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Battleground Reviews Are In -- Romney Rout

Reince Priebus - October 4, 2012

Across the battleground states the reviews are in. Governor Romney won the debate because he laid out the clear choice and a clear plan for voters. President Obama was “defensive,” “perplexed,” “aggravated,” “irritated,” “flat-footed,” and “unprepared.”  

NH

Josh McElveen, WMUR (ABC-Manchester) Political Director, New Hampshire

“We have never seen @BarackObama on the defensive like this. Unprecedented. Wrong or right. @MittRomney is on the game he needed to be on.”

https://twitter.com/JoshMcElveen

 Josh McElveen, WMUR, New Hampshire

“We have never seen @BarackObama on the defensive like this. Unprecedented. Wrong or right. @MittRomney is on the game he needed to be on.” https://twitter.com/JoshMcElveen

 Drew Cline, Union Leader, New Hampshire

“Obama’s explanation of Obamacare is so slow and plodding and passionless.”

https://twitter.com/DrewHampshire

 Dave Wedge, Boston Herald Political Reporter

“Obama looks like Rex Ryan against Belichick. Perplexed. #prezdebate #whoyagot”

https://twitter.com/DaveWedge/statuses/253680480547905536

 PA

Tom Fitzgerald, Philadelphia Inquirer Political Reporter, Pennsylvania

“Romney is puncturing the presidential bubble...”

https://twitter.com/tomfitzgerald/status/253670404672081920

 OH

Jim Heath, 10TV, Ohio

“Round One: Romney. Complete domination. It's hard to prep an any incumbent for 1st debate. Obama has work to do.”

https://twitter.com/JimHeath10TV/status/253682691084537856

 Jim Heath, 10TV, Ohio

“As I tweeted before the debate "Obama's #1 goal: Don't look aggravated or irritated." Like many incumbents before, he has failed that goal.”

https://twitter.com/JimHeath10TV/status/253678738225627137 

NV

Steve Sebelius, Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist, Nevada

“Instant punditry: Obama was halting, defensive. Romney was on-message and aggressive. Overall winner: Romney.”

https://twitter.com/SteveSebelius/statuses/253684187725455360

FL

Marc Caputo, Miami Herald, Florida

“How I know Obama is losing: Dems are fuming that Romney's "getting away with it."

https://twitter.com/MarcACaputo/status/253681679292571651

 Marc Caputo, Miami Herald, Florida

“Obama is explaining. And when you're explaining.....”

https://twitter.com/MarcACaputo/status/253676929029402624

 Adam Smith, Tampa Bay Times, Florida

“Two words for Obama @ next debate: Red Bull”

https://twitter.com/adamsmithtimes/status/253673557467471874

 Adam Smith, Tampa Bay Times, Florida

“Romney looks much more at ease than Obama so far”

https://twitter.com/adamsmithtimes/status/253665488943599618

 John Kennedy, Palm Beach Post, Florida

“Dems now gotta put their hope in @JoeBiden”

https://twitter.com/JKennedyReport/status/253684181731782657

NC

 Jim Morrill, Charlotte Observer, North Carolina

“GOPers at #debate watch boo Obama when he suggests he inherited deficit. #ncpol”

https://twitter.com/jimmorrill/status/253668243963785216

 Jim Morrill, Charlotte Observer, North Carolina

“Applause when Romney mentions small business and 'trickle down government. ' #debate #ncpol”

https://twitter.com/jimmorrill/status/253663134437494784

 Jim Morrill, Charlotte Observer, North Carolina

”Cheers erupt when host Jim Lehrer announced Mitt Romney. #debate. #ncpol”

https://twitter.com/jimmorrill/status/253661556368351232

 MI

 Nolan Finley, Detroit News, Michigan

“Romney looking more comfortable as the debate wears on. Not what I expected. Obama can't defend a failed record. #stephenvsnolan #debates”

http://twitter.com/NolanFinleyDN/statuses/253681376988119040

 Nolan Finley, Detroit News, Michigan

“Obama says genius of America is free market system. how can he even say that with a straight face? #stephenvsnolan #debates”

http://twitter.com/NolanFinleyDN/statuses/253680018109108224

 VA

Bob Lewis, AP, Virginia

“President appears flat-footed, unprepared, perhaps a bit distracted. No haymaker either side, but Romney's more aggressive, focused.”

https://twitter.com/APBobLewis/status/253681188328325120

 Joe St. George, CBS 6 Richmond, Virginia

“A strong final five minutes for Obama. But a strong 85 minutes by Romney.”

https://twitter.com/JoeStGeorge/status/253683994569355264

 Ryan Nobles, NBC 12 Richmond, Virginia

Completely unscientific, but our very active liveblog participants gave the win to@MittRomney tonight. #DecVa

https://twitter.com/ryanobles/status/253685761822560256

CO

Lynn Bartels, Denver Post, Colorado

“Wonder if Sen. Bennet is whispering into FLOTUS' ear: What is going on? #debates”

https://twitter.com/lynn_bartels/status/253681760011956225

 Eli Stokols, KDVR, Colorado

“Romney really is ahead on style and substance. Just wonder if anyone is still watching all this wonky policy stuff. #debates”

https://twitter.com/EliStokols/status/253679842451668996

 Chuck Plunkett, Denver Post, Colorado

“Romney is far more on his game tonight. #debate #copolitics”

https://twitter.com/chuckplunkett/status/253671969558507521

 Allison Sherry, Denver Post, Colorado

“Mitt Romney clearly practiced walking/talking over Lehre, must’ve watched tapes on how he moderated.”

https://twitter.com/allisonsherry/status/253679170310250496

 Eli Stokols, KDVR Denver Fox Channel 13, Colorado

“ Romney: “I like the way we did it in Massachusetts, with bipartisan legislature. You pushed Obamacare through without a Republican vote”

https://twitter.com/EliStokols/status/253676356402032641

 Eli Stokols, KDVR, Colorado

“Romney staying on offense. Obama, subdued, looks like he thinks his lead is bigger that it is. #preventdefense (prevents u from winning)”

https://twitter.com/EliStokols/status/253669299896586240

 WI

Maria Amante, Green Bay Press Gazette, Wisconsin,

“Debate #2: expect Obama to be more aggressive, hold no punches. He needed to attack tonight and didn't.”

https://twitter.com/1MAMANTE/status/253685567370432513 

IA

Dave Price, WHO, Iowa

Did it sound like @BarackObama’s heart was in his closing? #debateiowa

https://twitter.com/idaveprice/status/253684142108192769 

Dave Price, WHO, Iowa

Pretty respectful debate. I suspect consensus would say Romney helped himself most. What say u? #debateiowa

https://twitter.com/idaveprice/status/253684750970138624

Simon Conway, Newsradio 1040, Iowa

I wonder if @ChrisMatthews has any tingles anywhere right now? Slam dunk, home run, multiple touchdown win for #Romney#DenverDebate

https://twitter.com/SimonRadio1776/status/253682612260962304


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