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Presidential Debate Viewing Parties in Northville Area Draw Passionate Republicans and Democrats

Local Republican and Democrat groups gathered to watch the first of the presidential debates.

Although people watching the first of the 2012 presidential debates in Denver on Wednesday night weren't permitted to cheer or jeer, those watching at local viewing parties did.

In Livonia, at the OneUnder Bar & Grill on Five Mile Road, the two 11th Congressional district Republican groups met to watch the debate in the company of fellow Mitt Romney supporters.

State Rep. Kurt Heise (R-Plymouth), Wayne County Commissioner Laura Cox and candidate for the Wayne County commission, Shannon Price, were also in attendance. They all will be listed on the ballot in November.

Northville resident and Wayne 11th Congressional District Republican Committee chair Joseph Xuereb said Romney has had a mobilizing effect on local GOP supporters.

"I haven't seen this level of grassroots involvement in a long time," Xuereb said. "I think it's attributable to the fact that everyone realizes this country is at a precipice. Four more years of Obama is going to crush us in terms of debt and hidden taxes."

Romney's background as a businessman helps him connect with Michigan voters, he said.

In downtown Northville, about 70 Obama supporters packed a room at the Northville Sports Den to cheer on their candidate.

11th Congressional District Democratic candidate Syed Taj addressed the group and state Democratic chair Mark Brewer watched the debate with the group.

Northville Democratic Club Vice President Lisa DiRado was pleased with the event's turnout. It gave the club an opportunity to recruit more volunteers to canvass and work its phone bank. The club, which has 238 members, hopes to reach 250 by election day on Nov. 6.

"I think people realize they want to support our president because he's everybody's president," DiRado said. "People in Northville and people around the state of Michigan know he's really trying to help the middle class."

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vivi October 04, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Uh, Ms. DiRado, I hate to break it to you, but EVERY president is 'everybody's president', even the one who has increased our debt more than all 41 previous presidents combined. Also, could you please point out the middle class citizens that Obama has helped, because I am not personally acquainted with any. Thank you.
Tamara October 05, 2012 at 12:04 AM
Amen vivi!
Herb Helzer October 11, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Please try to grasp that the annual deficit is not the same thing as the overall debt. The debt has gone up in four years -- from a little under $12 trillion to a hair over $16 trillion -- but the DEFICIT contributing to that debt has leveled off, and is actually SMALLER for 2012 than it was in 2008 (Bush's last year). A big chunk of the annual deficit is paying interest on the existing debt. EVERY President has to budget for this, and EVERY President contributed to the need to pay hundreds of billions to "service" the debt. Three other chunks of the federal budget -- the biggest drivers of the annual deficit -- are the Pentagon and paying into the Social Security and Medicare trusts. Again, hundreds of billions that would be charged NO MATTER WHO was President. If you want to endorse the draconian and implausible Romney-Ryan plan to "voucherize" Medicare, it STILL won't make a dent in the deficit until well into the 2020s...and that's the OPTIMISTIC view. Social Security and Medicare have dedicated payroll taxes; one way the middle class was helped by President Obama was when he cut the EMPLOYEE's portion of the Social Security tax in late 2010 - putting money in YOUR pocket (assuming you work and pay taxes). The much-hated but little-understood "Stimulus" of 2009? YOUR INCOME TAXES WERE CUT - in fact, 1/3 of Stimulus $$ went for TAX CUTS to familes and small businesses. Want to see a "middle class citizen that Obama has helped?" Look in a mirror.

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