Governors, Mayors React to Presidential Debate

Governing compiled the Tweets made by mayors and governors in response to Wednesday's debate.

Storified by Ryan Holeywell · Thu, Oct 04 2012 09:35:16

Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina was -- to put it mildly -- enthusiastic about the first debate of the 2012 campaign.

SO Excited! It is debate night! I have my comfy clothes and my boxing gloves on......"Let's get ready to rumble!!!!!!!!!!!!" Go Mitt!Nikki Haley

Meanwhile, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley chatted with NBC's Chuck Todd before the event. 

.@GovernorOMalley coming up with @ChuckTodd talking #DenverDebate Hansen

Displaying the pride that most governors have for their own state, O'Malley disputes Romney's claim that Massachusetts schools are "number one."

Hey, Governor @MittRomney, Maryland schools are #1 and have been for the last four years in a row. #DebatesMartin O'Malley

Ohio Gov. John Kasich liked what he saw and heard from Romney.

Incredibly presidential performance by @MittRomney. America got a good look at what real leadership looks like.John Kasich

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake says Obama revealed more details about his plans than his opponent.

President Obama laid out his clear vision during closing. Romney was all crickets on the specifics that America needs to know.Mayor Rawlings-Blake

In a classic case of partisanship, the Democratic Governors Association and Republican Governors Association each highlighted half of an Obama quote and used it out of context.

Obama: "Governors are creative people." #debateDGA
"Governors aren't creative enough" - well, Mr. President, there are 29 GOP Govs who are glad to show their creativeness of fixing your mess.The RGA

The full quote: "And governors are creative. There's no doubt about it. But they're not creative enough to make up for 30 percent of revenue on something like Medicaid." See the debate transcript below.

Transcript: First Obama-Romney Presidential Debate : NPRTranscript of the first presidential debate between President Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney, moderated by Jim Lehrer of PBS, O...

No surprise that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker considered Romney's performance to be stellar.

1) Focus on jobs. 2) Connection with real voters. 3) Total command of issues. 4) Absolute passion. @MittRomney was superb!Scott Walker

Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer didn't pull punches in his criticism of Obama's performance. 

mr. president, you needed a five hour energy drink before you started this debate. #Current2012Eliot Spitzer

Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm says skeptics should wait and see how Obama performs in subsequent debates. 

OK all: you'll hear pundits say Romney won. Do NOT let this deflate you. There are two more chances.We must continue to fight.Jennifer Granholm

Haley, it appears, will be unlikely to vote for Obama.

We saw a man with courage, leadership, strength, and a vision for America. Then we saw a man who "tried". The... Haley

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant clearly sided with Romney during the discussion of Obamacare.

ObamaCare expansion in MS alone would add approx. 400,000 people costing taxpayers an additional $427 million.Phil Bryant

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell also declared Romney the winner. 

Strong night for Mitt Romney. His debate performance crystallized the choice voters face this November.Bob McDonnell

San Antonio Julian Castro, who spoke at the DNC, had a different perspective.

Romney needed a game changer. Obama easily won, since Romney didn't land any blows. Nothing changed the dynamic of the race.Mayor Julián Castro