(CNN) - The campaigns of President Barack Obama and GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney were quick to spin their version of Tuesday's debate, with both campaigns arguing their candidate came out on top.
The surrogates, in fact, started circulating the designated "spin room" before the candidates took to the podium, setting expectations.
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After the debate, senators, governors, and spokesmen tracked down reporters to make their case.
"The president had a dominant performance tonight," Obama's senior adviser David Plouffe told CNN's Chief White House Correspondent Jessica Yellin. "I think he laid out very clearly where he wants to take the country economically, his jobs plan, his plan to grow the economy based on the middle class. I think he exposed Governor Romney, his tax plan, his jobs plan - as the president said, it's a sketchy deal. And I think Governor Romney wilted under that scrutiny."
The exchange on Libya made Romney look "like someone playing politics," while Obama came across as "a resolute commander in chief," Plouffe said.
On the other side of the spin room, Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana said that Romney "absolutely" had a win - his second of the season - in Tuesday's debate.
"President Obama spent exactly no time at all speaking about any specific plans for a second term, but one of the most telling questions was when the voter said I voted for you four years ago, why should I vote for you now?" Jindal told CNN National Political Correspondent Jim Acosta.
"Look at all the broken promises. You look at what the president promised," he continued. "He promised the president would cut the deficit in half by the end of his first term - hasn't done that, over a trillion dollars a year in debt. Promised he'd get the economy turned around in a term, in three years, or it'd be a one year proposition - 23 million unemployed, underemployed Americans."
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