Thursday, October 4 2012, 03:50 PM MDT
Polls Show Romney As Winner Of First Debate
(KUTV) President Obama and Mitt Romney came together last night for the first Presidential Debate – which started with a handshake and a romantic moment.
President Obama celebrated his 20th wedding anniversary the same night of the debate. Romney responded saying, “Congratulations to you Mr. President on your anniversary, I’m sure this is the most romantic place you can be, here with me.”
But, that was the last touching moment of the night.
"Virtually everything he's described as my plan is inaccurate. If the tax plan he described were a tax plan I was asked to support, I would say absolutely not. I'm not looking for a five trillion dollar tax cut,” said Romney.
President Obama responded, saying "for 18 months he's been running on this tax plan. And now, five weeks before the election, he's saying that his big, bold idea is, 'Nevermind.'"
The theme of the debate for President Obama appeared to be that Romney's plans lack specifics.
“Is the reason that Governor Romney is keeping all these plans to replace secret because they're too good?" said President Obama.
Mitt Romney spent most of the night on the attack.
"You've been president four years. You said you would cut the deficit in half, it's now four years later we still have trillion dollar deficits,” said Romney.
Mitt romney came into this debate trailing in the polls – but that could change after last night's performance.
"Anytime a challenger stands on stage with the President in the first debate they tend to get some bounce out of it. I expect that that could happen here,” said David Axelrod, Senior Advisor of the Obama Campaign.
The Romney campaign believes the Governor scored a knockout.
"I do believe that Governor Romney was the clear winner of this debate. If it was a boxing match, it would have been called,” said Romney Senior Advisor Eric Fehrnstrom
An instant CBS News poll of independent voters shows Romney was the overwhelming winner. 46% of the people surveyed say Romney won the debate.
The two men will square-off again October 16.
(Copyright 2012 Sinclair Broadcasting Group.)