Presidential Debate Reactions: Celebrities Sound Off on Twitter

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The first presidential debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney was won by the challenger, according to more than 12,500 THG readers.

Even the typically pro-Democrat celebrity crowd took notice.

Obama and Romney Debate

During the most tweeted-about U.S. political event ever, President Obama got his fair share of accolades from stars, but Romney's strong showing couldn't be ignored.

Some choice celebrity reactions after the jump:

Bill Maher: "my rating: Romney won the debate, Obama had the facts on his side, and Lehrer sucked. Next debate, get @SethMacFarlane to host!"

Alec Baldwin: "Obama is a potentially great man who remains mildly uncomfortable in public life. Mitt is a gifted off-shore money tycoon and tax preparer."

Rob Lowe: "Watched a lot of debates, that was a real blood-letting. #POTUSwiffs #Mittenssticks."

Elisabeth Hasselbeck: "It's not about LIKING @BarackObama Obama ( And I do) It's about NEEDING @MittRomney Romney ( and we all do) #Debate2012 #debate #Debate2012."

Sherri Shepherd: "@ehasselbeck OR... how about instead of lying and stretching the truth ...when you get in that booth just #dotherightthing & vote Obama xoxo."

Chris Rock: "Obama is waiting for the right moment to pull out Bin Laden's skull from behind the podium. Wait for it. Wait for it... #debate #PresDebate."

Olivia Wilde: "Mittens, if you want the federal gov't out of our health care decisions, then stay the F out of our VAGINAS. #debate2012."

Dave Chappelle: "#romney just brought up Food stamps. And Obama looked like he wanted to Punch him in the face."

Eva Longoria: "I'm in New Zealand watching the presidential debate! Obama is killing it on health care! #Obama2012."

Gabrielle Union: "Did The President just say 'Math, common sense and history...' #POTUS #Debates Bring it!"

Dean Cain: "Romney looks like the next President to me.   I'm looking forward to next year.   #Romney"

Michael Moore: "Ok, here's my optimistic tweet: Romney didn't convince a single Obama voter to change their vote. But O needed to fire up the base. Not done."

Patton Oswalt: "It doesn't matter that Mitt lied through his fucking teeth. He had to change the narrative. He did it. #sociopath #debate."

Roseanne Barr: "Undecided voters know this is a wash."

Ronan Farrow: "Proud of the President for addressing military over-spending. Fact: we're throwing money at a Pentagon that's explicitly told us to stop."

Sarah Silverman: "Mitt has Republican good looks."

Jon Lovitz: "Ugh. This debate is going just well/badly enough that both sides can claim victory with conviction. Annoying."

Lady Gaga: "I believe its important to note before this begins that Romney is a millionaire and paid well below the average tax rate, paying only 13.9%."

Samuel L. Jackson: "What future generations is Mitt the guardian of?! I think dude just wants to add Leader Of The Free World to his resume'!"

Albert Brooks: "Next debate will be moderated by Miss Piggy before she loses her job." And: "Between these two explanations of health care I don't know what the f--k is happening."

Ivanka Trump: "#Romney really rose to the occasion tonight! #BigNight #Debate2012 #debate #CantAfford4More."

Mark Ruffalo: "#Romney Okay. This is a great performance. I almost believed Mitt cares about the hurting 47% that he said he didn't care about. Oscar?" And: "What I think is going to be awesome to see is how Obama deals with tonight. The next debate is going to rock. Rocky Balboa??"

Who do you think won the debate?

Who should win the election?


Obama is the most inferior Pres. Ever elected. Romney/Ryan 2012.


We knew already that Romney puts on a new face and a new mouth for a new audience but last night he outdid his own past record. As for his health care accomplishment in Massachussetts, remember that the legislature was 87% Democratic, which means they had a veto-proof majority. Senator Kennedy was still present and active. Who do you think wrote that health care plan which Romney now likes to tout as his own. AARP said, Romney tried to use his veto 800 times but the legislature overturned those vetoes 700 times. Thank you Democrats, for writing a good health care plan for your great State. Aside from that, remember, the current governor of MA at the Democratic convention said, Romney left the State in a mess. So much for his leadership, notwithstanding his Cayman Island stash and his corporate raidership at Bain.


I was a Dem all my life until now. Hollywood's disgusting fools turned me against them. I was their biggest fan, now I'm their biggest enemy. They're on my list.


You are an idiot and clearly don;t understand what the "United States" was founded on.


You are an idiot and clearly don't understand what "The United States" was founded upon.


Romney is a disgusting human being, and he will not save our country. He doesn’t know how to create jobs, he doesn’t know how to relate to those born without silver spoons in their mouths, and he doesn’t understand what it takes to run a country. Yes, he has business experience, but all he’s done is run businesses into the ground, take his profits, and leave them to burn–same as he’ll do to our country if we let him take over. Obama is far from perfect, but Romney doesn’t care about anyone or anything other than his money, and the money of his multi-million dollar cronies. Bush and the Republicans destroyed this country by leading us into a war we couldn’t afford, and now people are blaming Obama, which isn’t exactly fair. The Republicans made it their goal to limit him to one term, and refuse to work with him. This is what’s wrong with our country. We’re in trouble no matter what we do, but Romney is most definitely not the answer we desperately need.

@ Samantha

Republicans came out and said it was their goal to limit Obama to one term. I would call that being stubborn and moronic that they’re more concerned with who is running this country than with actually helping it. To me, it seems that Romney supporters are the ones that don’t know the facts. They just follow blindly. Romney claims that he produced 100,000 jobs during his stint as governor, yet job production fell to nearly last in our country. He also left Massachusetts with a 1 billion dollar deficit. I am a woman and don’t feel like losing the rights to my body. Romney wants corporations to have the right to refuse to pay for my birth control, but is fine with those same corporations paying for a man’s Viagra, which has no health benefits and is more expensive. Aside from being a terrible leader and business man, Romney wants to send women back to the dark ages. Romney is going to destroy this country if elected.

@ Samantha

Are you in touch with reality? Do you watch the news? Just saying something is so doesn't make it so. Get a grip!

@ Samantha

You are an idiot and clearly don't understand what America was founded upon.

@ Samantha

and you got your info where? from chris matthews?


Romney lied to the american people...We need a President that give a shit


LOL :) all the millionaires worried about Mitt's tax deductions on his taxes while they do the same thing. The rest of us would rather have a businessman as President than a community organizer that has never ran a business, employed anyone or had overhead. And yet you think he can continue to run this great country? Yes, he can run it into the ground even further than he did these past 4 years.



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