(WASHINGTON) — Following last night’s first presidential debate of the 2012 voting season, President Obama headlines a rally Thursday in Madison, Wis., while Republican candidate Mitt Romney heads to Virginia.
This morning, the Republican National Committee seized on the president’s body language during the first showdown between the two candidates, releasing a web video called, “Smirk,” a compendium of the president’s facial contortions during the debate.
Their counterparts at the Democratic National Committee issued a YouTube spot of their own, showing Romney interrupting the moderator and president. They also released a statement saying, “If rude and unbearable is your cup of tea, you would have certainly gotten your fill from Mitt Romney last night.”
But even as Democrats defended Obama on the substance of the debate, they admitted he likely lost the first round. Longtime Democratic strategist Donna Brazile said on ABC’s Good Morning America that Obama “left a lot of good stuff in the locker room.”
Stephanie Cutter, the president’s deputy campaign manager, said on CNN late Wednesday night, “I think that Mitt Romney, yes, he absolutely wins the preparation. And he wins the style points.”
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