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Presidential debate reaction: Rochester

ROCHESTER (KTTC) -- President Barack Obama supporters gathered at more than 20 locations around Minnesota to watch the first of three presidential debates between President Obama and Republican Mitt Romney.

In Rochester, the DFL party watched the debate at the Wicked Moose Bar and Grill. 

This was the first of three debates between President Obama and Romney.

Both are fighting for the middle class vote.

"I don't think that Romney has any idea when it comes to the middle class. His main concern is for the rich. He's all about tax breaks for the rich but what it really comes down to is the grassroots middle class," said Mary Till, a DFL supporter in Rochester.

Meanwhile, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, Kurt Bills, weighed in on the debate.

"As a middle class individual, I don't really see how Washington has been standing up for me the last 6 years... with gas prices doubling, unemployment doubling, the national debt doubling," Rep. Bills said.

Earlier in the day, Rep. Bills was in Kasson knocking on doors with Rep. Duane Quam before heading over to Rochester.

Recent polls show Rep. Bills is trailing against Senator Amy Klobuchar but he plans on canvassing in 12 different counties by the end of this week.

By the time of the election, Rep. Bills hopes to have covered 87 counties.

Sen. Klobuchar campaigned in the area last week.



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