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October 4th, 2012
08:26 PM ET

"Now we know who we're dealing with," says Obama campaign

CNN's Erin Burnett talks to the Obama Campaign's Deputy Manager Stephanie Cutter about President Barack Obama's lackluster performance at the first presidential debate of 2012.5 things we learned from the presidential debate

By most accounts, Republican challenger Mitt Romney was the clear winner of Wednesday's first debate with President Barack Obama. Romney engaged the incumbent while Obama looked down at his lectern. The challenger was a more forceful debater while Obama appeared less than engaged.

1. Romney wins by setting the tone

The crucial and tone-setting first 30 minutes of the debate belonged to Romney.

Romney appeared practiced, at ease, confident and fluent in all things Obama. He aggressively criticized the president's record while also outlining, however vaguely, his own ideas about taxes and the deficit. Obama - his answers slow, dry and cautious - looked shaky.

When the sparring turned to taxes - an issue on which voters trust Obama over Romney, according to polls - Romney played down legitimate questions about his tax plan and stressed again and again that he wants to reduce taxes on middle income families.

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  1. Arik Fetscher

    A birthday song with appropriate lyrics.

    Check out this video on YouTube:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fdov2UIjUpY&feature=youtube_gdata_player

    Sent from my iPad

    October 5, 2012 at 5:46 am | Reply
  2. Arik Fetscher

    Enjoy mrs cutter a great deal and also wanted to congratulate you on your one year birthday for your show. It's been a long road and I hope you enjoy many more to come. Yes you and Obama have anniversaries a day apart. And congrats to Stephanie as well.

    October 5, 2012 at 5:20 am | Reply

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