In the all-important swing state of Ohio, Sylvia Bly of Cleveland was downright angry after the debate, frustrated with what she called Romney's lack of specifics. At 55 years old, Bly is struggling to find work since being laid off by a consumer products company in 2005. Her husband, a steelworker, lost his longtime job at a steel mill but was buffered by union benefits and has since gotten a new job. They lost his pension and have dipped far into their retirement savings as they try to get by.
Obama's "mindset supports people like my husband and myself who are caught in the middle," said Bly, who nevertheless plans to watch the next debates as well — to see if Romney offers more detailed proposals, but also because she wants to know everything she can about whoever will be the next president.
"I want to know that the people who are running for office truly have my interests and my fellow Americans' interests at heart," Bly said. "The person I might not vote for may become president. I want to know what to expect."
Contributing to this report were Associated Press writers Helen O'Neill in Fairfield, Conn.; Allen G. Breed in Raleigh, N.C.; Tamara Lush in St. Petersburg, Fla.; Shaya Tayefe Mohajer in Los Angeles; Ryan J. Foley in Iowa City, Iowa; and Andrew Welsh-Huggins in Columbus, Ohio.
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