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NV Dems criticize Romney's debate performance

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President Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney square off in Denver Wednesday. President Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney square off in Denver Wednesday.
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

Numerous volunteers gathered on Wednesday night at an Obama campaign office on Charleston Boulevard near U.S. 95 to watch the first presidential debate.

Most who attended the watch party were happy with President Barack Obama's performance. A few of the volunteers, who worked with Mitt Romney in Massachusetts, said he wasn't being completely honest.

"I think what he (President Obama) needed to do was bring home what he has accomplished because they're trying to attack him for not accomplishing enough. I think he highlighted a lot of issues that he's worked on," said Obama supporter Christian Axelsson.

"I liked Obama's answers. I thought they were right to the point," said Chris Bowen, another supporter.

Bowen attended the party with his group, Wheels for Obama. They've been canvassing the community, trying to get Obama reelected.

"Getting the voter registration going, you know. Just talking to people," Bowen said.

Also in attendance were Rep. Ronald Mariano (D-MA) and Rep. Steve Walsh (D-MA), Democrats Romney said he worked well with while serving as governor of Massachusetts.

"It's a bit of revisionist history," Mariano said.

Both Mariano and Walsh said then-Gov. Romney didn't exactly sit down with them right away while he was in office.

"Certainly the first thing I remember when Mitt Romney came in 2002 was him locking the doors to the governor's office, closing off the elevators and changing the phone system so that he was the least accessible governor of any governor that I served with," Walsh said.

"I didn't meet the guy until almost my third year in office," Mariano added.

Those in attendance said Romney came off as rude during the debate.

"I feel like he was actually pretty aggressive. I don't think it suited him. He came across as a little bitter in a way," Axelsson said.

Volunteers said they plan to use the differences between the candidates outlined in the debate when they make calls and knock on doors looking for support for the president.

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