3Qs: Who won the first debate?

Who won the first debate?

Alan Schroeder, a pro­fessor in the School of Jour­nalism in the Col­lege of Arts, Media and Design and one of the nation's fore­most experts on pres­i­den­tial debates, offers an analysis of the first of three match-​​ups between Pres­i­dent Barack Obama and chal­lenger Mitt Romney.

Who do you think won this debate? Why?

won because the pres­i­dent did not come to the debate pre­pared to fight. missed oppor­tu­nity after oppor­tu­nity, while Romney was more focused and forceful in his delivery.

How might this debate shift the nation's political dialogue going forward during the presidential campaign?

Polit­ical jour­nal­ists now have a come­back story on their hands, which is some­thing they love. The spot­light will shift from Romney and his cam­paign woes to Obama and his need for improve­ment. Already the cov­erage is depicting Romney as the golden boy of pres­i­den­tial .

What questions remain for the coming debates? What more must each candidate do to make his case to the American public?

The next debate, in the town hall format, involves both inter­na­tional and domestic issues, which will expand the con­ver­sa­tion to topics that did not get dis­cussed in Wednesday's opener.  Obama will need to draw a much sharper con­trast with his oppo­nent.  Romney will need to use the town hall set­ting to show that he cares about average voters—some­thing he has had dif­fi­culty with in the past.

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