If you think substance trumps style, the analysis of last night's presidential debate might come as a shock. There seems to be a lot more talk today about things like temperament and facial expressions than the facts.
Here's a sampling of opinion:
Writing in Forbes, Frederick E. Allen says President Obama "looked defensive and uncertain," while GOP challenger Mitt Romney "may have said things that were clearly untrue ... but he said them convincingly."
Originally published on Fri October 5, 2012 11:17 am
President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney at the first 2012 presidential debate in Denver, CO.
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During the presidential debate last night, President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney talked about their ideas to grow the economy. Here's how what they said matches up with our economist-approved presidential platform:
Bente Birkeland, Nathan Heffel and Kirk Siegler report
Coloradans turned out for watch parties across the state Wednesday night, as President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney squared off in their first debate at the University of Denver.
Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama shake hands at the first presidential debate at the University of Denver, Wednesday.
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I have spent the past few days sequestered with a crack team of political pros — actually, curled into a fetal ball, clutching a fading 1980 John Anderson poster — to gird myself for the vital first debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney.
So many questions lingered:
Would Romney offer to wager Obama $10,000 on who wins the race?
Would Obama tell Romney, "You're taxable enough, Mitt"?