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While an estimated 60 million people turned to the TV to watch the presidential debate Wednesday night, millions more joined the live water cooler conversation on Twitter. In the Christian community, the best known Christian leaders appeared to mostly stay away from tweeting their thoughts on the debate between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney.
However, some pastors and ministry leaders did take the opportunity to chime in. Here are just some of the comments made on Twitter during and shortly after the debate:
"I have always assumed Mormons to be non-violent, but Romney just kicked Obama's butt on national TV. Obama seemed uninterested." – Kurt Johnston, youth pastor
"I'm listening for specifics and not rhetoric!" – Pastor T. D. Jakes, The Potter's House
"Dear @CNN, your 'Colorado Undecided Voter' graph is irritating and distracting. Don't make me turn to @FoxNews, please."
"I'd say 'advantage Romney' so far..." (Twenty minutes into the debate)
"Love the fact that President Obama owns the word 'Obamacare.' Now, we just need Gov. Romney to own 'Romneycare.'
"Remember, regardless of who wins debates or elections, Jesus won't ride a donkey or an elephant! – Ed Stetzer, expert in missiology and vice president of Research and Ministry Development for LifeWay Christian Resources
"Is it just me or is Romney doing pretty well in this debate? I'm impressed. #debate"
"My question is -- Who is Big Bird voting for? #debates"
"The president appears to need a hug. #debates" – Tobin Perry, editor at the North American Mission Board
"Obama talks about government the way Billy Graham talks about God. #denverdebates2012 #cantafford4more"
"Rough night for Obama... anniversary without Michelle, public speaking without a teleprompter. #cantafford4more #debates" – Todd Vaters, worship leader
"I think that was the best debate format I've seen in a presidential election. Very impressive." – Pastor Tim Stevens, Granger Community Church in Indiana
Wednesday night's debate proved to be the most tweeted political event in U.S. history, with more than 10 million tweets between 9 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. EDT.