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Romney vs. Obama Poll: Who Won Round 1?

Tell us who you think won the first presidential debate: Barack Obama or Mitt Romney?

After months of stump speeches and negative ad campaigns, Americans were able to see the two presidential candidates face each other for the first time Wednesday night at the University of Denver.

The first of three debates focused on the economy and domestic policy, which many Americans say is a high priority.

Before the debate, many predicted the victory would go to President Obama.

However, Romney, already in Denver, told a cheering crowd Monday night, "In my view it's not so much winning and losing or even the people themselves, the president and myself - it's about something bigger than that," the Associated Press reported.

He also told supporters he would get America working again. "Jobs is job one under my administration," Romney said, debuting a new line midway through his standard campaign speech.

"President Obama is the most gifted speaker in modern political history," said Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul to ABC in an effort to lower expectations about the Republican candidate's upcoming performance.

Comments like that led President Obama to respond with a humble assessment of his own skills: "Gov. Romney is a good debater. I'm just OK," he said.

However, many analysts said that Governor Romney had given a solid performance, providing specifics and specifically critiquing the past four years of the Obama presidency. 

Many added said that he understood the issues better than the President, a "masterful" job, one CNN panelist said.

Others stated that President Obama had not come prepared, and even looked disengaged during the first half hour.

Another CNN panelist said that "Romney was able to out-Obama Obama," and that Romney brought up topics that Obama was unprepared to discuss.

When President Obama is on the campaign trail, he speaks to "the faithful" and isn’t challenged on the last four years. Wednesday night, Romney challenged Obama on every point with facts, panelists said.

Additionally, all the negative attacks featured in each candidate’s ads were absent from both Romney and Obama. 

In a flash poll from CNN and ORC International, 67 percent of registered voters believed Romney won, compared to 25 percent for President Obama.

linda hanna October 04, 2012 at 04:53 PM
Romney, on point time after time. Obama....uh uh uh....tuh tuh tuh. I was surprised, but pleased that Romney absolutely trounced the President. Every single liberal pundit agreed this morning. Shockingly....but hey what could they say to make a bad performance appear like a better one????. Obama looked and acted defeated, lacked facts, missed comeback opportunities and even snarled at the host a couple of times in frustration. Romney on the other hand was cool, kept his presence, stayed on topic and looked and acted Presidential. A clear win for Romney, a wimpy defeat for Obama. Can't wait for the international foreign policy debate. Obama has failed miserably in foreign policy and Romney has lots of ammo plus he thrives on that sort of stuff and is a long standing champion of Israel.
Ern Batavia October 04, 2012 at 05:11 PM
Romney, without a doubt.....0bama was exposed for the socialist fraud that he is.
EZDuzit October 05, 2012 at 12:24 AM
"It’s worth looking back to the 2004 presidential debates. The unanimous opinion was that John Kerry punished George W. Bush. Whereas Bush was churlish, impatient, and aloof, Kerry was dynamic and aggressive. He came away from the debates with momentum and a boost in the polls. Twenty-two days after the final debate, Bush won reelection with 50.7 percent of the vote."
Aireman October 05, 2012 at 02:28 AM
Romney was dynamic all right. Dynamic in telling lie after lie. If you follow Romney you have to know he went way off what he has been campaigning on for the last 18 months. How can you debate someone who changes his positions as fast or far as Romney has?
Roland Alden October 05, 2012 at 04:03 AM
Romney did what he needed to do to get elected. He threw the Tea Party under the bus and turned himself into a liberal wingnut. “My view is that we ought to provide tax relief to people in the middle class. But I'm not going to reduce the share of taxes paid by high-income people. … I'm not looking to cut massive taxes and to reduce the revenues going to the government.” Romney explained how he won’t change Medicare for old or young people. “What I'd do … is to allow them either to choose the current Medicare program or a private plan — their choice. They get to … have at least two plans that will be entirely at no cost to them. So they don't have to pay additional money, no additional $6,000. That's not going to happen. They'll have at least two plans.” Sometimes he slipped up. While explaining how private industry provides the best health care options he singled out the Cleveland Clinic; a NON-PROFIT health care company that is exporting its expertise to Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) by operating a hospital built and owned by the UAE government. As Rick Perry would say; oops. In case the save Medicare thing doesn’t work out maybe Dick Cheney can get his next heart transplant there.
jordynn October 13, 2012 at 03:23 PM
This is serious to me and i would have to simply go with obama just because at the fact that he does not only think of the upper class people but also at the lower class as well Romney only cares about the higher not the lower and with that me as personally the lower and a whole lot of other will be left in the dirt struggling even more than what we are arleady please not Mitt Romney Obama !!

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