#USelections2012: Romney resurgent

This Week: Obama takes a drubbing in the first presidential debate; Romney puts Big Bird on the chopping block.

October 9, 2012 16:32
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Romney delivers major foreign policy speech

Romney delivers major foreign policy speech 370. (photo credit: REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton)

It was a week of achievements in US politics. Some 67.2 million Americans turned on their televisions to watch US President Barack Obama and his Republican rival Mitt Romney face off in the first presidential debate, giving it a higher viewership than any presidential debate in 20 years. Known for his charisma and strong communication skills, Obama turned in a lackluster performance against an energized and vivacious Romney, usually known for his sclerotic speaking style. And Twitter set a new record for number of tweets during a political event, surpassing the US election graph
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While most of the media coverage focused on Romney’s much-needed turn-around after a very bad month in his campaign, Obama’s impatient, professorial and disinterested demeanor and both candidates’ loose relationships with the facts in the policy debate, Twitter shed light on the topics that dominated the conversation of the chattering class.

One such topic was the seeming inability of the debate’s moderator, Jim Lehrer, to exert any control over the sparring candidates or enforce time limits. A mock account,

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