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
Romney's first "gosh" -- 40 minutes in. It's clear he's off his game!
— Michael Jonas (@bostonjonas) October 17, 2012
Garance Franke-Ruta from the Atlantic:
Romney not holding his stable lead in the debate. Very aggressive intrusion into Obama's space.
— Garance Franke-Ruta (@thegarance) October 17, 2012
From Farai Chideya, former NPR host and voice of the program "News and Notes"
POTUS touts China and Germany's forward-thinking energy investments; wants US to invest, and view long-term as 10 yrs or more. #debates
— Farai Chideya (@faraichideya) October 17, 2012
Former Romney aide and spokesman for the U.S. ambassador at the United Nations
romney defers to the time keeper, biden would have imploded.
— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) October 17, 2012
Jill Lawrence, from National Journal and formerly with The Associated Press, on the first exchange
Romney opening argument on jobs: trust me. Obama out of the box with his own five point econ plan. talking very fast. #hofdebate
— Jill Lawrence (@JillDLawrence) October 17, 2012
Sarah Boxer, with CBS News and the National Journal, picks out one Obama move right away
First answer from Obama hits on the auto industry, which he never did in Denver #debates
— Sarah Boxer (@Sarah_Boxer) October 17, 2012
Post columnist (and former Eliot Spitzer CNN partner) Kathleen Parker lays out the stakes as the debate gets under way
A draw and Romney wins.
— kathleenparker (@kathleenparker) October 17, 2012
Some Massachusetts background from a Boston Globe Washington correspondent
Further sign Dems will try to make Romney's Mass record major component of debate: Kerry spins before debate, Deval Patrick to spin after
— Matt Viser (@mviser) October 17, 2012
Here's a kickoff comment from a Washington Post editorial writer
Mitt challenge: just don't blow it! #debate
— Charles Lane (@ChuckLane1) October 17, 2012