With the first presidential debate in the books, the fallout continues as both sides are putting their spin on the outcome.
It was GOP challenger Mitt Romney who was on the ropes as he walked on the debate stage in Denver, but when it was over, it was the president who was on the defensive as the popular wisdom is, Romney outscored the incumbent president.
“My two favorite words in the English language: Mitt won,” comments Bill Schuette with the Michigan Romney Campaign.
“On performance, Mitt Romney won the debate,” said Senator Gretchn Whitmer, an Obama backer.
But on substance, Senator Whitmer contends Obama has the facts on his side and Romney was “stretching the truth.”
From the outset, Obama tried to take his record of the last four years off the table.
“So the question here tonight is not where we've been but where we're going,” comments Obama during Wednesday night's debate.
Romney would have none of that.
“Going forward with the status quo is not going to cut it for the American people who are struggling today,” comments Romney.
On taxes, the president wants to raise them on the wealthy.
“By asking those of us who have done very well in this country to contribute a little bit more to reduce the deficit,” said Obama.
But Romney say he won't raise taxes on anybody.
“Because when the economy is growing slow like this, when we're in recession, you shouldn't raise taxes on anyone,” said Romney.
“Frankly, [I'm] stunned by the way Barack Obama was on the back of his heels the whole time,” said Republican Lt. Governor Brian Calley. “I came out of it feeling a little sympathetic for the president.”
“With the help of a little red bull, he'll have a little more energy in the next debate and the truth matters,” said Senator Whitmer.
Schuttee contends Romney has energized the GOP base, as some felt he was on the ropes. Now, he says, “it's Barack Obama who is on the ropes.”