As Republicans celebrate in Denver, Mitt Romney declares his campaign is rejuvenated: "You know what? We're going to take back the White House!"
Many felt they saw a new Mitt Romney last night. He appeared assertive, in control, even presidential. Moderator Jim Lehrer had great difficulty interrupting Romney's energetic speaking: "Let's get back to Medicare." (Lehrer tries to interject)
The president said the government can provide" (Lehrer tries again) "[...] service at lower cost and without a profit."
Meanwhile, Barack Obama kept his eyes and energy low. At a rally in Denver today, the president admitted that he had been surprised, saying, "When I got on the stage, I met this very spirited fellow who claimed to be Mitt Romney."
He charged Romney with changing his stands on taxes and spending. "If you want to be president you owe the American people to tell the truth."
Some feel Mr. Obama owed them a better debate, saying that "he looked like he was tired, drained," and even "I think he didn't have the practice."
Still, Obama strategists are hinting that last night was a lesson well-learned. "He'll review it, and if he wants to make some changes in the next debate, he'll do so."
Romney's strategists claim all that changed about the Governor was his audience: "People saw him for the first time -- a lot of people -- not in a 30 second attack ad or in a 12 second snippet on the news. but got to hear him directly."
Romney hopes the debates will strengthen his poll numbers in battleground states.