First Presidential Debate Wrap

By: CNN Email
By: CNN Email

DENVER, Colo. -- The first presidential debate is now in the books. In a contentious, but not overtly hostile affair, President Obama and Mitt Romney traded jabs over how to bring jobs back, and other domestic issue sticking points.

Pres. Obama came out swinging, accusing republican challenger Mitt Romney of pushing for $5 trillion in tax cuts, with much of that to benefit the wealthy.

But Romney, more aggressive than he has been in past debates, bit back.

Gov. Romney: "Look I have five boys, I'm used to people saying something that's not always true but just keep on repeating it and ultimately hoping I'll believe it."

Pres. Obama then accused Romney of an about-face, "For 18 months he's been running on this tax plan, and now five weeks before the election, he is saying that his big bold idea is never mind."

Gov. Romney also gave the president an idea of where he would push for cuts if elected.

"Obamacare is on my list - I apologize Mr. President I use that term with all respect..."

Pres. Obama, "If you repeal Obamacare - and I have become fond of this term - Obamacare - if you repeal it - is right away those seniors pay 600 dollars more in prescription care. The primary beneficiary of that repeal are insurance companies that are estimated to gain billions of dollars back."

What would the president focus on if re-elected?

Pres. Obama: "The American people, their genius, their grit, their determination is channeled and they have an opportunity to succeed and everybody is getting a fair shot."

Romney closed by saying the nation can't afford four years of failed promises. "There's no question in my mind that if the president were to be re-elected you'll continue to see a middle-class squeeze with incomes going down - and prices going up."

Pres. Obama and Gov. Romney will meet again October 16th in Hempstead, New York.

According to a CNN/ORC International Poll of 430 adults who watched the debate - sixty-seven percent polled said Romney won the debate - compared to twenty-five percent for the president. The poll had a sampling error or plus or minus four point five percentage points, and is only indicative of those who participated in the survey.


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