A tie, which is a win for Romney. He needed to look presidential and credible. He did. The president was fine, but the fact that he came out attacking suggests that the president thinks he is behind. Romney largely tried to play it safe. I just saw John King on CNN say the President won on points. I disagree. I think it was a push. Most people do not get into the policy weeds. The voters approach such things looking for impressions, not policy briefs. And Romney seemed very credible.
Sometimes the President (and Romney) tried to get it back to domestic issues. This was a mistake by the president as all previous debates suggest the Romney/Ryan team is stronger on the economy.
Both candidates looked silly at times trying to make it look like they had starker disagreements on foreign policy matters than they really do. One most everything outside of Israel I doubt there is that much difference between the two, but they have to create the impression of difference.
Two off-beat things. When Obama talked about the "border regions" between Afghanistan and Pakistan for one second I thought he said "board of regents." Is he going after Harvey Jewett? Also, I am pretty sure in his closing statement Romney quoted Frank Capra's Meet John Doe. He said (I think I have this right), "This nation is the hope of the world." In John Doe, Gary Cooper says, "Wake up John Does, you are the hope of the world." You could also say it is Lincoln: "last best hope."
Update: Oh, Romney's answer on drones was pure crap. I wonder if will also continue the policy of labling all those killed in drone attacks "combatants" whether they are guilty or innocent, adults or children.
Update 2: Giants are kicking Cardinal butt. Bears over Lions 13-0 in the 3rd.
Update 3: Krauthammer: Clear win tactically and strategically for Romney. I would agree only to the extent that a tie is a win for Romney. Otherwise I think Krauthammer exaggerates.
Update 4: I am with Althouse. Romney neutralized foreign policy as an issue, making it a domestic policy election which is Romney's strength. As I say, that is the extent to which it is a Romney win.
Update 5: CBS: Obama 53, Romney 23. I gotta tell you, I don't see it like that at all.
Update 6: FWIW: The Luntz focus group thinks Romney won the economic parts and Obama the foreign policy parts. Also, the woman screaming about "four dead in Benghazi" (strike up the CSNY) was clearly "undecided." Ya, right.
Update 7: CNN: Obama 48, Romney 40.
Update 8: Sarah Palin time. That means time to switch to CNN.
Update 9: I can't believe Romney never mentioned Obama's habit of skipping his daily intelligence briefing.
Update 10: CNN Internals: Strong leader: Obama 51, Romney 46. Who is more likeable: Obama 48, Romney 47. Who attacked more: 68% Obama, 21% Romney.