Obama campaign manager Jim Messina was peppered with questions about the president's performance:

Why did Obama seem to be on the defensive? Do you actually think he won the debate? Was he too much of a professor?

On that last question, Messina said, "No, absolutely not."

Messina's take: "I thought Gov. Romney came off as testy."

As for all the punditry that Romney looked stronger, more confident, more aggressive, Messina said: "You guys can award him style points all you want."