Who won the debate?

October 17, 2012

Here’s a look at how Tuesday night’s presidential debate played out, from some of 135 experts monitored by The Washington Post. Take our poll as well.

Also, here is what oddsmakers said, a glimpse at other polls, and Dan Balz’s analysis.

First, the poll, which had about 40,000 reader responses so far:

DisclaimerThis is a non-scientific user poll. Results are not statistically valid and cannot be assumed to reflect the views of Washington Post users as a group or the general population.

From the Time correspondent and writer of “The New New Deal:’’

The most searing line from Obama in this campaign: I’m the one who greets the coffins when they come home.

— Michael Grunwald (@MikeGrunwald) October 17, 2012

From a Washington correspondent of The Boston Globe:

“I am ultimately responsible for what’s taking place there,” Obama says of Libya. “Because these are my folks.”

— Matt Viser (@mviser) October 17, 2012

From the Esquire political and sports writer and sometime contestant on “Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me.’’

Wait a minute. Romney is attempting an “everybody does it” answer about the Cayman islands? #debate

— Charles P. Pierce (@ESQPolitics) October 17, 2012

From The New York Times columnist:

Candy tells Romney to Sit. Down. #thankyouCandy #debate

— Charles M. Blow (@CharlesMBlow) October 17, 2012

From The Washington Post editorialist:

Interesting Obama is answering by being tough on illegals for a long time before getting to his unilateral Dream act thing #debate

— Charles Lane (@ChuckLane1) October 17, 2012

From the editor of the libertarian magazine Reason:

If any issue shows Romney/GOP’s inability to draw meaningful distinctions with Obama/Dems, it’s immigration. Rs should be for it. Period.

— nickgillespie (@nickgillespie) October 17, 2012

From the conservative Boston Globe columnist:

Illegal immigrants don’t take anybody’s place “in line” -- for the vast majority of illegals, THERE IS NO LINE AVAILABLE.

— Jeff Jacoby (@Jeff_Jacoby) October 17, 2012

From a political correspondent for The Atlantic:

Shorter Romney: Obama failed to enact the terrible policies he promised.

— Molly Ball (@mollyesque) October 17, 2012

From a Washington Post columnist:

Romney: Immigrants should get a green card stapled to their diplomas. will not grant amnesty to illegals. #Debate

— Jonathan Capehart (@CapehartJ) October 17, 2012

From The New Yorker writer:

Romney is hassling him about coal and Obama’s having a drink of water.

— Philip Gourevitch (@PGourevitch) October 17, 2012

From the editor of the conservative web site RedState.com:

Candy Crowley has no easy time herding these cats.Goodness.I don’t envy her.

— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) October 17, 2012

From the English News Editor at Univision News:

Interesting that Obama doesn’t seem to think the 47% thing is a political winner for him

— Fernando R. Vila (@nandorvila) October 17, 2012

From The Washington Post’s WorldView blogger:

Obama taking credit for China’s currency rise, but China’s growing economy and inflation seems like it would play a much larger role.

— Max Fisher (@Max_Fisher) October 17, 2012

From The Washington Post writer:

Obama so much stronger at sea level. Imagine him BELOW sea level. Like Death Valley. The Dead Sea. (Or the Mariana Trench!)

— Joel Achenbach (@JoelAchenbach) October 17, 2012

whatever happened to “insourcing” Why neither guy talking about fact that jobs already coming back according to BCG #debate

— Charles Lane (@ChuckLane1) October 17, 2012

From a senior politics reporter at Yahoo News:

Romney: I think Obama is trying to characterize me as someone I am not

— Holly Bailey (@hollybdc) October 17, 2012

From the managing editor/politics at National Journal:

Romney: I care about 100 percent of our people. So finally, the 47 percent make an appearance, but obliquely, and not from Obama.

— Jill Lawrence (@JillDLawrence) October 17, 2012

From an editor-at-large of The Week:

I watched from the debate hall, didn’t see how it looked, don’t know what others are saying. My early impression: Obama killed it.

