Election 2012: Two Days Later, Debate Momentum Continues

Two days later and reactions to this week's presidential debates still continue with discussions ranging from the validity of both candidate's responses all the way to a widespread interest in a much loved Sesame Street character.

On Wednesday, Governor Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama took front and center in Denver for their first of three debates preceding the November election. During their debate, hosted by PBS's Jim Lehrer, both candidates discussed issues focusing on domestic policy.

Social Security, taxes, health insurance, deficit reduction were just some of the topics both presidential candidates tackled during their debate at the University of Denver.

Articles have been written, segments have been produced and just about everyone in Washington has given their own opinion on how each candidate performed and who essentially "won" this first round.

Over at the Huffington Post, Elise Foley and Ryan Grim wrote, "it wasn't pretty, but Romney won, according to the general consensus among reporters and operatives after the debate."

Foley and Grim write that Romney appeared at ease discussing his similarities with President Obama such as allowing those with pre-existing conditions to have health care and even mentioning he would maintain taxes on the wealthy.

But while Romney addressed the room on how he would get America back on track, the Washington Post reported that Obama on the other hand "reiterated more of the same ideology and policies that have 'buried' the middle class of the last four years."

Foley and Grim's article even mentioned a slight annoyance with Romney during the debate adding, "he hardly looked Romney in the eye during the debate."

But while Romney attempted to address a public on issues that have plague his campaign, another one arose, his lack of details.

And details are what Romney has been largely missing from his campaign. An article by Businessweek touched on those missing details in an interview they did with Bill Carrick, a California-based Democratic strategist.

"Obama 'pursued this vagueness argument against Romney very aggressively.' Still he said Obama had been too careful 'not to appear defensive.'"

So while Romney lacked detail, what did Obama lack? Sam Stein over at The Huffington Post mentioned one issue in particular: Social Security.

"Of all the moments that left Democrats scratching their collective head following President Barack Obama's debate performance Wednesday night, his comment on Social Security appeared to sting the most."

Stein said that during Obama's opportunity to address his vision against Romney's, he chose to stray away saying "he didn't think it was an issue of disagreement."

So while both neither candidate had a perfect performance, the consensus still remains: Romney "won" and that's a sentiment Reuters also shared.

Their article the following day mentioned that for the first time in his campaign, Romney was viewed positively. It also said that he managed to gain support among his fellow Republicans, a point Philip Elliott also wrote about.

So over here at Channel 8 and, we'd like to know, what do you think? With another three debates to follow, one between the Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan, next week, who do you think "won" this first round? What are you looking for and what was missing?

Those looking for a transcript of Wednesday night's debate can follow the link here. A schedule of the next three debate can be found to the right, courtesy of 2012 Election Central.