President Barack Obama (L) and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney finish their debate at the University of Denver in Denver, Colorado, October 3, 2012. PHOTO/GETTY IMAGES

Chris Pieper
Whitney Young

After a very tough few weeks for the Romney campaign, the stakes were high heading into the debate. Romney sought to directly challenge Obama on specific issues and drum up support from independents and his base. He accomplished those goals, and made it clear that he’s still going strong in this race.

Obama, on the other hand, wasn’t at his best. His message was consistent, but explanations were muddled and disorganized. He wasn’t aggressive in assertions. He seemed to be on the defensive for most of the night, and seemed to lack the energy and inspiration that normally characterize him.

Yet this will not, by any means, drastically shift the standing of the race. Going into the debate, Obama had a slim lead in the polls—a lead that he will likely soon find to be smaller. But this doesn’t mean Romney will get ahead, either. It just means that the race just got much closer.

Even so, it was a victory for Romney. He stopped his rapidly sinking campaign from falling any further. And, judging by the grin on his face as he left the podium, it’s clear that this race is far from over.

Victoria Gonzalez

The first presidential debate of election 2012 ended with presidential hopeful, Mitt Romney, taking the win. The fact that governor Romney won still has me a little mind-boggled, considering that after officials checked the facts that Obama and Romney gave during their statements and rebuttals, Obama won the “fact-check.”

Many seem to agree that visually speaking, Romney had the better performance. He kept a stern face and gave direct eye contact with President Obama and kept full composure. Obama, on the other hand, seemed displeased and at a loss for words at some points.

When taxes and tax cuts was discussed, Romney immediately reassured the people that he does indeed plan to cut taxes, but he also mentioned decreasing tax deductions. Knowing that middle class Americans depend greatly on tax deductions such as writing off their children or their mortgage payment, many thought that Obama should have had a strong rebuttal to make that valid point, but he didn’t.

In the end though, I do believe that the debate was strong on both ends and that the debater who gave the most truthful statements should have won.

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