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Who Won the Presidential Debate, Obama or Romney?

Tell us who you think won Round 1 and why.

Who Won the Presidential Debate, Obama or Romney?

After months of stump speeches and negative ad campaigns, Americans were able to see the two presidential candidates face each other for the first time Wednesday night at the University of Denver.

The first of three debates focused on the economy and domestic policy, which many Americans say is a high priority.

Before the debate, many predicted the victory would go to President Obama.

"President Obama is the most gifted speaker in modern political history," said Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul to ABC in an effort to lower expectations about the Republican candidate's upcoming performance.

Comments like that led President Obama to respond with a milquetoast assessment of his own skills: "Gov. Romney is a good debater. I'm just OK," he said.

Post-debate, many analysts said that Governor Romney had given a solid performance, and that the President had appeared disengaged.

“Romney was able to out-Obama Obama,” said one CNN panelist.

Others, like former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich, criticized Romney for not providing specifics on how he would pay for tax cuts and replace Obamacare.

So tell us in the comments, who do you think gave the better debate performance, and why?

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