The solid verdict for Mitt Romney following the first presidential debate — on style points, at a minimum — has pushed the Obama campaign to rethink strategy and the Republican team to reload. The much-anticipated debate at the University of Denver on Wednesday was a surprise for advisers in both camps, both because of Obama’s passive, almost listless approach, and for Romney’s aggressive, crisp, and confident attack. How this performance, the most widely viewed event of the campaign so far, affects a race in which the president has opened leads in key battleground states might become apparent as new polls are released in the coming days.
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