Dems: Today is a new day
October 4th, 2012
08:34 AM ET
10 years ago

Dems: Today is a new day

(CNN) – The morning after a presidential debate that saw a forceful Mitt Romney attacking President Barack Obama’s economic record, top Democrats said the event wouldn’t sway the state of the presidential race.

“I think that Gov. Romney is certainly a skilled debater. And last night he was able to elevate his level of performance. But he did not change the fundamental dynamics of this race, nor did he change some of the policies that actually got us into the economic mess that we have,” Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, a Democrat and top surrogate for Obama, said on CNN’s “Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien.”

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“Today is a new day,” he said later. “Everybody wakes up, when we go back for the last 35, 36 days of this campaign.”

According to a CNN/ORC International survey conducted right after the debate, 67% of debate watchers questioned said that the Republican nominee won the faceoff, with one in four saying that President Barack Obama was victorious.

Jen Psaki, the president’s campaign press secretary, said those numbers wouldn’t wind up playing a major role in the outcome of November’s election.

“I don't think the American people make a judgment on who they're going to vote for by an instant poll coming out of a debate,” Psaki said on “Starting Point.” “They're not looking for an attacker in chief, which is what Mitt Romney was last night. They're looking for a commander in chief and the president's calm, delivered performance and him laying out his policies and where he wanted to move the country forward.”

“When people are talking about it in Florida and Ohio and Iowa this morning, that's what they'll be focused on,” Psaki concluded.

O’Malley also claimed the instant reading from polls would not alter the edge Obama enjoyed in national and battleground state polling going into Wednesday’s event.

“I think that what you have to look at in the course of a campaign is not any one day or any one performance,” O’Malley said. “I've been in these debates, and always, it seems, that the challenger has an edge in that very first debate.”

Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Presidential Debates
soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. yasmine

    Romney's lies are on record...said before millions of Americans...not just his staged rallies...

    October 4, 2012 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  2. Marty, FL

    Romney showed again that he can deliver numerous lies without conscience, which is not presidential material.

    October 4, 2012 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  3. obama is Out Of Touch with reality

    whine, well here we go, more excuses, its like obama going to be crybaby and come up with ione excuse after another, but seemed like a knockout to me and obama looses, but obama will cheat somehow.

    October 4, 2012 08:45 am at 8:45 am |

    I know it's been a long time since Mitt Romney had worthy opponent in a debate. I'm glad to see he is still up to snuff. I was on the attack the entire night. Much of the substance of those attacks is questionable, but the fact remains he kept Obama on the defensive last night. I also believe Obama was holding back because he didn't want to appear arrogant.
    I believe Obama will learn from last night and do better
    Romney must realize this and come with a different game plan

    October 4, 2012 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  5. Namejkane sfl a vote for lady parts romney the tax cheat and lyin lady parts ryan willcut your moms medicare and soc sec . .can you afford to pay for them???

    We don't care about dabates ,and who won and who lost but we do care about gop election cheating and gop obstruction of economic growth for the last four years ,obamas a sure winner in 30 days !!!!!!

    October 4, 2012 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  6. Ryan/Romney Kill Medicare Team 2012

    I was trouble about the debate why the president would not confront Romney on some of his biggest gaffes mainly the 47%er. I thought maybe the president just wanted to keep the debate on policy. Holy chit! it hit me now stay with me people. The president prevented Romney from addressing some of his most damaging gaffes in front of millions of viewers. The president knows Romney has been preparing for months with his response to end up in an attack ads to neutralize the 47%er,Bain, Cayman's accts and personal taxes that is doing serve damage. Romney tried to get the president to take the bait, but it failed. The president attack ads can continue because he never gave Romney the soundbites he was looking for. Folks we just might be a witness to the greatest debate "rope a dope" in politics. The only thing Romney gain was praise from the press that now will hound him for more details from his scatter policy. Stay tuned as the plot thickens. Go Obama 2012!

