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Debate takes back seat to baseball

Local Presidential Debate coverage

Carl Mefford, second from the right, peers up at the TVs in Legend's Sports Bar at Paradise Valley Golf Course during Tuesday's presidential debates. Although seevral people watched the debate, most came to watch the New York Yankees face the Detroit Tigers in Game 3 of the AL championship series. (Conner Jay/Daily Republic)

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From page A1 | October 17, 2012 |

FAIRFIELD — While the presidential pundits went back and forth, many on Tuesday chose to bypass the debate in favor of sports and conversation.

This was case at Legends Sports Bar at Paradise Valley Golf Course, where two screens were devoted to the debate, both of which had the sound muted. The secondary room in which it was shown had just a few folks in it, including Jim Gustin, who was decked out in Detroit Tiger orange with his back to the debaters.

Gustin, from Suisun City, and his young son chose baseball over politics and weren’t concerned with foreign policy or tax brackets.

“We came to watch the Tigers and get a little dinner,” he said while celebrating Detroit’s second run being scored. “I’m already set in my ways.”

He said his vote-by-mail ballot is almost filled out.

“It’s just a show. I know which one I’m voting for,” Gustin said.

Titus Smith and Rodney Peters were having a beverage and hot wings while watching the game from inside the bar. The political sparring was not a priority for Santh, who said he did watch a bit of the first debate, which was enough for him.

“I’ve already made up my mind. But I did have to talk to my sister about the Big Bird thing earlier this week,” Smith said referring to the PBS conversation.

For Peters, he said his mind was already made up and nothing said during the talks would convince him otherwise. He said a debate this late in the year doesn’t add much to the election.

“What are these debates going to do for you?” the Fairfield resident said. “They are only saying what people want to hear.”

Reach Danny Bernardini at 427-6935 or dbernardini@dailyrepublic.net. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/dbernardinidr.

Titus Smith’s name was corrected.

Danny Bernardini

Danny Bernardini

Danny is a newspaper man born and raised in Vacaville. He attended Chico State University and has written for the Enterprise Record and the Reporter. Covers the City of Fairfield, education and crime. A's, Warriors and Saints fan. Listener of vinyl, frequent visitor to the East Bay. Registered "decline to state" voter. Loves a good steak.
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  • LoveMyCommunityOctober 17, 2012 - 9:29 am

    Leave it to you, Danny, to find a way to make the debate a story about Baseball. :) Nice spin!

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  • Titus SMITH IIOctober 17, 2012 - 2:11 pm

    Nice article, and thank you for including us in it. LOL I just wanted you to know my last name is SMITH, NOT Santh.

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