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.”  


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.”

 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.”

 Drew Cline, Union Leader, New Hampshire

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

 Dave Wedge, Boston Herald Political Reporter

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


Tom Fitzgerald, Philadelphia Inquirer Political Reporter, Pennsylvania

“Romney is puncturing the presidential bubble...”


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.”

 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.” 


Steve Sebelius, Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist, Nevada

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


Marc Caputo, Miami Herald, Florida

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

 Marc Caputo, Miami Herald, Florida

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

 Adam Smith, Tampa Bay Times, Florida

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

 Adam Smith, Tampa Bay Times, Florida

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

 John Kennedy, Palm Beach Post, Florida

“Dems now gotta put their hope in @JoeBiden”


 Jim Morrill, Charlotte Observer, North Carolina

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

 Jim Morrill, Charlotte Observer, North Carolina

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

 Jim Morrill, Charlotte Observer, North Carolina

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


 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”

 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”


Bob Lewis, AP, Virginia

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

 Joe St. George, CBS 6 Richmond, Virginia

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

 Ryan Nobles, NBC 12 Richmond, Virginia

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


Lynn Bartels, Denver Post, Colorado

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

 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”

 Chuck Plunkett, Denver Post, Colorado

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

 Allison Sherry, Denver Post, Colorado

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

 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”

 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)”


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.” 


Dave Price, WHO, Iowa

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

Dave Price, WHO, Iowa

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

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

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