    October 4, 2012 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  7. Gurgyl

    Mitt was lying clearly–they did not ask about 47%, Bain-capital outsource, Libya, immigration, taxes etc., shame on Them.

    October 4, 2012 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  8. FedUp

    The point is....I thought everyone said that Obama would win the debate.

    October 4, 2012 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  9. Anonymous

    If anyone doubts why this particular President has had such a difficult time governing in what has been the worst recession in history, one only had to watch 3 minutes of the post debate coverage from MSNBC. Those folks no more care for working class Americans than does Mitt Romney, the Republican party, CNN, FOX News, or any other media outlet in America. No one ... and I mean NO ONE ... has given this man credit for anything. Apparently it's what you want (and don't get fast enough) that governs both the Republican and Democratic party. It's either 100% or nothing.

    I double dare Americans to vote Mitt Romney in as President thinking he's going the be - to quote Ann Romney - a blessing to America. I double dare Progressives to once again sit this election out. It's not as if we in the middle class aren't already living the result of the Progressive grand 2010 voter sit out, insuring an expansive Republican victory ... and the loss of our voting rights, our personal rights, and our dignity.

    October 4, 2012 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  10. iTeach

    I agree with this assessment of the first debate. I think we have a President who is very passionate about caring for the middle class and his actions have spoken louder than his words. We put Obama in office at a time when nothing the Republicans did was progressive or a result of thinking outside the box in an effort to tackle modern problems. Obama has not failed us in moving us forward because he is not a coward when it comes to critical and objective thinking. Romney, on the other hand wasnts to set the clock back to when it was perfectly acceptable to let the rich be emboldened to make risky business decisions with middle class funds such as ponzi schemes, over-zealous real estate investing and loaning. This risky behavior by the elite businessmen that support Romney is what got our economy in this state. Obama has done his best to stop that insanity but told us it would be a long road back. I believe slow and steady wins the race. Obama 2012.

    October 4, 2012 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  11. reginaldb6

    I don't think Romney made the sale, I saw him being a bully, rude, and being a jerk to use a nicer word. He would not go into details and he lied consistently. His style was a little over the top but it was effective. I will vote for the President, I wanted the President to call Romney out on the lies, but I guess it was a decision that the people that are making the big bucks decided not to. WATCH THE NEXT DEBATE of the President and Romney you WILL SEE A DIFFERENCE

    October 4, 2012 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  12. rosco

    Romney 1 & 0
    Obammy 0 & 1
    end of story

    October 4, 2012 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  13. Borderless

    The Democrats have an enormous task of trying to spin this debate. If victimizing Obama is the best thing they came up with, then they are definitely in the weeds. Here's the problem with their argument. While Romney may have had more opportunity to prepare for the debate, the burden of proof was on him. He should have had an uphill battle. Defending his positions, asserting his positions, standing strong as a leader in the face of opposition...those are in the job description for a president. If the Democrats are going to say that the big bully picked on Obama, then the rest of us can say well maybe he's just not strong enough to play and he should get out of the sandbox.

    October 4, 2012 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  14. Pete

    Remember what the Japanese general Yakamoto said after Pearl Harbor attack about waking up the sleeping giant and filling him with terrible resolve.That's what you'll expect in the next debate,the president was stale not debating for over 4 years and on his 20th anniversary to boot!But he'll come back with his "A" game and remember republicans he didn't say anything about Bain,off shore accounts and other dirty facts that Romney can't dispute unless he's lies about them as well,but that what fact checkers are there for right.Almost all of Romneys so called facts were either false or couldn't be varified because they didn't exist,just words thrown out there to catch ignorents attention as bait,no substance,no details...The president has his trump card up his sleeve,always leave your most damaging facts about your opponent for last on the last debate,your opponent doesn't have time to dispute them and you'll remember negetives over positives as well as you make your way to the voters booth,just psychological warfare guys from one who likes toying with ignorent ones on here as well,you republicans know who you are,right " truth hurts,my view"..

