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From the Web: Reactions to the First Presidential Debate

By Anna Goldenberg

The Financial Times writes that Romney was a more engaged and aggressive debater than Obama, but that the Republican might have opened up problems for himself by pushing his tax plan without providing much detail.

While the candidates disagreed over policies to boost the economy, Obama and Romney were respectful, and largely agreed over the issues of improving education, protecting Social Security and increasing energy production in the U.S., the Wall Street Journal writes.

Romney forced Obama to defend his record, The Washington Post writes.

McClatchy Newspapers presents some of the facts the candidates exaggerated or misstated, ranging from healthcare and education to financial regulation and taxes. More fact-checking is provided by PolitiFact.

Democratic strategist Mo Elleithee said Romney spent most of the first segment on the defensive, and was then criticized by Obama for not having a specific plan for the economy. Republican strategist Rick Davis thought Romney was able to appear empathic, while Obama was rambling, PBS reports.

The Chicago SunTimes writes that Romney presented himself as more charismatic than Obama, who repeatedly looked down while nodding. The president managed to pick apart Romney’s Medicare and tax cuts plans.

The Daily Beast finds that both candidates were able to score some points, but did not change the main issues of the campaign.

The Houston Chronicle, compiling five hits and five misses in the debate, concludes that Romney gained most of the advantages, with the exception of Obama fighting back on bank regulation, making Romney’s attack on Dodd-Frank sound insincere.

Reuters has accumulated the key quotes from tonight’s 90-minutes-presidential debate. A full transcript of the debate is made available by FoxNews.

Politico nominates the five best debate lines for Obama, including “By the way, I have become fond of this term Obamacare.” And the site did the same for Romney, including “I’m sorry, Jim, I’m gonna stop the subsidy to PBS… I like PBS. I love Big Bird.”

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