I was quite impressed with the way that Romney presented himself. I thought that he did really well compared to Obama. Of course, I have never like Obama anyway. I don't think that either one of them make a major gaffe that you will see repeated in the news.
I thought that this was a very good substantive debate, really covering the important issues of domestic policy.... perhaps one of the best for presidential debates.
I have been comparing the after-debate coverage between CNN and FOX. Of all the CNN and FOX (in-house) commentators, every single one of them thought that Romney clearly won the debate. Also, many were saying that it looked like Romney wanted to be there and Obama clearly did not want to be there.
Romney looked very much at ease during the whole debate, and very personal (as opposed to kind of distant or robotic as he has sometimes appeared). He really had a command of the facts and details that he presented.
I noticed that Romney was often making eye contact with Obama when Obama was speaking. In contrast, Obama was often looking down at the podium and pursing his lips when Romney was speaking. That didn't look good to me.
This was definitely the best showing by Romney in a debate. Two thumbs up!!
Being a conservative, I always like to turn to the mass media channels to "listen" to the descriptions they paint to form an argument. One thing was apparent last night before all the hatchet fact checkers and pollsters have their say. The anchors from NBC, CBS, and even George Stephapartisan from ABC said Obama did not have a strong debate. Not surprising. Obama spent the first 15 minutes with pre-canned campaign soundbites about a $5 Trillion Romney tax cut, only to turn around at every corner and say he didn't have any specifics about Romney's plan. Epic fail on team Obama's part. So, like everything else that's sprung forth from the left, where are you getting your information and who are you trying to convince? Obviously, only those who don't know how to read a financial statement. But for me, and as you stated, the debate was won and lost on one aspect. Obama was scribbling like a mad man trying to prepare a framed response for everything, and rarely looking at Romney, while Romney spent 90% of the time staring the president right in the eye and had his game plan ready to attack. I think I only counted 4 times where Romney even jotted "anything" down. But you can see where the arrogance is lost on Obama without his teleprompters. I'm sure his crack team of preparers highlighted this during the 3 day sequester, but Obama, to my recollection, only started one reply beginning a sentence with the word "Look..." I'll have to go through the transcripts to see if I missed any more, but that form of reply has become the trademark sign of Obama's arrogance throughout his presidency that just makes my teeth grind. And since that point, everyone in the mainstream media is seems has copied that mannerism, and to anyone who considers themselves intellectual, it's a complete turn off.