News Analysis

Romney a confident challenger; Obama a cautious incumbent

Wednesday’s debate provided Americans with their first chance to see the candidates face-off on the same stage.

Mitt Romney finally got his chance to face down the president in person, and he appeared to make the most of it with a critique that was cogent and sharp.


What the candidates said

The words that popped up most frequently during the first debate between Mitt Romney and President Obama included “tax” and “insurance.”

Senator Scott Brown could get a boost from Mitt Romney’s debate performance.


Romney’s performance could help Brown

Mitt Romney’s dismal poll numbers in Mass. have been Scott Brown’s biggest hurdle, so anything that makes Romney more competitive in the state could help Brown.

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