More reactions to last night's debate

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There are several stories on the AP wire regarding last night's Presidential Debate in Denver. 

Obama challenges Romney's candor post-debate

DENVER (AP) -- President Barack Obama is challenging Republican Mitt Romney's candor the morning after their first debate, saying: "If you want to be president, you owe the American people the truth."

Obama said at a rally in Denver on Thursday that at the debate he met "this very spirited fellow who claimed to be Mitt Romney." But he says it couldn't have been his Republican rival because he says Romney misrepresented his own position on taxes, education and the outsourcing of jobs.

In tough comments, the president says Romney, quote, "does not want to be held accountable ... because he knows full well that we don't want what he's selling."

Obama spoke at his first event after Wednesday night's debate. Analysts panned his performance.

Romney: Election going to be `close-fought battle'

DENVER (AP) -- Republican Mitt Romney says the November election against President Barack Obama will be a "close-fought battle."

He also says Obama is offering a vision for "trickle-down government" and that Americans saw "two very different visions for America" during the first presidential debate Wednesday night in Denver.

The Republican nominee spoke Thursday morning during a surprise appearance at the Colorado Conservative Political Action Conference meeting in Denver. A smiling Romney took the stage to sustained cheers from the audience of conservative activists.

Romney was introduced by four of his five sons. His appearance at the meeting came before a scheduled flight to Virginia, where he and running mate Paul Ryan were to address an evening rally. 

Obama adviser: `Some adjustments' in next debate

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama's campaign says he will make, quote, "adjustments," following a presidential debate that most analysts said was won by Republican rival Mitt Romney.

Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod says in a conference call with reporters that the president will need to determine by the next debate how to counter what the campaign considers Romney's evasion on a series of issues.

Axelrod says the president is, quote, "eager" for the next debate. He says they will evaluate his performance and "I'm sure that we will make adjustments."

Axelrod also tried to turn the first debate into a matter of character. He repeatedly accused Romney of "hiding the truth and the facts" from the American people.

Social media renders rapid judgment on debate

WASHINGTON (AP) -- If social media is any indication, Mitt Romney may have been the clear winner of last night's debate in Denver.

Twitter says the debate was the most tweeted-about event in U.S. political history. And according to a web analytics firm, there were about 47,000 tweets mentioning Romney and the word "win" or "winner" -- and fewer than 30,000 that mentioned Obama with "win" or "winner."

The reaction to statements by the two candidates was flowing across Twitter, Facebook and other social media outlets long before the debate was over.

And people were also looking to the Internet to shed some light on some of the subjects being discussed. Google says the most commonly searched terms included Simpson-Bowles, the bipartisan fiscal commission Obama appointed, as well as Dodd-Frank, a financial reform law.

And there were a lot of searches for Big Bird. Early in the debate, Romney said he would cut off funding to public broadcasting to help bring down the deficit -- but he added that he liked Big Bird.

Social networks immediately responded, with people posting spoof photos of Big Bird and other Sesame Street characters on Facebook, and even setting up fake Big Bird Twitter accounts.


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