Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama during the debate.
Anita Barbee watching the debate.
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Americans
watched the first presidential debate on Wednesday night very closely.
A facial expression, a
hand gesture or even a slight stumble could all make a difference in how voters
WAVE 3's Matt McCutcheon
watched the debate from the WAVE 3 newsroom with Anita Barbee to find out how
these body movements may be perceived by the public.
The debate started
friendly, but it didn't take long for the warm regards to segue into some
Barbee has been a
professor at the Kent School of Social Work at the University of Louisville for
Barbee said during the
debate Romney appeared more emotional, aggressive and agitated throughout the
debate, even breaking a sweat.
President Obama, she says,
was the opposite: he kept his calm and connected more with the audience.
Everyone interprets things
differently, so she said Romney's aggressiveness could be seen as a dominant
It could also be
considered too hostile.
She said while Obama kept
his cool and tried to connect more with his body language, he could be
Barbee wasn't the only one
who weighed in on the debate. Indiana Congressman Todd Young released a statement
saying, "Mitt Romney did exactly what he needed to do tonight: He
outlined a clear, articulate vision for turning our economy around by trusting
the private sector and individual Americans. Unfortunately for voters,
President Obama didn't take the same opportunity to tell us what his second
term might look like. Instead of looking forward to the next four years, he
spent most of the evening defending the failed Washington-knows-best policies
of the last four years. If Americans wanted to hear ideas to put our country
back to work, Mitt Romney was the only candidate who gave them what they
Congressman John Yarmuth stated, "Gov. Romney was obviously well-prepared, but
my biggest concern is his aggressive opposition to investments in energy
innovation. Without President Obama's investments, GE's Appliance Park would
not have received the tax incentives that were used to bring hundreds of jobs
back to Louisville from China and Mexico. And without federal investments like
these, Ford would not have been able to hire thousands of new workers and
transform the Louisville Assembly Plant into what will be the largest Ford
facility in North America."
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