Romney's practice pays off

US President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney finish their debate at the University of Denver in Denver, Colorado, 3 October 2012 If Barack Obama did not want to get into a fight, he held back too much

Mitt Romney had been practising so hard that his voice was not hoarse, but certainly deeper than usual. And it paid off.

Mr Romney was animated, in command of his information, overriding the moderator and interrupting the president. He seemed to be in charge and enjoying the scrap.

On the other hand, President Obama started out looking very nervous, and although he warmed up and got into his stride, he ended up giving overlong, mini-lectures straight to camera rather than engaging and arguing.

He seemed unwilling to actually debate with his opponent and missed a few obvious openings when he should have challenged.

This may be deliberate. Perhaps his team decided that he shouldn't get riled, so it was best not to get into a fight. If so, he held back too much.

If Mr Romney clearly won this debate, in terms of style at least, he can't celebrate too hard just yet. If the polls don't move after a win, then he really is in trouble.

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    Comment number 11.

    Romnney can "practise" all he likes; that does not qualify him to be commander-in-chief of the United States. His arrogance and well polished presentation do not make up for his deplorable lack of international experience, unrealistic financial ideas and stone-age social stances. His choice for vice-president says more about him than any slick debating technique ever will.

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    Comment number 21.

    Obama had facts and figures while Romney was spitting out motherhood and applepie statements. I am no socialist but I am not a supporter of greedy health insurance companies. Because he is a billionaire ..middle class for him is anyone earning $250,000+. Romney is only a wishful thinker. Another airhead like President Bush. Romney pls. present facts and data !

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    Comment number 33.

    Romney studied hard over the last few days for this speech. That is it. He is not of substance; he just made sure he sounded good today. He doesn't want to raise taxes, does not want to borrow, does not want to cut expenditure, so where will the money come from to create the 12 MILLION JOB, Mitt?

    With three debates, maybe its a good thing he didn't peak in the first one.

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    Comment number 37.

    The President did not suffer a disaster, and perhaps that is all he needed, but he seemed inadequately prepared. He repeated slogans, which is not enough when his opponent is present and can talk back. He had no reserve to draw from when Governor Romney rebutted those predictable accusations. I trust the President will be better prepped next time.

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    Comment number 39.

    Obama lacked conviction when he spoke, and he was prone to stuttering starts and the dreaded "um" filler.

    Romney on the other hand spoke like he knew what he was talking about, but glossed over how exactly he was planning on achieving his economic goals. Simply saying, "I will create 12 million jobs" just smacks of typical politician snake oil.

    Overall, I wasn't impressed with either of them.


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