Presidential debate: Romney’s shift, vagueness, success and more [AM Briefing]

Romney’s personality shift: “The strangest aspect of Wednesday night’s debate was Mitt Romney’s decision to change his tax policies on the fly. Having campaigned hard on a tax proposal that called for $5 trillion in tax cuts, he said flatly that he was not offering a $5 trillion tax cut. ‘I don’t have a tax cut of the scale that you’re talking about,’ Romney said — even though that is exactly the tax cut he has proposed,” writes Brookings’ E.J. Dionne. (Washington Post)

AEI’s Michael Barone: Do debates make a difference? (National Review)

“What interests me most is Mitt’s audacity. Wednesday night at long last came the full-throated return of the Rockefeller Republican many suspect is Romney’s true political nature, if indeed he has one. With one fatal exception I’ll note in a moment, on taxes, health care, education, regulation and more, Romney came across as deeply informed, experienced and reasonable, and as a powerful and articulate critic of the economy’s weaknesses on Obama’s watch,” writes CAP’s Matt Miller. (Washington Post)

Heritage has a word cloud of the first presidential debate

Ezra Klein writes that Romney’s policy vagueness was an asset last night. (Washington Post)

I wonder if the folks at Demos are satisfied with the answers to their five questions

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Allen McDuffee · October 4, 2012