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Politico’s John Harris says Obama diminished himself as a Commander-in-Chief while Chris Wallace says you would have thought Romney was the president and Gloria Borger said Obama failed to give a vision for the future. See the videos and tweets below showing Mitt Romney acted like a candidate with the momentum while Barack Obama hit from behind. CNN and Richard Haass are both fact checking Obama on Iraq.

  • VIDEO: David Gergen: Romney Passed The Commander In Chief Test

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RcKSNO8W5wM&feature=youtu.be

  • VIDEO: Politico’s John Harris: Obama Diminished Himself As A Commander-In-Chief

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PodoDQ_s47Q&feature=youtu.be

  • CNN’s Gloria Borger: Obama Failed To Give A Vision For The Future

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5tCn7cNQCY&feature=youtu.be

  • CNN Fact Check: Obama Did Seek To Keep Troops In Iraq

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRxfRVW4RAY&feature=youtu.be

 @davidgregory: The President is determined to pick a fight tonight; Romney determined to avoid it. What does that say about where each camp sees the race?

 @MarkHalperin: Boca Raton debate grades: Obama B+, Romney B+. Full report cards coming soon on http://thepage.time.com 

 @chucktodd: POTUS is consistently trying to draw Romney into a more contentious debate. It's what challengers do who think they are behind.

 @KattyKayBBC: Obama attacking so hard because he's got bad numbers?

 @McCormackJohn: Chris Wallace: seemed like Romney was president, Obama was challenger tonight.

 @SteveForbesCEO: Romney appeared presidential in debate esp. at close. Obama, angry challenger. Romney won.

 @JanCBS: GOP strategists outside Romney campaign tell me they believe he did what he had to do tonight; clearly passed commander in chief test.

 @EWErickson: The lefties in my timeline are exceedingly angry. A good sign for Romney.

 @SalenaZito: Former Dem congressman Sestak tells me Romney appeared to lay out a more compelling argument for the future on economy/foreign policy

 @stephenfhayes: Romney's world tour answer was his best of the debate. “I don’t see our influence growing around the world. I see our influence receding.”

 @alexcast: president scoring points tonight. looks strong. romney is making case we can have change w/ minimal risk. effective strategy.

 @freddoso: I really don't think it looks good for Obama to boast about "decimating" al Qaeda. It's a lot like saying the economy is doing fine.

 @jmartpolitico: FIre in Obama eyes as he glares at Mitt.

 @cstirewalt: Watching Obama looking at Romney reminds me of Lovitz playing Dukakis in '88:"I can't believe I'm losing to this guy!"

 @MajoratNJ: Romney not rising to biting POTUS criticism; trying to parry & emphasize "peace through strength" credo. POTUS dismissive. #LynnDebate

 @ralstonreports: Why does Obama hate Romney so much?

 @stephenfhayes: Romney's world tour answer was his best of the debate. “I don’t see our influence growing around the world. I see our influence receding.”

 @JamesHohmann: Romney surrogates are first in spin room.

 @michaelscherer Obama is wrong. Romney supported guarantees in bankruptcy. "The federal government should provide guarantees for post-bankruptcy financing"

 @mkhammer: MSNBC is talking about Romney's right flank and "racial hatred" instead of trumpeting an Obama win. Maybe Romney did beat him. #debates

 @DavidGregory: Romney seemed more interested in coming across as a sober and careful commander in chief than a bellicose alt to President #NBCPolitics

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