John Hinderaker at Power Line, a conservative blog, is veritably giddy: “It wasn’t a TKO, it was a knockout.” Romney “was the alpha male, while Barack Obama was weak, hesitant, stuttering, often apologetic.”
Romney appears to be a clear winner in the debate. Trailing in the polls coming into the debate, Romney needed a strong performance to show the American voters that he can hold his own against the incumbent president.
Romney came out strong, articulate and drove the debate, setting the tone early, which Republicans praised. President Obama, on the other hand, appeared nervous at first, stumbling on his responses and had a hard time looking Romney in the eyes. Romney was also not afraid to cut off moderator Jim Lehrer, whereas President Obama was more apologetic.
NBC’s Chuck Todd tweeted: “That first segment was about as good of a first segment that I can remember in my lifetime of watching these fall debates. Serious.”
Let no one doubt New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie again. He went offscript last weekend, predicting that the narrative of the race would change Thursday morning. And lo and behold, he was right. At least for a little while, the chattering class will put a pause on all the talk about how Mitt Romney is falling behind in the polls to talk about how he managed to beat President Obama at the podium. Romney went on the offensive, forcing the president, who looked none too happy to even be there, to defend his policies. And perhaps most perplexing of all, Obama failed to mention the infamous 47-percent remark and Bain Capital, two issues that his campaign has been hammering home for months. Let’s take a look at some commentary.
Obama, like other presidents before him, “fell victim … to high expectations, a short fuse, and a hungry challenger,” writes the National Journal’s Ron Fournier. “Romney smiled and cracked jokes … Obama smirked.” It seems commentators didn’t need to watch until the end to come to that conclusion. Buzzfeed’s Ben Smith called the debate for Romney some 40 minutes in, saying the Republican’s “core success was that he won by not losing.” In Time’s Mark Halperin’s report card, it wasn’t even close. Romney got an A-, while Obama received a B-.
Bloomberg Businessweek’s Joshua Green “someone tuning in for the first time, would surely have come away feeling that Romney was the candidate with a firm grasp of what he wanted to do and Obama the guy slightly out of his depth,” points out .
New York Daily News’ Joshua Greenman, Romney was “more incisive, more fluid and good-natured through it all,” and managed to be tough “without being vicious or disrespectful.”
The Chicago Tribune throws Obama what might be the ultimate insult, describing him as “that guy at the meeting who’s surreptitiously checking his email.”
Huffingtonpost: Television viewers’ snap judgments of the first presidential debate favored Mitt Romney, according to two “instant reaction” polls and a focus group conducted during and immediately after the candidates met in Denver. GfK’s KnowledgePanel representative Internet panel: Its sample included voters who were either totally undecided before the debate or who were leaning to a candidate, but said they may still change their minds.
Respondents were unambiguous about who won. By a 46 percent to 22 percent margin, the poll’s uncommitted voters said they thought Romney won. According to results broadcast on CBS, Romney improved his score on the question of “caring about your needs and problems” from 30 percent before the debate, to 63 percent after.
CNN, which polled 430 adults who watched the debate and who had agreed to be interviewed after participating in an earlier CNN poll, also found clear evidence of a Romney victory. The survey found that 67 percent thought Romney won the debate, while only 25 percent said they thought Obama won. Thirty-five percent of respondents said they were more likely to vote for Romney after watching the debate, 18 percent for Obama.
Democracy Corps, a Democratic firm, conducted a debate group with Women’s Voices Women Vote Action Fund, with 45 independent voters in Denver. Among the group, 42 percent said Romney won, while 20 percent thought Obama won.
Aljazeera: Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has been declared the clear winner of Wednesday’s first campaign debate as President Barack Obama stopped short of offensive attacks against his challenger.
Some 67 per cent of those surveyed by CNN in a “flash poll” after the debate declared Romney the winner. Obama’s re-election prospects on Intrade, an online prediction market, also fell from 74 per cent to 66 per cent.
The 90-minute debate in Denver, Colorado saw Romney able to keep the focus on jobs and the sorry state of the US economy and Obama forced to defend his record.
I could go on and on but folks for the record and I do boast proudly, Romney WON!!!