Who is winning the debate?

Round 2: Mitt Romney vs. Barack Obama. Who's winning? Stick with us throughout the debate for the view from experts across the political spectrum, most of whom can see both sides of a story:

Michael Jonas, a political writer from Boston


From Farai Chideya, former NPR host and voice of the program "News and Notes"


Former Romney aide and spokesman for the U.S. ambassador at the United Nations


Jill Lawrence, from National Journal and formerly with The Associated Press, on the first exchange


Sarah Boxer, with CBS News and the National Journal, picks out one Obama move right away


Post columnist (and former Eliot Spitzer CNN partner) Kathleen Parker lays out the stakes as the debate gets under way


Some Massachusetts background from a Boston Globe Washington correspondent


Here's a kickoff comment from a Washington Post editorial writer

David Beard is a writer, editor and director of digital content for The Post. He also edits The Optimist, a weekly e-newsletter, and has been a foreign correspondent.



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