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Northern Suffolk/East End Presidential Debate Party Set, Will You Join Us?

Our live party will be in Stony Brook, but our live blog will connect the whole region to share feedback on the first presidential debate on Wednesday.

President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney will trade blows on Wednesday at the first presidential debate, and Patch plans to make a great local gathering out of the occasion by hosting both a viewing party in Stony Brook and a live blog throughout the entire Northern Suffolk and East End region.

On Wednesday starting at 8:30 p.m., Patch will host a live viewing party at The Bench in Stony Brook, and we already expect to pack the place with a mix of locals, students and area leaders. There's still room at the venue. There will be food, giveaways and, most importantly, the opportunity to have smart conversations about the election with engaged locals.

Here's the invite. We'd love to see you RSVP if you haven't already.

But for locals not in the area we will be hosting a live blog on our sites in northern Suffolk County and the East End, overseeing the only conversation on Long Island that gives locals from Commack to Montauk a chance to share their thoughts on the candidates' answers on the issues.

Our live blog will be featured on the homepages of Patch sites in Commack, Kings Park, Hauppauge, Smithtown, Three Village, Port Jefferson, Miller Place-Rocky Point, North Fork, Riverhead, Westhampton-Hampton Bays, Southampton and East Hampton, and anyone can join the conversation.

We'll kick it off a few minutes before the debate starts at 9 p.m.

It's going to be an awesome party. Can't wait to have you join us.

Hope and Change October 03, 2012 at 12:48 PM
THE reason the last four years have been a total act of destruction on our country and our people is a obvious. It is all because of a video clip on youtube. nothing to do with policies of my administration.
James Pollard October 03, 2012 at 02:44 PM
The Obama campaign and the media have overplayed their hand. By suggesting, for three weeks, that the election is over, they created consternation among Republicans and conservative critics that blunted the effectiveness of Mitt Romney’s message. Yet in so doing, they also forced Americans to consider, for the first time, what another four years for Barack Obama would actually mean. The race is tightening as a result. Whatever voters think of the two candidates, whatever Democrat-heavy samples the pollsters use, there is one basic fact that cannot be fudged: people are unhappy with the state of the country. They believe it is heading in the wrong direction, and want to see a change. Retaining the same man who has governed for the last four years--two without effective opposition--is not a way to change things, and voters are beginning to see that. Obama is not running on the promise to change his policies--only to accelerate them, to give Americans more of what he gave them in his first two years. And in case people are having difficulty remembering what that was, eager Democrats--anticipating victory--are reminding them: “immigration reform,” “climate change,” “healthcare,” and--yes--”jobs,” which for Democrats means more stimulus and more public-sector bailouts for cronies.
James Pollard October 03, 2012 at 02:48 PM
In fact, Obama has shown himself to be completely tone-deaf when it comes to listening to the electorate. He did not take the historic defeat of the midterm elections as a sign of public disappointment in his policies, as Bill Clinton correctly did. Rather, he decided the voters were simply wrong and ill-informed, and decided to use the ensuing two years to lay the divisive us-vs.-them predicate that he believes will carry him to a second term. Voters are evidently not sold--yet--on the idea that Romney is willing and able to bring about the change that they desire. The fact that he is wealthy and from Wall Street--or, more precisely, the fact that Obama and the media have demonized wealth and Wall Street for the past year and more--makes it harder to Romney to make the case. His choice of Paul Ryan as his running mate helps, as do many of his reformist policies. The next five weeks present Romney with the opportunity to make the case to voters who are now, thanks to the overhyped “inevitability” narrative, asking which of the two candidates is more likely to change course. Obama will bring back all of his policies, and few of his best staff to execute them. Romney will bring fresh ideas and fresh faces, including some that the Republican establishment may not like, to his White House.
James Pollard October 03, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Romney’s task is not just to show that he is an acceptable alternative to Obama, but that an alternative is absolutely necessary--that the persistent unemployment of the Obama years affects a sizable minority of Americans, and the fiscal consequences of Obama’s disastrous and wasted spending affect everybody. Unless there is a change, America’s future is dim--and Obama has no clear idea of what that change would be. Americans are now listening--not just tuning into the race, but thinking about the post-election reality of a second Obama term, and weighing Romney carefully against that rather unattractive option. The Obama campaign and the media hoped to crush the spirit of the GOP base. But conservatives have absorbed the blow, and remain united. Now the race has been reset--and Romney has the opportunity to make his move
christie nicolle October 03, 2012 at 04:21 PM
hey James, come to our debate party tonight at the Harvard Club... just email me + remember: even if Obama wins, Mitt is the true Presidential leader!
People Person October 03, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Yes, I read this on Breitbart.com, too, James.....
MasterChief Pearl October 03, 2012 at 08:23 PM
Rommey sayes you have to be able to make it on your own, it is called planing ahead. Obama sayes let me do it for you,I will pick up the tab
John K Massaro October 03, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Yeah, well planning ahead always works out on paper... ...then real life gets in the way.

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