The first presidential debate: Obama got clobbered

Obama could have put the election race out of Romney's reach. Instead, it's just become closer

By Tom Streithorst  

After President Obama's weak performance in the first debate, the presidential race looks closer (photo: The White House)

Obama got clobbered. Mitt Romney needed to win yesterday’s presidential debate and he did so, decisively. The Republican candidate spent the last week in debate prep—and it showed. He looked in command, reasonable, forthright.  Obama looked tired. This should have been his chance to put the race beyond Romney’s reach and he blew it. Before the debate, the president led in almost all the swing states. Romney’s inept…

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