Gov. Dannel Malloy said he wasn’t being partisan Tuesday when he picked a President Barack Obama-themed soda over another one themed for Mitt Romney at a visit to Avery’s Beverages in New Britain. It just tasted better, he said.

On the day of the second presidential debate, Avery Beverages owner Rob Metz treated the governor to a taste test between Barack O’Berry and Creme de Mitt.

“People are going to say I’m being partisan but I’m not,” Malloy said before trying either soda.

He did have some partisan quips, though as he tried and retried Creme de Mitt.

“Each time I tasted it, it actually tastes different. Like his opinions, they keep shifting,” Malloy said after trying the Romney soda for a third time.

“This says made in Switzerland,” he said pointing to the label.

The governor eventually settled on the Barack O’Berry. But he went back for another taste of Creme de Mitt.

“Now it tastes like Coke. It just keeps shifting.”

But while the governor stuck with the president’s soda, the Creme de Mitt seems to be the favorite among Avery shoppers. Metz keeps a “straw poll” of presidential bottle sales. At 4 p.m. Tuesday he’d sold 911 Romney bottles to 758 for Obama.

If it was the president’s first debate showing that has soda drinkers favoring Creme de Mitt, Malloy said he expects to see a different dynamic from Obama during tonight’s town hall-style debate.

“Listen, he didn’t have a great outing. I expect him to have a very good outing. I expect that he’ll call on Gov. Romney to explain his tax plan, which is unexplainable,” Malloy said.

The governor also predicted Obama would call out Romney on abortion issues. Malloy said Romney seems to want it both ways, saying he’s for women’s rights while promising to appoint justices to the U.S. Supreme Court who would oppose Roe v. Wade.

“I think it’s going to be a lively and spirited debate,” Malloy said.

Why wasn’t the president’s first debate more lively and spirited? The governor said he wasn’t sure.

“I don’t know. As a guy who’s had a lot of debates sometimes you’re on, sometimes you’re not. But he picked a bad night not to be on,” he said.