Candidates hit campaign trail after Romney's strong debate
October 4th, 2012
11:46 AM ET
6 years ago

Candidates hit campaign trail after Romney's strong debate

(CNN) - President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney return to the campaign trail in battleground states on Thursday after going toe-to-toe on dominant campaign issues of taxes, health care and the economy in a debate that analysts and a snap poll agreed the Republican challenger won.

Romney's supporters crowed about his performance, saying it reshaped a race that the former Massachusetts governor had appeared in danger of losing.


Filed under: 2012 • Colorado • Debate • Mitt Romney • President Obama
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  1. gt

    obama needs to use the dialect he used in the "where your dollar speech"....that will help turn around the next debate..

    October 4, 2012 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  2. Anthony

    My advice to the president is this. Don't try to win the debate on points. Romney has made it clear for a while now that he does not care about facts or consistency. His elusiveness on the details makes it hard for Obama to pin him down. All of sudden Romney is saying new things one month before the election. He likes green energy now. He says that Obamacare has good parts. He is in full Etch A Sketch mode. But Romney is still the same guy who cannot manage a campaign. He is still the same guy who dismissed almost half of America. The numbers in his tax plan still do not add up. Romney is trying to reinvent himself at the debate. You should point that out.

    Smile a little more, Mr. President, and you will be fine in the last two debates. It is healthy to get a little challenge for a change. Go on the attack. Don't worry about piling on. The battle of expectations favors you in the second debate. We all know that Romney does not know foreign policy, so you will be in good shape for the third debate too.

    October 4, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  3. Four and The Door

    My advice to the president is this. Don't try to win the debate on points....But Romney is still the same guy who cannot manage a campaign. He is still the same guy who dismissed almost half of America. The numbers in his tax plan still do not add up.
    Give it up, Anthony. Mitt Romney was exactly on point as he has been since the beginning of the campaign. What he did last night was very clearly outline what he has been saying all along and the only difference is he had the opportunity to put it in Obama's lap and call out the misinformation that Obama/ Biden 2012 has made the basis of their campaign. As expected, Obama's excuses and lack of a plan forward did not play well on live TV.

    October 4, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |

    If consistently lying and avoiding the question is what you consider a "strong" debate performance, then you pundits need to get your heads examined. The 47% ad will run all the way up to election day. Willard can't run from THAT!

    October 4, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  5. sailorddg22

    I did not think Romney won the debate, his facial expressions made him look like he was ready to cry, i believe he held his own but President Obama gave specifics where Romney still did not say HOW he was going to do the things he wants to do. I still believe Romney is for the rich and The Middle Class and poor be damned.

    October 4, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  6. Frankie

    It is true that Mitt Romney won on style and was very energetic while Obama was flat, but in the end, I don't vote because of style or energy I vote substance. It is clear that Romney says whatever the audience he is addressing wants and changes positions even within hours of one day so I am not really sure what he believes or what he will do so I'm going with Obama someone steady and not all over the place. I just don't know which Mitt Romney will be showing up from day to day and in a job as important as President, we just cannot afford someone "shifty". Romney also has been rehearsing his answers for at least 2 months according to his campaign, it is awfully easy to memorize things when you practice every day for several hours, what is more important is how he does when something is not scripted for him, well, let's just say it is two different people.

    October 4, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  7. NameChi

    Obama you have to show the fight that we know u have for the middleclass, Romney could care less but he is a very good Liar and flip flopper so take it to him!!!

    October 4, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  8. sailorddg22

    CNN says that Romney won the debate and many others say the same, i don't see where he won the debate i believe he held his own but he never gave specifics like President Obama did. Romney can say he will do the things he wants but never gives specifics and he always appeared like he was ready to cry. Obama gives specifics on how he will implement the things he wants, i feel like Romney just doesn't know how he is going to improve things, they are just ideas with no meat to them. I do believe the debate could be called a draw but The President laid out his plans with specifics which adds meat to his answers.

    October 4, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  9. n

    Romney did good but he did not give solutions, where he is going to cut taxes, he still a flip flop. President Obama will be better prepared next time.

    October 4, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Get some rest Mr. President. When did you get into Denver? You looked tired and out of it.
    He got you on showmanship not content.
    Regroup, and come out swinging in the next one.
    We know that unlike Romney you have the wherewithal, the substance AND the experience.
    So stop being so cerebral, and dotting your "i's" and crossing your "t's", and give Americans what they want a good show and a good fight.

    Bon chance.
    Obama 2012. Period.

