SA voters say debate didn't change minds

Author: Jenna Hiller, Reporter, jhiller@ksat.com
Published On: Oct 04 2012 12:40:37 PM CDT   Updated On: Oct 04 2012 12:50:36 PM CDT
SAN ANTONIO -

People across San Antonio weighed in on Wednesday night's first presidential debate.

At barber shops around San Antonio, every person through the door had a different opinion.

Joe Vasquez got his hair cut at Galvan's on North St. Mary's Thursday morning. He said former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney spoke well, but education was the big issue that confirmed his support for President Obama.

"Romney kept saying, once he said the poor kids, and what he meant by that, we don't know, but it wasn't a nice word to say," Vasquez said.

At William's Barber College on W.W. White, James Merchant said he feels like Romney has already dismissed him because he's not a millionaire. He said he was offended by Romney's comments about 47 percent of Americans not paying taxes.

"I was highly offended by what Romney said about us not being a taxpayer and things like that, and I've worked hard all my life," Merchant said.

At J.B.'S Barber Shop on Austin Highway, Doug Florence said he thinks Romney won the debate, and he's also got his vote.

"He finally started speaking more aggressively and with more determination, I think, which I was glad to see," Florence said. "I've already made up my mind about who I'm going to work for, but I will watch the future debates."

That's something everyone agreed on. No one said their opinion changed after the debate.

"My minds made up already. I just wanted to see what Romney had to offer," Joe Vasquez said.