72, of Yukon, said Romney came across “very good.”
He said he also wished there had been more confrontation between the two candidates.
“President Obama came out swinging — he looked really strong, much more than the previous debates,” said J.B. Test, 26, of Oklahoma City. “But Governor Romney definitely had more substance, though. He has a much deeper understanding of foreign policy. He has a much more accurate understanding of the United States' role in the world.”