Experts from both sides of the debate weigh in on the candidates' performances.
Political analysts David Gergen and Gloria Borger discuss what "the new Mitt" means for the next leg of the race.
CNN's Jim Acosta on the trail with Romney "there was a spring in his step," and CNN's Jessica Yellin on the trail with Obama: "It was do-over Obama today."
No matter who wins or loses, each side tries to convince everyone that their candidate came out ahead. We're Keeping them Honest.
Tonight on AC360° Amy Cuddy told Gary Tuchman, “Obama, is aware that as a black man, and this is supported very very well by good science, it is very risky for black men to show any signs of aggression. So, when a black man shows a sign of aggression, people say, ‘See!’ It confirms a stereotype of black men.”
We asked Cuddy for that science. FULL POST
What everyone’s talking about:
A photographer that accompanied Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to the U.N. General Assembly has applied for asylum to the United States. “He's perceived as not being a supporter, or being an opponent of the Iranian regime… somebody who has betrayed the regime and who can no longer be trusted by them, said Paul O’Dwyer, the photographer’s attorney. CNN’s Deb Feyerick has the story.
Reporter's Note: President Obama is back to campaigning after his first debate last night with Mitt Romney.
Dear Mr. President,
I was watching a golf tournament the other day. Well, to be honest I just happened to walk by a TV showing a golf tournament and I stopped to check it out. In any event, at the very moment I looked at the screen, a gentleman was trying to get out of the deep rough. The ball was nestled in the high grass with tall trees hovering around, and he was trying to thread the needle by popping it back onto the fairway somewhere near the green.
He lined up, eyed the shot, and then with the smooth confidence of a true professional, he whacked it. For a brief moment he raised his eyes to his targeted landing area with a look of hope, then the ball slammed into a tree trunk and came firing back his way. By the time it stopped it looked as if it was a good forty feet behind where he had started.
I’ve seen this sort of thing a good many times in my life. Heck, I’ve done it myself.
Now, I’m no professional golfer so it’s no surprise when I wind up caroming a ball off of a tree, a house, a car, or even a wayward pedestrian. But when I watch the pros do it, I’m always surprised.
A friend of mine, who is a very good golfer, used to lose his temper… throwing clubs, cursing, carrying on like a crazy man… every time he hit such a shot. Then one spring, he didn't get upset anymore, and his game improved substantially. I asked him why. He said, “It occurred to me that everyone makes mistakes, even the pros. Sometimes we all hit bad shots. What matters is the next shot; how you recover.”
Just something you might want to think about as you storm back to the campaign trail.
I hope all is well. Call if you can.
A forceful Mitt Romney went toe-to-toe with President Barack Obama on the dominant issues for voters, challenging the Democrat's policies on the economy, taxes and health care in the first of three debates ahead of the November election.
In exchanges full of policy proposals, facts and figures, the Republican challenger was more aggressive in the 90-minute encounter in criticizing Obama's record and depicting the president's vision as one of big government.
The president firmly defended his achievements and challenged his rival's prescriptions as unworkable.
Neither candidate scored dramatic blows that will make future highlight reels, and neither veered from campaign themes and policies to date.