— Marc Ambinder (@marcambinder) October 17, 2012

Wow Romney missed wide-open opportunity to say “I’m not just a rich guy who cares only about the rich.” Wouldn’t uses the r-word.

— Joel Achenbach (@JoelAchenbach) October 17, 2012

From a senior editor at Ebony Magazine:

I think women will decide this election. I’ll be honest, w a baby on the way healthcare had become paramount for me.

— AdrienneSamuelsGibbs (@AdrienneWrites) October 17, 2012

From the editor-in-chief of National Journal:

My bottom line: Obama scored the most points but shape of race unlikely changed

— Ron Fournier (@ron_fournier) October 17, 2012

From a writer at The American Prospect:

First Raddatz, then Crowley; why don’t women moderate all the debates?

— Jamelle Bouie (@jbouie) October 17, 2012

Big Romney missed oppy: When Obama said he would never take a sketchy deal like tax plan, shoulda said: you bought Solyndra #debate

— Charles Lane (@ChuckLane1) October 17, 2012

Koanlike @jasondhorowitz Romney pool report: “There is some question as to whether Obama & Romney shook hands. They did, briefly.”

— Molly Ball (@mollyesque) October 17, 2012

From the managing editor of Foreign Policy:

One subject that didn’t really come up tonight: Israel.

— Blake Hounshell (@blakehounshell) October 17, 2012

I think I’m just gonna talk about climate change with the woman behind the desk, since clearly nobody else thinks it’s a problem. #debate

— Charles P. Pierce (@ESQPolitics) October 17, 2012

Looks like Obama named winner by CBS, Google and PPP snap polls. No word from CNN poll yet.

— Nate Silver (@fivethirtyeight) October 17, 2012

My take: Obama exceeded his prior performance, but Romney’s hits on Obama’s records make it a draw, at best, which helps Romney.

— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) October 17, 2012

From an editor-in-large of The New Republic and author of the book “How Soccer Explains The World”:

Dunno, who do you think won?RT“@karlrove: So...who do you think won the debate? #debates

— Franklin Foer (@FranklinFoer) October 17, 2012

From a senior CNN political analyst and former adviser to four presidents:

CNN poll of registered voters WHO WATCHED said by 46-39 that Obama won debate. Waiting for answers to other questions. #cnndebate

— David Gergen (@David_Gergen) October 17, 2012

From a Washington-based reporter for the Huffington Post:

Today, we are all binders.

— Elise Foley (@elisefoley) October 17, 2012

So no mention of same-sex marriage. Not that it could be a big deal in SCOTUS/states in the next four years or anything...

— Elise Foley (@elisefoley) October 17, 2012

From a senior editor at The New Republic:

We underestimated how much Obama would benefit from town-hall format. It kept him looser. He was a good prof rather than a lousy prof.

— Alec MacGillis (@AlecMacGillis) October 17, 2012

A-Rod texting Obama, “how did u get ur mojo back askng 4 a friend”

— pourmecoffee (@pourmecoffee) October 17, 2012

”You’re kidding right?” Deval Patrick says, asked if he saw a difference in Obama tonight from Denver debate.

— Matt Viser (@mviser) October 17, 2012

From the editor of National Journal Daily:

The more in sadness than anger riff is a good one for Romney.

— Matthew Cooper (@mattizcoop) October 17, 2012

lamest moment of whole debate was both candidates dancing around AK-47 question. #haveweallforgottenaurora

— Charles Lane (@ChuckLane1) October 17, 2012

From the executive editor of RealClearPolitics:

Messina: “The American people saw their leader tonight - a strong, steady & decisive president...” Begs q: so what did they see last wk?

— Tom Bevan (@TomBevanRCP) October 17, 2012

From the editor of Slate:

Five truly terrible policy ideas from tonight’s debate--not all Romney’s. From @mattyglesias slate.me/R91cMm

— David Plotz (@davidplotz) October 17, 2012

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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