Who Do You Think Won the First Presidential Debate?

Former governor Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama shake hands before the debate in Denver on Wednesday, Oct. …Former governor Mitt Romney's advisers were feeling positive last night after their candidate faced President Barack Obama in the first of three presidential debates before the November election.

"If this debate had been a boxing match, it would have been called in the first hour," senior Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom told reporters in Denver. "I would imagine the heels on the president's shoes are worn down after having leaned back on them for 90 minutes."

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"I think you had millions of Americans watching Gov. Romney, seeing him, many of them for the first time, and a chance to look at him without 30-second attack ads and 12-second snippets on the news," Romney adviser Ed Gillespie said on NBC's "Today" show. "We didn't hear much, frankly, from President Obama about any second-term agenda, and he didn't have a very credible defense of his first term agenda. And I think the American people saw that last night."

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie described the debate as a "knockout" for Romney.

"At the end of the day, Gov. Romney came out and he seized the argument on the substance," Christie said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe." "I've heard all kinds of complaints about Gov. Romney. I think he last night came out and said, 'Here's where I want to take America. Here's my vision.' And I don't think the president was ready to answer that."

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Even the Obama campaign agreed that Romney's presentation at the debate was spot-on, though they took issue with much of the content.

"Governor Romney gave a good performance and we give him credit for that," Obama's Senior Strategist David Axelrod told Yahoo! Shine during a conference call on Thursday. "But none of it was rooted in fact."

The former governor tried to disown his own tax plan during the debate, Axelrod pointed out, and seemed to change positions on policy issues like education, health care reform, and entitlement programs. Minutes after the debate, a top Romney adviser admitted that Romney's statement about people with preexisting conditions being able to obtain health care was not quite accurate: People with preexisting conditions would probably be able to keep their existing coverage, he said, but those who currently don't have coverage would not be able to get it unless states changed their own health-care related laws.

Axelrod said that the President deliberately avoided talking about women's health, fair pay, and the infamous "47 percent" comment. "He made a choice last night to answer the questions that were asked and to talk to the American people about what we need to do to move forward and not to get into serial fact-checking with Gov. Romney," he said.

"I think what the president hoped to avoid was having two politicians standing there insulting each other," Axelrod added.

Take a look at the highlights and share your opinion in the comments below. Who do you think won the debate, and why?