Locals react to presidential debate

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - The election may still be a month away, but the results from Monday's debate are definitely in.

"I thought that Romney was a bit more aggressive, and made some really good points around getting people back to work," Charlotte resident Anthony Rodes said.

North Carolina is still very much a battleground state, and last night left a big impression on local voters.

"Well, it convinced me that I wouldn't vote for Obama," Joe    said.

A lot of people felt the President appeared too laid back.

"We've got 23 million people unemployed, and he doesn't seem to be concerned enough about that to do anything to change it. He's run up the deficit over $5 billion dollars in the time he's been in office."

And Romney made it very clear that that is unacceptable to him - one reason the Republican candidate is getting good reviews.

"I'm and independent - neither a Republican or a Democrat, so I don't have any axe to grind, but I think Mitt definitely won the debate."

Others don't care how well Romney performed.

"He can be quick but the evidence is out there that Romney is not good for us," said Crystal Kies.

Their minds are made up.

"Romney wants to take away Medicaid and food stamps, and I'm one of those parents who have Medicaid and food stamps that I continue to use it for the health of my children," Keis says.

But the candidates will debate again, and not everyone is certain which way they'll vote.

"At this point, I would say no," Rodes says. "I'm still waiting to hear more from both candidates before making a final decision."