Romney lauded for strong showing in first debate with Obama

Mitt Romney and Barack Obama sparred before a national TV audience Wednesday night and, at least according to the pundits and even a flash poll of national voters, Romney came out on top.

Described alternatively as aggressive, likable and personable, Romney came across as a viable alternative to Obama, commentators said. At the same time, Obama, seeming slow and perhaps tired, did little to take advantage of openings Romney might have given him.

Romney blasted Obama for his policies, saying they had "crushed the middle class" and being distracted by his effort to pass comprehensive healthcare reform.

“The president would prefer raising taxes,” Romney said. “I understand. The problem with raising taxes is it slows down the rate of growth.”

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