Taking Stock of the First Debate

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In last night's debate, Mitt Romney was an aggressive challenger, not afraid to accuse a sitting President of not telling the truth. The consensus is that an aggressive Romney won the debate against Barack Obama, a President who was defensive and lacking in energy. We sample early reaction and ask how it might influence the remaining month of a close and hard-fought campaign.



Rich Galen - Mullings.com - @richgalen, Susan Estrich - University of Southern California - @SusanEstrich, Jonathan Last - Weekly Standard - @JVLast, Michael Grunwald - Politico magazine - @MikeGrunwald, Michael Sovern - Columbia University

Warren Olney

Christian Bordal, Frances Anderton, Katie Cooper