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Republicans are high-fiving each other because they say former Gov. Mitt Romney won the first debate. Did he now?
President Barack Obama was careful and calculated; one might call it presidential. Romney was glib, combative and willing to change his position on anything he thought might help him win.
With a careless word, sitting presidents can negatively affect U.S. policy. Right now, Romney can turn that Etch A Sketch over and no one cares. But if a president is disingenuous, Wall Street panics.
Was there a debate winner? Romney gets the style points, and if that is all you care about, he won.
Obama gets points for consistency, reflection, empathy and, most important, for knowing that country is more important than politics.
My vote goes to the president.