    October 4, 2012 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  15. vic , nashville ,tn

    The fact is we didn’t hear anything new last night; Media is picking winner and loser Wow
    Both candidates didn’t want touch certain topic and they skipped those topic but media was winning they didn’t talk 47% , Bain ….
    Media is considered the fourth pillar of democracy they didn’t do their job last night

    October 4, 2012 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  16. eddieb

    Not to mention all the lies and half truths that romney used. He has throw 47% of us under the bus Obama 2012

    October 4, 2012 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  17. Al-NY,NY

    yayy! Good job Flip! you didn't make an a## of yourself but your fidgeting was a joke. The only way to see if this helped you is in the swing states. No gain in polls, no chance of winning the election.

    October 4, 2012 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  18. rla

    Omally– You can't spin that Obama was exposed for the shallow, uninformed failure that he has turned into.. May be if he actually held cabnet meetings, took intelligence briefings and stopped fund raising for awhile he would realize this election is not about him but the country!

    October 4, 2012 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  19. Name Leslie

    Mitt Romney performance style was clearly better but his substance was severly lacking.

    October 4, 2012 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  20. gt

    wow...obama look terrible last night ....spin all you want but that put romney right back in the game....

    October 4, 2012 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  21. The REAL Truth...

    There was so much double-speak from Romney last night... once again he flip-flopped on his position. He came out like a yapping terrier and it worked. Sad part is that most of what he said is "feel good" garbage and completely inaccurate. His (Ryan's) tax plan, unless of course it is now NOT his tax plan (which would appear to be the case after last nights debate) calls for a 20% across the board tax cut. It CANNOT be offset with changes in tax loopholes, so it WILL cost $5 TRILLION and will decrease again the 1% tax rate.
    FACT – the GDP has NEVER been good when tax rates are low. The time of highest GDP have been when tax rates on the 1% have been high. The Bush tax cuts have been an abject failure, yet the GOP continues to push the same old FAILED trickle down policies that end up being on the backs of the diminishing middle class.
    Look around. .the economy IS improving, job number are up, cars are selling, people are buying the newest iphone (which ain't cheap). That doesn't happen in a downturn. Obama's policies ARE working and the Grand Obstructionist Party HATES that! The good thing about the debate is that now the American people have heard what Willard is about, and will see how much he will say anything to anyone to get elected. The next 2 debates will see a change of approach for Obama.

    October 4, 2012 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  22. ST

    What astonishes me with the media, they are looking who can talk and not whether he talks about substances or not, whether there is the truth in it or not. This is the huge mistake. Romney talked a lot and from what he talked you can pin point what is true and what was the lie. Jumping so quickly without analysing what was said was true, make some of us think, should the media exist OR should we ponder ourselves what was said without being influenced by the media. Unfortunately the media people are not doing their job as it is supposed to be. Sorry!

    October 4, 2012 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  23. cb

    Romney presented the best example of trickle down government send the whole hralthcsre issue to the cash strappe states.

    October 4, 2012 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  24. mds03197

    The debate last night should open the eyes of the American people. For the last several months, we have been fed negative campaign ads and left leaning media coverage from the Obama campaign. When Obama had the chance to call Romney out on some of the issues that we've heard in the media and his campaign ads.... he didn't do it! Why? Because Obama knew that there were no merits to his accusations and Romney would set the record straight in front of the American people, thus exposing the media and democratic campaign lies. For all of you in the crowd that only trust the messages you read or hear from the media, congratulations! You are doing your country an injustice by not stepping into the real world and talking to people who have been negatively impacted by the obama administration. Turn the news off for a week and do some "real-world" research.... you may be surprised at what you learn!

    October 4, 2012 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  25. Winning

    God I hope she's right. Obama's refusal to call Romney out on his lies was stunning last night. There are times that you have to deviate from your game plan, last night was one of them.

    October 4, 2012 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
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