I watched this entire debate on ABC News and was quite pleased with the after debate chat. George Stephanopoulos of all people, gave Romney the win. Several other Democrats did the same, including a Democratic strategist (female, black) whom I am sorry I did not catch the name of. The prevailing feeling amongst all that I heard was that Romney was a strong debater and did not give an inch for the entire 90 minutes, and that he had won this debate, and probably a bump up in the polls in the days ahead.
I actually have to take issue with their exuberance. Yes, he did do very well! Yes, I expect to see the numbers get better. Yes, the Republican base was undoubtably reinvigorated. No he was NOT perfect!
There was a pretty good discussion going on concerning the whole housing loan fiasco. Dodd/Frank regulations were discussed, but talk of the greedy banks writing shakey loans and lending to people who could never possibly afford the payments was the main issue. WHY DIDN'T ROMNEY BRING UP OBAMA'S LAWSUIT AGAINST CITIBANK??? How about Fannie and Freddie? How about their contributions to Obama's campaign? It wasn't the banks that insisted on making loans to shakey borrowers, it was the bleeding hearts that wanted to make EVERYBODY able to "own" a home, even if it was only temporary. It was NOMOBAMA himself that "built that." Nobody else "made that happen!!" What a fantastic opportunity blown!! FIFTY MILLION people could have actually learned something new!! Something the media never told them. What a wasted opportunity.