    October 4, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  11. JimB

    Obama campaign should take excerpts from the debate and compare them with what he has been saying. He lied throughout the debate and Obama let him do it. He didn't really call him out on flip flopping on a host of issues like his 47% comment, his taxes, being against the Dream Act, on and on...

    Obama campaign needs to neutralize the negative effects of the debate ASAP.

    October 4, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  12. joe

    4 once ppl need to understand that obama isnt going away. the economy is the way it is cause of the republician party and it i will take more then 4 years to fix wat the repulician party had done when bush was in office.

    October 4, 2012 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  13. Just.Another.Day

    Mitt Romney proved last night that God words are true.

    James 1:19

    “Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath”

    (wrath – strong anger, often with a desire for revenge, the vengeance, punishment, or destruction wreaked by somebody in anger)

    October 4, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  14. Joan

    The Republicans are high fiving today and are very pleased how the debate went off last night. However, it was pretty apparent that the President had made a conscious plan to not be combatve and to focus on facts. It is funny how things turn out. Because the President didn't call Romney on his lies, the fact checkers and journalists are doing it today questioning why the Prresident didn't say this and that. Also, Romney made many comments that can be honestly fact-checked and made into ads against him and then run continuously in battleground states. You can bet there are already strategies set out for the next three debates. Sometimes if you give someone enough rope they can hang themselves and Romney has to answer for some comments to both the right and left. If the Republicans think they have now got the election in the bag, they need to give themselves a shake. Don't count the Obama team out. Something's brewing and it should be good.

    October 4, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  15. Four and The Door

    Mitt Romney won on a better grasp of the national issues, a much better plan to address them and a show of leadership from the start to the finish of the debate. He owned that stage. Obama looked like a tourist trying to read a map.

    October 4, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    "If consistently lying and avoiding the question is what you consider a "strong" debate performance, then you pundits need to get your heads examined. The 47% ad will run all the way up to election day. Willard can't run from THAT!'

    But but but...HE LIED SO CONVINCINGLY!!!!! Apparently, he lied so convincingly that CNN decided that "factchecking" is now accomplished by explicitly stating you are taking one guy "at his word" and using that as the "proof" that the other guy said somethign false. Of course, everyone else on the planet, other than the MSM that is trying desperately to use this to close the polling gap for their horse race narrative, is now reading from actual factcheckers about every lie Mittens was allowed to get away with last night...and that the MSM is glibly helping him sell.

    October 4, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  17. Ind.

    Obama was SCHOOLED on the truth.

    ROMNEY / RYAN 2012

    October 4, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  18. Ind.

    Obama obviously can't run on his record. That was apparent.

    Obama is nothing more than an empty suit/chair.

    October 4, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  19. Anthony

    Give it up, Four and the Door, Romney has not been on point since day one of the general campaign. One good night does not a campaign make. Romney is still down in the battleground states. He still has a double-digit gender gap. Women still make up more than half of the electorate. Obama pulled back because he did not want to pile on. Romney had given no evidence before the debate that his campaign had a pulse, and Obama thought that he did not need to attack. Obama knows how to attack. He has been doing in the ads about the 47% and Bain Capital. Now that he knows he can pile on without risking a backlash, it will be a different story in the next debate.

    October 4, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  20. Ind.

    I love watching you liberals squirm like you are now.

    "I'd feel sorry for democrats if they weren't so stupid" ~JG

    October 4, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  21. rosco

    Typical Obam last night 1st bush, wars, excuses and blame

    Romney a man with a vision to restore the U,S,A,

    October 4, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  22. Wake up People!

    Willard is riding high today. He knows how dumbed down Americans are and what gets them going is drama. Since the new tv role models are the Kardashians and Honey Boo Boo. I doubt the average IQ is very high anymore. If they fell for his lies shame on them. This man is desperate, his backers have spent billions trying to buy this election. At this point I expect him to say ANYTHING. And he did, but now his lies are out there, he can no longer be vague. How long before he flip flops on 99% of what he said?

    Who wants to bet Ann is running around trying to measure curtains for the White House?

    OBAMA 2012!

    October 4, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  23. Ind.

    Obama lied the whole night. No facts. No truth.

    October 4, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    "Obama was SCHOOLED on the truth."

    Indeed. He knew the truth and Mittens apparently didn't. Factcheckers are having a field day with the lies Mittens repeated last night.

    October 4, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  25. Four and The Door

    Who really won last night? Voters. Take Obama out from behind his $1 billion campaign and Hollywood infomercials and we can see what he is really bringing. The same he has been delivering for the last 3 1/2 years. Nothing more.
    The message in November will be accountability. And moving this nation forward. Romney/ Ryan 2012.

    October 4, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
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