Valley reacts to presidential candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney's debate promises

TEMPE, AZ - Across the Valley, TV, radio and social media people seem to think Mitt Romney may have done better than President Obama in the first debate .

Those same groups admit the debate won't change many minds.

"I am interested in jobs," said ASU student Charley Hernandez who helped organize a watch party at Dave & Buster's in Tempe.

The back room was filled with dozens of onlookers, mainly students who are preparing for the job market. Special guest, former candidate Herman Cain, attended the event to watch the candidates square off.

"I think with them both next to each other, voters will see the difference in the candidates," said ASU student Kristin Middleton.

At another watch party in south Phoenix, it was a smaller group watching and playing a game of bingo at the same time. 

The residents at Grandfamilies Place of Phoenix Senior Living Center also weighed in. They seemed interested in a wide range of issues including the deficit and Medicare. "I want to know what both will do about Medicare," said Frances Wooley who uses Medicare and likes the way it is now.

Most here wanted to hear from both candidates even though they don't think they will change their minds about who they are voting for. "We want to be educated when we vote," said Lydia Armstrong.

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