Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer praised Republican nominee Mitt Romney for his performance during Wednesday night’s debate saying, “Romney won big… He won by two touchdowns.”
“You know when a challenger steps up on the stage, that gives stature, but when he performs the way Romney did, I think it really changes,” Krauthammer told Fox news. “It doesn’t change the game, but it changes the momentum. The Romney campaign has had a terrible month, to the extent people are saying, ‘Who is this guy? He seems like a sap.’ All of a sudden, this Romney shows up. And he is knowledgeable, he is confident and he’s got nerve. He never backed down on any of the Obama attacks. In fact, every time Obama hurled a particular at him, he came back with a three-point answer — not a one-point, but a three.”
“With Obama, I thought he had a very weak night,” Krauthammer continued. “It looked as if he’s sitting on a lead. I can guarantee you, had he been behind in the polls, he would have hammered at the 47 percent. The video had really damaged Romney. It didn’t come up at all. That is somebody thinks all he has to do is get up there, play out the 90 minutes, hold the ball and win. But he didn’t. He lost. Again, it’s not going to change the election. But I think it does stop the Romney slide. It is not just that energizes the base. I think what is important here is people who heard millions of dollars’ worth of ads about Romney — that he’s Gordon Gecko of our time, that he wants to inflict pain on the middle class — he’s got no horns. He is a guy who has ideas and some of them perhaps are wrong. But he’s got some concern for the country, and he knows his stuff.”
An instant reaction poll conducted by CNN found that Romney very clearly came out ahead, with 67 percent of registered voters saying he won the debate, against just 25 percent for President Obama.