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  • Mitt Romney

    Mitt Romney

    Romney wasn't spectacular, but he was solid. And considering the advantages the president had in terms of debate and on-the-job experience, Romney simply needed to be competitive to win this event. He ended up winning it outright. Romney came with a Wikipedia page of examples (almost too many) describing Obama's failures. And the man actually came with specific examples for federal programs he can't wait to cut.

  • Paul Ryan

    Paul Ryan

    The vice presidents debate next on Oct. 11. Ryan, a rookie, will be entering with zero debate experience and he was expected to enter that debate swimming in a pool of Obama momentum. Romney snatched that away from the president Wednesday and now hands the baton to his understudy. One thing I do find curious, though, is that Romney selected Ryan as VP, a man known mostly for his medicare plan, and Romney has apparently abandoned any consideration of instituting that plan. He's snatched the bottle away from the baby.

  • Education

    Education

    To hear both candidates tell it, education is a top priority. I hope so. The most powerful nation in the world shouldn't be 16th in anything, much less education. I'm glad both incumbent and hopeful agree that improving education goes hand-in-hand with improving the nation's economic future.

  • Jim Lehrer

    Jim Lehrer

    The moderator lost control of this debate, allowing each candidate to ramble on and on, question after question, without a leash. The debate became so boring, social media sites transitioned quickly to Lehrer jokes and jabs. Lehrer was horrible when trying to convince either candidate to wrap up his thoughts. Remind me never to give my car keys to Jim Lehrer if I want to make sure I don't drink and drive.

  • Barack Obama

    Barack Obama

    Mitt Romney was even funnier than the president. Isn't the man known for his charisma? Where was it? You know when you watch a championship sporting event and you can't believe one (or both) team came out so damn flat? How could you not be motivated for the big game, right? That was the president Wednesday night. Where was the fire? Where was the flash? This is it, dude! The last two standing. The first of three precious debates. Obama was curiously passive.

  • Us

    Us

    We were big losers Wednesday night. I know the economy is the number one issue, but 85 percent of the debate was spent talking money, and both candidates certainly had their own financial tale of spin cocked and ready to be spun. This was a debate about domestic issues, and we spent zero time on illegal immigration, securing the border, gun control or social issues. Lehrer did such a poor job pacing the event, it felt like he was trying to cross Asia on a ten-speed.

Chuck Powell, KTAR.com & ArizonaSports.com contributor

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