LAS VEGAS, Nevada (CNN) - The debate is over but the real action is getting under way.
I'm talking about the spin room, of course.
If you haven't attended one of these presidential debates, here's what happens when the debate ends:
All the actions shifts to the spin room, a location close to the debate hall. This is where surrogates for the presidential candidates tell journalists and bloggers what "really" happened during the debate. And that's called "spin."
It's like a scrum, with big-name surrogates surrounded by members of the media, all listening in for nuggets of knowledge.
The surrogates, of course, say their candidate won the debate, and they tell you why.
You won't see the top tier candidates in the spin room, but the second tier White House hopefuls often appear.
New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson is in the spin room right now, giving an interview to a local TV station. He says the media is trying to make it a grudge match between Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, but he feels he got his points in.
A few yards away, the wife of Rep. Dennis Kucinich is getting ready to do an interview. My guess is she'll rave about her husband's performance.
And so it goes in the spin room.
- CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser